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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

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Hoopoe - West Auckland

Late in the afternoon yesterday I saw that a Hoopoe had been reported only 12 miles away, but I couldn't really get there, so I hoped that it would stay until this morning, however the weather forecast was bad.
So off I went today to see if was still there, I wasn't really expecting it, but as soon as I got to the location there were other birders saying it was still around and showing well - but flighty.
The place couldn't have been more unattractive, it was full of rubble and bricks and wire, and very muddy.

But the Hoopoe seemed to like it.
I managed to scope a few shots, but the light levels were so low (again), that I had to bump up the ISO, then the rain was on the lenses all the time and wind blowing the scope about - very difficult.
Only a few shots came out any where near good enough.
But what a great bird for the area, and a first for me in this country.

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