Salton Sea Digiscoping – Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill Digiscoped Pic 1-11-15

Roseate Spoonbill Digiscoped Pic 1-11-15

The Roseate Spoonbil,l Ajaia ajar, is a large wading bird related to ibises. They are common in the Gulf of Mexico and less common around the northern Sea of Cortez. The are very rare in Southern California, but are occasionally are seen at the Salton Sea, in Imperial County.  This morning the air was cool and there was no heat shimmer, which often makes long distance photos impossible.  The lighting was flat/diffuse with no shadows due to a moderate overcast. These photos were taken with my old iPhone 4s mounted on to a Kowa 88mm spotting scope with a cool adaptor at maximum magnification (60x).  The distance was about 0.9 miles, more-or-less. The iPhone has a digital image enlarger which helps a lot.

iPhone 4s 1/300th second, f2.4 ISO 50, 233mm (35mm) focal length.  Scope at 60 power.

Roseate Spoonbill 1-11-15 Salton Sea

Roseate Spoonbill 1-11-15 Salton Sea

Roseate Spoonbill 1-11-15 Salton Sea

Roseate Spoonbill 1-11-15 Salton Sea

Also seen was a nicely pink flamingo.  In think that its a Lesser Flamingo, Phoeniconaias minor.  An escapee from Las Vegas, perhaps.

Flamingo 1-11-15 Salton Sea

Flamingo 1-11-15 Salton Sea

Flamingom1-11-15 Salton Sea

Flamingo 1-11-15 Salton Sea