This blog shows my photos taken through digiscoping and are mainly of birds in the North East of England, which has been my main interest for the last few years. VIEW MY LATEST PHOTOBOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE
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
I am limited to how much I can get out at the moment but at least I am getting out once a week. This week I utilised RSPB Saltholme mobility scooter - good way of getting around lol, nearly ran into someones tripod and camera too - am used to reversing cameras hehe.
The waxwings were again showing nicely here at Saltholme and there were loads of people getting photographs of them, they were also coming down to puddles to get a drink (waxwings not people).
Whilst watching them somebody pointed out a Bittern in the distance flying - I caught a quick view before it disappeared behind the crowd of people - no photo of it.
Got a lift to Hartlepool Marina this morning for an hour or so - hobbling about on crutches for the next 6 weeks, so options are very limited. But after only 5 days stuck inside I am going stir crazy to get out.
Got this very nice Black Throated Diver this morning (not digiscoped - can't manage a tripod as well). Apparantly there were 2 Great Northern and this Black Throated Diver in the marina yesterday with a number of Red Throated just outside the marina.
I was just so pleased to get out - mind its not easy stood on one leg in a force 5 wind trying to keep the camera still - lol.
On the way home we pulled into the RSPB Saltholme Car Park hoping there would be something close, I could see Waxwings but they were too far off for me, but there were 25 or so of them feeding in the bushes near the wild life watchpoint.
Great Northern Diver
I managed to sneak a couple of hours in yesterday to see a Great Northern Diver at Hartlepool Marina.
It showed well although it was diving regularly, and was swimming underwater for about 100 yards, making it unpredictable where it would surface, this made it difficult to digiscope however I did manage a few nice shots.
At one point it was watching the sky and then it made its eerie call, which for me was the first time that I had heard a Great Northern Diver call.
Unfortunately thats definately my last trip until the end of January.
More Waxwings Dec 1st
This will probably be my last post until January 2013 due to an operation.
I deliberately went out to try and get better Waxwing shots today, and there were 9 showing well at RSPB Saltholme although they were constantly being disturbed by visitors - it was a Xmas event with reindeer at the reserve.
Yesterday I also got these nice Black Grouse shots in Teesdale, I got quite close to them until they walked over the brow of a hill. It was a beautiful cold morning of minus 4 degrees and the grouse seemed to love it.