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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, 23 July 2012

Little Owl and Spotted Flycatcher

Found this nice Little Owl in a quarry on Sunday, as usual with these birds they always seem to stare right through you.
I then went to Satley to try and see the Turtle Dove, and although I could hear it, I couldnt see it in the thick foliage. I also got distracted with a Spotted Flycatcher nest in the church.  The young ones decided to fledge as I was watching and I just timed a video nicely as the first one left the nest.  It was great to watch them leave the nest one by one -  only 3 three in the nest - I think unless some left before I got there.
CLICK FOR VIDEO - Spotted Flycatcher Fledging

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Kingfisher Low Barns

A couple of better kingfisher photos - digiscoped this time and the light was a lot better than the previous attempt
Also saw a merlin, ring ouzel and wheatear.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Low Barns - Kingfishers and peckers

I spent a few hours at the weekend waiting for Kingfishers to show at Low Barns, which they did, but mainly on the far side of the lake (inaccessible), however one of the young ones decided to sit on the perching poles provided by the centre, then move onto the small island where it caught a couple of fish. 

I got a great video of it but I am unable to upload it on this site for some reason, I took a couple of photos with the canon camera, as the battery in my nikon on the scope failed (I had just charged it up).

While I was waiting for the kingfisher the Greater Spotted Woodpeckers provided great opportunities for photos.  So all in all it was a good morning.
I returned on Sunday morning, later than I would normally only to find that not only had I missed a kingfisher close by but I also missed a Hobby by 15 minutes.  See link to photo by Dave Brown http://www.flickr.com/photos/25145774@N02/7529129446/in/photostream and the kingfisher didnt appear on my side of the lake all morning.
I will attempt to put the kingfisher video onto youtube. Success!
Click on link here Kingfisher video

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Teesdale Common Buzzards

Went to see if a buzzard family had fledged at a nest site and it looks as though they took off either yesterday or today, one was not so confident, and was on the ground, I stayed about 30 yards away and digiscoped some great shots and it stayed nonchalant.  Eventually it managed to get on a dead  branch then up onto a wall then into the trees, where it took off successfully.  A lamb was curious enough to go right up to it, I could just imagine the buzzard saying " you dont scare me, I could have you for breakfast".

I have tried for four or five years to see the fledged youngsters at fairly close range at this site, I check to see if the buzzards are in the territory in March/April, then I do not go back until at least mid June to avoid any disturbance, this year it has paid off.  The young will now very quickly start to broaden their territory.
I also got close to a nice Curlew, these were very active and vocal today, and even buzzed the buzzards.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
Barn Owl in North Yorkshire