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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

Saturday, 1 November 2014

EASTERN CROWNED WARBLER - BROTTON, & ROUGH LEGGED BUZZARD

An Eastern Crowned Warbler has been showing for the last 3 days at Brotton in Cleveland, typically it shows up mid week when work commitments get in the way.
It has however stayed until the weekend so I could not resist getting there early this morning to get views of this MEGA rare bird and hopefully get a couple of photos of it.
I managed to find the location quite easily, there were already a good number of people there who had seen it.
One person said "there it is" and described where it was - could I heck see it. Then later a few people got on to it and gave its location - again I could not see it. This was tough.
Eventually however I did see a bird move and quickly got the bins onto it. At last my first Eastern Crowned Warber.  I saw it catch a small caterpillar and devour it.
I did manage a couple of half decent shots with my canon SX50, But it was almost impossible to get into my scope quickly enough to digiscope it.
Eventually as the morning progressed more and more people turned up, and twitchers were chasing - even running when the bird showed - I left, I really am not happy when birdwatching in crowds
Another new bird for me though.  Its been a good year for rarities for me.

I then moved up to Sleddale to try for the Rough Legged Buzzards. I tried last week without any success, but today there were two - possibly three showing.  A Peregrine Falcon kept harassing one of the birds which was interesting to watch.  I am returning tomorrow to walk the moor with Pete, hopefully of closer views of the birds
A good morning all told

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