Over the past few days, I have squeezed in a healthy amount of birding, giving the season and a life in retail! It has been fruitful birding, too, and I posted daily highlights to our store’s Facebook Page for the complete story of recent birding outings.
I also took an unusual amount of photos for me. I’m really not a bird photographer. Instead, I call myself a “birding photographer.” I even wrote an article for the recent Birder’s Guide to Gear from the American Birding Association about techniques of birding photography, from traditional digital SLR’s to phone-scoping.
In the past few days, I have employed both techniques to grab some photos while birding. Some are better than others, and some are nothing more than “documentation” shots. In the shots below, I employed either a Nikon D80 with a 300mm F4 lens and a 1.4x teleconveter, or a iPhone 4s coupled with a Zeiss Diascope T*FL 65 using a Phone Skope brand adapter. Unfortunately, fairly thick cloud cover on both days impacted my lame photographing attempts. Please remember to double-click the photos to get a larger image.
Yesterday, Luke Seitz, Maegan Krieger, and I met at Back Cove in Portland. While waiting for their arrival, I spotted this Snowy Owl, and phone-scoped it early in the morning.
When we returned to the parking lot around 2:00pm, the day was marginally brighter, and the bird was significantly closer. We used an excersize wall in the playing field as a very convenient blind, and I went to the SLR.
Upon our arrival at Pine Point, this 1st-year Bald Eagle landed nearby. I was without the SLR, so I snapped these photos using my phone-scoping system!
We also found some good birds during the course of the day, including these treats at Grondin Pond: a 1st-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull and a male Gadwall – both of which were phone-scoped.
This morning, I visited the Hatch Hill Landfill in Augusta to study gulls, such as this rather dark 1st-winter Iceland Gull, which I phone-scoped on top of the hill.
However, at least a dozen Bald Eagles of various ages were particularly active today, so I grabbed the SLR and fired away. There was this 4th-year bird: