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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, 28 August 2011

Seaton Pond and Saltholme

Some photos from last couple of weeks - first from Seaton Pond. I tried for this Red Necked Grebe last Sunday morning but found the light was in the wrong direction and it was a long way off, so I tried for it after work - only about 4 miles from where I work. The light was much better and I got a few decent shots.







At Saltholme there was a White Winged Black Tern so I thought I would have a go for that - it was a stunning bird but it was a real challenge trying to get a photo - it was either so far off it or it was flying so fast I ended up dizzy trying. Got a record shot of it - since it was a first for me.

This weekend I tried for a Bittern at Saltholme, however when I opened my boot I realized I had forgot my scope (must be old age kicking in), and typically the Bittern showed really well. Managed a couple of record shots with my camera again.

There were plenty of Ruff around the Saltholme Hide as well as a couple of Curlew Sandpipers, Heron and Little Egrets.





I may get out again this weekend.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Seaton Common - Cuckoo

Cuckoo



Went to Seaton Common again in the hope to see the Merlin or the young Cuckoo that has recently being reported.


Never saw the Merlin this morning but spent about 2 hours watching a digiscoping the Cuckoo. It seems late this year, as normally they have gone by now. This one was feeding on large black and yellow caterpillars and was quite approachable, though there were a lot of dogwalkers disturbing it, as did a sparrowhawk.



Paid a quick visit to Saltholme and saw a nice female Garganey which had just dropped in this morning. I'm really please with the Cuckoo pics today.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Last couple of weekends

Snipe




Just a few pics from last couple of weekends (been short of time to post).

Last weekend tried to find a Merlin again, this time at Seaton Snook - as soon as I walked towards the dunes I saw the Merlin fly away from towards the Snook then a couple of minutes later it flew back over me towards Seaton Common - I didnt see it again. Out on the Snook there were loads of Common Terns and their young and a Great Skua out to sea but little else, on way back spotted a young Kestrel keeping out of the squalls.







Today I had hour and half at Lockwood Beck and Scaling Dam (limited time today - trying to sell some photos). A few different families of Spotted Flycatchers about, and missed an opportunities when I saw three young ones sat huddled together on a fence - they looked so cute, however I went to get my camera off the passenger seat and found I had left it in the boot - a cardinal sin. Grrr!

Still managed some shots of the Spotteds, also a young Grey Wagtail, there was also a family of Treecreepers there too, but typically they kept going on the wrong side of tree.

At Scaling Dam I found it fairly quiet - Common Sandpiper, usual ducks and geese, Willow Warbler, no sign of Osprey (again! although it was seen later in afternoon) or the Slavonian Grebe which was seen yesterday.

I will do better tomorrow!

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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