Friday, 8 May 2009

Digiscoping Today: Sturnus vulgaris

When I started blogging at the beginning of the year many of the photos posted were 'digiscoped' using my Samsung S1030 Pocket Camera and my Swarovski ATS 80 HD Scope using either the 30x wide or a 20 - 60x zoom eyepiece. Originally the camera was hand held to the eyepiece and results were not to good. Thanks to a brilliant father, who designed and made a lightweight adaptor for me the results quickly improved.
Dale at Discovering Alpine Birds has set up a new blog carnival/meme where digiscopers can add links to recent photos called 'Digiscoping Today' and he kindly asked me to join in. So I have located the very first picture taken using the above set up with the "home made" adaptor so that my father could see the result.
Whilst I know this species is not so popular on the other side of the Atlantic, the Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is a regular visitor to our garden. It also has a rich repertoire of song, often incorporating imitations of other species and many other sounds such as car alarms etc.
Please check out other digi-images by clicking on the following link:


  1. We don't like them because they come in the thousands. They probably don't do that in their own habitat.

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  2. Frank...this summer I hope to get a scope and start learning the finer points of digiscoping. Until then, I'll just watch for your photos! (I like your banner and the wider layout.)

  3. I've never tried digiscoping Frank, but enjoy seeing a lot of shots from their results.
    Clever of your dad to come up with the adaptor.
    And for all their noise and brashness, I just love Starlings. Such characters.

  4. they really do have a wonderful array of calls. I am so glad I got to meet them here in their natural habitat - they have redeemed themselves for me after growing up with them being considered a pest and a nuisance.

    Thank you for joining Digiscoping Today!

    happy birding

  5. Great shot Frank. I so want to get into digiscoping more but I get such lousy results that I may resort to getting a magnification lens.

  6. I've always wanted to try digiscoping! Nice shot of the starling! He's definitely a nuisance here in the states. Though I have to admit, I had this one starling hanging around that I grew to like - he was able to imitate my cat meowing.

  7. I have a few of these birds here so far but usually end up with a whole group. They eat the food all up. But they are pretty in their own way. I still take lots of pictures of them also.. I won't be getting into the Digiscoping. It costs too much and I see enough from my window. If I could get out then maybe I'd have one.

  8. Hi Frank.
    Nice to see another Digiscopers work.Like you I also use a Swarovski HD 80 Scope with a Nikon P6000 camera which marry well together.I look forward to seeing some great results.

  9. Very nice digiscoped photo. It would be great to try that.

  10. Its a clever bird Frank, a great mimmic and a nice variety of plumage for the photographer. Its team aerobatics are pretty good as well. {:)

  11. Frank thank you for stopping by Nature-as-is!! and thank you for your lovely comments :) As you can see I have stopped by and I love your blog. I especially love the history you have provided about yourself I found it very interesting. Love your photo's

    Crista :)

  12. Frank thank you for stopping by Nature-as-is and thanks for the lovely comments I'm glad you like my Header and my starling :) I have taken the opportunity to check out your lovely lovely blog. Your shots are very nice and I love the wonderful history of yourself that you have provided. I enjoyed reading it.


  13. Frank thank you for stopping by Nature-as-is I'm glad you like my Header and Starling. I like your starling too :) I have taken the lovely opportunity to veiw your blog. Simply put Lovely. I hope to check your posts more frequently.


  14. Hi "Early Birders", I have been out of commission for a while, so sorry for the daelay in responding to all your comments.

    Leedra. Watching 000's swirling around prior to going to roost is a fantastic sight.

    Kelly, I've been experimenting with layout etc. so pleased you approve.

    Keith & Dale. I agree they are not really the 'bullies' of the bird world & do have character.

    Kim & Shelly. It's like everything else, practise, practise. If you have time to search thro' Dale's blog ( you will find many helpful hints & may save you some money!

    Shelly. Starling meowing, I think that's quite common.

    Ginny. I fully understand, but your photos are great anyway.

    John & Mick. Thanks guys.

    Roy. We appear to be in the minority, or are they just a 'new world' problem?

    Crista. Thanks for joining the "Early Birders" & very pleased you enjoy what I post.

    Good wildlife watching. FAB


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