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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, 28 April 2014

Last Few Days at Various Locations

It has been quite busy here in the North East with the spring birds coming in.  I missed out on a Wryneck at North Gare, but they are still coming in so - fingers crossed.
I went to Bishop Middleham specifically for the Yellow Wagtails, probably the best spot for them in the North East.  There were about 12 of them flying between a stone wall, crop fields and a sheep pasture. They are so bright in the sun.

Next I went to Tunstall Resevoir for Redstarts.  When I set off from home it was overcast but fairly bright, when I got up to Tunstall it was foggy and dull, but I persevered.
Immediately I found 2 Redstarts singing and at times fighting - both male.
On Sunday I saw that a Dotterel had been reported over at North Gare, not far from where the Wryneck had been seen. So on Monday morning I went over in hope that they were still there.
They were, on the Golf Course though which meant that I could only get to withing 40 yards of them, the light was poor again but managed a couple of record shorts. Another bird had joined it over now and the pair of them were taking over the fairway.

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