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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, 8 May 2013


An unexpected delay to my operation has meant that I could get out to try and find my first Redstart of the year.  The old woodlands at the bottom of Roseberry Topping is an ideal place for them, and as I slowly made my way there I could hear a male singing, I soon located it (and a bench close by so I could watch it in comfort). 
The bird rarely came down from the tree tops which meant disiscoping was the only real option.
When the Redstart did come down it was to chase another male off his territory, I watched them chasing through the tree boughs until a Cuckoo close by distracted me.
I had planned to go to Scaling Dam for the Cuckoos as there had been reports of them there, and I know normally the Eastern end attracts Cuckoos.  However there were 2 Cuckoos at the Eastern end.  I had a plan to try and attract one close enough for photos which meant trying to call one in using an Ipod. 
This worked really well, particularly when I used a female call. The Cuckoo landed only 25 yards away from on a fencepost but was straight into the sun. I focussed my scope on it quickly and started to take photos, I managed half a dozen before it flew off across the other side of the resevoir.  I looked at my phots and they were rubbish (Grrr), the camera had focussed on bushes behind.  I should have checked this whilst taking the shots but failed to. Great to see the birds, but I was annoyed with myself after planning the shot out, I made a simple error. Just shows how challenging and frustrating digiscoping can be.
See what I mean in this rubbish shot below.

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Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

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