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Your first shot is always either 1) from too far away, or 2) at too low a zoom setting, or 3) both. You want to get on the bird, so you down tripod too early, crank the zoom all the way to wide, find the bird, mount the camera, and squeeze off a shot or 10, all before you really think about image scale or composition.

Then, if the bird is still cooperating, you think about zooming in or sneeking closer (or both).  This Ring-billed Gull was as cooperative as they come. Another 10 shots.

So what would it be like if you increased the zoom on the scope? And maybe backed off a bit in the camera zoom. Click click click.

Okay. Bird still there? Go for it. Crank the scope zoom up to Max (or as close as you dare).

Pic of the Day: Anhingas, Viera Wetlands. Wings on Wednesday. http://ow.ly/3OJM8 Digiscoped with ZEISS

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ZEISS Digiscoped: Pic of the Day: Great-tailed Grackle, Texas. Digiscoped. http://ow.ly/3ssB3

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, Edinburg Texas.

A preening bird in full sun, so close only a head shot is possible. That is about as good as it gets.

Canon SD4000IS behind the 15-56x Vario eyepiece on the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL for an equivalent focal length (field of view) of about a 1500mm lens on a full frame DSLR. f5 @ 1/400th @ ISO 125. Programmed auto.

Processed in Lightroom for intensity with Fill Light, Blackpoint, Clarity, and Sharpen narrow edges preset.

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White Crowned Sparrow: Cape May NJ

During my recent trip to Cape May for the annual Autumn Weekend festival, I witnessed one of the best migration flights since 1999 (according Pete Dunne and others). The Island was dripping with warblers and sparrows and several rare birds turned up to delight the faithful. This is not one of them. This is the brown variant of the White Crowned Sparrow, or an immature, I am not certain which (or how to tell for that matter). The brown stripes on the head are normally black. This bird was the only one if its kind foraging with a large flock of White-throated, Song, and Swamp sparrows along the edge of cut reeds under the Morning Flight tower at Higbee Beach. It was, again according to those who should know, fairly early to Cape May. White-crowns are late migrants.

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Canon SD4000IS behind the new 15-56x Vario eyepiece on the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL spotting scope for the equivalent field of view of an 1800mm lens on a full frame DSLR. F5 @ 1/1000th @ ISO 320. Programmed auto.

Light processing in Lightroom, including added Clarity and Vibrance, Sharpening, and some color adjustment.

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White Crowned Sparrow: Cape May NJ

During my recent trip to Cape May for the annual Autumn Weekend festival, I witnessed one of the best migration flights since 1999 (according Pete Dunne and others). The Island was dripping with warblers and sparrows and several rare birds turned up to delight the faithful. This is not one of them. This is the brown variant of the White Crowned Sparrow, or an immature, I am not certain which (or how to tell for that matter). The brown stripes on the head are normally black. This bird was the only one if its kind foraging with a large flock of White-throated, Song, and Swamp sparrows along the edge of cut reeds under the Morning Flight tower at Higbee Beach. It was, again according to those who should know, fairly early to Cape May. White-crowns are late migrants.

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Canon SD4000IS behind the new 15-56x Vario eyepiece on the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL spotting scope for the equivalent field of view of an 1800mm lens on a full frame DSLR. F5 @ 1/1000th @ ISO 320. Programmed auto.

Light processing in Lightroom, including added Clarity and Vibrance, Sharpening, and some color adjustment.

ZEISS Digiscoped: Pic of the Day: Goldfinch feeding for Wings on Wednesday. Cape May NJ.. Video too. http://ow.ly/33E07

Goldfinch Feeding: Cape May NJ

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