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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, 16 June 2011

Peregrine Falcons - Malham Cove

Met up with my mate Pete and he took me to Malham Cove specifically to get some shots of Peregrines. Despite it being cloudy and windy we both got some great shots.
On approaching the cove we saw the adult birds flying and calling above their nest site. After reaching the top we could see 2 of the 3 young birds on the ledge - having left the nest - they weren't far off their first flight. I think if it hadn't been so windy they may have fledged
We watched for hour and half amazed at the adult birds sometimes chasing Jackdaws other times just flying high and stooping, then both adults dissappeared.
So we went for a walk and found a Kestrel nest where the young were just about ready to fledge too.



Got a few snaps of them and returned to the Peregrines.

Waited ages before finally an adult returned with some food. It fed one youngster then the other - which resembled a Penguin after it had eaten a full pigeon. These are the best shots and views of a Peregrine I have ever had - thanks Pete.



It has to be stressed that these shots were taken from over 50 yards away - none of the birds were disturbed and both of the nests are close to public footpaths.

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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Isle of Mull - day 5

Had a walk in the north of Mull today., through woodland down to the cliffs overlooking Coll. there are Golden Eagles nesting on the cliffs here somewhere but didn't see them. saw Buzzard and Raven and spent time trying to get a photo of a wren singing. One of the fields had a highland bull in it, so I decided to get closer for a photo - big mistake,as it started trotting towards me I decided it was better to retreat to a safer distance. Went to see the Hen Harriers again ( only 5 mile from the hotel) saw both male and female but only briefly as the female returned to the nest and the male soared high and out of sight to hunt for more food. Highlight was 2 unexpected White Tailed Sea Eagles flying over. Last day tomorrow - going to try for photos of some Eagles!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Isle of Mull - day 4

Had a quiet day today wildlife wise, a walk down the coast from Tobermory saw, Red Breasted Merganser, Eider Duck a Buzzard and a couple of common seals. this afternoon went out on a 4 hour boat trip to see whales and dolphins, and saw neither. The sea eagle nest that the skipper showed us had been abandoned and the Golden eagle nest had nobody at home. After riding around the sea for 3 hours we came across a flock of birds comprising of Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, Arctic Terns, Common Gulls, and a couple of Gannets. that was it! oh and an Otter wasnt at home either.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Isle of Mull - day 3

Woke up to rain this morning and it stayed that way on and off all day. Looked hard for otters today with no success, apart from The remains of a dead otter, I guess it had been killed by an eagle, very few other predators on the island. That was at Grasspoint, where I also saw White Tailed Sea Eagle, and 2 Golden Eagles, 2 Buzzards and 11 Red Deer. due to the weather I spent most of the day in the car, driving through the mountains to the other side of the island. Saw 2 nice ravens and managed to digiscope one of them before another downpour hit. Saw another Sea Eagle at Loch Na Keal. Then I went back to see the Hen Harriers at the same place I saw them last night. the first bird I saw was a nice Short Eared Owl, it must have flown over the Hen Harriers nest as both male and female flew up to have a go at the owl. the male and owl continued to harass each other and the female went back down. Eventually the male retired to a rock - in open view but at least half a mile away. When the weather is better I will spend more time at this site. Tomorrow is whale and dolphin watching.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Isle of Mull - day 2

Had a wildlife tour around central and north of Mull today. Started off with Common Seals just south of Aros park. Then saw 3 Red deer in a field, the stag was in velvet. Next we went over Loch Na Keal, this is where there is a White Tailed Sea Eagle nest and a tourist boat throws a fish out for the bird. The eagle was flying as we arrived and it went down to the boat and got it's fish then back to the wood. A female sat in the tree all of the time. in much the same area we saw Great Northern Diver and Black Guillemot. then up into the mountains where we saw 2 very distant Golden Eagles. there were many Wheatears and Meadow Pipits on the tour. The highlight of the tour was at our last stop. 2 different Golden Eagles but closer, a couple of Buzzards but best of all I spotted a male Hen Harrier and it food passed to a female. it continued to fly around about 200yard away for about 5 minutes before landing just out of sight behind a tree. What an end to a good tour. back in Tobermory, 2 Peregrines wer flying around. I wish I could put my photos on here now!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Isle of Mull - day1

Ist day started off with a bang. A peregrine falcon flew past the room window and landed on a chuch about 20yards away. Grabbed my camera and ran downstairs and got some nice photos of a male bird - this was before breakfast. Drove over to Calgary bay and Trishnish. Plenty of Common Buzzards about. Saw Wheatears, Meadow and Rock Pipits, shags, Hooded Crows, and watched 2 Cuckoos looking for prospective nests to lay in. meadow Pipits were not happy. Saw a possible Golden Eagle but there was no place safe to stop the car. Saw dolphin on way in to Tobermory yesterday. Doing this from IPad so no photos yet, most birds a bit distant today, on a wildlife tour tomorrow.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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