Horned Grebes have been (yet another) nemesis bird to photograph. They are only seen during brief periods in SE Michigan in early spring and late fall, so it was with great pleasure to hear of 4 birds seen along the Detroit River in Wyandotte in front of John Dingell Park and Mud Island. I digiscoped this bird along the shoreline in sub-zero weather late this afternoon as it dove and foraged just feet away from the edge of the railing.
This White-winged Scoter was also a nice bonus, swimming close enough for some digiscoped images, as well. You can tell whether focus is spot-on by how much halo is visible at the edge of the bright white speculum. I was happy with these despite problems posed by cold temps and distance.
The weather has finally warmed enough to digiscope some of the ducks frequenting the Detroit River in front of Mud Island off of John Dingell Park in Wyandotte. Highlight was a Red-breasted Merganser foraging next to the ice just a few feet away!
This morning I found 3 Snowy Owls near the junction of Humphries, Vermet and Long Pond Units at Pt. Mouillee SGA in n. Monroe Co. Two of the birds were far out on the ice, but this one allowed approach to within 100'. Digiscoped w/ Zeiss 85T*Fl, 20-75X Zoom Eyepiece, Nikon V1, 10-30mm lens and Digidapter™digiscoping adapter.
This juvenile male Snowy Owl was found in Monroe Co. yesterday during our annual Christmas Bird Count. This bird represents the 1st Snowy Owl seen since the count began 44 years ago. Digiscoped from ~100' away using a Zeiss 85T*Fl, 20-75X Zoom eyepiece, Nikon V1, 10-30mm lens, and Digidapter™ digiscoping adapter.