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I have been digiscoping for around 18 years now and through persistence and good equipment I am getting great results. I use a Swarovski 80hd spotting scope and a Sony RX100 camera which has just replaced my old faithful Nikon P5100. The majority of my bird watching takes place in County Durham in England which has a variety of different habitats from coast to moors. Digiscoping is great because it allows me to get good photos without disturbing birds. VIEW THE LATEST PHOTOBOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Kingfisher - Darlington

I decided to visit a Kingfisher haunt in Darlington that has held Kingfishers for a few years now and, I didnt have much time so it was the ideal day to visit this local patch.
At first the day was dull and not very promising but I decided to go anyway and was really glad that I did.
It took awhile to find a Kingfisher, the first view that I got was of one flying down river to the South and under a bridge, just as another photographer and I were mentioning that we had not seen the Kingfishers.
He left me, and only 20 minutes later I had picked up another Kingfisher that was obligingly sat in the, by now quite bright sunshine.
I quickly got my scope onto it and got these shots, before it flew a little further upriver, I took some more shots and was really pleased that I came to this spot.
The photos that I have got are some of my best ever shots of this fantastic little bird.


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Eastern Black Redstart - Skinningrove

I paid another visit to view the Eastern Black Redstart again yesterday, and it was showing better than ever.
There was a guy putting mealy worms out for it though, so it is getting quite tame.  Although it was sunny the bird is now in shade all day long.
Its over 5 weeks since it was first seen and it looks like it may winter here. I also think it is a little duller than it was a few weeks ago, perhaps because there is no sun on it.  Still a great rare bird


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Crossbills at last


CROSSBILLS IN Co.DURHAM


After Saturdays attempt to get some Crossbills failed due to the snow conditions, I tried again today, with some success.

I pulled up to the site at about 9:30, I scanned the trees and immediately spotted a bird of prey sat in a pine tree.
I got the binoculars onto it and at first thought Goshawk, but could have been a Sparrowhawk.  It was over 200 yards away and I could not judge the size of it, and it had its back to me - but there were noticeable white feathers on its covers blowing in the breeze. I went for my scope, but by the time I got set up it had gone without me seeing it fly.
It took about an hour to locate some Crossbills.  All told there was approx 30 birds of varying sexes and ages.
They were very noisy as the were feeding in the tops of the trees, and the song at times was quite intricate.
A great find -  I would like to get them in the snow but it is so difficult to get to this location in the snow


Monday, 21 November 2016

Waxwing flock

Just a couple more Waxwing photos just to show how big the flock was, although I couldnt get all of the flock in the frame.
 These birds feed voraciously and can quickly strip a bush of all of its berries, particularly a flock of this size
 These two phots show part of the flock as they come into land on the bush, they sit for a couple of minutes checking things out, Then drop down to the berries and gorge themselves.
 The photo below shows the bush that they are feeding on.  Notice how the top of the bush is stripped of berries.  They will work down to the lower levels of the bush until no berries are left, They will then find another bush.
The bushes this year are absolutely loaded with berries, so the Waxwings should stick around most of the winter.
So hopefully we will get some snow and I can find the Waxwings again and get some stunning shots.

Waxwings

With the recent Easterly and Northerly winds in the North East of England there has been an excellent influx of Waxwings into the area - if somewhat patchy.
After unsuccessfully trying for Crossbills - couldn't get there for the snow, I decided to try for some of the Waxwing flocks in the area.
This flock is at a well known area for Waxwings, it gets them most years, but this year was exceptional with a flock of around 200 birds.
They were fairly active but were returning regularly to a particular bush.  So it was just a case of waiting for them (it was only about 2 degrees) so fairly cool.
The problem was the bush was next to a main road, so they were being disturbed by the traffic fairly regular too.
Its great to see these birds in the winter, they are so charismatic, but we do not get them every winter, so this is a treat.





Long Eared Owl

The roost for the Long Eared Owl at Haverton is again occupied this winter.  Last year I saw only one Owl here, but on my first visit this year I saw three Owls, although two were almost completely hidden.
I need to compare the photos with last year to see if this is the same owl as last year, as it roosting on exactly the same branch of the same bush.
The Owl was totally relaxed and dozing for much of the time I was there.  One of the other Owls was wide awake, (I could see one eye looking at something straight ahead of it (not me).


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
Barn Owl in North Yorkshire