Archive for August, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Scaled Quail, Eddy County, NM, 23 July 2014.  Photo © Bill Schmoker, Leica Birding Team.

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Athena Update – field report from AZ

Rufous-winged Sparrow

At the time of this writing, Athena had cracked 500 species seen in the US and counting. The total as of Friday night was 509 with 2 days to go! In all 32 species have been added thus far in the great state of Arizona as part of the Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival sponsored [...]

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Dispatches From the Field: 2014 Camp Chiricahua


Leica Birding Team member Jennie Duberstein is in the field in southeastern Arizona this week, co-leading Camp Chiricahua with Michael O’Brien and Louise Zemaitis.

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My Favorite Binocular – Jennie Duberstein

Jennie after seeing her first bird with her brand new Ultravid 8x32s--a Swainson's Hawk carrying food to the nest.

Leica Birding Team Member Jennie Duberstein talks about why her Ultravid 8x32s are her choice in the field.

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2nd ABA Record of Collared Plover in Texas


Living in the Rio Grande Valley has its summertime perks, despite the 105 degree weather, as Tiffany Kersten explains. On August 2nd, Dan Jones found the second ABA record of Collared Plover. Read all about it!

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Advancement of the digital point & shoot camera

bathing White-necked Jacobin digiscoped with Leica D-lux 4 & APO Televid spotting scope

by Jeff Bouton I remember my very first experiences with a digital point & shoot camera over 15 years ago now. A no name camera without zoom for $99 – “no more film” I thought, “… almost too good to be true.” I was right, it WAS too good to be true. The idea was [...]

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They’re not all Gems!… the answers!

Black Oystercatcher on the rocks

The answers of the first Photo Flub Bird ID Challenge should shed some light on the subject and hopefully focus on the finer points of ID. The explanations are meant to aid in ID.

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