Understanding the plethora of wildlife in our own back yards can be a little difficult, particularly when said beasties primarily show themselves at night. Our collection of night vision devices range from budget-price general observation (the Yukon Patrol 2×4 is lightweight, compact, durable, water resistant and great for both open field and long distance viewing) to professional night vision binoculars such as the Digital NV Ranger Pro 5×42 (boasting the likes of video output, bright exposure resistance, self contained and external power supply).
Here are a few furry neighbours to keep watch for on these long UK nights!
The badger is an incredibly shy animal, mostly living in family groups or packs. Although they’re less active in the colder months, by January/February many females are pregnant, making the daily forage for food more important than ever.
Poor foxes suffered a lot of bad press during 2010. Glimpsing a family of foxes is incredibly rewarding. If you have to time to hide out and with your night vision binoculars on the lookout for a female and some kits – it’s a must!
During colder months, the hungry barn owl will venture out for food during daylight hours. Although dusk and immediately after is generally the best time to spot them.
At least a quarter of the UK’s mammal population is made up of the eighteen species of bat that live and breed in the UK. Check out the Bat Conservation Trust to find local bat watching groups in your area.
There are a number of things you should bear in mind when deciding whether or not to purchase night vision devices such as night vision goggles.
The technology enables you to see in the dark, which could be handy in a variety of scenarios, such as hunting, fishing, camping and if you have security concerns.
However, before you decide to purchase such items, there are certain facts you should be aware of.
Using intensified digital night vision creates a different effect than that of regular binoculars or your own eyes and this is something you should not be alarmed by.
For example, objects that seem light during the day but have dull surface areas may appear darker through such instruments. This is perfectly normal and is a result of the physical processes involved.
In the same way, darker objects with a highly reflective surface may seem lighter. Once you are used to the technology, you will easily be able to factor this into your perception.
Meanwhile, do not be surprised by the fact that depth perception is not normal when using the instruments. Again, this is a result of the processes involved and it is surely a relatively small price to pay to be able to see in the dark!
When using digital night vision in the fog and rain, you may experience a slight drop in performance levels. This is because the devices are very responsive to reflective ambient light and therefore light reflecting off the water droplets can have an effect.
As long as you know what to expect from your new device, you won’t be disappointed.
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