5 June 2010

On this day (June 5th)....................

Ruddy Kingfisher

June 6th 2007.

Ruddy Kingfisher at Onuma. For 2 years a pair of Ruddy Kingfishers nested close to the road around the edge of Onuma. The scrum of photographers sporting $000's worth of equipment had to be seen to be believed, they must have been the most photographed birds in Hokkaido those 2 summers. They must have chosen another site in 2009 though, well away from prying lenses.

I digiscoped this shot, with an ancient 4MP Nikon compact camera attached to a Pentax 65mm scope. I felt a bit embarrassed next to all those huge white lenses................but I know said lenses cost more than the car we recently bought.



  1. Even I might have twitched that one, impressive bird and an excellent picture with said equipment.

  2. You took the words straight off my keyboard Phil. It just proves you don't need expensive equipment to get great shots.

  3. ery nice bird, great image quality for digiscopie!

  4. I wish I could get a digi-scope to work. Never could. The photo you got is priceless. Beautuful bird.

  5. This is one of the birds that I want to see most in Japan!

  6. Thanks for all the comments.

    I pretty much gave up digiscoping after I got a DSLR, this shot was on one of only 4 or 5 days in my 18 month digiscoping career when I got actual 'keepers'. My camera wasn't up to much and I was using a fairly cheap 65mm scope but I have to say digiscoping was just too much hassle..........I admire those who persevere and ger good results.

    Unravel-I'm sure I saw this in Thailand...............


Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...