Sunday, August 8, 2010
One of my yearly ventures I look forward to is observing and digiscoping the amazing shorebird migration at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. I usually don’t bother going there on a Saturday and prefer weekdays, but I couldn’t refuse the opportunity with the high tide and incredible diversity of shorebird species that were present. Right off the bat, a conventional DSLR/telephoto user began criticizing my equipment and technique saying he gets way more keepers and better resolution over digiscoping. Apparently, he tried it once, but it didn’t work for him. I was a little miffed, but I kept my composure and just chuckled to myself.
I think some of these “big lens” guys feel intimidated by photographers who employ the digiscoping technique because the gear costs a fraction of the $20K they spent on their super-telephoto rigs. As for the quality, just judge for yourself! They may have a point for flight shots, but just wait until I get the Kowa DSLR adapter for the Canon 7D.
Anyway, I had some wonderful captures of Short-billed Dowitchers, Stilt Sandpipers, and Semipalmated Plovers from the East. Thanks to everyone for your support over the years – I really appreciate it!