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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, 23 May 2010

Low Barns and Bollihope

Went to Low Barns for 7 in the morning, trying to catch the owls in full sunshine. The young ones were calling so were found easily, they were wide awake and look like toy owl. I located an adult which looked like it had just had a bath. I think it has a bad eye it looks swollen and it doesnt open it properly.

Then I was up at Bollihope for about 8 before all the people arrive, to get some shots of Ring Ouzels. I could hear the birds calling up the gill, and found 2 adults feeding 3 young ones - on the other side of the gill. Got some distant pictures, then they moved down the gill to the car park, this gave a rare opportunity for some close up pictures, I normally have to walk miles to see this birds and never at such close range.

A good morning and both target species seen and digiscoped before 9 oclock.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Redstarts and Pied Flys

Met up with Harrogate Pete today who said he knew a brilliant place for Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers. It was a couple of miles to the location where they were and on the way we saw our first Spotted Flycatcher of the year and Petes first ever Tree Pipit which landed next to a singing Redstart, the pipit displayed in its typical way. We also saw a Pied Flycatcher go into a box at the edge of a wood. Then a little further a Redstart was singing near a tree stump but couldnt get decent photos. Eventually we got to a wood with loads of nest boxes in it and there were Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers all over the place - its amazing.

After an hour or so watching these we went back to the first wood with the Pied Flycatchers in, and there were a few males singing here, but we watched the birds near the nest box and got some good photos - there was also some redstart here nesting in a natural hole close by, then we saw 3 males fighting over the hole / female. I have never seen so many Redstarts in one place - excellent.
Other birds seen were Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Buzzard, Little Ringed Plover, Mistle Thrush, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Wren, Heron and Willow Warbler.
Thanks Pete.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Low Barns - Tawny Owls

After my visit at the weekend I decided to see how the young owls were progressing - hoping for a cute picture of them. I only located one of the young ones - a bit hard to miss as it was sitting right on top of the nest box. I got some decent pictures of a very sleepy owlet. I thought the adult must be sat somewhere close so I spent the next 20 minutes searching the trees and eventually I spotted an adult - fast asleep. I walked to within 30 feet of it and it didnt wake - this was ideal for some digiscope shots. No point in trying to get closer even though I reckon I could have walked right up to it - well under it.

An excellent 2 hours after work.

Tunstall Resevoir

Had a look up to Tunstall Res again to try and find the Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers, as soon as I walked into the wood I could hear a Redstart singing. I soon located and kept a watch on it. It regularly came down low as it was windy in the tree tops - this enabled me to get my best shots yet of a redstart.
A walk further along the wood and I could hear a Pied Flycatcher and again I located it but it wouldnt stay still for longer than a few seconds - no good for digiscoping. But on my return walk I spotted and managed a quick slightly blurred shot. I talked to a couple of guys who had said they had seen nothing yet on my return I saw and heard the redstart at the begining of the wood.
A look down to Low Barns and I had spotted two Tawny Owl chicks - one in the box and one under the box - only poor photos managed. A good morning out - I will retry for the Owls one evening

Friday, 7 May 2010

Hurworth Burn


Went to Hurworth Burn to see the Channel Wagtail. There are loads of Yellow Wagtails there but I eventually managed to find the Yellow Wagail - its a smashing bird and likes to pose on the fence or tops of bushes, also loads of other warblers along the track - Willow, Sedge, Whitethroat and Blackcap. Also a cuckoo was seen in the distant and has been around for a while. I hadn`t even heard of a Channel Wagtail, and it is a rarity so I am pleased.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Channel Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail

Went to Hurworth Burn to try and find the Channel Wagtail, (I had never even heard of this bird before Thursday) after going to far down the track I managed to locate it on my way back. There were plenty of Yellow Wagtails about too, but it was a very windy day which made the digiscoping very difficult. The Channel Wagtail is a smashing looking bird, and I will return to try and get a photo of it in the sun.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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