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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

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Green Woodpecker - Low Barns

Had an early morning looking for a kingfisher at Low Barns with only a brief glimpse in 2 hours of waiting, I decided to stretch my legs and have a look around the reserve. A few minutes later I heard a green woodpecker call close by. I stood still for a couple of minutes and it flew up from the grass to a fence post.
I managed to get a shot -then it flew back to the grass - long grass obscured where it was, so I walked carefully for another 8 yards or so and could just see its head - it then flew and and landed on a telegraph pole and posed. I was rooted to the spot - it was very slightly hidden by a bush in the foreground but managed to get some nice shots of it.

This for me was better than getting the kingfisher - Green woodpeckers are so difficult to get close shots. Also on the reserve, Water Rail briefly, Dipper, Common Sandpiper, what I thought was a Sparrowhawk may have turned out to be a Hobby after reading reports from yesterday - just got a very quick view as it flew low over the lake. Also Jay, Nuthatch, tree creeper, long tailed tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Kingfisher at Low Barns

At last some kingfishers showing well at Low Barns - again in August. The kingfisher in the photo is a young kingfisher with a shortish beak. There were plenty in the hide getting photos of it - no surprise as it was camera club night. There was also a Green Woodpecker hanging around the gardens at the back of the visitor centre and was calling regularly.

Quite pleased with these photos - they were quite difficult as the sun was behind the bird making the water dazzling white. I know others got better photos though - young David did well - again. A tawny owl was also calling down towards the west pasture hide at dusk.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
Barn Owl in North Yorkshire