iPhone 5s- Camera and digiscoping

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Eastern Meadowlark - Leica APO-Televid/handheld (Mike Lanzone)

The iPhone 5s shipped with a 8 megapixel camera, like last year’s iPhone 5. We hoped it would be something more on the order of 13 megapixels like some of its competitors, but Apple decided to keep it at 8 megapixels and improve the quality of the sensor. Some of the biggest changes from last years model are the larger …


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Virginia Rails- up close and personal

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Virginia Rail, Somerset County PA. (Mike Lanzone)

Throughout the year we get many rails and herons in the wetland in our yard, but seldom do we ever get to observe them at point blank range. The last few days several Virginia Rails have been around, and we got the opportunity to watch them in close detail as they fed. One bird in particular allowed Trish, Phoebe and …


Review: iPhone 5s – video magic

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There is nothing that does a better job telling a story than great videos of your birding adventures. But as we all know there is a huge difference between the quality of digiscoped videos. In this review, we are putting the new 5s to the test and showing you its capabilities and some tricks so you can make the best …


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Review: iPhone 5s – new digiscoping champion

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In Slow Motion mode you can chose when to start  and stop slow motion using the slider at the top

Every year, Apple releases a new iPhone and one of the great features of their phone is the excellent and always improving camera. It was probably when the iPhone 4 came out that it really started to be embraced by many birders as a great camera to digiscope with, aided by the release of digiscoping adapters from several different companies. A …


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NC PSO Hatteras Pelagic Trip, part 2

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Mike Lanzone, Bob Fogg, and John Puschock scan the ocean! (Photo by Andy McGann)

On August 9-13 the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology had an out-of-state field trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. A total of 35 participants ventured down to NC for several days of land birding followed by two days of pelagic trips out of Hatteras, NC. Part 1 of this trip report series covered some of the land birding, this …


Terns, jaegers, and gulls of the Gulf Stream

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An adult Sooty Tern flying close past the boat on our first day out. This species breeds in the tropics and wanders north over the ocean during the late summer. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

August in the Gulf Stream off North Carolina is usually thought of by birders as the ultimate time to try for the rarer Pterodroma species, such as Black-capped Petrels, Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, and Herald (Trindade) Petrels aboard Brian Patteson’s pelagic trips. Sure, those Pterodroma species (and many others) can be found out there and are always exciting to see, but not many people …


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Black-capped Petrel – Variation in Plumage

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Black-capped Petrel offshore North Carolina (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

One of the most iconic birds of summertime in the Gulf Stream is the Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata), and with two days aboard the Stormy Petrel II off the coast of Hatteras with Brian Patteson, we had ample time to photograph and study them. On August 12th, we saw 56 Black-capped Petrels and on August 13th, we had an incredible …


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NC PSO Hatteras Pelagic Trip – Part 1

Mike Lanzone|

Black Skimmer putting a show on for the group, it was just several meters in front of the group passing back and forth showing a juv. skimmer how to skim!
Photo by Mike Lanzone

On August 9-13 the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology had an out-of-state field trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. A total of 35 participants ventured down to NC for several days of land birding followed by two days of pelagic trips out of Hatteras, NC. This series of posts will show some of the highlights of this epic trip! …


PSO Field Trip – Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, 11 Nov 2012

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Eagles come by very close to the watch site, this is what makes the Allegheny Front a great place to see Golden Eagles in the fall!!
Photo by Malcolm Harter

Nemesisbird’s Mike Lanzone and Alex Lamoreaux along with Chad Kaufman helped lead a field trip offered by The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology to the  Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, Sunday Nov 11. The wind forecast was for south-east, light to moderate, and hopes for a day packed full of Golden Eagles filled the participants heads! Although some of the group went directly to …


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LIVE @ Allegheny Front Hawkwatch

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Nemesis Bird– LIVE From the Allegheny Front Hawkwatch Live coverage by Mike and Alex at The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology’s field trip to Allegheny Front. To get an automatic notification each time we go live, go to this link , and click “follow” under Nemesis Bird Live! We will be broadcasting LIVE on and off throughout the day, hopefully some …