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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, 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.

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Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

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