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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, 27 September 2009

Red Backed Shrike

Returned from holiday to see that a Red Backed Shrike had turned up at Dormans Pool near Saltholme. So 1st thing this morning I went over to view it (Shrikes are among my favourite birds). Initially it was showing at distance only but then it started to pose, much closer and I managed to digiscope some great shots of it. There were a lot of others there eventually and a few other digiscoping it too.

Murcia, Spain

Just had a week in Spain, doing some birdwatching alongside a general holiday, even though I took my digiscoping gear, I didn't manage to digiscope much, although I saw 50 + species of birds, must of it was too distant and affected by heat haze. An impressive 16 were new species for me which included, Short Toed Eagle, Bonellis Eagle, Black Wheatear, Roller, Thekla, Calandra and Crested Larks, Spotless Starling and Black Winged Stilts. Probably too late for the Bee-Eaters which I really wanted to see, However it was enjoyable

Friday, 18 September 2009

Low Barns Tawny Owls

After the meeting on Wednesday at Low Barns, there were a minimum of 4 Tawny Owls calling in the woods directly behind the reception, I saw 1 fly over and land on top of the reception building towards the feeding station. Nice to see there is a good population of owls there. Off on a break now and taking my scope with me :)

Friday, 11 September 2009

Blacktoft Sands

Took advantage of a flexi day and went to Blacktoft Sands, it was such a nice day

Had 4 different people ask me about my Digiscope set up, I have made a card which I will hand out to people so the can see the results.

Saw 3 of my target birds today, Marsh Harrier (6 of them), Bearded Tit (5), and Spotted Redshank (9) Also saw snipe, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Black Tailed Godwit, and Teal. There was a Barn Owl sat in a box about half mile away. But the highlight photo wise was a Spotted Flycatcher, it was a about 25 feet away and posed in the sunlight. The warden here said it was the 1st that he had seen here in 6 years.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Teesdale Buzzards

Spent the morning just stalking and finally digiscoping a buzzard at close range. I have been trying this for ages, without success, as the birds always see me first. I new where a pair had nested but left them undisturbed until the young had fledged. They were hanging around and in the wood when I went to visit them. I could hear the birds calling deeper into the wood, a birds was no more than 20 yards away in the wood but I couldnt see it, just the call. I stayed still then the bird took off and flew within 6 feet of me, didnt have chance to take a photo. I stayed where I was for about an hour. Finally I heard another (same) bird calling from a stationary position, I crept across the wood and was searching the branches again I couldnt see it! Then I noticed a buzzard in the field just outside the wood. I focussed the scope on it, dropped the camera down and got half a dozen shots before it casually rose up and drifted over a rabbit warren close by.

Getting this photo was very satisfying, and my walk back I saw a Green Woodpecker, it was here all last year, so that is my next target, although Green Woodpeckers are so tough to get.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

South Gare and Saltholme

Had a good day today, started off at South Gare to look for any migrants. The wind is STILL in the west, not good at this time of year. However immediately saw a Spotted Flycatcher, though it hid when I tried to photo it. Then closer to the pier I saw a Lesser Whitethroat, managed some nice digiscope shots, but it was difficult because it was so twitchy. Also Willow Warbler, Redstart and Wheatear.

Then went to see Hooded Merganser north of the river at Calor Gas Pool it was very distant though. It started raining, so I ducked into Saltholme, saw Black Necked Grebe, Little Grebe, managed some nice shots of Little Egrets - finally, also Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Yellow Wagtail and possible Whinchat. Had a few people asking about the digiscope set up again.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
Barn Owl in North Yorkshire