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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

Great Grey Shrike - Hamsterley Forest

Sunday 27th March.

Spent hour or so looking for goshawk from Raptor Watchpoint - possibly saw 1 saw it fly into a tree where it perched for a 15 mins but it was about a mile away and the heat shimmer was bad. Also saw Short Eared Owl, 4 buzzards, Kestrel. I then walked up to the site where the G G Shrike was - this was my second attempt. It is a long uphill walk (I measured it on GPS and it was 3 mile). But unlike last time the shrike was showing - perched on top of a very tall dead tree - which it seemed to favour.

It did come down and perched in other trees - but I was unable to get close to it - photos are from about 50 yards away and it was 40 foot up. But it was great to see it. Also had 2 lesser Redpoll and 7 crossbills

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