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- Showroom Consultation (Suspended)
During the Coronavirus restrictions, the showroom will operate under COVID Secure protocols to protect customers & staff. The Showroom is COVID-SECURE We will continue to offer mail/online ordering and secure Click & Collect services in line with all government guidelines whilst observing strict hygiene and social distancing protocols for the safety of customers, staff, and logistics partners throughout the whole order/delivery chain. We are contactable by E-mail, Phone, Website Chat, or Video Call for your convenience. Important! Customers are advised to make an appointment to view, test, discuss, purchase equipment, or to drop off & collect repairs or to pick up Click & Collect orders placed online or over the phone etc, whilst COVID-19 Secure protocols are in place. Simply click "Request To Book" and then select a date and time that works for you. Please ensure you allow enough time to conclude your business. For booking purposes, time is allocated on an hourly basis with a 30-minute showroom/equipment sanitization window between consultations! if you believe your visit will require longer than 1 hour simply select the next available slot (additional booking) to ensure you have ample time. Please indicate what the purpose of your visit will be when booking, (Ie "I would like to test Swarovski EL Binoculars") as this will enable our team members to prepare for your visit. If you would like to book over the phone simply call the Showroom on 01925 730399 during showroom hours (Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm) We will require your Name, Number, and an email address so please have these available. NB: Please note we have extended our showroom hours including now Sundays subject to staff availability to offer customers more opportunities to visit as social distancing rules have reduced showroom customer capacity. IMPORTANT...Please try to book as far in advance as possible to ensure maximum availability. On arrival at the Showroom please ring the bell at the entrance and then wait behind the sign 2 meters from the entrance. A member of staff will then attend and let you in, Please Do Not Enter until a member of staff attends. We look forward to welcoming you to the showroom. Stay Safe. #teamfocalpoint Protocol details can be found here shortly https://www.focalpointopticsltd.com/CORONASAFE
- Optics Consultation by Zoom
Book a 1 to 1 appointment with one of our staff to advise and guide you in your choice of optics.
- February 26, 2020 | 6:00 PMSevenoaks Saw Mill, Northwich Rd, Antrobus, Northwich CW9 6JB, UK
- November 29, 2019 | 10:00 AMSevenoaks Saw Mill, Northwich Rd, Antrobus, Northwich CW9 6JB, UK
- September 12, 2019 | 9:00 AMAntrobus, Northwich CW9 6JB, UK
- Well Shine a Light!
I have recently re-started an old hobby which I was really into several years ago but let lapse until August last year (2020). With COVID restrictions on travel and more time spent looking for wildlife in the garden this was a natural progression sparked by a kind offer. A good friend offered me a moth trap that he had spare and I snapped his hand off and said YES! From then on evenings have been a bit different, the curtains stay open as I watch for moths landing on the window and my 2 kittens are fascinated by all these fluttery creatures just the other side of the glass. Several times a night I check if any ‘good’ moths have landed on walls or windows by going out into the garden. But this was a pain in the darkness until I discovered the perfect tool for the job – the Celestron ThermoTorch 5. After buying a ThermoTorch 5 I was so impressed that I purchased two more, one for my wife to use at the horse stables where she is sometimes finishing off husbandry chores in the dark and another to keep full-time in my car in case of emergency. Suddenly everything was much easier when checking the patio for moths and it even illuminated the Pipistrelle Bats flying around the garden that had been attracted in by the moths, what a bonus. I even took a phone camera picture in the dark using the torch to light it, see my caterpillar picture below! The three light levels of the ThermoTorch make it really flexible with lower levels used when shining it into the trap to check if any moths were in there but without disturbing them with another light source. The highest level was excellent when exploring the darker reaches of the garden, looking at the leaves of bushes where some moths had landed temporarily. By doing this I managed to ‘pot up’, ID and release several moths that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise and even caught a couple of scarce species this way. Without the torch these wouldn’t have been seen and the data lost to science, which sounds dramatic but as a trained zoologist that means a lot to me. Usually for moth trapping the nights were relatively warm, but a few UK species fly in winter so when I was out searching for moths in November and December the hand-warmer function of the ThermoTorch came in particularly handy. Even using the torch as a light and a hand-warmer a single charge lasted a long, long time. In fact over the whole trapping period from 1st August to 31st December I only recharged the torch once from its original charging. As well as the torch and hand-warmer properties this has a third function that I also used just the once and that worked brilliantly as well. This was as a power bank, for charging up my mobile phone. The one I had in my car was used to boost my phone when I needed it to take photographs. Without this recharge I would have been stuck but essential pictures were taken and the charge on the phone lasted all afternoon. The torch itself is sturdy and well balanced with a compact length of just 17cm and a weight of 350g and has a claim to have been drop tested which is reassuring but I will try not to test that out if I can help it! It is water resistant and comes with a useful belt holster, although I find it small enough for most of my pockets and so don’t use the holster. The torch comes with a USB cable and that is how it is charged. I use my pc to recharge it but we also have USB sockets in some plugs at home so they could be used too. Many Hotels and B&Bs have USB plug sockets as standard too so when away on holiday charging it up wouldn’t be a problem either. I have found the ThermoTorch perfect for use in one of my hobbies and I am sure that most people would find a use for it in their lives. With its multi-functionality it is a versatile wee device and whether bought for your own use or as a present I am confident that it won’t disappoint.
- Gene Genie
I remember, when I were a lad in Yorkshire, when identifying birds was a matter of looking them up in my Observers Book of British Birds and writing down exactly what I had seen. That is no more!!! We are now in the realms of DNA analysis to determine what species we have seen, DNA probably standing for we Don’t kNow Anything without getting a sample of poo or a feather and sending it to a lab for examination, how did our hobby get so complicated?! This is very pertinent to my birding this October because by sheer coincidence the last 3 species that I have travelled to see have all been contentious bird IDs which birders have argued over and many have said cannot be resolved without DNA analysis. The first of these was a flycatcher seen in Trow Quarry, Durham which from photographs resembled the rare Taiga Flycatcher rather than its close cousin Red-breasted Flycatcher. The former species has only been seen 3 times before in the UK (and proven!) so it would be pretty mega if it was one. Weighing up the evidence I decided to travel for this ‘Lifer’ hoping that it was the rarer of the two very similar species. I headed up to the NE from Cheshire, setting off in the dark and arriving very early morning to find a good dozen or so folk already there and the bird showing well. The flycatcher was watched actively feeding along the base of the ‘cliff face’ in the open quarry and observers were split as to its true identity. The tail pattern looked good for Taiga but in some lights the bird looked too warm-plumaged to fit that species well. I felt pretty happy that I wasn’t watching a ‘bog standard’ Red-breasted Fly, both in plumage and behaviour but would I have to wait for DNA analysis as some had suggested. Luckily the two species can be confidently separated by call and the day i was there a recording of call was made. Subsequent analysis and sonograms proved beyond doubt that the bird WAS a Taiga Flycatcher – success and a Life Tick for me! All without the dreaded wait for poo analysis!! A week or so later another rarity appeared not too far away from Cheshire and I fancied a trip to see it and a day out. This time the bird was a shrike and the confusion was between Brown Shrike or Turkestan Shrike, two species that I had previously seen so the ID was not as crucial for me on this one. I headed over to South Kirkby in West Yorkshire and walked onto Johnny Brown’s Common to the bird’s favoured field. Two groups of birders were watching so aware of the need to social distance I joined the smaller group of 5 birders which dwindled to 2 soon afterwards as the others that had seen the bird well decided to leave. We watched as the bird feed on insects and perched up on dead umbellifers at the field margin. Again in different lights the bird looked to fit either species description, no wonder this had been voted as a candidate for DNA analysis. After a long session of scoping the bird and grabbing several record shots I am firmly in the Brown Shrike camp, as were my fellow birders in the group I was in. Much discussion online is wavering towards Brown Shrike as the ID too but with no poo sample collected it will be up to the British Birds Rarity Committee to make the final decision. As it is only a Year Tick for me I can chill on this particular one, but it will be important for others, so we will see!! Then another good bird turns up, and, guess what, the ID is another contentious one! This time I was up early and heading in the dark across the Pennines once again, this time to South Gare near Redcar in Cleveland. Arriving not long after dawn only one birder was present looking over the bird’s favoured reedbed - it is useful that these birds stick to specific areas! I was soon scoping my quarry – an ‘Eastern’ Stonechat species. The difficulty here is that there are two very similar species, namely Siberian Stonechat and Stejneger’s Stonechat. Only the latter would be a lifer, in fact a proven Siberian Stonechat had been close to my home in Cheshire at the turn of 2019 and 2020. That bird had had a poo sample collected and ID was proven by DNA analysis albeit after a number of us had come down very heavily on the ID being Siberian, which it was finally proven to be. Opinion on the Cleveland bird was strongly weighted towards Stejneger’s so I had taken a risk in travelling to see it for another Life Tick. Over the next hour I watched the bird and took note of all of the plumage characteristic and joined the majority in plumping for ID as Stejneger’s Stonechat. The bird had dark upper plumage, a warm apricot flush to the breast but with the central breast paler, a pale throat, a defined supercilium, a well defined black tail with a uniformly rich apricot uppertail and rump, and black axillaries seen in flight. I was informed that a poo sample has already been sent off for this bird so ID will be clinched soon. I am confident another Life Tick is on its way! To make the most of the day I did a bit more birding adding a stunning male Firecrest to the day list as well as a long seawatch which saw Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver, Manx Shearwater, Arctic Skua, Gannet, Kittiwake, Eider and Guillemot go into the notebook. On the shore a lone Bar-tailed Godwit was nice to see with Dunlin and Oystercatchers as well as a Rock Pipit. But the biggest highlight of the day, the month, the whole of 2020 and beyond was not a bird species! A group of large gulls were mobbing something in the water below them about half a mile offshore. As I swung my scope round and focused I had to zoom in for clarification, but there was a dark reptilian head protruding from the sea’s surface with a ridged dark back behind it. I was looking at a TURTLE!!!!! I watched in disbelief as it slowly drifted along, gulls in tow and then slowly, smoothly sank away under the surface. Despite watching for another 20 minutes there was no further sign. As Turtles dive deep and for long periods this was expected but you live in hope! Not being well up on turtle ID, having never seen one nor expected to, I suspected it to be a Leatherback Turtle but need to look up ID o be sure. All other plans for the day were shelved as I wanted to get home and research my find. Locals were found and told, a call was made to my pal Chris at Rare Bird Alert and then I headed off home. All my research backs up my first thoughts, it was a Leatherback Turtle, it looked very big and dark and some of the pictures on the web could have been taken of my specimen they look so spot on! At last something Mega that I could ID without a poo sample – lucky that one, as I wasn’t about to swim half a mile out in the freezing North Sea for anything!! So one definite Lifer in the bag, one more almost certain, pending DNA analysis, and a Year Tick whichever way the shrike ID goes But the biggest bonus was a once in a lifetime find of a Leatherback Turtle in British Waters, it is great how anything can happen in this fabulous hobby of ours!!
- Pretty in Pink - a Hoopoe Photo-Blog
This is a little bit different from my usual blogs and trip reports cos it’s a Photo-Blog!! On my latest trip out to see a special bird I got so many decent photos that I couldn’t choose between them – so here’s a few for your perusal!! But first the story behind the bird! At the end of last week, with the forecast set fair I decided on a day out and my destination was chosen by the presence of a scarce and very photogenic bird over in Yorkshire. I set off across the M62 and up the M1 to Collingham, a pretty village near Wetherby which hosts the Half Moon Public House which is where Oliver Cromwell is said to have spent the night after the Battle of Marston Moor!! My luck was in since as soon as I turned into my destination road a lady directed me down a side cutting straight to the bird! On arrival at the area she had sent me to I was watching a beautiful Hoopoe, feeding frantically on the local cricket pitch, probing for and finding grubs and worms aplenty. A gathering of up to 30 birders were socially distanced and very well behaved, staying far back and not pushing the bird at all. The cricket club groundsman went about his business and walked within 10m of the bird without it being bothered, so at that point I organised a move forward of any birders and photographers who wished, up to the boundary edge about 20m from the bird. As expected the Hoopoe wasn’t at all bothered and we all got much better pictures by being that little bit closer. The bird even moved towards us at times, more bothered about feeding than any humans present! I took picture after picture, drained one camera battery and eventually filled my sd card, time to go methinks!! I said farewell to the few folk near me and headed off, a good bird under my belt and a shed-load of pictures to sort through. Although once I opened them on my pc it was obvious that it had been time well spent, my best ever pictures of a Hoopoe and a great day out in the sunshine in my native Yorkshire! As promised here’s a mass of piccies of this gorgeous bird, hope you enjoy !!
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- Bird Food review by @Andy Dutton
FeldyFare Bird Food Products When I called into Focalpoint recently I was intrigued by their new bird food products by Feldy especially the Golden Food Balls, they looked so much more appetising than my usual budget store bargain bucket fat balls so I decided to give them a try along with some mixed seed and sunflower hearts. I liked the look of them so time to see if my birds agreed with my first impressions. I decided as a test to mix some of the Golden Food Balls with my usual fat balls and straight away noticed the difference in consistency, rather than the usual grey solid bland look of my normal brand the Feldy balls were packed with seed and looked much more enticing to my eye. Once I filled my feeder with the mix of old and new I left it to the birds to decide, almost immediately I noticed the Blue Tits went straight to the new Feldy Food Balls and totally ignored my usual brand they seemed to be able to access the goodness from the ball much more easily from the Feldy balls and required much less effort to do so, in contrast my old brand always seemed to take a lot of effort to break into with very little reward besides fat, and the birds never seemed to spend much time feeding at the old ones. The other thing I noticed quite quickly was that our House Sparrows spent time feeding on the new food balls where as they hardly ever fed at the old fat balls. A few days later it was noticeable how much the new Feldy Food Balls had been eaten whereas my usual brand remained untouched, so I think my birds have certainly shown a preference. The Mixed Seed and Sunflower Hearts I also came home with seemed to be another great success, we are a small urban garden in a built up area on a new estate and with very few surrounding gardens with feeders, our bird flocks have taken a while to establish but we now have a regular flock of 20-25 House Sparrows, several Blue Tits and a few Goldfinch and they all seemed to enjoy the Sunflower Hearts and Mixed Seed so much so that after only one day I had to re-fill a couple of the feeders which is much quicker than I normally re-fill. The quality of the Mixed Seed and Sunflower Hearts was very good, it looked very clean, plenty of variety and with much less husk and chaff than I usually get with my usual budget mixed seed brand. So thanks to Focalpoint and Feldy Bird Foods my birds are now happy and well-nourished and we can spend more time watching our birds at the feeders. images Taken with Opticron MM4 60 Telescope @opticron Birdfood to your door is available via the Focalpoint App
- Rodley Nature Reserve
Just finished a visit to the reserve and I can understand why it won Countyfile Reserve of the year in 2018..as a newcomer to the birding world this place is a godsend as it’s only 7 miles from home...there is so much variety in a relatively small area just a snap shot of what I observed in my visit, Little Grebe, Great crested grebe, Kingfisher, Black headed gull, Swan, Mallard, Canada geese, Coot, Common gull, Herring gull, Gadwell, Sandmartin, Reed warbler, Moorhen, Egret...a visit to the cafe in the visitor centre for tea and cake is a must...Well worth a day out. PS...note to oneself..pay a visit to the opticsgirl and purchase a scope!!!!!!!😊
- The little bag that punches above it's weight
There are occasions (not many) when I don't need my large Tamrac Expedition camera bag, so when Yvonne showed my the new Wandrd PRVKE backpack I was intrigued. When Yvonne invited me to try the 31 Litre version I was happy to oblige. The version I tried included the Camera Cube, Accessory Straps and the Waist Strap. Wandrd also do a smaller 21 Litre backpack. The bag is well made from Waterproof Tarpaulin and Ballistic Nylon, with weather resistant zips to the various pockets and compartments. There are two main compartments to the bag. The lower compartment takes the Camera Cube, the upper compartment can be used for a jumper, waterproof, lunch and other items you may need. It will take a 100-400mm lens if wanted. It also expandable so can carry quite a lot of peripheral equipment or a fleece. The Camera Cube has Velcro fitted divided that can be arranged in a variety of configurations to hold a camera with a lens attached and extra lens. I fitted my Canon 5D IV with the 17-40mm f/4 attached; Canon 100mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50mm f/2.8, extension tubes, filter pouch and a Canon 480 Speedlite, although it was a tight fit. To allow the camera cube to zip closed, it was necessary to remove the battery pack from the base of the camera. The lower compartment has a side access panel to make it easy to get at your camera and lens. The flap for this has a compartment in which you can keep spare batteries and SD / CF Cards. The bag is packed with lot's of little features - A side pocket can be used for either a drink, or small tripod. Several lugs on the bag take the accessory straps which can be fixed to carry, say, a tripod or small seat (such as a Walk-stool). A smaller side pocket on the opposite side has a small clip, so presents an ideal place for your keys - how much time do you spend after a day out fumbling in your rucksack for the car and house keys? No need for that with the Wandrd. Undo the zip at the base of the Wandrd and inside you'll find a pull-out rain cover to go over the bag. On the rear panel of the Wandrd there is "secret" packet for valuables, as whilst the bag is on your back no-one an get at it. A great place for your passport and wallet, or even a mobile phone. There is room for a small laptop and / or a tablet in the main front flap. I felt it was a bit to small for my 15.5inch laptop, but it will also hold a field guide or a note book. The shoulder straps are expandable and a chest strap comes as standard, with a detachable waist strap also included. The bag was comfortable on the back when loaded and carried for a couple of hours and is suitable to use as carry on luggage for flights (although you may be over the weight limit!). Whilst I was very impressed with this bag, it is probably not for me. I prefer to keep the battery pack on my camera (I find it balances better) and couldn't get everything in the camera cube that I would normally take with me, for example it was difficult to fit the Ring Flash in the cube for macro-photography. For anyone who wants a day-pack for landscape photography, or to use as a flight bag with a reduced camera gear then this bag ticks lots of boxes, with plenty of room for extras such as waterproofs and fleece, lunch box and drink. To find out more about the new Wandrd range, stocked at Focalpoint, check out the videos on their blog. Better still call in at FocalPoint and see for yourself.