Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Two Thoughts for Tuesday

Solitary Sandpiper

The Deer Creek confluence pond looks promising once again for migrating shorebirds. On my bike ride home from work yesterday I stopped at the pond and found several Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, a few Lesser Yellowlegs, and lots of Killdeer foraging along the mudflats. There was also a Great Blue Heron and Great Egret in the deeper part of the pond.

Least Sandpiper

Given its inherently high magnification, digiscoping offers excellent potential in capturing intimate views of birds, like how a foraging sandpiper appears to a nearby companion. Still, digiscoping has limitations – it isn't very effective for birds in flight because of its magnification. In my experienced opinion, however, this isn't a valid reason to dismiss it or criticize it as a respectable form of nature photography as some super-telephoto photographers do. What do you think?

The weather forecast is calling for drier weather for the next week which will keep the pond attractive to tired and hungry shorebirds. Warblers are increasing in southern Wisconsin, so each morning I'm faced with a birding dilemma; hit the pond for shorebirds or head to the conservancy creek corridor for neotropical songbirds? Do you alternate your type of birding during migration? Do you favor one type of birding over another?

All images © 2010 Mike McDowell

1 comment:

  1. I have become quite fond of the shorebirds this year. In the past I was a "woods gal" and never ventured far from the trees. This past year I have really enjoyed watching the shorebirds and waterfowl. Gulls are another story! They are still above my ID skills most of the time. :)