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  • Showroom Appointment

    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

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  • Feldy Foods Finch Fest

    With natural food sources at a low at this time of the year sunflower hearts and black sunflower seeds are very popular with finches at the momemt. Brambling, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Siskin are regular attendees at the feeders. The Coal and Great Tits hardly get a look in :)

  • All a Flutter

    Flutter Butter, not something for your toast, but a new bird food product stocked by FocalPoint. Flutter Butter is a specially formulated no-salt Peanut Butter in three flavours for birds: Flutter Butter Original - rich, nutty goodness - the original peanut butter for birds Flutter Butter Buggy - with insects to ramp up protein levels even further Flutter Butter Fruity - blended with fruit for a balanced, vitamin-rich berry burs Flutter Butter can be "served" in a variety of ways. It can be scooped out and spread on a tree trunk, but is best screwed into one of the specially designed feeders, which means that the smaller birds don't get chased off by larger visitors. A 170g tub lasts me about two weeks. Using one of the feeders makes it easy to unscrew the empty pot and replace with a new one. Flutter Butter can be "served" in a variety of ways. It can be scooped out and spread on a tree trunk, but is best screwed into one of the specially designed feeders, which mans that the smaller birds don't get chased off by larger visitors. A 170g tub lasts me about two weeks. Using one of the feeders makes it easy to unscrew the empty pot and replace with a new one. Blue, Great and Coal Tits are regular guests helping themselves to the Original Flutter Butter, although they often have to wait for the Robins to finish. The Flutter Butter is also popular with our Dunnocks who wait on or below the bird table for any dropped bits of Flutter Butter.

  • Lockdown Listing

    All birders look forward to the New Year as a time to start their yearlists over again. The slate is wiped clean and everyone starts at zero on 1st January, eagerly anticipating what bird will be first on the list and seeing how quickly the total grows. However this year, 2021, a huge spanner was thrown into the works on 4th January as a National Lockdown was imposed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The year had started with strict rules anyway with most of England in Tier 3 or 4 and travel was limited, but with a Lockdown it would be near impossible to go anywhere and the mantra was “Stay Local”. Pre-Lockdown, I had started the year as normal at my ‘Local Patch’, Newchurch Common just 3mls from home, little knowing that this would be just about the only place I would be allowed to visit for the foreseeable future! First bird would be a Blackbird, as last year, with exactly 50 species added on Day One. Star birds on that first day were my overwintering female Smew, returning for her 7th or 8th winter at Newchurch, and a Jack Snipe, only my second ever here, over on the mosslands section of my recording area. A Great Black-backed Gull was a good sighting so far inland and 28 Goosanders was an exceptional count. A Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Buntings and a Brambling were in the arable fields and were good additions on Day One. A Kingfisher was seen on one of the pools and the UKs smallest bird, Goldcrest, was one of the last additions to the final tally for the day. On Day Two, with travel still allowed, I headed to Astbury Mere, Congleton but failed to see the wintering Dusky Warbler. A Water Rail showed well, always nice to see, and en route home a Whooper Swan on the canal in Middlewich was a bonus. Day Three saw a hard-to-see species added in the shape of Long-eared Owl at a local site - withheld roost - holding just one bird. The Whooper Swan: From Day Four, Lockdown had hit and Newchurch would now be my exercise site and main birding site for the foreseeable future. A brief couple of visits to Marbury CP, a very local site too, for my exercise allowed me to add Bittern, Russian White-fronted Goose, Stonechat and Pintail; hard birds to see locally and almost zero chance of me getting the first two at Newchurch. Noteworthy species were seen at Newchurch in the final weeks of January, helped by almost daily walks all around ‘my patch’. Woodcock, Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Linnet and Pink-footed Goose were all added to my yearlist, and at the end of January the total stood at 86 species. Compared to a ‘normal’ year this was a low total, with me usually hitting the 100 mark in the first two weeks; but this year was far from normal! January was extra cold in Cheshire with quite deep snow at times and then flooding in Northwich, our closest town, so I felt pretty good getting to 86 species given the adverse weather and a national travel ban. Getting out onto my patch several times a week also helped keep my spirits up in Lockdown, every new bird was a highlight and watching interesting behaviour or doing regular counts of common species was always a pleasure, but I can’t say that I wasn’t hankering for a chance to head elsewhere like North Wales or the coast just to mix things up a bit! A Kestrel brightened up one day: And a Wigeon on the ice at Newchurch: February started with no prospect of Lockdown ending and therefore no chance to travel further afield, so local it would stay! Early in February I had the opportunity to travel locally by car on a couple of occasions and took full advantage by taking my exercise walks close to where I was and at last doing some ‘mixing up’ of my birding as I had wanted. On one occasion I had picked up my new car which had been bought ‘unseen’, as it has to be in Lockdown, so a short test drive was recommended and I took full advantage heading to the closest RSPB reserve – Burton Mere Wetlands. Here I could be away from crowds (at most 6 people were on the reserve) and have my exercise walk with the chance of species I probably wouldn’t get on my local patch. This proved to be correct with Cattle Egret, Great White Egret and Marsh Harrier all added and all very good ‘yearticks’, as well as Cetti’s Warbler and Black-tailed Godwit. Then again using a short drive to fully test the car out I headed a few miles away to Queens Park. Here, following a local tip off, I had fantastic views of a Little Owl sunning itself in its favoured tree and a pair of Mandarins on the iced up Park Lake. Two great birds to add to the 2021 List, and hardly any distance from home. My walks at Newchurch in early February were interesting rather than spectacular, cold weather icing up the ponds and my sightings consisting of counts of birds already seen rather than the addition of any new species. But that’s local patching and the prospect of finding something new or interesting always draws you back! The Little Owl: and the drake Mandarin: The final few species for this account were added by visiting another very close local site to do the final testing of my new car which had a 7-day return clause on it, and so needed to be driven on a variety of roads, and there wasn’t any way round that! My village is only a few miles from Sandbach Flashes, which is a local patch for many of my birding mates and can produce some quality birds not seen anywhere else locally. So a couple of visits there were built in to my test drives and three noteworthy species were added to my list to bring up a milestone for the year. The first two species were seen near Rode Pool, both in fields and both seen as two birds together! These were Egyptian Goose and Little Egret, two species that have colonised the UK; the former as an introduced species and the latter as a migrant that has stayed and bred. The final species was seen on a bitterly cold morning in Warmingham, just 7 miles from home. I walked a footpath across fields by a frozen fishing flash and was rewarded with a sighting of 2 Tree Sparrows in the hedgerows there. This declining farmland species brought up my 100 species of birds seen in 2021 on 13th February, a welcome milestone in a tough year for everything, never mind birding! Two Egyptian Geese: Hopefully with increased vaccination and reducing cases and deaths, travel will become permissible again and normal service will be resumed, after yearlisting for the last two years has been affected by the worst pandemic in living memory.

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    See More, Save More Focalpoint Rewards! Pinterest Showroom Appointment Discover Bird News Bird League Bird Map : : : Binoculars Spotting Scopes Astro Scopes Accessories The Docs Blog Enjoy the "Doc's Blog's" #docbirderpaul posts a regular blog on the Focalpoint website. Full of fun & facts these engaging short stories of a Yorkshire Birder will delight and inspire you to go Birding! Birding (C) Image by Tony Murphy Focalpoint Optics, Serving Birders & Nature lovers since 1980. Swarovski CL Companion Nomad Beautifully Elegant and Optically Perfect! The Docs Blog Enjoy the "Doc's Blog's" #docbirderpaul posts a regular blog on the Focalpoint website. Full of fun & facts these engaging short stories of a Yorkshire Birder will delight and inspire you to go Birding! 1/36 Check out our range of telescopes Shop Telescopes Video Find your perfect binoculars with our binoculars buying guide Need Help With Your Next Purchase? Contact Us Helping in the community We work with a range of charities making donations and participating in events to help the local and far reach community. Find out how you can help We want all of our customers to help us with the preservation of wildlife and prevention of their habitats being destroyed. Find out how you can help. Our Latest Arrivals New Arrival Quick View Jacobi Jayne I love my birds High energy seed cake Price £2.49 Add to Cart Demo Stock Quick View DEMO Celestron Astro Fi 102 Astronomical Telescope Boxed as new Price £319.00 Add to Cart New product Quick View Swarovski 10 x 32 NL Pure Price £2,020.00 Add to Cart New product Quick View Swarovski 8 x 32 NL Pure Price £1,980.00 Add to Cart New Arrival Quick View Pre-Loved Kowa 10x50 SVII Boxed like new Price £210.00 Out of Stock New Arrival Quick View Jacobi Jayne I love my birds High energy seed cake Price £2.49 Add to Cart Demo Stock Quick View DEMO Celestron Astro Fi 102 Astronomical Telescope Boxed as new Price £319.00 Add to Cart New product Quick View Swarovski 10 x 32 NL Pure Price £2,020.00 Add to Cart New product Quick View Swarovski 8 x 32 NL Pure Price £1,980.00 Add to Cart New Arrival Quick View Pre-Loved Kowa 10x50 SVII Boxed like new Price £210.00 Out of Stock Shop All FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @focalpointopticsltd

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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.

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