Sunday, August 31, 2008
Third time at Jamaica Bay seemed to be a charm like the capture I have of this Red Knot and Wilson's Phalarope ,which was 1 of 8 of the them in various non-breeding plumage's , granted it is not the most colorful of species this time of year which the lighting conditions is a contributing factor also.
Now on the lighting conditions from a scale 1 to 10 as 1 being the worst, I give it a 2 to 4 because the sun did peek out occasionally raising my shutter speed a bit .
Other Birds sighted
Great Blue Heron
White Rump Sandpiper
Black Bellied Plover
Short Billed Dowitcher
Baird's Sandpiper / not by me.
also other Warblers present
did not chase for ID
Friday, August 29, 2008
Scanning again but no luck with some of the rare Grass Pipers.
That's OK this Spotted Sandpiper in non-breeding will do just fine.
one thing I noticed at Walker an increase in Pectoral Sandpiper
which tends to hang with Baird's at times which is one of my targets.
On one good note I spotted a imm Glossy Ibis which I digiscoped from quite a distance, in which Jim Schlick posted on his Jersey birder blog here is the link www.jerseybirder.blogspot.com/
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Im on vacation this week and I plan on visiting three or four areas for Digiscoping one location that never seems to disappoint me especially if the water is low Walker ave Wetlands this lovely location has a penchant for attracting numerous Shorebird migrants both regulars like this Solitary Sandpiper and the more of the rarity variety like the Upland Sandpiper which I also observed and added as a lifer!
Other rare sitings at Walker ave include
Buff Breasted Sandpiper
Little Blue Heron
My list includes
Good Birding K.B
Monday, August 18, 2008
Birded Jamaica Bay Saturday, a different type of day from the previous week , first of all I like to give Kudos for the lousy ,awful ,terrible job that the person who controls the drainage for the east pond face it pal you are not doing your job!!!!!
These Shorebirds need foraging areas to fuel the rest of there long journey and by not opening the gates to release the water excess.
You will be increasing the mortality rate ,for some birds that are already in trouble think about that !!! So I hope this week some improvement in the levels will be the case.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Left Jersey and braved the masses of the carbon burning beast, were too? Jamaica Bay wildfife refuge, I love Jamaica Bay this time of the year for photos and scanning the Shorebird flats, all though I arrived at the wrong time of the tide which should of been high the reason why is the East pond is freshwater and when the tide comes in to the Ocean and Bay the Birds are forced in to the East pond were the likes of regular migrants like this Stilt Sandpiper and more iregular rarietys like Buff Breasted Sandpiper , Hudsonian Godwit and others of the like will show up to put on the feed bag to continue there long journey.
Jamaica Bay List 8/8/08
Short Billed Dowitcher
Marbled Godwit seen by others.
Friday, August 8, 2008
I think each scope has its advantage over the other for example the Vortex has the edge over the Kowa in bright light hense ,I do not have to watch my exposer levels as much, yet to the opposite the Kowa with the 25LER shines in low light conditons . So Im not jumping on the better guy or scope on the block bandwagon, the way I look at it is I have two great Digiscoping Scopes that I can produce great captures with.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
The 25xLER Long-Eye-Relief eyepiece is producing great resuts .After consulting with a few other top-end Digiscopers we came to a conclusion that the 30x wide is not condusive to this set up, but on a brighter note!!! I will try the 20x60 zoom by thursday which will give me a zoom option with my captures.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I am a bit excited today because I have been using my new scope setup.
The Kowa Prominar 883 is great!! The 88mm makes low light shooting easier and the 25x LER eyepiece is a wonderful wide angle eyepiece, only thing is I also purchased the 30x wide angle eyepiece and I am having some issues with the viewing field being of to the left on the LCD, and Vingneting not dissapearing till optical zoom is zoomed at the halfway mark ,which in a wide angle eyepiece I assumed the vignetting was suppose to be gone at the tailend of the wide zoom zone instead of half way through the tele zoom, so I called Kowa and they are looking into the problem.
Here is a Indigo Bunting taken with the 25xLER with a shutter about 1/34 and it looks good, if conditions were right with better lighting this capture would have been primo.