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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.

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