Category Archives: Digiscoping

iPhonescoping

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

Aligator, Gatorland

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.

World Digiscopers meeting part 2

By Justin Carr

Here is another assortment of Digiscoped images from my week in the sunshine state that is Florida.

Belted kinkfisher

Belted kingfisher

Osprey

Osprey

 

How many people have seen Ospreys in the UK like this.

American Herring Gull

American Herring Gull

Royal Tern

Royal Tern

Blue gray gnatcatcher

Blue gray gnatcatcher

White eyed Vireo

White eyed Vireo

Forsters Tern

Forsters Tern

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Laughing Gulls

Laughing Gulls

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

Good Digiscoping.

The first World Digiscopers meeting Part 1.

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.

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Eastern Bluebird

 

This Eastern Bluebird above was the only one of the trip so i was pleased to get this shot.

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Palm Warblers were by far the commonest warbler they were everywhere.

White ibis

White ibis

Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Lunch at the Deck Down Under restaurant, Daytona was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing birds.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

End of part one.

all shots taken through a Swarovski 80                                                                                                               Good Digiscoping!!

 

 

Common Snipe

Low light digiscoping

Hey Martin,

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?

Dave Tucker

A confiding Barred Warbler

By Steve Blain

Sometimes skulking warblers re-write the books and allow you to digiscope them!

I was up in Norfolk back in September and this Barred Warbler was at Salthouse with a Yellow-browed Warbler.  It was a bit breezy which made trying to even see the Yellow-browed a little tricky!  However the Barred Warbler less than a hundred meters away had other ideas.  It had found some nice thick brambles to hide in out of the wind.  It was outrageously showy (for a Barred Warbler)!


All digiscoped with a Nikon V1, 10-30mm lens, Swarovski ATS 80 HD, 25-50x eyepiece and DCA adapter.

 

Digiscoped Little Auk

Posted by Justin Carr.

Recent weather conditions had forced good numbers of Little Auks into the North sea, it had been a few years since i had seen these diminutive waifs from the North. so i made a trip to Flambrough in the hope of to get some good views.Little Auk

This bird showed at very close quarters in the breakwaters phpFrqpkeAM

it tried its best to swim back out to sea, but was as is often the case with these birds they turn up in an exhausted condition, it struggled in the breaking waves.

Little Auk, trying to swim back out to Sea

Little Auk, trying to swim back out to Sea

All images taken with a Panasonic GH3 on a Swarovski 80                                                                      Good Digiscoping : )

Digiscoped Black Brant – nigricans

by Justin Carr

A good friend and great birder Dave McWilliams and I were enjoying a pint of the landlords finest in the Crown and Anchor at Kilnsea, as always when possible we had a table by the window. Whilst having a good old chin-wag putting the world to right Dave mentioned we had better check a small group of Brents close inshore for Black Brant. No sooner had he picked his bins up came the GET ON THIS!! I picked my bins up and said 2nd bird on the right BLACK BRANT!! Here are a few record shots taken before the flock was disturbed by a couple walking there dog.

Blackbrant

Black brant

Blackbrant

Black brant

Blackbrant

Black brant

We had less than 5 mins on the bird before they took flight so i feel lucky to get these shots. it has to be said this could well  have been last years wintering bird but it didn’t take away the thrill of finding this rare yorkshire bird.

All images taken with a Panasoic GH3 on a Swarovski 80.                                                                        Good Digiscoping