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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

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Greatham Creek Area - Sat 26th Mar

Avocets displaying and mating.

Went over to Teesside area today - first time in a while. Specifically to see the Avocets, and possibly the Common Cranes that were reported yesterday.

The are over 30 Avocets this year and are increasing year on year. The bus stop pool provided the best views and I watched a pair displaying and obviously preparing to mate as the female was making herself available while the male was playing coy.

He gave in eventually! I tried to video the mating but my patience ran out just before the act. Got some photos of it though.

Then onto Saltholme - there was no sign of the Common Cranes while I was there and I left about 1 oclock - and they turned up about 2 oclock - typical

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Crossbills - The Stang

The Stang- on a misty wet morning

Planned to go to The Stang to see if there were any Crossbills around, but when I looked out of the window in was dull and rainy. However I stuck to my plan, when I got there the weather was worse and the treetops were hidden in low cloud. I hung around all morning and it paid off. A short walk and I discovered a small flock of Waxwings and they were either fluffed up against the cold or absolutely full of berries.

Later I went to the top of the forest and found the Crossbills - although they were sticking to the tops of trees.

I noticed something white moving in the undergrowth and saw an Ermine. I managed to "squeek" it closer then it saw me and ran for a bit of cover, I "squeeked" it again and it remained inquisitive but shy.
The Crossbills kept flitting around, but managed a few decent digiscoped shots in the very poor light.
It just shows that if conditions are not good you can still have a good day.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Caerlaverock and Dumfries and Galloway

Had a good weekend at Caerlaverock with the Low Barns Photography Group at the weekend. Went to have a walk around a loch north of Laurieston and saw my first Red Squirrel cross the path and two more at the bird hide feeders- nice to see. Also saw buzzard, nuthatch, and Marsh Tit along with the more common tits. Then went down to see the Red Kites at the feeding station. The birds were coming in from the south which made photography very difficult, although it did start to rain and the kites then perched in the trees till the rain stopped - this allowed a good digiscoping opportunity.
Then went on to Caerlaverock where we stopped overnight. 2 Badgers and a fox showed really close to the farmhouse observetory. An early morning on Sunday gave great views of Roe Deer, and of course thousands of Barnacle Geese, I managed a very distant 250 yards record shot of a buzzard - but poor quality. Other birds included - Yellowhammer, teal, wigeon, shelduck, Black Tailed Godwit, Whooper Swans. A good weekend all in all

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
Barn Owl in North Yorkshire