A Couple of Birders Reborn – Martin Mere Revisited

I took a few days off work at the end of last week to do a bit of sea fishing but the weather once again had different ideas. A little wind we want but 45 mph gust onto the shore is a bit much by anyones standards. Fell walking was out of the question so where to go?

Digiscoped Wood Pecker
Digiscoped Wood Pecker

As Martin Mere is only a few miles from our front door we decided to pay another visit to this fantastic bird reserve owned by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that sometimes the birds are just too far away to see or photograph. Well on Friday we finally did it – we purchased a fieldscope (small telescope) from the very helpful Andy at the In Focus shop, it really does make a huge difference being able to set up many ‘scopes’ onto the same subject at the same time so that you can compare them. We ended up with an Opticron GS665 with a 20 – 40x magnification eyepiece, a tripod and a clamp for using it within a hide. After using it until the light failed we are both very pleased so far with our purchase.

The photo of the Great spotted woodpecker was taken as an experiment – I focussed the scope onto the bird then took a photo through the eyepiece of the scope using our digital camera. Not brilliant but not bad for a quick trial. After searching round the internet I’ve found this is called ‘digiscoping’ and there are brackets made for holding the camera in place so I might give that a go eventually.

One Comment

  1. Duxbury Ramblers said:

    Hi Stuart,
    Good photo especially through a scope, I must get my SLR out and give it an airing – I always carry my digital compact and I am sometimes surprised at some of the photos I get, but it’s horses for courses and for bird watching it’s either digiscoping or the digital SLR.
    Hope the weather picks up for you and you can get some fishing in – the cod and chips can’t be neglected.
    Take Care.

    December 4, 2006

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