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iPhone 6 Plus Field Test

I decided to try something different in this blog post. I just finished up my first round of field testing with a iPhone 6 Plus. I used it in a variety of situations and lighting conditions and on two different spotting scopes via a Phone Skope smartphone digiscoping adapter – Celestron Regal M2 80ED and a Vortex Razor HD 20-60×85. Check out the story I put together using the Steller app for iOS below!

 

Video – May 2015 Birding Highlights

I started out the month of May scouting for the 9th Annual Delaware Bird-a-thon. My team, the BirdsEye Birders, competed in the County Challenge, where we set out on May 3rd to try and find as may species as possible within the boundaries of New Castle County. The results are not in yet, but we tallied 139 species in 24 hours and raised $500! After the bird-a-thon, warbler migration peaked, then shorebirds followed soon after. I also had to deal with finals, wrapping up the semester, and giving two talks, one in the middle of May and a digiscoping talk at the end of the month. In between, I birded as much as I could in White Clay Creek State Park, Middle Run Natural Area, and Port Penn Impoundments in search of new additions to my New Castle County year list! Overall, I submitted 56 eBird checklists and tallied 181 species. I compiled a video of highlights from the month of May that I shot with a iPhone 5c + Celestron Regal M2 80ED & Phone Skope Adapter. Enjoy and bird on!

Note: Be sure to watch on 1080p for best quality!

PhoneSkoping the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler

Kirtland’s Warbler is on the top of every birder’s most wanted list. It is federally endangered and breeds locally in young Jack Pine forests in Wisconsin and Michigan. Fortunately, my friend, Craig Miller, had a chance to visit a breeding location last week and coincidentally, he purchased a Phone Skope adapter right before he left! Craig was able to see and digiscope at least one Kirtland’s Warbler in Michigan! Here’s one of his favorite shots:

Kirtland's Warbler in Michigan. Digiscoped with a Samsung Galaxy S3 + Swarovski ATX Spotting Scope & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Craig Miller - used with permission.

Kirtland’s Warbler in Michigan. Digiscoped with a Samsung Galaxy S3 + Swarovski ATX Spotting Scope & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Craig Miller – used with permission.

Find out more about the Kirtland’s Warbler at this link.