Interview with Birder Robin!

Interview with Birder Robin!


Some of you may know that the Stanpit Marsh event is coming up on the 25th of April. This is an opportunity to learn about digi-scoping and try out some incredible Canon and Swarovski equipment!

So, in the spirit of this event, I have decided to interview Rob (who will be attending the event and talking to anyone who will listen about his extensive bird knowledge!)

Scroll below for his interview and feel free to interrogate him on his answers on the 25th!


What is your favourite bird?


When I was a young boy (many moons ago) we went on a holiday to the Norfolk Broads. The first morning I was having breakfast on the boat in the open air and a kingfisher flew onto a branch about 10 feet away! I’ve never forgotten that and never tire of seeing one. However, with a name like Robin, I should choose the Robin!


How have binoculars changed since you used them as a child in the 17th century?

In the 17th century they didn’t exist…..

The binoculars I had as a child were very heavy and NOT waterproof. I was unable to use them with my spectacles which was very frustrating.


If money were no object, which pair of binoculars would you choose?

I do like the Zeiss Victory 8x42. However, the Swarovski’s are equally as good and its hard to ignore the Vortex Razor with their lifetime warranty.

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What binoculars do you own?

I own a pair of Opticron 8x42 Countrymans.

I still have a pair of Russian Coastguard 7x50’s.


Are there a particular pair of binoculars you would choose for hiking/walking long distances?

For long distances you want to go for something light. The smaller pairs of bins from Zeiss and Swarovski have great glass allowing better light transmission which for most smaller pairs is an Achilles heel. If you’re prepared to spend a bit more, they are worth it.



Which do you prefer? Binoculars or Scopes?

Both serve different purposes. I tend to use my binoculars more. But living in Dorset with a lot of estuary and marsh type habitat, a scope is a must!


When did you become interested in birdwatching?

When I was 5 - 6 years old. Myself and a friend were into dinosaurs and we naturally transferred the interest into birdwatching. Apparently most dinosaurs are closely related to birds.

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If you entered a “Name that Bird” competition, would you win?


Probably not, as I’d always want to name them Trevor, Alan or Ian. Essentially footballers first names because they’re amusing when given to wildlife.


If you could be any bird, what would you be?

A Kingfisher

(I would say an owl, but I hate rodents)


What’s your preferred magnification?

8x42 which is good for woodland use, spotting the smaller birds.

You can also use them in conjunction with a scope if you need further magnification.


What are the advantages of waterproof binoculars?

For me, when I owned a pair of waterproof binoculars, it meant I could leave my case in the car as you don’t need it to protect the binoculars!


Lets test your bird knowledge! How would you tell the difference between a Pacific Golden Plover and a Common Ringed Plover?

A ringed plover has an orange beak. The golden plovers have distinctive white markings, which looks like a backward S.


Thank you for your time Rob. Any parting advice?

Don’t buy a pair of binoculars just because you are told they are great! You need to try them for yourself. Everybody’s eyes are different. What will suit one person might not suit you. The weight and feel are also very important and individual to the user.

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Posted by Alice Hewitt
16th April 2019

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