Just add light

Steve Blain

A family holiday with a bit of digiscoping on the side!

I’m just back from a family holiday in Cyprus.  Fortunately for me I have a very understanding partner and was allowed out for a couple of hours each day to go birding on this superb island.

 I stayed at the west end near Paphos, very near some wonderful migration hotspots which gave some excellent digiscoping opportunities.  The main locations I visited included Paphos headland, Mandria, Agia Vavara, and Aspro Dam.  Early mornings and evenings were best for the light – but what a difference the light makes!  Compared to the dreary insipid UK winter, the difference in quality of the images is vast. 

Below are some of the shots I managed.  I have to add these were all taken with a Sony RX100 on loan to me from Paul Hackett – many thanks, Paul.  This camera produced some fantastic results with the quality of the 20 megapixel sensor being excellent.  The only fault I found with it is the autofocus, which can be slow to lock on to your subject, or sometimes misses it completely.  Compared to my Nikon V1 the autofocus is still a world away.  However the quality of the images when you get it right, is a huge improvement.

Black-headed Wagtail

Isabelline Wheatear


Red-throated Pipit



Cretzschmar’s Bunting


Black-eared Wheatear

Crested Lark

Tawny Pipit


Black-headed Wagtail




Sardinian Warbler


Green Sandpiper


Collared Flycatcher

All taken with a Sony RX100, Swarovski ATS 80 HD, 20x or 25-50x eyepieces, and a DCA adapter.

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