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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

Monday, 30 April 2012

Dormans Pool and Bishop Middleham

This morning the weather seemed promising until I got to the coast, there was a sea fret cutting the light and visibility down.  I located a Grasshopper Warbler at Dormans Pool, which was on the same bush as one was last year (same bird?). It was reeling well and could just be heard in the breeze. There were plenty of swifts and swallows around as well as Linnets,Goldfinches and Sedge Warblers could be heard, but were keeping low.

Onto Seaton Common in search of Yellow Warblers, driving with window open I heard one call and I soon located it. It was just sat in the grass calling - I couldnt see any others -also loads of Wheatears about.

Then onto Castle Lake, Bishop Middleham - usually a hotspot for Yellow Wagtails however I couldnt see many, then I watched  one fly over and perch ontop of the Oilseed Rape, talk about camouflage - no wonder I couldnt see them, a scan of the field showed a 7 Yellow Wags sitting on top of the Oilseed flowers - presumably watching for insects.
Also seen were 2 Common Buzzards, a brace of Grey Partridge and a Kingfisher - I didnt go to the hide to view the lake as I had forgottent the key.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Dales Peregrine and Redstart
I had a couple of days down at Malham area to try and see some peregrine falcons, but the weather was shocking on the way down with rivers bursting their banks and roads flooded. Got there at 10 ish and there seemed to be a break in the weather so decided to go up to the top of the cove.

On the way I saw 2 Redstarts and heard a Green Woodpecker and of course there were the usual Wheatears flitting about. As soon as I got settled I saw the male peregrine sat in a tree. It posed for about 10 minutes before flying up the dale. I couldnt see the nest site so it must be well tucked away - and that was the last I saw of the falcon.

So I tried for photos of the Redstart but there were lots of people about (school groups) and the Redstart didnt settle for long, but I managed a distant picture

Monday, 23 April 2012

Weardale again

I went back up to Weardale again to try and locate more Ring Ouzels and did successfully - seing a total of 10 birds and mainly males.

I also saw some Black Grouse at Bollihope for the first time - although knew there were some about.  I also saw 2 Woodcock, Dipper, Grey Wagtails and Wheatear. I then went to Tunstall Res. and found a smashing Pied Flycatcher, GS Woodpecker and Nuthatch.

At Low Barns there was a flypast kingfisher and a pair of Great Crested Grebes displaying and nest building.

Sunday, 1 April 2012


Decided to have an early start again this morning, and I was up at Bollihope by 7, its nice to be there with no other people about, the moorland birds were in fine voice again - except the Ring Ouzels, I did see one straight away in the top of a bush but it flew down quickly into the dead bracken - not to be seen again, I saw 4 other Ouzels and strangely they were all male (in different locations) - I didnt see a female.

Then I got soaked through in a heavy downpour 2 miles away from the car.
There was also Buzzard, loads of Red Grouse, Grey Wagtails, Golden Plover, Oystercatchers and Redshank around, and a fine Wren singing at the top of his voice.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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