Birder's Guide to Gear: 2016

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From the President
Jeffrey A. Gordon

From the Editor
Michael L. P. Retter



The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
The Little Camera and Others Like It Are Changing the Way We Bird

Ted Floyd

More Than Just Eyewear Retainers and Hat Clips

Elise Faike

Does the Perfect Pair Exist?
Tips on Finding Comfortable Adventure Pants
Sharon Stiteler

A Crashless Course in Avoiding Bird Collisions
Heidi Trudell
Check back for discussion on the ABA Blog

GPS for Better Birding
Ashli Gorbet

  • gwapuffin


    I just read your article about using the Canon SX50 HS camera and thought you
    may be interested in how I am using the camera for birds on the wing. I
    mounted a Daisy Red Dot sight which is designed for BB guns and priced at $10 into
    the hot shoe. This is not a laser but just an adjustable red dot on a
    small glass screen. I sight in the red dot with the adjusting screws so
    the target matches the center of the LED display, which needs to be done the
    first time it is mounted. I have the camera set for continuous exposure
    and auto focus with the LCD screen folded into the back of the camera and
    shutter speed set for as fast as the light will permit – zoom set so I will
    have room to crop. In use; I keep both eyes open and get on the bird with
    the red dot, because I have a wide field of view I can track the bird.
    When I first experimented with the sight I set the zoom so I had a wide field
    of view but practice has made it possible to zoom so I need a smaller crop for
    the edit. I usually get three or four photos before the bird
    passes. Not like the speed from a high end DSLR but you can get lucky and
    get a good photo.

    The link is an adapter similar to the one I used on my first mount, since then I have made my own. High end red dots use a wider dovetail than the Daisy red dot; this
    mount has an adapter to mount the Daisy on the wider rail.

    • jarheadjeff

      Great idea and tips. The link is broken though. Cut out everything to the right of extendasight/ in the url and you will find what you are looking for.

  • thebirdsknow

    In the article about GPS, it is mentioned that you need cell phone coverage for Google Maps to render. What you can do is download or save a map of an area while connected which can then be used when you have no coverage. I have tried this and it works. You may not get the google lady to give you directions, but you can see where you are and navigate.