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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

Monday, 10 February 2014

Yellow Rumped Warbler - High Shincliffe

I think I am becoming a twitcher - oh no, save me somebody!
I travelled up the road to High Shincliffe near Durham this morning to view the Mega rare Yellow Rumped Warbler. There was a large crowd of twitchers maybe about 80 people.
The bird itself was fairly mobile but also offering good views at times, although the were often plenty of branches in the way too.
I tried to get shots of the yellow rump and the yellow down the side.  There were also signs of the yellow crown showing, but it obviously isnt in its full breeding colour yet - I hope it hangs around until it does change its colours - they are stunning warblers.
Also just around the corner  (200 yards) were 3 Waxwings which I wasn't expecting.  So I tried for some shots of them too
The warbler was typically difficult to digiscope - having once found it in the scope it would often move just before I pressed the shutter release.
I saw it and got some decent shots.
(As for been a twitcher - I still don't know how many birds I have seen and I don't keep lists, so there is hope yet).


  1. Your a twitcher and there is no hope !

  2. Good pics as usual Colin, it was good to see you, if only in passing.... had 9 mile to go to get back, cheers.

  3. Yeah good to see you Steve, both busy birding. Thanks for your comments.


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