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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, 27 December 2014

Long Eared Owl - Near RSPB Saltholme

I made a second attempt at getting photos of a Long Eared Owl which has been found near RSPB Saltholme.
 The first attempt the conditions were very poor, really dull with a very strong wind just made the shots all blurry due to slow shutter speed and tripod vibrations.
Today was more favourable with a milky sun shining through and hardly any wind.
I went early and tried to find the owl with no success
A RSPB Saltholme guide came down to set up a watch point, and he got straight onto it - a little bit of knowledge helps
It was still about 70 yards away, but at least it was more visible today.
Guys with dSLRs struggled to get any shots.  But I was getting half decent shots digiscoping.

The foliage between the scope and the Owl was causing a bit of a problem with only a few un-obscured vantage points available.
These photos have been cropped in and darkened slightly
(The sun was shining into the lens which makes the shots lighter than they should be).

I also saw a female Sparrowhawk, and later in the day a single Waxwing turned up near Greatham Creek, but by this time the sun had gone.

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