Friday, March 9, 2012

Bird Walk Digiscoping

We went to The Living Desert on Thursday morning, for their monthly members-only bird walk. Robins were in abundance, and we saw several flocks as we strolled the grounds. Our list included Ash-throated Flycatcher and Spotted Towhee in addition to the more commonly seen desert species. Two birders not in our group also reported seeing an Oak Titmouse just before we met up with them.

I tried some "primitive" digi-scoping on the walk, simply holding our point-and-shoot camera up to the eyepiece of our 25x spotting scope. Here are the results. The circle vignette is caused by the camera lens being larger than the telescope eyepiece. The camera was not flush to the eyepiece, so there is a little shadowing on the edge. 

From top to bottom: American Robin, Bighorn Sheep and Black-crowned Night Heron.

I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell."
~Edvard Munch

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