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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, 28 November 2010

Waxwing winter

Waxwings invaded the north east again.

I decided to concentrate on waxwings today, after seeing a flock yesterday just before a white out hit, then couldnt relocate them. Started off at Eaglescliffe Tesco a flock of 25 were flying between a tree and a cotoneaster bush right next to Asda - managed a few pictures before security guards chased me for taking photos on Tescos property!!
I then drover around Eaglescliffe and saw a large flock on Waxwings fly over - 150+ but I couldnt find where they landed. Then off to Middlesbrough where a large flock had been reported - not here today - but someone told me there was a large flock in Billingham - so off I went. I eventually found 200 or so of them and they were so approachable, coming right down to feed on the berries (hawthorn or blackthorn?)

Then off to Saltholme for some lunch - it was all frozen over - no surprise - it had been minus 8. But this did little for the birdwatching there. Teal, Shoveller, Heron, loads of greenfinch and reed warbler, and a male stonechat.

The weather closed in again so went home, and found another flock of about 40 waxwings just half a mile from home in Salters Lane North.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Squacco Heron

Decided to take a rare trip up into Northumberland to see the Squacco Heron at Morpeth, I don't usually travel that far to see a bird. As soon as I got there it was unmissable as about 30 other birders were already watching it.

It showed very well as it was going from island to island feed along the way. Then it flew up stream, I had the photos I wanted so decided not to follow it and headed south again.
Saw some more more Waxwings fly over the motorway on the north side of Newcastle - strange seeing a Mediterranean bird and sub Arctic bird in the same morning.

Called back in at Thornley Woods and Far Pasture but there was very little to be seen at either. Then went looking for Red Kites and found 3 at Barlow Fell and a buzzard at Sherburn Towers

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Waxwing, Middlesbrough

Went to Skippers Lane in Middlesbrough today to see if there were any Waxwings left there, after a brief search I found 5 sat in the top of a tree - there had been up to 70 reported here the day before! A nice bright day meant that the light was perfect to get some good shots, they did periodically drop down onto the rowan berries but never for long.

There are reports of waxwings all over the country - and its still early November, it looks like being another Waxwing Winter.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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