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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, 30 April 2013

Yellow Wagtails & Channel Wagtail

This morning I decided to concentrate solely on the Yellow Wagtails at Bishop Middleham. The weather was perfect and good numbers of birds were showing (probably around 20 birds).

They were in the corn fields feeding, on the walls, in the bushes, and on the path.
I managed to run the camera battery dry on photos but not before finding a lovely Channel Wagtail.
These are very similar to the Blue Headed Wagtail and are a sub species of the Yellow.
Also there were 4 Wheatear, and a few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits around as well as a White Wagtail

Monday, 29 April 2013

Teesdale/Weardale - First Pied Flycatcher of the year

The weather wasn't brilliant so I decided to go up to Teesdale and do some family history stuff, andtake some photos of where my ancestors lived.  On the way up to Baldersdale, I stopped off at Barnard Castle to see if there were any Pied Flycatchers around, but after a search I found only a Goosander on the river which spotted me first and flew.
Then it was up to Baldersdale on the high moors for family ancestory stuff, however I never stop bird watching and spotted many Snipe displaying, Lapwings, Golden Plovers and Curlew.  On my return trip I spotted a single Black Grouse feeding quite close to the road, I couldn't resist and got my scope onto it. I watched it for about 40 minutes until a farmer came past on his quad bike and it was spooked.
Then up to Low Barns where I was rewarded with my first Pied Flycatcher of the year, I believe there was a pair there, but it was the male singing that drew the attention.
 

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Duncombe Park - Bird of Prey Centre

We went to see the newly opened Duncombe Park Bird of Prey centre, mainly because I wanted to try out the Canon SX50 on flying shots to practice my flying photography skills.
Although I am not keen on birds of prey being kept in cages (or any bird), it was interesting to see some of the species that they had - perhaps 100 birds of prey.
The displays were a little short - only flying 4 birds at each session however they were coming really close.
The conditions were windy with changing sunlight/cloud conditions
I am pleased with some of the shots but as can be expected there were many rubbish shots.
Below are a couple of experimental shots after messing about with Photoshop.

 Together with a morning in Whitby it was a great day out.

Yellow Wagtails

I had a trip over to Bishop Middleham with my mate Pete to see Yellow Wagtails, and we were onto them very quickly as they were feeding in the sprouting corn fields.
 The wind was still difficult for digiscoping as it was making the scope vibrate a lot, but I managed a few shots with scope and more with the Canon SX50. There were double figures of Yellow Wagtails around here plus half a dozen Wheatear.
After lunch we headed up to the high ground Weardale, hoping to see Ring Ouzels, however the weather had taken a major turn for the worse.  It was only 1 degree with snow showers blowing sideways.  I saw a couple of Ouzels flying but as Pete headed up the gill it was thudering and snowy - he did not find any more Ouzels.
By this time my ankle had given up as we headed to another site, Pete went exploring some more and found double figures of Ring Ouzels.
We also saw a stunning pair of Golden Plovers close to the road.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Kingfisher - Clara Vale

After spending the morning searching unsuccesfully for a Little Bunting, I decided to get out of the gale winds and go to Clara Vale hide.  On arrival there was a female kingfisher perching and a male had been seen and had mated.
After about 45 minutes the male came back and presented the female with a fish and they mated again.  Great to see them, however the wind was blowing them about too.
Sparrowhawk flew through, also 2 Jays, a few Bullfinch, and Nuthatch.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Crossbills - Tilery Wood

I couldn't decide where to go this morning, and ended up going to Tilery Wood to try and find the Crossbills.
 As soon as I got to the scout hut I could see seeds dropping from the conifers and a quick look showed a female Crossbill hanging upside down feeding. They were a little way back in the wood which meant digiscoping her. After a little while the male and a young bird came to the front of the tree.
Eventually a pheasant flew past and put a total of six birds up out of the tree, and 10 minutes later some came down to a pool to drink briefly before a dog walker put them up.
Very nice to see

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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