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First quarter moon, January 1, 2012

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The last day of 2011 was beautiful here in south Florida. Started off cool (chilly, even), but warmed nicely throughout the day. Since it was the first Saturday after Christmas, I was out in the field on the West Palm Beach Christmas Bird Count, and the weather proved mildly conducive to the birds we were [...] [...]

End of an era

Way back in the fall of 2008, I got the nature geek’s equivalent of the Holy Grail: a digital camera with an adapter for a spotting scope. Thus began the era of digiscoping on Benweb. The camera was a Nikon Coolpix P5100, a 12-megapixel wonder with more shooting modes than anyone could possibly know what [...] [...]

Patience pays off

Well, patience pays off. Last night I got a pretty decent shot of Day 6 of this month’s lunation: And tonight, I had all but given up hope of shooting the moon after only 7 days, because of the low but very heavy cloud cover that we were experiencing all evening. But I decided to [...] [...]

January moon, day three

Today was a glorious Martin Luther King day, except for the fact that I didn’t get to celebrate it as a holiday. Instead, I was inside, chained to my desk all day. So when I got home tonight, and finally finished the last conference call of the day, I grabbed the opportunity for my “garbage [...] [...]

Saturday stroll

On the weekends I get to spend a lot more time with my son than I can during the week. There’s no rush to get out the door; no meeting to prepare for; no freeway traffic to fret about. The morning stroll can last quite a bit longer; we can take more than one, if the [...] [...]

Migration Day at Green Cay

Green Cay Nature Center hosted its second annual Migration Day on Saturday, October 18th. Despite having laryngitis last year, I was apparently popular enough as a speaker to be invited back for a second time! This time I was able to go around the boardwalk once before my talk, which was very nice. It gave [...] [...]

Just past full

Last night, I actually had a moment or two after putting the boy to bed. So I went outside and fiddled around a bit more with my digiscoping setup. I took about a dozen shots of the full moon (actually, about 28 hours past full) in a rather stiff breeze. One shot, of the entire [...] [...]

New gear, part two

Well, I finally got a chance to figure out how the threaded adapter works to mate my new digicam to my trusty Televue-60 spotting scope. Here’s how it works: First, as I did in part one, unscrew the thread cover from the camera. Then attach the camera adapter to the camera. Now, in part two, [...] [...]

New gear

The birthday wish list of a naturalist is pretty simple: books and gear. Gear and books. Maybe some new gear and some old books? How about some new gear and some new books? While I didn’t get that shiny iPhone everyone seems to want (there’s always next year!), I got something that should turn out [...] [...]