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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, 3 April 2011

Goshawk and Crossbill

The Stang - April 3rd I went up The Stang again to specifically get photos of the Crossbills - if they were still there. It 60% cloud cover when I set off - by the time I got to The Stang it was 90% and pouring down - typical! But I could hear the Crossbills close by. I parked up opposite where the grit pile they keep coming down to and they eventually showed up. Got a couple of photos with the bridge camera - this is not easy for digiscoping without disturbing the birds. I was there two and half hours in total, and the bonus was that a male Goshawk flew across in front of me about 800 yards away. It was a beauty and could clearly see the barring and white under coverts. This was much closer than the birds I had seen in last 2 weeks at Hamsterley. Before this year I had not seen a Goshawk for sure - now I have seen 5 in 2 different sites - am well pleased.

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Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

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