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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, 28 May 2012

Fewston Area

I went out of my local area to just an area just outside Harrogate with my mate Pete to try and get some good Redstart and Pied Flycatcher shots.  We fairly quickly saw a Redstart, but this was the only pair we saw all day, 2 years ago this place was full of Redstarts, this year it was full of Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatchers,  we bothmanaged good shots of the Pied Flys. A bonus for me was a Tree Pipit, which was in the top of a tree near to the  Redstarts - although it was obscured by leaves the shots were quite useable.  Again it was another opportunity to try and get used to my new camera.

The shots above were digiscoped and the shots below were with Canon HS40

Monday, 21 May 2012

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Low Barns

I spent most of the morning on Sunday at Low Barns, intrigued by the comings and goings of the Great Spotted Woodpeckers at a nest hole.
It also gave me an opportunity to test out my new camera - a Canons SX40, a bridge camera - which I often carry for trying to catch flying shots or fast moving birds - and since it has a burst option of shooting 8 shots per second I thought i would try it on the Woodpeckers.  Also to compare the shots against the digiscope - since the camera boast a 35x zoom

The pictures above were all digiscoped at about 25 yards- on about 25x magnification on the zoom and 2x on camera.
The photos below were from the same position using the Canon SX40 on burst mode.

A tawny owl landed in a tree to my left but was obscured then it flew right in front of me and landed again, but by the time I had got my scope focussed a magpie had chased into denser woodland and out of sight.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Weardale - Ouzels and Redstart

I was torn where to go to today, but it looked cloudier on the coast than inland, so inland I went.  I saw 2 Buzzards close to the road on the way up to Wolsingham and the early start saw me at Tunstall Resevoir before 7 and it was so nice, not a ripple on the water and all the birds were singing.

In the wood I soon found a male Pied Flycatcher, but it was hyperactive - singing his song then jumping around then singing - it was because there was a female around too - I couldnt get scope focussed on him so I just watched as he courted his mate.
I could hear a Redstart further into the wood so I went to investigate. This also was very active but at least I managed a picture of sorts, and I watched as he investigated a hole in the tree - loads of nestboxes up but he prefers the real thing.
I spent about 4 hours in the wood and thoroughly satisfying it was too. Others included Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, all the usual tits and a fly through bird of prey, which I assumed was a Sparrowhawk - I didnt get a good view. There are a lot of Pied Flycatchers in this wood this year.

Then onto Bollihope and after a walk up the valley a bit I found a pair of Ring Ouzels, again there a quite a few in the areas, I also saw a female Black Grouse, Grey Wagtails, Tree Pipit and my first Cuckoo seen.

Oh and it was the 6th May and it snowed - global warming is doing funny things up here.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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