Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Digiscoping: The Ruff Cut

Just a quick post this evening with some photos and video footage of the juvenile Ruff roaming the west quadrant of Wilstone reservoir today. Unfortunately, the Wood Sandpiper, which had been feeding alongside it, had legged it to the far bank of the reservoir moments before I arrived. The distant south quadrant was the Sandpiper Savoy today: 5 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers and the Wood Sandpiper were all resting and refuelling there.

So, I was using the Ruff as digiscoping practice (whilst also admiring its fresh, spangly, juvenile plumage, of course!). It was 60-80 metres away, feeding, preening and at times roosting. Conditions were overcast, grey and cool, with an occasional breeze. The results aren’t too bad considering the lack of light and distance involved. Once again, the white balance is off and I’ve not been able to correct it in post-processing. I need to test out other camera white balance settings and see if I can fix it at source. Photos and video were digiscoped (Swaro ATS80HD, x30W EP, Swaro DCA, Panasonic DMC-G3, 20mm f1.7).

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