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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, 10 July 2011

Low Barns

Went to Low Barns to see if Kingfishers were about, when I arrived there were a few cars parked (8:00am on a Sunday) so, it was obvious that they were. When I arrived in the hide it was busy. I managed to squeeze a spot and eventually the Kinfishers showed on the opposite side of the lake. There were 3 of them!

They spent most of the time on the other side, in the sun. But eventually one came closer and sat on the Island 30 yards away from the hide. I managed a couple of quick shots before it flew. Too many lenses were sticking out of the window I reckon. It came close a couple of more times but never perched for long.


Little Terns, Black Tailed Godwits and Fox

Saturday 9th July

Went to Crimdon beach first to see the Little Tern colony, whic is more succesful this year than last and was busy with adult birds bringing fish for the young birds all the time.

They fly so fast its very difficult to get them in the view finder - I ended up dizzy trying to follow them. But it was good to watch the way they hover to locate the young bird before dropping down to feed it.

Then I went down to Saltholme to see Bar Headed Goose (probable escapee), Black Tailed Godwit and Greenshank, the Godwits are in there finest colours at the moment and it was interesting to see how they flicked the mud out of their beaks to seperate the food from mud.

On my way out there was a fox in the car park which decided to come within 4 feet of me, to pick a bone up off the ground and it then happily crunched it - I was not in a hide and it is not a town fox although it does seem an extrordinarily bold fox. It was the highlight of the morning

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Teesdale Buzzards

2nd July Teesdale - undisclosed site

I knew that this was the week for some buzzards I have been keeping a track of to fledge. As usual the adults spotted me coming from a long way off - just difficult getting close to them. And they were all I saw for a couple of hours, then I heard a young one call from further up the wood, then another called - and circled above me - I think they just fledged at that moment, one landed about 20 yards from but I couldnt quite see for the trees.

The adults were perched across the valley calling them, I decided to retreat and watch from a distance. I managed some photos from 150 yards away of the adult on the rocks and tried for some flying shots.

Not bad but I am still not too impressed with my fuji HS10 camera.

Wykeham Forest and Scarborough

Sunday 26th June

Had a trip to Wykeham Forest to see if I could see Honey Buzzard, I spotted a Goshawk and 4 Common Buzzards and an unidentified Buzzard (some thought it was the Honey, but I think that was just hopeful thinking), I decided to go to Scarborough to see the Peregrines. There were too many people at Wykeham for me - all just chatting and not watching.

However the Peregrines put on a great show - the young ones had fledged earlier in the week so they were all over the cliffs. I set up my scope and took some photos, and let some tourist check out the birds through my scope - they were all amazed and inquisitive about the digiscoping.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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