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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

Monday, 4 January 2010

Hartlepool Area - Jan 3rd 2010

Didn`t fancy a look up the dales today - to much snow. So went to Hartlepool to check things out. No joy with the Pudding Poke Little Owl so went straight down the marina to see if Great Northern Diver was still there. Couldnt see it initially so went for a walk around Jacksons Landing and it was in the other harbour and nice close views of it - and with the boats reflections it made great shots.

There were also about 14 Red Breasted Mergansers in the marina but they are wary, although with patience and time could get nice shots.

Then I went up to Ward Jackson Park to see if parrots were in range and they posed beautifully while feeding in the conifor trees near the bowling green.

Then off down to Newburn Bridge there were a few waders - dunlin, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Knot really close in but were all asleep. A Mediterranean Gull was perched on top of a lamp post enabling really good shots of it. Going down through the Saltholme area just about all the water was iced over and the reserve was closed. Again quite a productive day with some nice digiscoped shots.

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