I decided to not give up on the hand-held digiscoping. This afternoon I went after one of the resident Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that is still hanging around the yard. The trick to this working is making sure the Sony a6300 and Sigma 30/2.8 is set to infinity, or just this side of infinity when using the scope. I'm very happy with the results this time around.
Another hot and humid day was in store for us. Good news was that birds were flying early and were soaring directly over our tent. It would turn out that we would have better looks at birds than the folks at the boat launch would get.
The festival would end w/ the customary Native American Dance.
Forecast for the weekend would be high 80's and high humidity. I wasn't expecting many birds flying this weekend so perhaps spending the weekend at Hawk Fest would be the place to be. Crowds were down from previous years, but a nice mix of people visited the Marshland Museum at Lake Erie Metropark. Rehab raptors were there, including this gorgeous Barn Owl.
Natalie Cypher brought a very angry Sharp-shinned Hawk that had no tail.
It was hot, humid and uncomfortable, but still fun. We even had birds flying in across the canal and kettling overhead.