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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

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Barn Owls

Had a trip outside of the county today to view a nice Barn Owl site, it had a nest right next to a public footpath so was quite accessible and they seemed used to people.
The photos were digiscoped from about 40 yards away to avoid disturbance, and the owls were not bothered at all.

Its great to see an owl nesting in a natural hole rather than boxes and hopefully these will do well - location is kept a secret. The shot with the adult bird coming in might have been good if it wasnt overexposed

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Thailand - Phuket
Collared Kingfisher

Here are some of the pictures from my recent trip to Thailand.  The Collared Kingfishers were great, but a little wary.  I was able to sit in a nice comfy chair early on a morning and just wait for them to come to the tree. They kept prospecting the nest hole and displaying to each other. 

The Indian Roller was great to see although it was high up in a tree and I was hoping for better shots, but although I saw it a few times these were the best that I was able to get. 

The Chestnut Headed Bee Eaters are a first for me and were stunning birds, again high up in a tree.
They could be seen on occaision in flocks of a dozen birds hawking insects high above the jungle,
 One of the first birds I saw was the Scaly Breasted Munia - a bit smaller than our sparrow it has stunning markings on it.

I also saw a White Bellied Sea Eagle soaring high up, an unidentified Eagle soaring above the jungle
and possible a Goshawk species above the jungle - all too distant for photos.
June is not the best time for birding in Southern Thailand as most of the birds are further north in cooler areas, but there are still plenty of species to see.

Friday, 8 June 2012

In Thailand with no scope.

Had 4days here in Phuket and today is The 1st we have seen of the sun. Torrential rain has meant only poor photo opportunities however have seen a few birds. Can't post photos from but I will update wen I get home. So far I have seen ; Indian Roller, collared kingfisher, white throated kingfisher,yellow vented bulbul, scaly breasted Munia, loads of mynah birds, oriental magpie robin, tree sparrows, flowerpecker species? Hooded oriole, and large billed crow. The forecast is set to improve from now on, so hopefully will see ore.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
Barn Owl in North Yorkshire