Digiscoping Images – Birds

For the last few weeks I have been out golfing but the sunny Easter weather took me to the local bird pond to photograph the birds. With digiscoping, bright weather is required, otherwise the images will not come out well. 

Below are some images I took.

Male Tufted Duck
Female Tufted Duck
Coot
Coot obscured behind some reeds.
Teal
Grey Heron
Nesting Whooper Swan
Great Crested Grebe

The Whooper Swan is unusual because Whoopers usually fly to Iceland to breed over the summer. This swan seems unable to fly the journey to Iceland so has remained behind. There were no other Whooper swans in the pond, but there was a Mute Swan so it may be that he is the father!

The digiscoped images have come out quite well. I find that the camers slightly over-exposes the images so it is best to take images in RAW format and under-expose the shots.

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6 thoughts on “Digiscoping Images – Birds

  1. jmgoyder April 20, 2014 / 11:08 am

    Beautiful shots, Jane.

    • janeslog April 20, 2014 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks. It is quite difficult to focus them through a spotting scope and the shots tend to be over-exposed so I have to set the exposure for under-exposing to compensate.

      I need to get another fine day and plan a trip to St Abbs Head and go to the East coast to see Puffins.

  2. tootlepedal April 20, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    I have tried this once and I should try again. Do you have a special camera eyepiece attachment?

    • janeslog April 21, 2014 / 6:15 am

      Yes. I bought the attachment for my Zeiss scope. It was quite expensive but I paid for it with the compensation I was awarded from Paisley Sheriff Court after the thief who stole my mobile phone was caught.

      If it is sunny under-expose the camera.

  3. Avinash Hindupur April 25, 2014 / 5:50 am

    Wow, the pictures are really sharp! I never tried digiscoping myself, I should try it sometime.

    • janeslog April 25, 2014 / 6:14 am

      My scope is equivalent to an 800mm lens and is a lot lighter than carrying an 800mm lens!

      You should try it – sunny weather is best..

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