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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

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Bishop Middeham - More Short Eared Owls

Had a walk to Castle Lake at Bishop Middleham this afternoon, I went to the hide first to see if I could locate where the owls were.
It was very misty and light levels were low so it took some seeing but eventually I located them about a mile away. So I went for a walk to get closer, when I got there I saw one sat on a fencepost about 120 yards away then 2 more flew over the rough grass and were interacting together - not sure if they were displaying or scrapping. I saw a total of 5 all at once. Didnt really try to get closer as I think they would have been disturbed.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Short Eared Owls - Northumberland

Had a great day in Northumberland, I saw 3 of my 4 target birds today, Great Grey Shrike, Short Eared Owls and Greater Yellowlegs.

Started off with the Shrike, although it was 120 yards away and against the sun. The Short Eared Owls took some finding but when I did they were spectacular, there was 7 or 8 birds all in the same location.

Then I moved on to try for the Greater Yellowlegs - a new bird for me, but it gave me the run around and remained quite distant most of the time.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Black Guillemot -South Gare

Had another trip to South Gare then to Saltholme area today. Saw the South Gare Merlin having a go at the starlings and then the waders, both unsuccesful before it flew down the dunes. There were probably 15 Red Throated Divers in view today both sides of the pier. Also saw a lovely winter plumage Black Guillemot inside the pier off the lighthouse.

Just called in at the Phil Stead hide where it was fairly quiet, a nice male kestrel was sat on top of a post again, and a flock of 18 Long Tailed Tits passed through.

Had a hunt around North Gare for Short Eared Owl but a school trip put pay to that.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Desert Wheatear

Spent all morning at Boulby watching and digiscoping a Desert Wheatear, which normally frequents around North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, so it is well off track. The light was good so there was no excuses today.

The bird kept doing a circuit of a quarter of the field, luckily fairly near the road. I was well pleased with seeing this rarity, another first for me. It is a smashing bird - a male not quite in full colour.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

South Gare again

Tried again for some migrants at South Gare and although there were more Fieldfares, Redwings, Robins and Blackbirds about there still wasn't the expected migration into the area. However I had a good check around at first light (it didnt get much lighter all day), and found two Black Redstarts, probably the same two that was around last week only in a slightly different area, I informed various people around so that they got chance to see them (including 2 happy ladies from Harrogate). Next I spotted a Merlin perched low down sheltering behind a building at the end of the pier.

I tried digiscoping but the bird was in a real awkward position and meant the photo was taken from 80 yards away in a wind with very little light. I managed to sneak closer but meant I couldnt digiscope as the only view available was through railings. I got a couple of shots off with my Fuji HS10 but they havent come out to good. Still it is a good find and I am happy with finding my 2 target birds today.

It just shows that you cant get good photos all of the time, but I would really like a good photo of a Merlin so that is my target bird for next year.

Monday, 7 November 2011

South Gare

South Gare

I arrived a little too late at South Gare this morning, missed some owls and 2 merlin by just a few minutes apparently. However I did see 4 Short Eared Owls and there had been some who had seen 8 or 9 and someone else had spotted 2 more over the sea just before I left, although I never picked up on them. These birds had just arrived off the sea - I have never seen an Owl flying over the sea before.

There were quite a few more blackbirds around than normal, 11 Fieldfares and a couple of Redwing. There was a group of 5 Twite flying around and also saw a Woodcock which had also just arrived.

Tomorrow promises to be good with more easterly winds, and also a Black Redstart had been reported there again late on today.


Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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