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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, 24 October 2010

Waxwings - first of the year


Went to Lockwood Beck hoping to see some Crossbills but there was no sign, saw a Yellow Wagtail, then on the way out saw a flock of 5 Waxwings feeding on some apples in the Lodge.

These seem to be early in the year and are taking advantage of the northerly winds. Then onto Sleddale where I saw the Rough Legged Buzzard that had been around for a few days, it is a well marked bird.
Then went down to South Gare where very little was showing apart from 100 or so Sanderlings on the waters edge.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Seaton Carew - Shore Lark

Finished work and went straight down to Seaton Carew to see if I could find the Shore Lark. Good descriptions on the bird forum meant I found it straight away - plus 2 other guys were watching it. It was quite approachable and behaved pretty much like a Meadow Pipit. A good looking bird in the sun.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

South Gare and Hartlepool Headland migrants

Autumn Migration Fall
I had the best bird watching day ever today, wow. An easterly breeze and misty night brought in loads of migrants (same yesterday). I went to South Gare early and saw a Barn Owl hunting.
Then up towards the pier I saw Great Grey Shrike, then towards the end of the pier there was one sat on a fence while another hunted a small bird in the air - it never caught it. 3 Great Grey Shrikes! One was seen to eat a Goldcrest another ate a Rock Pipit.
There were hundreds of Robins, Goldcrest and Redwing. A Barred Warbler was in the bomb hole, as were 2 male Blackcaps, a Yellow Browed Warbler and Willow Warbler. A Brambling posed on a fence - a Goldcrest even tried to land on my binoculars.

On the way out of South Gare there was a superb Hen Harrier hunting behind the pools, a Red Backed Shrike near the lagoon and a Ring Ouzel on top of a bush near the steel works. - superb.

Then on to Hartlepool Headland. Woodchat Shrike posed beautifully in the Croft Gardens - Goldcrest were everywhere this Shrike was also picking of the goldcrest. Another yellow browed warbler, then I saw a Dusky Warbler near the Jewish Cemetry - thanks to other birders for pointing it out - I wouldnt have been able to identify it.

Also around the locality were Shore Lark at Seaton Carew, Red flanked Bluetail - Saltburn didnt see these though.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

South Gare - Red Backed Shrike

This Red Backed Shrike was around all week and I couldn't get off work to go and see it, so I was so relieved that it was still there on Saturday 2nd Oct. It hadn't been found when I got there. So I went hunting around the bushes and soon found it round the back. I got the scope on it then somebody started to come though the bushes and put it up. Grrr. However it did settle again and I managed to get some good shots although I was against the sun.
A photographer was hounding the bird a bit too much though and it flew south. It did turn up later in the day and a few days since.

The shrike is my favourite bird and its great that these have been around this autumn, however I did miss the Great Grey Shrike at South Gare because it turned up midweek - can't have everything.

Cleasby 26th Sept


Decided to have a local trip down to Cleasby to see if there was anything around. Saw Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe and Common Sandpiper on lakes, then up river a Dipper and 2 Kingfisher, also signs of otter. On the way back I saw this area that looked likely to hold a little owl and a quick scan showed that sure enough it did - managed to walk within 25 yards and get a few digiscope shots - they look so aggresive - "come on then if you think your big enough" is the expression that springs to mind.

I got home at lunch time only to see a Woodchat Shrike had been reported at Hartlepool, I couldn't resist so off I went - it was a very dull afternoon and the pics are only so-so.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
Barn Owl in North Yorkshire