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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

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Saltholme Sept 28

Teesside Area

Still not many migrant passerines about

Had a quick trip down to Hartlepool Headland and Saltholme today afterwork, there 6 or so Red Throated Divers well out to see amongst the Guillemots and there were also some young Gannets diving just off Parton Rocks, on the rocks there were Knot, and Purple Sandpipers amongst the usual waders of Turnstone, Redshank and Oystercatchers.

Down to Saltholme there were Pectoral Sandpiper, Snipe, female Garganey still, Shoveller, Gadwall, Widgeon, and Teal.

A sparrowhawk kept buzzing the lake and strangely flying very slowly over it, scattering the small ducks and waders each time but never attacking anything, it did this 3 times landing in different bushes each time. Manage a nice photo of it, but a branch spoilt the composition.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

South Gare and Saltholme Sept 18th

Paid an early morning visit to South Gare to see if there was any sign of a passerine migration - of which there was not. Only the usual birds on the land, at sea there was a young Guillemot close in, and a Cormorant fishing right next to the pier.

At Saltholme I managed to see and digiscope a Pectoral Sandpiper, and a female Garganey at the Phil Stead hide, then later on there was a nice Whinchat near the layby on West Saltholme and it worked its way closer to the car.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Saltholme Sept 11th


Still the west wind blows - discouraging migrants coming from Europe. Spent a couple of hours at Saltholme again - There were some snipe just in front of the hide at Saltholme, also saw Kestrel, Sparrohawk and what one guy thought may have been a hobby in the distance - but I couldnt identify it. I keep going to Seaton Common hoping to get photos of a Merlin there but still no luck - there is definately 2 there - male and female.

I will keep trying.

Fungi -Sept 4th

Fungi morning

Because the birding is fairly quiet at the moment and conditions were excellent I decided to go to a favourite wood to get some photos of various fungi and mushrooms in particular the Fly Agaric.

In this wood there are 2 particular areas that the Fly Agaric seem to be more abundant - with mainly birch and conifer trees around. So I spent the morning on my knees and belly getting some upclose photos - and thoroughly enjoyed it - even though the ground was soaking.

I also saw 3 buzzards, green and great spotted woodpecker, 2 treecreeper and a family of about 10 goldcrest.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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