Remembering Bill Thompson III of Bird Watcher’s Digest

If you have been on birding social media this week, no doubt you’ve been reading tributes about Bill Thompson of Bird Watcher’s Digest. Bill was a huge force of enthusiasm and fun in the birding world. He was incredibly generous with his time, advice, music and laughter. He recently lost his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and the birding … Read More

Remote Shutter For SmartPhones

Scoping Swans and Ducks

I live in Minnesota which means I both enjoy winter and I feel entitled to complain about it. I enjoy giant piles of snow, though I prefer that it falls on day off or in increments that are small and do not have a huge impact on rush hour traffic, but lead to great snow shoe and ski trails. I … Read More

Always Take Your Scope

I recently returned from a trip to Uganda. Our first full day of birding with Bird Uganda Safaris involved heading out in large canoes with a motor attached so we could look for the elusive shoebill in Mbamba Swamp. Someone said, “I don’t think you need to bring your scope.” I replied, “I never regret bringing my scope, however there … Read More

Phone Tripod Mount | Attach Your Phone To Your Tripod

Phoneskope Phone tripod mount for digiscoping

Phone Skope’s new Phone Tripod Mount allows you to attach your phone to your tripod easily, thus giving you the opportunity to take pictures and videos of yourself, a group of people, or even the landscape. How The Phone Tripod Mount Works The Phone Tripod Mount attaches to standard tripod base plates and fits smartphones up to 3.5″ width and … Read More

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Smartphone Digiscoping Adapter

Phone Skope’s brand new Samsung Galaxy S9+ Digiscoping Adapter is now available. This case is dual purpose, serving as a digiscoping adapter and every day phone case at the same time. The Samsung Galaxy S9+ Phone Case is designed and manufactured in the USA and works with all existing Phone Skope Optic Adapters. Here’s how the case works. Step-by-step Put … Read More

Upgrade Your Phone? | Phone Skope Phone Case

Digiscoping Cases for phone upgrades

We get this question often – What do I need if I upgrade my phone? Do I need a phone case or a complete kit? Tanner answers the question in this short video. When you upgrade your phone, you only need a new Phone Skope Phone Case for your brand new phone. The Optic Adapter you have from your old … Read More

How To Get Shots of Shorebirds

Digiscoping for Shorebirds

Shorebirds seem to be a dividing factor for many in the birding community. Some people see the above birds as a meaningful pursuits, while others see them as birds they will never understand and would rather pretend they didn’t exist. I fell into the latter category for years. And then I met a guy named Doug Buri from South Dakota … Read More

Fun With Bird Videos

Spotting a Cuban Tody with a digiscope

Some Birds are Hard to Photograph Let’s face it; some birds are hard to photograph. Either they move around too much, or they are in low light, and you can’t get the exposure settings to cooperate on your phone that’s when it’s time to switch to video. I’m a big fan of using video on your smartphone. You can use … Read More

Blizzard Birding

Sharp tail grouse digiscope

It’s April. It’s Year of the Bird. I made so many plans to really enjoy the birds in my home state this spring. Normally in spring, I’m gone almost the whole season enjoying migratory birds in other states or countries. This was my year to bird the crap out of Minnesota! And April in Minnesota did what April does sometimes. … Read More

Black-tailed Godwit – Pedrickton Marsh, New Jersey

Birding black tailed Godwit

Drop-everything Bird: A bird whose presence within a few hour radius of your location compels you to immediately drop everything and GO. Black-tailed Godwit version. The Most Recent Drop-everything Bird I have a lot of “drop-everything birds” that I’ve always wanted to see, especially in the Philly region: Barn Owl, Painted Bunting, Harlequin Duck, Roseate Spoonbill. But some of the … Read More