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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, 1 May 2011

Bollihope and Tunstall

Weardale - Ring Ouzels, Dippers, and Pied Flycatchers

After an early start taking a Dawn Chorus walk around Low Barns (dissappointing number of birds but a good turn out of people), I headed up to Bollihope area first to see if there were many Ring Ouzels about before people started turning up. Saw 6 in total 2 female and 4 male -


probably more females sat on nests somewhere.

Searched for a singing male for ages - I could tell he was in tree right above me but couldnt see it until it flew out and landed 30 yards away to feed. I was stood out in the open and unusually this bird did not mind too much.

I also saw a dipper down by the wood at Bollihope, then onto Tunstall Res. to search for Redstart and Pied Flycatchers. I heard 3 Redstarts and saw 2 but could I heck get the scope on them. On the way out I saw 2 Pied Flycatchers - and 1 posed nicely.

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Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

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