American Bittern at LSCMP

An American Bittern was found by Will Mchale at LSCMP today and I managed to get out after work, in the rain, and refind it and get some ok photos… If you look hard enough in the photos you can see rain drops falling… I also managed a photo of a Common Gallinule.. They stay pretty hidden when the trails are busy, but with the rain there was not much out there…  Thank you for the heads up Will!!

American Bittern

American Bittern

American Bittern

American Bittern

American Bittern

American Bittern

American Bittern

American Bittern

Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

New Scope and first time using Phone Skope

I got a new Scope. Its a Vortex Razor HD 27-60×85. Very nice scope and a nice upgrade from my last one… It no Swarovski, but I just couldn’t pony up the cash for a new Swarovski and I prefer new equipment.. I don’t like buying used… So I got a Phone Skope adapter so I can take photos from my scope. I am not really interested in “real” digiscoping but wanted a method to record photos of birds, especially rarities that are out of range of my Zoom camera lens… I went to stony, the weather was horrible this morning…. Rain, wind, cold, fog… So I took some quick shots just to see how the adapter worked…

I am under the roof of the structure at Eastwood beach trying to stay dry... I aimed my scope at the red no swimming sign in the photo down on the beach...

I am under the roof of the structure at Eastwood beach trying to stay dry… I aimed my scope at the red no swimming sign in the photo down on the beach…

I set my scope at minimum distance of 27x power and used the Iphone 7 zoom to blow up the image on my phone that is attached to the scope with the phone skope adaptor.

I set my scope at minimum distance of 27x power and used the Iphone 7 zoom to blow up the image on my phone that is attached to the scope with the phone skope adaptor.

 

I look forward to trying this with birds… too cold today…

A few from some April Migrants today…

I got a chance to get out to Wetzel at day break before heading to work… there were at least a dozen Wilson’s Snipe displaying over head throughout the park… In the evening when I got off I stopped at Stony Creek Metropark and was fortunate enough to find a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at West Branch Picnic Area and a few Vesper Sparrows on Teller Rd in Ray Twp….

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker