Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Swarovski Binoculars and Red Tail Hawk

Today I received my new pair of Swarovski EL 8.5x42 WB binoculars, which also included a snapshot adapter for taking digital pictures with the binoculars. Not five minutes after opening the box, I looked out in my backyard, and saw a red-tailed hawk sitting in a tree! What a perfect opportunity to try out my new toy. I grabbed the binoculars, adapter, and my Canon PowerShot A590IS camera. Here's the first pic I got -



Not bad! The hawk shortly flew down to the ground and kicked some leaves around.




Something scared him into a tree then, and I got these great pics -




Here's what it looked like without the magnification from the binoculars and adapter -


Makes a big difference. The hawk then flew over my head (!) to another tree and hopped around trying to get a better view of a squirrel. Eventually a bunch of blue jays landed in the tree and started harassing it, even running into it, until it had enough and flew away. I was so glad I had the chance to try out my new Swarovski binoculars and look forward to getting more practice with the snapshot adapter. This red-tailed hawk made species #22 for my yard list.

You can see all the pictures I took, good and bad, here: http://www.picasaweb.google.com/frontrangebirding/RedTailHawk#

3 comments:

Mike J said...

Yes a good pair of binoculars make all the difference when it comes to birding. Glad you like your new pair, and happy birding.

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Mark said...

Good pics. Keep on the good work please. I think that adding a camera to the binoculars is a real good thing. This helps the birdwatchers in capturing the glimpses of their favorite birds.

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