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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Black Redstart in West Glam

(c) R. Jones
Rob J, Gwyn R and I found this female Black Redstart at an undisclosed site, today. We were able to watch it for about 15mins and it came close enough to get some decent record shots. During our time watching it we did not see a male bird or notice any signs of agitated behaviour but it will be worth keeping an eye on this area over the coming weeks.
(c) M. Hipkin
The bird showed very well at times down to about 25m and both Rob and I were able to take some photos. I concentrated on using my DSLR and Rob used the trusty iPhone and scope combo. I am absolutely amazed at how well one of Rob's shot came out and this only goes to show that 'phone-scoping' can produce decent results, and in this case very good!


Jeff said...

Great find lads.

Barry Stewart said...

Owain G. found a female in cliff habitat in South Gower last week, which is likely to be a late migrant. If yours is at a more urban/industrial site you never know? If you'd asked which was the phones cope shot there's no way I could guess - what phone does he have?