Sunday, August 31, 2008

Jamaica Bay Wildlife preserve and Digiscoping in low light



Red Knot non-breeding
Originally uploaded by kevinbolton56
Hello all

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

Sora
Great Eget
Great Blue Heron
Least Sandpiper
Semi Sand
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
White Rump Sandpiper
Black Bellied Plover
Short Billed Dowitcher
Baird's Sandpiper / not by me.
Semi Plover
Wilson's Phalarope
Foster's Tern
Laughing Gull
GB Gull
Hering Gull
Perigrine Falcon
Osprey
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Waterthrush

also other Warblers present
did not chase for ID


Good Birding
Kevin

Friday, August 29, 2008

Walker ave Wetlands


Spotted Sandpiper
Originally uploaded by kevinbolton56

Hello all


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/

Good Birding

Kevin Bolton


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Walker ave Wetlands



Solitary Sandpiper
Originally uploaded by kevinbolton56
Hello all,

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

Ruff
Buff Breasted Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Little Blue Heron


My list includes

Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Killdeer
Solitary Sandpiper
GreaterYellowlegs
LesserYellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Great Egret
Green Heron
Red-Tailed Hawk
Coopers Hawk
BG Knatcatcher
Eastern Kingbird

Good Birding K.B

Monday, August 18, 2008

Jamaica Bay wildlife refuge part 2


Laughing Gull
Originally uploaded by kevinbolton56
Hello,

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.

Thank K.B

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Stilt Sandpiper @ Jamaica Bay wildlife refuge


Stilt Sandpiper
Originally uploaded by kevinbolton56
Hello.

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

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated plover
Stilt Sandpiper
Black-Bellied Plover
Short Billed Dowitcher
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-Rumped Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit seen by others.
Gull-Billed Tern
Fosters Tern
GBB Gull
Hering Gull
Laughing Gull


Good Birding
Kevin Bolton

Friday, August 8, 2008

Vortex or Kowa Hmm?

Just a reminder to everybody I'm not going to abandon my Vortex Skyline ED for the Kowa 883 Prominar.the Vortex holds a sentimental value to me I pretty much cut my teeth with that set-up plus I am using the Golfer approach you wouldn't use a driver to put with would you?
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.

Thanks Kevin

Monday, August 4, 2008

Semipalmated Plover


Semipalmated Plover
Originally uploaded by kevinbolton56
Hello,

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.

Kevin

Saturday, August 2, 2008

New gear!!!



Indigo Bunting
Originally uploaded by kevinbolton56
Hello,
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.

Good Birding