Archive for November 1st, 2010


11/1/2010: Yellow rumped Warbler

On Friday and Saturday of last week, there were Yellow-rumped Warblers everywhere and anywhere you chose to look in Cape May NJ. Lawns in town were littered with them. Every likely bush along the edge of the meadows was alive with them. They were so thick behind the Hawk Watch platform at Cape May Point, and at the base of the Morning Flight tower at Higgbee Beach, that avoiding collisions as you walked became a challenge. Late in the day Saturday, as they dropped out of the wind, some were so tired that you could walk within 3 feet of them as they perched on the boardwalk rail at Cape May Point. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

Of course that made it an ideal place to practice digiscoping warblers! Especially warblers close in and filling the frame. Over the next few days you will see quite a few YRWR shots here. 🙂

This bird was in the hedge row along the road at the Meadows (Nature Conservancy Cape May Migratory Bird Sanctuary). 

This shot is digiscoped with the Canon SD4000IS behind the 15-56x Vario eyepiece on the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL. I was about 20 feet away, and the digiscoping rig gave me the equivalent field of view of a 2500mm lens on a full frame DSLR. 1/200 sec @ ISO 125. F-stop about f7, limited by the scope.

This is the same bird, zoomed back to about the equivalent field of 1600mm lens. This one is at ISO 400 and 1/1000th of a second @ f5.0 (camera limited). Notice the image quality the Canon SD4000IS is capable of at ISO 400!

So, that is the first helping of Cape May’s Yellow-rumps.