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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, 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.

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