I am still finding my way around the Nikon P300 and experimenting with settings in poor light situations to try and improve the results of my Digiscoping. The seven frames a second capability means there are a lot of pictures taken, but there are usually a couple of keepers.
I was particularly pleased with these Nuthatch pictures, taken at RSPB Middleton as a pair fed on seed placed on top of a short fence post.
In really poor light or with a constantly moving target taking a video of the subject and then grabbing stills from it is often the best way to secure a record shot. I gave it a go with the Nuthatches, and these results are straight out of the camera with no editing. I used the App "SnapStill" to grab the stills.
Not bad at all for record shots.
A couple of days later, in poor light and at range I tried to Digiscope some very nervous and spooky Goosander on the River Tame. I couldn't get close to them. They also spent very little time in one place or above the surface of the water. An ideal opportunity to try to capture something resembling a record shot using video. As I have said before, it's practicing with these more common birds that helps ensure you have an idea what to do when confronted with something a little rarer.
|Video Grab - 60 Yards|
|Video Grab - Submerge.|
I ended up finding a a spot where I could remain concealed from the Goosander in the hope one would move closer to me. Eventually, I got one to within 40 yards. I managed to fire off about a dozen shots before it spotted me, dived, and moved off. This was the best of them.
|Some birds are much easier to Digiscope.|
|As far as Digiscoping with the Nikon P300 goes, I'm learning all the time and enjoying the challenge, and enjoyment is what it's all about.|