I am trying to set up a Facebook group for birders and other wildlife enthusiasts to advertise items free of charge. At present I have many secondhand books for sale, plus the Canon camera, and Zeiss binoculars. Whilst pagers often carry adverts for telescopes etc. selling on eBay doesn't attract the buyers for more specialist items. I intend to direct people here from the Facebook group, hopefully others will direct people to their own sites in a similar manner but Facebook will make interested people aware of what's for sale. I know Facebook already has a marketplace, but I looked for a specific camera much loved by birders and didn't find one despite sifting through several hundred adverts.
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CANON 400mm F4 DOI IS Lightweight lens £1300


Condition is good, optically perfect, but the underside is heavily "scratched" due to handholding. (Canon paint isn't very durable). The hood is wrapped in black tape but it is non-adhesive and easily removed, the hood is unmarked. I have never used the travelling case or the tripod mount (easily refitted) and I used an OP/TECH strap fitted to the lens rather than the camera body to carry it. Most of the time I used a 1.4X Canon extender with it, I tried a 2X but found a better result using a 1.4X and "blowing up" the image if necessary. My last extender is for sale below, as will be the camera body soon, (I am not giving up but have switched to a mirrorless system with a 100-500 Canon zoom, which is even easier to handle and gives good results in more adverse conditions).

CANON Extender 1.4X Mark III £325


Excellent condition, the latest model which is apparently almost a necessity if using a modern telephoto lens. Canon say the MK I and II are not compatible, this is probably b******s but there is a definite improvement when using a MK III. For this reason I don't want to haggle much on this, cheapest I have seen on eBay was £319 but that had far more signs of wear. Postage free.

Condition is excellent, optically perfect, and as it was mounted on a lens more or less permanently there is little wear from taking it on and off repeatedly. The vast majority of my photos have been taken with this or a similar extender, using both the 400mm and a 500mm which I used to own when I did a lot of twitching. Complete with soft pouch and box, you won't find a better one.

ZEISS 10 X 40 BGAT Binoculars £395

My own binoculars purchased in the late 1980's. Having kept them as spares for many years I really don't need a spare pair any more so am offering them for sale. They are still better than many modern bins, Ann is happily keeping hers. Whilst they obviously show signs of wear (paint on focusing ring and logo etc) they were recently serviced/refurbished by an official Zeiss authorised repair centre (there is a link on the site), and lanyard and strap were replaced by new items (not fitted). In fact the focusing ring is now a little stiff as they haven't been used since and need a bit to loosen up. Please don't bother with silly offers as I really don't want to part with them. Despite the age, unless you want to spend more you won't find better binoculars. Please note refurbishment doesn't cover the external lenses, but re-collimation, resetting and replacing armour, strap etc. The lenses will show marks if viewed under a magnifying glass, due to age, but nothing that affects performance, they are optically perfect. The original leather case is included but unfortunately the zip is broken.

I may accept a near offer but am in no hurry to sell. P&P £11 (insured).


I have a number of books which I have bought over the last thirty years, some of which may be of interest to collectors, or in some cases as field guides/information, although naturally a book nowadays is out of date as soon as it is published. As I am not familiar with the market prices are a bit guesswork so I am open to offers on anything. Titles will be added to as I am downsizing and will have a huge number of books available eventually. Some of these will be very cheap or postage only, I just hate throwing books away. A number of magazines will appear later (Birdwatch, BB, possibly Birding World.)

Should you be interested click HERE or on the photos above to be directed to my books page.