Friday, 30 November 2012
I have not really had any decent weather or light conditions since taking possession of the adapter. My initial thoughts are that there are still a few areas that can move and it may be tricky to initially line up correctly.
I also don't like the iPhone case supplied which must be used to fit the adapter to. The case is a pretty cheap looking thing.
From research I have done, it seems no company makes an adapter that allows you to use an iPhone in the phone case of your choice. There are a few Iphone digiscope adapters out there, and if you have to take the phone out of your chosen case to use it, and you don't mind that, the Meopta Meopix seems the best. No moving parts to cause any issue, perfect lens alignment every time. This adapter is only made for the Meopta range of scopes though. However, they make two adapter ring sizes. So measuring the eyepiece you wish to digiscope with may find you dropping lucky. However, I'm sure that if the eyepiece you wish to use has an outside diameter of less than 49mm (the internal diameter of the largest available adapter) it wouldn't take much to build the inside of the adapter up with tape of some sort. They are a bit on the expensive side though at £50.00.
Now, with the advent of the iPhone 5, will there be any new adapters released? None of the existing adapters will accommodate one. However, with a bit of selective iPhone 5 case hunting, the SBR-Griturn adapter may be able to do the job?
Anyway, poor light and a bit misty, tried the SBR-Griturn adapter in the back yard through my Opticron HR66 ED. Here are some of the results.
Obviously in backyard I am restricted with the distances I can attempt to photograph birds at.
Here are the furthest distances I tried today. About 20 yards.
Then tried a little bit of zoom on the phone.
The SBR-Griturn adapter actually worked very well once set up. It was a little fiddly to get aligned but the end result is acceptable.
I still think this is worth pursuing.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
I am hoping the Great Northern Diver hangs around at Shustoke reservoir until Saturday, fingers crossed eh!
|Great Northern Diver|
Saturday, 24 November 2012
It started off very foggy this morning. I took Taz for a walk along the canal early this morning as it was the only place I could think of that wouldn't be flooded.
Darkness and fog, not easy to photograph with a phone.
The fog still hadn't lifted when I picked Pete up at 8.50am and we headed off intending to look for Waxwings in Lichfield. Pete reckoned we should hang on a bit and give the fog a chance to lift. It sounded like a good idea, so we went to the CO-OP and had a full English and a mug of Coffee a piece. Very nice!
After breakfast, we set off to Lichfield in search of Waxwings. Some had been reported near the Post Office, and sure enough about a dozen were there on our arrival.
I held the iPhone up to the scopes eyepiece and took a quick video to show how thick the fog was.
My second Waxwings of the year, and a lifer for Pete. I tried to get a few pictures but the fog and poor light made it very difficult. These again taken with the iPhone handheld to the scope eyepiece.
To be honest, am very pleased with how these record shots have turned out. Also edited on the iPhone. Opens a lot of birding possibilities.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Did the hike and on the way down met a guy who must have been there very early,on his way back. He informed me that it had yet to be seen today! He had seen it already in the week and wasn't too bothered. Mild panic swept over me, had it vacated the area?
Anyway, I headed on. In the distance I noticed a large group of birders all suddenly moving in the same direction, even better, all,pointing their scopes in the same direction. I hurried on, stepping up the pace as it looked like Lady Luck was smiling on me.
I arrived, set up,scope and as if on cue the White-Rumped Sandpiper appeared from behind a small island and did its thing.
Poor light and distance involved meant good pictures were not going to happen. So I settled for some poor ones. Record shots.
The walk back to the car was leisurely and mud filled. I encountered a nice flock of Redpoll and plenty of Goldfinches.
As I cleared the mud and got back on Mill Plantation lane, I couldn't help, but smile at the amount of people heading to try their luck with this bird. It's probably the most people I have seen at Middleton. As many of them asked directions to the White Rumped Sandpiper, I assume it was their first visit. The fact most of them were wearing walking boots rather than Wellies suggested they had no idea of the mud bath that awaited them. I almost went back just for the entertainment value. But, that would have been sadistic wouldn't it?
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Anyway Thursday, and the White Rumped Sandpiper is again reported. I manage to leave work like a Whippet out of the traps at 3.35pm. The plan being a 10 min drive to Middleton and a brisk 10 min walk to the North end of the complex. This i felt would give me about 40 mins before I lost the daylight. On my arrival I met a birder who Informed me he had indeed seen the White Rumped Sandpiper only half hour earlier. Result!
I pulled on boots, put on my coat, hung binoculars round neck and scope on back and we are off. Quick glance at feeding station, No Brambling. Bastard!
Can't hang about, race to use the remaining daylight to see the White Rumped Sandpiper. Remain alert along Mill Plantation for Lesser Spot. No surprise with this one, not a chance. I can't find one when taking my time about it, so the slight canter I was moving at didn't prove to be a winner!
Then as I reached about the two thirds along Mill Plantation stage, my North Pit in 10 mins plan started to hit problems. Namely copious amounts of slippery and past ankle deep mud. This situation remained pretty constant all the way to the North Pit.
When I arrived there, I was hot, knackered and aching from the pace I had tried to maintain. I quickly set up the scope and started scanning the area. I reckon it was around 30 mins later, that I had to concede and abandon the search. The light had gone.
So, a complete failure. I started heading back towards the car park at a much more leisurely pace, cursing the rapidly failing light, the mud that slowed me down and the fact birds keep being found while I'm at work.
Just as I squelched up to Fishers Mill, I was cheered up by cracking views of a Barn Owl hunting the grass along the canal hedgerow. I stood a good 5 minutes and watched this awesome spectacle. It made me feel that maybe it had all been worth it after all . Who knows, that White Rumped Sandpiper may hang around for the weekend? Here's hoping. With my first Brambling thrown in, and maybe a glimpse of a Lesser Spot too? Well, if you have to hope for good luck, you may as well aim high.
Monday, 12 November 2012
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Friday, 9 November 2012
Monday, 5 November 2012
This Blog will follow our progress towards this aspirational target.
As is to be expected, the initial entries starting from new years day will be easily collected, with the more common species easily being ticked. However, it will soon become more difficult and ticks fewer and farther between. Then it will be down to seeking out specific species, keeping a watchful eye out for migrants, and a nice dollop of good old fashioned luck. A eye can be kept on current progress by clicking on the "Moors Bird Count 2013" link.