Took a flexi day off, and decided to go to Hartlepool, if there were no birds of interest around then the sea would provide good photos as there had been a good north wind blowing for a couple of days.
On the way I stopped off at Crookfoot resevoir where immediately I saw 2 female smew thought they were very skittish. Then had a look for the Little Owl at Pudding Poke Farm. It was playing hide and seek, popping in and out of its hole, manage some nice pics with my camera from the car.
Then down to Jacksons Landing, to see if anything had taken shelter from the rough seas. There were 6 Red Breasted Mergansers and saw a diver in the middle of the harbour - it was a Great Northern Diver and same as last year it swam round and round the harbour occasionally coming very close. Managed to digiscope it a few times, also got some bum shots as it dived.
Then down to Saltholme where someone immediately said there was a Hooded Merganser close to the Reception building. I had a look saw how close it was and quickly went back to get my scope. What a great find this was - although the light was fading and the wind was blowing making the tripod vibrate - still I got a couple of decent shots of it. What a great day it was!!
- Colin Severs
- 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