Originally Posted by Ian Byrnes
Well I'm just blown away with your photos, they are amazing and to think that you not only have such a beautiful bird as the Cardinal near you BUT to have the opportunity to photograph a Bald Eagle and at such a close distance is wonderful. What sort of terrain do you live close to down there in Fort Wayne and what sort of proliferation of species do you have?
My iPhone doesn't compare with your Samsung...........looks like another delivery from the postman !! Your shots are brilliant without the phoneskope.
The occurrence of Coranvirus infections and deaths is rising rapidly now. I need to make my last trip out to get some tyres for my car today, then my wife and I are FULLY self isolating. My daughter is dropping food off and we are getting home deliveries from the supermarkets and I think Britain will be in full lock down in a week or so time which means neither of us can leave our home for up to 4 months.....a sobering thought. The rest of Europe is doing the same.....Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark etc are already locked down with borders closed. Poor Italy and Spain have been hit extremely hard and it can only get worse.
Take care and good birding.
Ian, thanks for the compliment. Honestly, I am a little surprised at the photos too. Although, I do not think I can personally take any credit. The Note 10+ really does have a highly rated camera. Plus the conditions and the scope itself are the responsible parties. Thank you all the same, though. I wonder if the adapter/holder will make the photos that much better. I hope so.
I just need to do a little research on the proper way to adjust the settings. The stock camera allows a "Pro" mode. I could not really use it handheld, but hopefully will be able to with the adapter. We will see.
Besides my interest in Whitetail photos, and maybe as a number one reason, the Bald Eagles were a primary motivation for me to pursue digiscoping. It still boggles my mind, in a way, to think that I have a nesting pair so close to my house. They have really bounced back. Knowing that they are there, I have tried various times to get photos of them. Failing, and not wanting to invest thousands into a new hobby (photography/cameras), I went this direction.
Regarding the terrain, this area is mostly flat farm fields, creeks, and the scattered woodlot. Some of the woods stretch for hundreds of acres, but most are less than 100. We are around 4 miles from the town, and have subdivision neighborhoods just down the road. This part of the state is sort of a country/suburbia. I would prefer to be much farther from towns, but I will be happy with what I can get.
I am not really a birder, per se, but, I consider myself, an outdoorsman, of sorts anyway. So, I am sure I know a very limited group of birds by sight. I frequently see Cardinals, Flickers, Red-headed and Downy Woodpeckers (I think), Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, a variety of other finches, recently started seeing Pileated Woodpeckers. Thrushes, Red-tailed hawks, Coopers, Barred and Great-horned owls, and so on, are not uncommon. I actually rarely see the owls, but hear them nightly. Deer and Coyote are very common. Otters are coming back. Beaver, Mink, and the like, are around. We have some local wetlands that are set aside. They are usually hundreds of acres, but not thousands, at least within a 30 minute drive radius. I don't know very many waterfowl by sight, but see grebes, wood ducks, mergansers, and others there.
I hope and pray that you remain untouched, at least physically, by the virus. Our kids' schools have shut down for a month. Our foster son, in college now, is off for around the same amount of time. Our oldest son, in the military, has been confined to his base. Our oldest daughter, on her own, is a pre-school teacher/daycare provider for toddlers. She is always dealing with some sort of mild cold or something. If her work shuts down for weeks, it will be difficult, at minimum. Thankfully she is local, so we will all help each other out. Maybe that is one good outcome; that we all work together for once...the country and world, I mean.
I used to read James Herriot's books when I was a kid. Have you heard of him? Not sure if he is as famous in the UK, even though he is from there, as he is/was here. Seeing your mention of needing "tyres", threw me back to those days. I thought he was a great writer, and his books nearly caused me to pursue veterinary medicine. Looking back, I still wish I would have.