Once again this winter the Forest Park irregulars, a devoted group of birders who spend far too much time in Forest Park, are maintaining two feeding stations. Seeing as it is a sunny day and Daisy agreed to let me go outside for a bit, I headed over to the waterhole, which serves as one of the feeding stations, this morning to see what I could see. Though it was sunny it was also cold, very cold, and the birds responded to the drop in temperature with a corresponding increase in feeding. There was a never ending stream of species feeding both in the suet strategically smeared on a some tree trunks and on the seed scattered about on the ground.
It was great to see such nice birds in such strong light for my first attempt at digiscoping with my brand spankin’ new Canon EOS 50D (more on that in a later post). Let’s just go to the pictures because, really, no one cares what I write when there are shots like these!
Nothing like photos from a new camera, just think… They will never be this sharp again 😉
Sweet shots! How much does a camera set up like that run? I’d love to get some great equipment and learn how to use it.
@Will: Right? And to think I wasted the best shots on feeder birds. 🙂
@Robert: The camera body is about a grand and the scope/tripod/eyepiece set-up I hook it to is about $2,500.
Very nice set of pictures—Particularly like the Cardinal
So…why are the photos never this sharp again? Is that true? Does the camera get tired? Or, do the birds start moving ? Congrats on the new camera!
@Wes: Thanks, dad!
@Donna: Will and I are just screwing around…and thanks!
I would be very interested to know how you couple your 50D to your scope. I have a 30D and a Swarovski scope, but at present I can’t use the two together for digiscoping. I have a Canon coupling adaptor for a Canon A95 camera for digiscoping, but the camera is obsolete and it would be nice to be able to use the SLR. Thanks.
@John: I use the Swarovski Optik DCA, which I screw on to a 50mm Canon lens. It is amazingly easy and intuitive and I have actually used it hand-held (though the image quality drops without a tripod, not surprisingly). There are other adapters available from Swarovski, but I prefer the DCA to the rest.
Thanks very much for the reply, but I still can’t picture what you are doing. I also have that DCA adaptor, and it screws on nicely to the A95 (point & shoot)Camera, but how do you actually fasten it to an SLR camera like the 30D or 50D? What am I missing here?
@John: The DCA screws on to the end of the filter thread where you would screw a filter on normally.
I love your pictures! I have the 40d and a scope, but have never tried to use them together. Awesome results! Which 50mm lens do you use?
@Asta: The cheap one!
Spectacular photos! Isn’t it a marvelous thing to walk out the door with new camera equipment and start snapping photos? Talk about feeling like you’re invincible…
@Jason: New toys are a blast, that’s for sure!