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.


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7 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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  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...............

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