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Old Sunday 9th October 2011, 02:13   #1
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Digiscoping Lifer List for See Toh

Had just gone into digiscoping and would like to start afresh a list of my digiscoping lifers here. Photo quality may be quite bad as I only started digiscoping on Oct 8, 2011. Hope viewers will be understanding in this regard

#1 digiscoping lifer is a female Blue-winged Leafbird

Taken with Nikon Coolpix P300 coupled with Nikon 82mm ED Fieldscope.
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Sorry for the messy background
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Old Sunday 9th October 2011, 03:14   #2
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#2 is a black-headed bulbul who refused to turn its head towards me

Setting: 6.3mm ISO 160 1/40s f/4.5 0EV

Sorry for the backside shot. This is the best record I could get of this rare resident breeder of Singapore until my camera battery gone flat Lesson learnt: bring along spare batteries next round

Hope to get a better shot of this bird when I visit Panti, Malaysia where they are common.
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Old Sunday 9th October 2011, 16:08   #3
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#3 - White-winged Tern in non-breeding plummage.

The bird was around 80m away and there was a tall wire-fence in between us. It was also quite windy when the shot was taken.

Had underexposed the shot by setting -0.7EV, f/7.8, 1/500s ISO160 and focal length 17.9mm.
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Old Monday 10th October 2011, 15:50   #4
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#4 - Juvenile Tiger Shrike
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Old Tuesday 11th October 2011, 02:27   #5
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#5 - Female Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Settings: 7.2mm ISO 160 1/125s f/4.1 -0.7EV
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Old Tuesday 11th October 2011, 23:38   #6
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Welcome to the world of digiscoping. You are getting some nice results already with the P300. I hope you're having fun.
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Old Wednesday 12th October 2011, 00:55   #7
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Hi Neil

Really am enjoying this new toy of mine.

Got my #6 in harsh low light condition. Got to up the ISO to 1600 to get a decent record shot. As this bird stayed put for over 30 minutes, I should have shot at manual and increase the exposure time to get a brighter image at lower ISO.

Settings: 7.2mm ISO 1600 1/30s f/2.6 +2.0EV
Brightness, contrast and sharpness had been increased.

Male Blue-eared Kingfisher
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Old Thursday 13th October 2011, 14:44   #8
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#7 Lesser Whistling Duck
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Old Friday 14th October 2011, 14:37   #9
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#8 Juvenile Crow-billed Drongo
Settings: 6.3mm ISO 160 1/60s f/2.8 0EV
Sorry for the lousy perch
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Old Saturday 15th October 2011, 18:35   #10
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#9 Broad-billed Sandpiper in non-breeding plummage
Settings: 17.9mm ISO 160 1/125s f/2.8 0EV
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Old Saturday 15th October 2011, 22:28   #11
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Welcome to digiscoping.... Pic quality is one thing but digiscoping makes u slow down and appreciate birds a bit as shots don't come as easy.....good shots, hv fun
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Old Sunday 16th October 2011, 10:33   #12
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#10 Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plummage
Settings: 17.9mm ISO 160 1/800s f/4.9 -0.3EV
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Old Tuesday 18th October 2011, 08:37   #13
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#11 - Common Moorhen
Camera settings: 17.9mm (effective 3000mm) ISO 160 1/400s f/5.5 -1.0EV
Strong morning sunlight and blackish body/head was badly underexposed.
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Old Wednesday 19th October 2011, 15:28   #14
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#12 Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo
Camera settings: 5mm (effective 840mm in 35mm terms) ISO 800 1/30s f/2.2 0EV

Trying out digiscoping in bad lighting under manual mode. Shot this very common forest bird at 6pm after a heavy downpour. In many instances, the P300 encountered difficulty focusing although scope was somewhat focused already. Image brightness increased significantly and sharpened before posting.

It is certainly tough digiscoping in low light condition and high ISO setting.
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Old Wednesday 19th October 2011, 23:19   #15
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#12 Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo
Camera settings: 5mm (effective 840mm in 35mm terms) ISO 800 1/30s f/2.2 0EV

Trying out digiscoping in bad lighting under manual mode. Shot this very common forest bird at 6pm after a heavy downpour. In many instances, the P300 encountered difficulty focusing although scope was somewhat focused already. Image brightness increased significantly and sharpened before posting.

It is certainly tough digiscoping in low light condition and high ISO setting.
Nice work. I hope you don't mind but I played around with this photo. I love the irradescent colors.
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Nice work. I hope you don't mind but I played around with this photo. I love the irradescent colors.
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Hi Neil

Like the way you re-processed the pic which looked brighter/nicer. A lot more to learn for me both shooting and processing.

Despite low light, the only bonus was that the bird kept pretty still for me

I have problem shooting such long birds since got to keep the focus box on the center of the body but then the eye may not be as sharp as I would like. But if I focused on the eye, the lower body and tail will not be captured unless I move back a couple of meters (that's provide it's possible).

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Hi Neil

Like the way you re-processed the pic which looked brighter/nicer. A lot more to learn for me both shooting and processing.

Despite low light, the only bonus was that the bird kept pretty still for me

I have problem shooting such long birds since got to keep the focus box on the center of the body but then the eye may not be as sharp as I would like. But if I focused on the eye, the lower body and tail will not be captured unless I move back a couple of meters (that's provide it's possible).

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I don't often focus on the eye using Auto Focus as birds head are usually moving too fast , which throws the AF off. Try focusing on the body and them tweak the scope focus just a little to get the head in focus.
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#13 Buffy Fish Owl

Pic #1 - Juvenile
Pic #2 - Adult

Camera settings: 6.3mm (effective 1050mm in 35mm terms) ISO 1600 1/30s f/2.5 +2EV No Cropping
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What a cracking photo, thanks for posting them.
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Hi Punta - Thanks for the encouraging words. I am still learning how to handle the setup as I am new to photography. It was challenging to shoot owl especially in the evening as the lighting condition get progressive worse. Only plus points were that the subjects were very close (got difficulty to fit the adult fully into the frame) and they remained pretty still. As a matter of fact, the adult buffy remained on the same perch from 5:30 pm (it was already there when I arrived) and was still there at 7 pm when I left the place.
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#14 - Purple Swamphen
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#15 - Pacific Swallow
Camera settings: 15.2mm (effective 2550mm in 35mm terms) ISO 160 1/640s f/4.5 -1.0EV
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#16 Whiskered Tern moulting into non-breeding plummage
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#17 - Pacific Golden Plover in non-breeding plummage
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#17 - Pacific Golden Plover in non-breeding plummage

Hello SeeToh, great pics, really enjoyed looking at them - the owls are particulalry good.

I'm coming to Singapore on Friday for 2 weeks with work, but will have 4 days birding to look forward too. Any tips on where to go - MacRitchie seems a good area to concentrate on. I can private mail you if ok?

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