Sunday, February 27, 2011

Four-and-a-half Digiscoped Hummingbirds

I've been home in Tucson for just this past week between two tours – just back from the Maya Lacandon region of Mexico and now on my way to Hawaii.

As soon as I got home, the new Zeiss 85mm Diascope arrived (actually UPS tried delivering it three times while I was gone, and I was thrilled they came by a fourth time). Despite tons of post-tour stuff to do and the need to prepare for this next tour, I couldn't resist spending time in the back yard trying out the new scope and digiscoping adapter that Zeiss sent me.

I'll be posting more to in my usual Tuesday installments – both on my recent Chiapas tour as well as a review of this spotting scope and the digiscoping setup. In the meantime, here are some results of the digiscoping experiments in my back yard this week. Click on any photo for a larger image.

Female Anna's Hummingbird

Probable female Black-chinned X Costa's Hummingbird (back for her second winter, DNA analysis still pending)

Male Broad-billed Hummingbird

Female Costa's Hummingbird

Male Violet-crowned Hummingbird (back for his fourth winter, and still here as of February 27, though he was missing from Feb 14-22)


  1. These are great photos. I just recently started digiscoping with my iPod. It is very tough to do, but it looks like you have the perfect set up! I really enjoyed your posting and look forward to reading more of them!

  2. Thanks Tim! I've not tried digiscoping with anything smaller than a good digital camera, but in a pinch anything works. Even digibinning, which is how I documented the first winter record of Solitary Sandpiper for Oregon.

  3. Very nice photos! Thanks for sharing such an helpful post.