Tara Tanaka Plus

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In 1993 my husband and I moved to our home which backs up to a 45-acre cypress swamp that we manage as a wildlife sanctuary. In 2007 we were able to purchase the swamp in order to protect the incredible wildlife it supports, including an endangered Wood Stork rookery, nesting Great Egrets, Great and Little Blue Herons, Anhingas, Wood Ducks and many other visitors such as Rusty Blackbirds.

In 2009 I decided to try to capture photos of what I was seeing every time I looked out the window. When a friend came over a couple of years before to verify our report of 150 Rusty Blackbirds during the Great Backyard Bird Count, I became aware of the technique known as digiscoping – taking photos by mounting a camera on a spotting scope. I’ve been working hard at improving my craft since then, and have a Flickr site dedicated to wildlife photography, most of which was shot on our property.

In November 2012 I won the amazing Swarovski STX 95 spotting scope in Swarovski's Digiscoper of the Year Contest, and have been using it and the STX 85 with the Panasonic GH3 and now GH4 camera for all of my photography. All of my photos and videos are shot with the camera in manual focus by focusing the scope.

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