Video digiscoping experiment

It just occurred to me a couple of days ago that since my digital camera has a video mode, I could try digiscoping some video. I thought it came out fairly well, considering. I just hold the camera up to the telescope, so it’s a bit wobbly, and the audio is dominated by aeroplane noise, and the YouTube conversion hasn’t improved it, but I’ll certainly consider doing it again next time I’m doing proper birding. This is a greenfinch, btw.

I wish I’d thought of it when I was in Crete, when there was a Little Crake walking backwards and forwards past the same spot over and over again but because of the difficulty of timing the shot, I mainly got lots of pictures like this:

Little Crake walking out of shot

And while I’m on garden wildlife, look what was in the basement light well. His price for being rescued was having his photograph taken with flash. There are lots of frogs and newts, but it’s a very long time since I’ve seen a toad here.

little toad

2 Comments

  1. 15 June 2007 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    That greenfinch was looking at you filming as if to say, “Do you mind? I’m having my breakfast.” It seems fame has a price, even for birds.

  2. Harry
    16 June 2007 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    I’m afraid that’s the deal: if they want the peanuts, they have to be looked at. That and, you know, possibly get eaten by the cats.

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