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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, 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.

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