Review: Peregrine ed 10x42 Viking optical Binoculars

Viking Optical Rewiews

Over the past couple of weeks I have enjoyed field testing Viking opticals new range of Peregrine ed 10x42 Binoculars. Testing them in a range of circumstances including, watching gulls, passerines to raptors to fully test their range. I really enjoyed sifting through hundreds of gulls in my local harbour in all weather conditions while testing these binoculars. Makes life easier to pick up interesting gulls when you are using quality optics!
Some details about the Peregrine ed 10x42 Binoculars from Viking optical;
Description KEY FEATURES • Extra Low Dispersion glass objective lenses • Fully multicoated optics • Dielectric coated, phase corrected BAK 4 Prisms • Smooth rubber armour & fully waterproof • Twist down eyecups for spectacle wearers • Supplied with rainguard, case and strap • Weight: 8×42 600g; 10×42 610g • 10 year guarantee

There are several features of these binoculars that I found very impressive, they include;
The extra low dispersion glass, making them…

Greater Scaup: Ageing females

For the past week or so now the Wirral peninsular (Cheshire, Britain) has been experiencing an influx of Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), which has included a flock of seven on the marine lake at West Kirby. The flock, which consists of four drakes and three females have been showing well to say the least, enabling those who've made the visit all that worth while with the flock coming down to know more than a meter at times. 

The experience also gave the rare opportunity to enable this comparison shot (below) of a 1st winter female and adult female Greater Scaup side-by-side.

1st winter female:
Iris - Amber.White front - Small and tatty.Adult female:
Iris - YellowWhite front - Board and tidy. 

Review: Viking Kestrel ED 10x42

The Kestrel is in the latest range of binoculars recently released by Viking Optics. This model comes in three focal ranges: 8×32 • 8×42 • 10×42 (this review is in respect of the 10×42 model) – and has been designed to be a mid-price pair in their latest ED (Extra low Depression) glass range, which includes the Kestrels cousins: Peregrine ED & Merlin ED. The Peregrine ED is currently under review by my partner in crime Cian Cardiff, his review will be uploaded to the ID Series blog on a later date. For starters the Kestrel feels sturdy and solid, the 674g body is covered in a durable and reasonably-grippy rubber armoring  – the body its self being fully water proof – it emits excellence, making you appreciate it’s well executed design and manufacturing, making one feel pretty proud to have them as part of their birding arsenal.

As well as looking and feeling fancy, the Kestrel can also put up with a variety of conditions as I found out; from being battered by wind and…

Winter Chapter: Gulls; My Local gulling hot spot

Hi again folks,

I hope you enjoyed are last post on the first winter Yellow-legged gull. And we thought you might like some more work on gulls! Just to get the brain working. All in all this piece is just to show how gulls can be useful for identification and other birding purposes. It's nice to look at your work and findings in time and see how your birding skills develop and which areas need some work! I hope you enjoy.

(Adult Ring-billed Gull and 3cy type Common Gull By Cian Cardiff)
Just a few brief comment to tell you folks about the place were I became fascinated by gulls and gulling. It all began in a tiny harbour located on the East Coast of Ireland, called Bray Harbour. This area has the river Dargle flowing into it, which seems to be a attraction for most gull species. What I like most about this site, is when the tide drops there is an exposed area of sand and silt that has been build up by the river. This in turn leaves a fantastic area for gulls to wash, feed and re…

Autumn Birding: Yellow-legged Gull

Hi folks,
On my first day back checking the local harbour in Bray, Co.Wicklow I was delighted to arrive and see up to 30 European Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus), on the small beach at high tide. This gave me a chance to get some nice images of the varies ages and plumages. But what I didn't expect to pick up was anything rare! For the past 3 years I've been trying to find a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) amongest the large Larus numbers there.

So, as I was walking in amongest the Herrings I picked up a lovely showy 1st winter Great Black-backed Gull and was trying to photograph it. But then another big Larus to it's left on the slip way caught my attention, very white headed and with a large chuncky black bill! Could it finally be the 1st winter Yellow-legged I thought would one day appear?  So I took several close up images of this bird and then took some poor quality flight shots, to view the tail. Low and behold the tail was stunning like a immatur…

Summer Birding: Acros - Marsh Warbler

Hi all,
Acro warbler's for some people are just a 'No No' to go into identification. Most warbler's that look like a 'Reed' warbler are noted as a Eurasian Reed warbler. But for some of us we like to delve deeper into the identification of the acros which can be a bit of a head wreaker!!! (Give me a Blue-headed wagtail any day!). 
So, on the 27th of June I came across a juvenile Little ringed plover (Still a decent rare bird in Ireland), on my patch Chore Marsh, Co. Wexford. While photographing the bird flying overhead calling I watched it drop into a muddy area beyond the start of the 'Central' reedbed. So accordingly I walked over to this patch which cuts through the reeds and has a channel on either side. Not managing to relocating the LRP after about an hour searching I was just at the end of the track to head back to the original LRP site I heard a warbler singing it's heart out, didn't sound right for a Reed warbler. So that got me thinki…

Spring Birding: Opening to Flava & Channel Wagtail

Spring migration is now in full swing with all our summer migrants back in the UK and set for another breeding season. Everyone has a migrant which for them is the symbol of spring and for me it can only be one bird and that's the one and only Northern Wheatear, yet saying that there is one bird which each and every year never ceases to amaze me and a bird that I can't go a spring without seeing, so much so that I'd twitch one. That bird is one of the most iconic birds of the traditional British farmland and is the Western Yellow Wagtail aka Motacilla flava.

The RSPB estimate there are 15,000 territories in the UK but unfortunately it's on the decline as it is across it's global range. But that's not why were here, were here to give you a brief insight on one of the biggest and baddest avian subspecies complexes there is out there, as well looking at one of the many hybrids within the complex that frequently occurs on British soil.

As it currently stands the …