Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Digiscoping Panama! - 26 - 28 Mar 2017

Blue-Gray Tanager
Full story of the week's adventures can be found at http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com. These are my digiscoping attempts from two full days at Canopy Lodge in Panama.

Basilisk Lizard

Blue-Gray Tanager

Buff-throated Saltator

Collared Aracari

Crimson-backed Tanager

Flame-rumped Tanager

Fasciated Tiger-Heron, imm.

Flame-rumped Tanager

Golden-collared Mannakin

Gray-headed Chachalaca

Great Kiskadee

Palm Tanager

Rusty-margined Flycatcher

Silver-throated Tanager

Snowcap, female

Spectacled Owl

Tropical Kingbird

Yellow-crowned Euphonia

Green Kingfisher

Spot-crowned Ant-Vireo

Tawny-crested Tanager, female

Tropical Pewee

Yellow-faced Grassquit

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Warm Weather & Recalibration - 19 Feb 2017

Temps have risen to 60F these past two days, and everyone's out, including me. The Tufted Titmice, Dark-eyed Juncos, House Finches and Northern Cardinals are singing the herald of a spring that is still a few weeks away. Its giving me a chance to put the scope on the deck and do a camera / lens realignment.  I also placed a rubber band around the Sigma 28mm f/2.8 lens* so that I can focus the tiny amount of lens that is protruding from the Digidapter™. It seems to be giving me a few sharper images.

* The Sony a6300 allows for high-magnification focusing, so when I rotate the lens on the Sigma 28mm f/2.8 the view is magnified 10X. This allows for precise focusing prior to pressing the shutter. I've found w/ previous Sony cameras that the Autofocus is good, but not great at capturing precise focus. Even w/ the focus highlighting option the autofocus is not quite precise. See my previous post.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mountain Bluebird! - 12 Dec 2016

A Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) was found at the tip of the Harvey Ensign DNR Boat Launch in Harrison Twp., Macomb County, MI two days ago. With yesterday's snow storm bringing almost a foot of snow I was worried that the bird would not be refound. But, several sightings were made during the storm, and another several this morning, so I grabbed the gear and drove the 50 minutes trip to look for the bird.

I arrived at 2 pm and found conditions less than optimal for photography; dark skies, winds blowing, and temperatures below freezing. I hiked the trail to the tip of the peninsula and did not see anyone around, so I worried that perhaps the bird had flown and everyone had left. But, near the Lighthouse the Mountain Bluebird was perched in a low branch next to the trail!

I digiscoped it for several minutes and managed to get some nice images of its wingspread.

It then flew toward the several of us and landed in a grape vine tangle just a few feet in front of us. After swallowing a few grapes it hopped up on the vines and provided some nice portrait shots.

It then flew to a tree next to us before continuing on toward the shoreline where it foraged along the rocks. I managed a few more pics before it flew back toward the tip.

What a great state rarity to start the end of year vacation!