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Phonescoping Workshops

After plenty of emails back and forth, I’m pleased to announce my first phonescoping workshops at RSPB Titchwell on 1 November 2013. For details see here.

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Birdfair 2013 – Parklife

Another great Birdfair is over – well for me anyway – I’m having the day off today. That was planned but after a heavy night on the wine, thanks to Leigh, Steve Hebbron and Martyn Deighton, I’m glad I haven’t got to sweat it out in the marquees… I feel a bit jaded.

As usual Jim and Sue Graham did a fantastic job getting the LROS stand together and it was great working there on Friday and saying hello to a lot of old and new friends.

LROS Stand M2/32

LROS Stand M2/32

Saturday I thought I’d have more time to get around but somehow that didn’t happen. I managed to catch up with Ruth Miller and Alan Davies from The Biggest Twitch and even caught a bit of Alan doing A Question Of Stork.

A Question Of Stork

A Question Of Stork

Back at the LROS stand it was nice to see Nick Baker – he is always popular at Birdfair and seems to have time for everyone. What a nice bloke!

Nick Baker

Nick Baker

A few minutes later, I’d being chatting with Ceri Levy and totally oblivious to the living legend that was with him – Phil Daniels. Phil fucking Daniels! Jimmy from Quadrophenia… Phil Daniels – from Blur’s Parklife video (and single)… Phil FUCKING Daniels!

Phil Daniels

Phil Daniels

Sorry for the terrible photo but I have to be honest, I was a bit starstruck…

Once Dave sends me a few photos I will do a blog about the iPhonescoping workshop I ran… a big thanks to everyone who turned up and also to Paul Hackett from Kowa and Chris Galvin at Opticron for their support.

iPhonescoping

After work today I dropped into Thornton Reservoir to catch up with the Black-necked Grebe. A lovely little bird that showed pretty well at the Village end of the Reservoir. This species is one of the few where I prefer the American name – Eared Grebe. I still prefer Slavonian Grebe to Horned Grebe though. Apart from Pied-billed Grebe, Slav is the only one I need for Thornton now.

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I took a good few images with the Coolpix P310 but I wanted to do some iPhonescoping so out came the Kowa TSN-IP4S adaptor. I cranked up the zoom on the eyepiece to 40x and did a few test shots before it moved too far out. The ones using Camera+ app came out better than the Kowa Telecamera app. I couldn’t get my exposure right due to the glare off the water.
Before I could do any video the bird swam out of range.

To finish the image I cropped and processed it in Snapseed.