My name is Phoebe Lanzone, I am 7 years old and this is my first blog post. I wanted to share with other kids my experiences with birds and nature and hope that you will enjoy what I post. I wrote something short about myself on my profile.
Digiscoping is a fun way to see birds in a new way. It is very exciting to take pictures and videos and then get to see them when I get home. Usually I notice more things in the photos and pictures when I get home than I noticed in the field. But it’s a really good way for me to learn my birds. Shorebirds are hard for me now, but I can identify some and I am getting better. I wanted to show some pictures and video I took and try to give others my age some advice for digiscoping.
Here is one of my first videos trying to digisope with my dad’s new scope and camera. It took some practice to learn to keep it in the field and in focus!
I am still learning to digiscope, but some things I have noticed is it seems more difficult to keep birds in the scope than when I am just looking through it normally. Trying to press the shutter and keep the birds in the field and also in focus all at the same time is very hard for me. But that’s ok, I am still learning! Here is one of a Pectroral Sandpiper
My advice for other kids is it’s a little hard at first, but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier. On my last video of the Pectoral Sandpiper I figured out that I needed to move the scope much slower so it did not jump, once I did that I could keep the birds in the frame a little better. One thing to remember is try to keep the bird in the center, it’s easier to stay with it when it moves. While I was watching shorebirds, an immature Bald Eagle came flying over low, I tried to digiscope it but it was flying too fast for me. By the time I got the scope lined up it was already flying away. Someday I will get good enough to get a great digiscope movie of one flying over! Here are a few pictures I was able to take. In general it’s much easier to take pictures than it is video.
Growing up to a backdrop of warbler flight calls, bird banding and golden eagle trapping, Phoebe already has legit birding credentials at the age of 7. According to her father Mike, she has encyclopedic knowledge of many things in the natural world.
Here is how she describes her background:
I have been involved with birds pretty much since I was born. My parents are birders and ornithologists and have pretty much brought me all over to see and work with birds and nature. I have always loved nature as far as I can remember. I am currently seven years old and love to read and watch anything to do with nature. I really love birds, because its fun to learn new things and get to travel all over the world to see them. I really love to take pictures, and like to take my mom’s and dad’s camera to take pictures, and also am learning how to digiscope which is fun!