Cerro Batipa, Panama 29Jan16

IMG_0759We failed to document the trip this year in Conepatus on the Great Lake, Ontario, and the canals of Canada. It was much the same as the 2012 visit to the area.

So getting on with the show, above is a King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) photo taken as Cerro Batipa, Panama. It is rare to find one perched and in range of the camera. The photo was taken using an iPhone 6S attached to a Swarovski ATX95 scope via a Phone Skope mount. The photo has no enhancements or editing. Shot at 70X setting on the scope and 2X on the digital zoom in the phone.

I have been shooting with the scope for several weeks now using the iPhone 6S. It is an impressive combination. Prior to trying the iPhone, I have been using an Olympus SLR, OM-D E-M5. There is no comparison between the two, the 6S shoots much better photos than the M5 via a spotting scope, particularly at powers above the base of 30X on the ATX95.

The 6S autofocus works well with the scope. One sets the focus lock on the 6S to mid focus range, then you do a quick focus with the scope’s focus ring. Finally take off the 6S focus lock and let the autofocus take over. As you can see above, the focus is spot on. The interesting thing is the depth of focus available to the 6S. The subject can move almost a foot in either direction from the initial “centered focus” and still maintain focus. Amazing!

This link will take you to my Google Photos album for the Cerro Batipa trip. This is my archive and it contains full size photos with no editing or culling. There are the good, the bad and the ugly, so enjoy. If you download any for other than personal use, please credit me, Craig Owings. All are copyrighted.

Keep checking back over the next several days for more photos. The uploading is slow as many photos are BIG files, so it takes time.

Craig

 

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Searching for Hard to Find Birds

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On April 1st, Sarah and I decided to go up to the Respringo entrance of the Quetzal trail to look for 4 species of birds that like to feast on the seeds of a particular bamboo. This bamboo seeds infrequently, I hear every 7 years, so when it happens, it is time to go up and look for the peg-billed finch, maroon chested ground dove, barred parakeet, and any other birds hanging around.

I took the digiscope, though early in the morning and in the rain forest it is difficult to get good low noise photos. Got a few, and hope they are good enough for the bird lovers.

This is the list of the days sightings, though I only photographed the peg-billed finch, the barred parakeet, and the slaty flowerpiercer:

Black-cheeked warbler 
flame-throated warbler
golden-browed chlorophonia
peg-billed finch
large-footed finch
barred parakeet
rufous collared sparrow
flame throated hummingbird
volcano humming bird
Slaty flowerpiercer
black capped flycatcher
black-billed nightengale-thrush
common bush-tanager
long-tailed silky-flycatcher
slate-throated redstart
collared redstart
white-naped brush-finch
yellow-faced grassquit

From the Road

laughing falcon
white hawk
roadside hawk
yellow-headed caracara
crested oropendola
white-crowned parrot
great-tailed grackle
cattle egret
meadowlark

 

Craig

Cactus Goes Crazy

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A couple of nights ago, Sarah’s weird cactus plant went crazy with blooms. The blooms come out at night and last only one night. Not sure which cactus this is, so if anyone has a clue, let me know.

The flowers are not quite fully open. They are full around midnight ….. Sarah stayed up to see them. Me … off to sleep in my chair:)

Craig