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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

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Low Barns 24th January

I  had a look on the moors today for Black Grouse but the snow was too deep to get to the places that I normally find them, although I could see some Black Grouse spread across the moors but miles away.
So I beat a retreat down to Low Barns and concentrated on the woodland birds - the lakes were all frozen up.

Gangs of Long tailed tits were showing well with up to 10 birds or so feeding at once.  Then a Great Spotted Woodpecker came in - all of the smaller birds are wary of the woodpecker. 
A nice Jay came down to feed a couple of times and came real close. Other birds included all the usual tits including Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, fly through Sparrowhawk, magpie, robin, dunnock and reed bunting.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Slavonian Grebe

Slavonian Grebe - Hartlepool 
This is the second attempt to get the Slavonian Grebe at Hartlepool, no problem in getting to see it- its just the conditions - Sunday it was as if the light had been sucked out the area and today was marginally better. Very difficult for digiscoping - as if a Grebe isnt hard enough with all its ducking and diving sheessh.  Whinge over.

It is the first time I have been close to a Slav Grebe and they are stunning in the winter coat, would be even better in their summer plummage.  I had to whack the ISO up to 800 to get these shots so they are a little grainy, but is a real test for the Sony RX100 camera.
At last I am driving again, but still hobbling about like a golem - but real progress

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Red Squirrels in Co Durham

Red Squirrels - Co Durham
I spent the morning photographing Red Squirrels and trying out the Sony RX100 in low light conditions on the scope.
It seems to perform well and had the ISO up to 800 and I think that the resolution is starting to go. 

The Squirrels were fantastic and coming so close at times it made
digiscoping redundant, and I had to fall back to the Canon SX40 to get some shots.
There were a few people there taking photos but the squirrels did not seem to mind.

Monday, 7 January 2013

First attempt digiscoping with Sony RX100

Nuthatch at Low Barns
I am still on crutches so getting around is quite difficult.  However I managed to try out my new Sony RX100 camera at Low Barns reserve (sat in a hide all morning).
The light was poor so I had to up the ISO to 200 then 800, something I would not do with my old trusty Nikon P5100 due to noise.
I have to say the Sony performed really well. With the 20 megapixal and 1 inch sensor it is enabling me to zoom out a little to get some background and then crop in to get a panorama style picture which is quite interesting, and great for photobooks.
There were at least 3 Nuthatches coming to the nuts and seeds at the feeding station and despite a fly through attack from a Sparrowhawk they were back feeding within a minute.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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