Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 29

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The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above.

Wallace's hawk-eagle at RDC in Sabah, Malaysia on Feb. 21 2015. Digiscoped with an iPhone 5 + Alpen 20 – 60mm & Phone Skope Adapter. iPhone photo by Steve Brenner.

Wallace’s hawk-eagle at RDC in Sabah, Malaysia on Feb. 21 2015. Digiscoped with an iPhone 5 + Alpen 20 – 60mm & Phone Skope Adapter. iPhone photo by Steve Brenner.

Coming to you all the way from the Eastern Hemisphere, I figured I had to post this highlight of my most recent trip to the lowlands of Borneo at the Rainforest Discovery Center in Sepilok, Malaysia. While I’m stationed out here for 4 months doing field work, I might as well do my best to grab as many cool digi pics as possible (however, my scope has fallen on some hard times and harder falls of late with all of the exotic travel). This handsome hawk was building up a nest while Ryan Steiner, ‘Mid-town’ Tom Thalhuber, and myself were working some canopy towers in the early morning. Strangely, not 15 meters from this hawk-eagle apparent nest site, a small group of giant flying squirrels have taken up residence in nearby cavities. It was pretty crazy to watch them take off gliding just under the hawk eagle noses during late dusk, much to the chagrin of the hungry raptors. Talk about risking life and limb on the evening commute.

The Wallace’s hawk-eagles were just one of the many face-melting birds we saw on our first trip to lower elevations. I think I saw enough sunbirds to get radiation poisoning. Hopefully the next weekend proves just as fruitful as we search for more Malaysian goodies in East Sabah.

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  • Ian Gardner

    Glad to see you’re enjoying yourself, Steve! Great shot too! Keep ’em coming

  • Awesome shot Steve, did you see it going for any of the flying squirrels?

  • Steve Brenner

    Hey dudes! The pair was actually copulating right before the squirrels made a glide for it. It was pretty dark so I don’t think the hawk eagles were too keen to go for them.