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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

Thursday, 29 October 2009

South Gare - Lapland Bunting

On sunday 25th Oct I was torn on going to see the Eastern Crowned Warbler at South Shields or to go for Lapland Bunting and possible Shore Lark at South Gare. Eventually decided on the latter to avoid the hoards of people.

Thanks to a local birder he put me straight onto the bird which could be approached really well, and it was almost too close for my scope. Managed to get loads of pics of it so I was pleased.
Then off to Saltholme to go for the Slavonian Grebe which I really want to get a photo of for my collection, however it remained at long distance. Also saw 2 Merlin there, as well as the usual stuff.
And even better news was that the South Shields bird hadnt been seen, so I hadn`t wasted my time going up there.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Common Crane and Gateshead area

I just couldnt resist going to see the Common Crane at Kibblesworth on Saturday 10th August. With help of a local I quickly found the bird in the middle of a huge field . It was over 200 yards away, with no way of getting much closer. What a super bird this is! I put my scope magnification up to 60x and hoped for the best in poor light. There is no way dSLR s could cope with this distance. But I managed a half decent record shot through the digiscope.

Moved on to Lamesley where there was a brief glimpse of Kingfiser, then onto Thornley Woodland Centre -only Jay of any note, and then Far Pasture with only Little Grebe and heron worth taking pics of
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RSPB Saltholme October 3rd

Had a visit to the Teeside area to see if the Red Backed Shrike was still around however there was no sign so I went to Saltholme, and viewed the bottom tank where there were some Little Egret showing nicely also Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew Sandpiper and report of Spotted Rail. This is a good screen for photography which faces north and birds come close.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

A storm blown Low Barns

After getting blown off the moors this morning I decided to drop into Low Barns to seek some shelter. On the drive in a big tree had been blown across the road, so I parked in the layby and walked in. I assumed that the tree had been blown down for a few hours but there was a family in the reserve who had their car trapped in. There then ensued a real problem for them trying to contact assistance from the wildlife trust, (fire brigade and council were not interested), Craig was apparently on his hols - however I think it got sorted in the end.
On my walk around the reserve I saw a Red Deer jump the fence from near the river into West Pasture and it trotted towards me. I got down on my knees near a bush and the deer came within 10 feet of me before it saw me, my adrenalin was racing so much I forgot how to use my flippin camera. so only some blurred shots. - An eventful visit

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
Barn Owl in North Yorkshire