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