posted by Justin Carr.
As a birder it may have been a quiet spring for birders here in the UK the lack of a prolonged spell of Easterly winds has meant a lack of rare and scarce birds reaching our shores. But being a Photographer/Digiscoper i always have something to keep me occupied when the birding is a little steady. over the last few weeks i have enjoy some local birding as well as a couple of trips to my favorite migrant hotspot Spurn. Here are a few shots, Digiscoped as always.
This Arctic tern was at Lakeside Doncaster, note the grey markings on its forwing making it possibly a 2nd summer bird a rareley seen plumage in the UK as immature birds tend to stay on there wintering grounds.
Red necked Grebe
This Red necked Grebe had a good stay at Hornsea mere. Thanks must go to Gary Taylor who rang me up to say he had really close views that morning.
Mallard also Hornsea mere.
This shot of this Mallard demonstrates the shallow depth of field Digiscoping creates giving an interesting look to the image.
Redshank Old moor RSPB.
Tundra Ringed Plover Hatfield Moors.
Well Spring isn’t over yet so lets pray for Easterlies over the next couple of weeks.
All shots Digiscoped on a Swarovski ATX 85.
posted by Justin Carr.
This posting is my final post on my amazing experience my friends and I had in Florida back in January. For those who didn’t see the last 2 posts let me briefly explain what the meeting was.
This get-together was for Digiscopers from all over the world. A lot of us sort of knew each other through social media so it was a great opportunity for us to meet face to face. And of course, a spot of scoping along the way. Here are the last of my favourite shots from the trip.
Great Blue Heron
the butterfly above was digiscoped through a pair of Swarovski 8.5 x 42 els
Dunlin: subspecies hudsonia
Sunrise over Merrit Island
The above shows Digiscoping doesn’t always have to be birds.
No I haven’t messed up posting upside down this is a reflection as you have probably guessed.
I would like to give special thanks to Danny Porter (Danny’s Digiscoping) for being my partner in crime, and also Mr Robert Wilson for being the brainchild of this Amazing event.
I hope it will be the first of many world Digiscopers meetings!
Recently I was privileged to do my first one-on-one Digiscoping workshop at the Old Moor RSPB reserve.
The facilities there have been designed specifically for photographers with a small hide sunk into the ground so as you look out of the hide your eyes are at ground level. It’s ideal for photographing feeding birds at point-blank range. Birds such as Bullfinches, Greenfinches, and various Buntings. Most of these birds, experienced birder’s (me included) take for granted. Seeing and photographing these birds at only a few feet in front of me and my client gave us both a real buzz bringing back that felling I had when I started out birding in my early teens.
My local patch ‘Back in the Day’ was my grandparents back garden which had numerous feeders hung up. Many an exiting hour was spent watching and recording the bird that visited. A chart was kept, with the species and numbers recorded month by month. My rarities were Reed Buntings and Siskin. These two birds really got the juices flowing. The point I am trying to make is the more experience we get the more we forget how exciting our common birds can be.
We all like finding and seeing Rarities but don’t forget to enjoy the common ones too before they become Rarities. Here are a few images to inspire you!!
A stunning male Bullfinch
Male Yellowhammer. Another stunning bird
How often do we really look at Redwings.
and it’s not just male Pheasants that are attractive.
And from the Old Moor to Harpham East Yorks for the long staying Black-bellied Dipper, one of my favorite birds.
Black Bellied Dipper
One more thing.
Being a photographer by spending time looking through a lens you see different aspects of a birds behavior. This Wren below was on Kelk beck with the Dipper it worked its way along the river edge gleaning insects from the water and at on point dipped its head into the water to pick food from below the surface. How many of you have seen this behavior before?
all images Digiscoped on a Swarovski 80.
By Steve Blain
It just so happened that while Justin was in Florida for the World Digiscopers meeting I was also in Florida for a holiday. A family holiday. Definitely not a birding holiday.
But maybe a holiday with a little
birding. And by complete coincidence some of the places we ended up going for a walk were great birding spots too! Although you can’t really fail to see great birds all around Florida – from flocks of White Ibis in your yard, Eastern Phoebes on your mailbox, and Palm Warblers hopping around your drive, to Sandhill Cranes along the central reservations of the freeways and Ring-billed Gulls trying to steal your sandwiches on the beach! The confiding nature of some of these birds gave me an opportunity to try out my new telephone…
Green Heron, Viera Wetlands
Painted Bunting, Merrit Island (shot using the HDR setting to retain some details in the over-exposed area of the feeder in the sunshine)
Great White Egret, Gatorland
Snowy Egret, Gatorland
Reddish Egret, Merrit Island
White Ibis, Gatorland
All images in this post were taken with an iPhone 6, hand-held to a Swarovski ATS 80 HD, and 25-50x eyepiece.
By Justin Carr
Here is another assortment of Digiscoped images from my week in the sunshine state that is Florida.
How many people have seen Ospreys in the UK like this.
American Herring Gull
Blue gray gnatcatcher
White eyed Vireo
Just in case you were wondering how tame the Ospreys are its on top of the telegraph post. End of part two.
all images taken on a Swarovski 80
Posted by Justin Carr
This January saw the first world digiscopers meeting which was held in Titusville Florida, the event was the brainchild of fellow digiscoper and good friend Robert wilson. His vision was to get a group of digiscopers who all knew each other only through social media. This idea was put to Swarovski who organised the event. Robert persuaded me i should attend, I was glad i did, it was an amazing experiance,meeting some of the best scopers in the world. the week was spent with my good friend Danny Porter and my new friend Robert Wilson. it was mine and Dans first trip to the Sunshine State. We where both blown away by the spectacular wildlife. This is the first part of our photograghic trip hope you enjoy.
This Eastern Bluebird above was the only one of the trip so i was pleased to get this shot.
Palm Warblers were by far the commonest warbler they were everywhere.
Lunch at the Deck Down Under restaurant, Daytona was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing birds.
End of part one.
all shots taken through a Swarovski 80 Good Digiscoping!!
Low light digiscoping
Thought you might be interested in this short video clip. Why am I sending you a video of a Common Snipe? Well yes it is a stunning bird, but it is the circumstance of videoing the bird that is astonishing. It was around 4pm, very nearly dark, as it is, in the UK at this time of the year.
I was having a last look out of the Living Room window, before settling down for the evening, when I noticed this Snipe.
I quickly fitted my Canon 70D camera to my Swarovoski 95mm ATX Scope via a Swarovski TLS adapter, and raced outside, to try to capture some film. I am simply amazed at the “light gathering properties” of the Swarovoski Scope, I ‘maxed out the zoom, to 70x and captured the attached video. It would be an under statement to say I blown away by the video quality………How can a scope produce a brighter image than the ambient natural light?