Friday, June 08, 2012

More Nikon 1 V1 shots!

Pope Farm Conservancy in the Town of Middleton

The more I use the Nikon 1 V1 the more convinced I am that it's the best camera for digiscoping I've used. It's almost impossible for me not to get a decent shot of a cooperative bird, provided I'm at least 25-35 feet from my subject and the lighting is good. Focusing via the EVF (Electronic View Finder) makes getting a sharp image a snap. Even with more distant birds the image quality rendered is high enough for clear compositional shots showing them in their habitat. This singing Dickcissel that was over 75 feet away!

Singing Dickcissel

To be fair, I'm sure there are other in-production digital cameras just as good, but the Nikon 1 V1 is stands so far apart for me because I had been using the Nikon Coolpix 8400 since 2006. Obviously, digital camera technology has improved a lot since that time and I'm enjoying the heck out of it!

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Kingbird

All of these photographs were taken at Pope Farm Conservancy on Wednesday evening. The Dickcissel was alternating between perching in a tree and tall prairie plants and was easy to photograph from the main trail. A few Eastern Bluebirds and one Eastern Kingbird were eyeing the grass for insects from atop rocks on the wall and along the parking lot. Clay-colored Sparrows were singing their buzz buzz buzz songs from the prairie just east of the picnic area in the middle.

Clay-colored Sparrow

Buzz buzz buzz buzz!

All images © 2012 Mike McDowell


  1. Lovely captures.
    Good to read that you enjoy your new equipment. Though it will be hard to beat the results you obtained while still a retro digiscoper:). Looking forward to future postings.
    Happy birding, Sjerp

  2. It will? I don't think so. :)

    Mike M.

  3. Mike--

    The first Clay-colored Sparrow might be my favorite photo you've ever posted. Congratulations on the new gear!