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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, 29 August 2012

South Gare - Barred Warbler

This is the second Barred Warbler I have had at South Gare (had one last year) in exactly the same place - in the "Bomb Hole".
The light was poor and this one just wouldnt sit still for more that a few seconds, however I did manage a couple of nice shots.

Hopefully this young Barred Warbler is the first of many migrants to come through this autumn.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Cuckoo - Druiridge Bay

I went up to the Northumberland coast this morning specifically to see a Spoonbill, and I was also aware that there was Cuckoo in the area from reports from yesterday.  The Spoonbill spent all its time asleep with its head under its wing while I was there ad about 200 yards away, not ideal.

So I drove further up the road and with the friendly aid of another birdwatcher we found the Cuckoo (he found - thanks).  Like the Cuckoo I got last year it was very approachable and it was only concerned with catching enough caterpillars to fuel its way to Africa.

Superb opportunity to see the stunning markings of a young Cuckoo.
These photos were all digiscoped.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Osprey - Lockwood Beck

After 3 years of trying for the Osprey at Lockwood Beck Resevoir as it passes through I eventually struck lucky today.  Unlike other years the Osprey has decided to stay for over a week now, which has given me opportunity to see it.

There were 2 Ospreys showing today, and were calling to each other at times as they put on stunning views both as flight shots and perching in trees and posts.

This is the first real good photos I have had of these birds and the digiscope far out performed my Canon SX40 HS on the stationary shots, but the Canon came into its on the flight shots, however I must have caught the ISO button and the setting was at ISO800, which meant grainy shots. I am over the moon today with eventually seeing the Osprey.

SEE VIDEO LINK - Osprey 1 Lockwood Beck and Osprey2 Lockwood Beck

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Green Woodpecker

Click for Green Woodpecker video clip

Had a visit to RSPB headquarters in Sandy yesterday, where I was hoping to see one of the Hobby pair that are supposed to be raising young ones.  I never saw them, possibly heard one off in the distant, however the Green Woodpeckers more than made up for it and some very careful sneaky stalking on one of them gained great results with the digiscope.

The peckers were mainly around the hide area and to the lawns just past there but there were plenty of others about - saw 8 Green Woodpeckers and heard more. Apart from a nesting Spotted Flycatcher - second brood, and a Mistle Thrush there was very little about. (Today a Honey Buzzard has been reported there - typical).

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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