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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.

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