Archive for February, 2010
A few weeks ago the local Aldi had spotting scopes in their “Thursday Special”. I didn’t expect much at the price, but was pleasantly surprised. Add a cheap camera from e-bay (has to have a small lens, so the 55mm-diameter Panasonic is no use), and see what happens. Results so far are encouraging, provided that 1. the subject is at least 12 metres away and doesn’t move 2. there’s plenty of light 3. you don’t mind using software to remove the effects of chromatic aberration in the ‘scope. A bit limiting, then, but I think it’s worth some more work.
Here’s a sparrow at 15m or so:
A few weeks ago I noticed that fatballs in the garden feeder were disappearing at an alarming rate – and soon spotted the reason, in the shape of a jackdaw:
This weekend, a rook took over. It’s almost as big as the feeder, and has no trouble removing big chunks of food with that cold-chisel of a beak: