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I have been digiscoping for around 18 years now and through persistence and good equipment I am getting great results. I use a Swarovski 80hd spotting scope and a Sony RX100 camera which has just replaced my old faithful Nikon P5100. The majority of my bird watching takes place in County Durham in England which has a variety of different habitats from coast to moors. Digiscoping is great because it allows me to get good photos without disturbing birds. VIEW THE LATEST PHOTOBOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

Friday, 18 April 2014

Panama part two

It wasn't all birds - not quite, we did see quite a few mammals and reptiles at the Canopy Tower in Panama.
This Basilik Lizard was about 15 foot up a tree, when I have seen them before they have always been on or next to the water.
I digiscoped this and the narrow depth of field created by the scope benefits this picture as the lizard is pin sharp and attention is focussed on it by the blurred (boceh) effect around it.
Of course we heard Howler Monkeys every morning at around 05:15, but we didnt see any close to the tower but we did see them when we went out on the trails.
One group of Howlers seem to be badly affected by a disease which created large lumps with holes on their throats - Alex our guide said that it was the Botfly and they would eventually die from it.

On the road close to the canopy tower we saw a Northern Tamandua - a type of black and white anteater which lives mainly in the trees, at times it was covered in ants and it was difficult to see who was eating who!
It eventually moved up in the tree and went to sleep on a branch.
The other monkey that we saw in the area was a White Faced Capuchin, which is a small cheeky looking monkey, which at one point sat high in a tree and faced us off, baring its teeth at us.

Next report is back to the birds.......


  1. Great Digiscoping,I use the same scope as you,but with a Nikon P6000 camera.

  2. Thanks JR&Sue, I used to use the Nikon P5100 prior to the P6000 - got great results, it eventually wore out -lol. I went for the Sony RX100 because of the large sensor size and it was 20 megapixel. Its fast and accurate focussing is excellent. Digiscoping in the jungle beat the hand held DSLRs hands down, because of the poor light levels, all bird photography except hummingbirds needed a tripod.


Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

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