Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 47, Issue 14

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From: Duncan Cape <>
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:58:51 +0000
Hi Peter

Thank you for taking the time to address my query. Sorry for the time taken to 
reply. I have now had chance to measure the actual focus distance which is 9 
metres. Someone has suggested that it may be that my eyesight is not as good as 
it used to be. Perhaps there is some truth in that however absence of close 
focus has always been the only problem I have had with the Leitz 10x50.

Any suggestion as to the best binoculars to purchase similar to the one I have 
now but with a much closer minimum focus would be appreciated. I live in the 
Brisbane area.

Thanks again for your interest.


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   1. Re: Binoculars (Peter Shute)
   2. Plains Wanderer Lands in Bendigo! (Martin Woodward)


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Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:30:08 +1000
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Duncan, how close do your current binoculars focus? I'm under the impression 
that it's not uncommon for 10x50 binoculars to have quite a long minimum focus 
distance, perhaps because they're less commonly used by birders.

Peter Shute

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> I purchased 10x50 Leitz binoculars 45 years ago. These have given, and
> continue to give, excellent service. However they have one annoying fault, in
> that they do not focus close enough. Recently at an excellent bird hide at
> Myall Park Botanic Garden nothing at the water source was in focus. I would
> like to obtain some new binoculars similar to the ones I have but with better
> close focus. Could anyone please advise?
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Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:09:09 +1000
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Subject: Plains Wanderer Lands in Bendigo!
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Hi Everyone,

When I went to work today, I heard of a strange bird that had been collected
from a verandah in northern Bendigo (Epsom), after the owner called DELWP
for assistance.
To everyone's surprise the bird was identified as a female Plains Wanderer
(photo attached).

I was particularly surprised as I've been helping with Plains Wanderer night
surveys within Terrick Terrick NP (about 100km north of Bendigo)for the past
two years, and not seen a single PW during this period.

Anyway, the PW has had a vet check and given the all clear to join a
breeding program with Melbourne Zoo.
I'm assuming that the bird may have been stunned after hitting a window,
perhaps from a night flight in the early hours of the morning!


Martin Woodward

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