Digiscoping Spotlight 30 – Brambling

Tim Schreckengost|

Brambling at Allardale Park in Medina County, Ohio on 30 December 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter.

The Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. Just before the New Year, I ventured into Ohio with Katie Barnes to see …


Rhode Island Mini Pelagic

Steve Brenner|

Northern Fulmar showing the rival fishing boat some moves (Rhode Island 2015 - photo by Steve Brenner)

Ah, the open sea. Is there anything more exciting than a trip to look for pelagic birds? Last Wednesday, along with Olivia DaRugna (who is something of a natural-born scrimshander), my old Borneo compadre Ryan Steiner (who is on pace to crack 1,000 species in one calendar year), and Clara Cooper-Mullin (queen of the hashtags), I was lucky enough to …


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Among Amazonian Royalty

Cameron Rutt|

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As a sluggish day of bird-banding drew wearily to a close, Osmaildo (one of my Brazilian mateiros) approached the station with a trio of once-white bird bags. The mateiros have literally spent years of their lives in the Amazon rainforest and, as such, not much seems to faze them anymore. Thus, their dispassionate expressions betray little and I am often …


Brooklyn Overnight Pelagic AKA Skua Fest 2015

Luke Musher|

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East coast pelagic birding is what it is. Usually it’s relatively unproductive (ignoring the pelagic birding off of North Carolina) with low numbers of individuals, and you’re lucky to see one or two rare or heavily sought after pelagic species. On the west coast it is not unusual to see hundreds of shearwaters and tens of thousands of storm-petrels, plus the rare …


Whimbrel at Somerset Lake (AGAIN!)

Andy McGann|

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Lightning struck a second time today at Somerset Lake IBA. After work, Mike Lanzone and Jeff Payne stopped by the lake, hoping for a White-rumped Sandpiper or maybe even a Red Knot. They were both shocked to find a WHIMBREL instead. This Arctic-to-Caribbean-and-back migrant is a powerful flier, and research by the Center for Conservation Biology has tracked Whimbrels regularly …


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Birding the Kinabatangan River

Steve Brenner|

Oriental pied Hornbill, waking up in the gutter (photo by Steve Brenner)

The phrase ‘jungle river cruise’ is tossed around a lot these days. Every morning at the old office water cooler, somebody just keeps on talking about that excellent jungle river cruise they took years ago. Well, I decided to try my hand at such an experience in Borneo on the Kinabatangan River, and boy was it worth it. For starters, …


Belize Mammal Spotlight: Baird’s Tapir

Anna Fasoli|

A young Baird's Tapir, Golden Stream Corridor Preserve, Belize; photo by Victor Bonilla

Last fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Belize to participate in the Belize Raptor Research Institute Cattle Landing Hawk Watch. Through this experience, I met count leader Victor Bonilla, who also works for Ya’axche Conservation Trust in Belize. I feel very grateful to have met Victor, and I learned a lot about the local raptors in Belize from both him …


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Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 29

Steve Brenner|

Wallace's hawk-eagle at RDC in Sabah, Malaysia on Feb. 21 2015. Digiscoped with an iPhone 5 + Alpen 20 – 60mm & Phone Skope Adapter. iPhone photo by Steve Brenner.

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. Coming to you all the way from the Eastern Hemisphere, I figured I …