My New Book


Austria and CL Pocket Binoculars

I often marvel at how life gets me to the places it does. I try not to question it, but simply enjoy the ride. And for anyone whoever thinks that birding is boring…note the above photo and bite me.

This was one of my offices in June: The city of Innsbruck in Tyrol, [...]

PhoneSkope & Swarovski Objective Lenses

1 Robin Nest

Right before I left Europe I was faced with a packing choice I had not expected. The new Swarovski series of scopes have a choice of objective lenses. It’s a modular system and you can switch out your objective lenses. Due to the infamous bathtub video, I have all three on loan for a bit. [...]

What To Expect When You’re Married To A Birder

Swarovski ATX Spotting Scope

Having been married to a non birder for a long time, we’ve had to negotiate certain things. You will find yourself having strange arguments and in hindsight, funny misunderstandings. Here’s a video example that Non Birding Bill and I made that anyone considering marring a birder who is a non birder may want to check [...]

Digiscoping Video

Non Birding Bill and I made some videos in Florida with the new Swarovski ATX spotting scope. If you have not been to Florida, warning, this will make you want to hop a plane and go down there.

My Scope’s Travels

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In case you missed the drawing, Saundra Martz is the winner of my spotting scope. Above is her bad bird photo of a Cooper’s hawk…can you find it? Saundra doesn’t get the scope right away, it’s currently being cleaned up at Swarovski.


They sent me photos to show that my scope arrived [...]

Spotting Scope Contest WINNER!

Adam Beeler encoded

This contest got a little nuts! It is hands down my favorite contest of all the ones I’ve ever done, because people made me laugh so freakin’ hard! You guys–you are not good photographers. Out of over 500 submissions, I alas, can only have one winner. We narrowed down the 512 entries to 151 finalists [...]

Win My Spotting Scope!!


This is the story of a girl and her spotting scope…

Oh, the adventures I have had with my Swarovski ATM spotting scope. It has literally traveled the world with me. We ascended Volcán Atitlánin Guatemala to see horned guans. We survived rigorous airport security in Kazakhstan to view breeding sociable lapwings on the [...]

Tryin’ To Get That Digiscoping Feelin’ Again

Canada Goose

So in an effort to get to know my new digiscoping set up better, I keep stopping out here and there to test out different settings. Today…I had my ISO way too high and ended up with some arty shots that I kind love:


I love how eerie these bleached out crows look–something [...]

New Swarovski Digiscoping Set Up With the ATX

Nikon D40 Swarovski Digiscoping Set up

I had such high hopes for the start of 2013. I am back freelancing, I set some minor digiscoping goals for the blog, I downloaded apps on my iPhone and iPad to synch things and make sharing links via all my social medias and easy cheesy process. I spent the week between Christmas and New [...]

Wait, That’s A Bird Name & Not A Disease?

1 phainopepla male

One of my favorite parts of travel is when I find myself in a completely different habitat from where I live. It’s amazing to think how much there is to see and how different area terrain can be in the United States. I can travel from one end of the country to another, wake [...]