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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, 22 February 2014

Quiet Day - Single Waxwing

WAXWING AT RSPB SALTHOLME
A nice sunny day didn't give very good results this morning and the only exciting thing was this very nice Waxwing which was on its own.
It kept coming down for a drink at a puddle about every 30 minutes, but it was very quick.

it wasn't too bothered by people either as kiddies almost poked it the eye with cameras -lol

Getting excited about going to Panama.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Grey Partridge - Teesdale

I went up to Teesdale hoping to find some lekking Black Grouse, however the Black Grouse were all just feeding, grazing in their usual areas.
However I did find a covey of 12 Grey Partridges grazing a field where the grass was clear of snow. The tops of the hills looked in deep snow.
The Partridges were scampering across the snow until they reached an area of grass which they would go across in a feeding frenzy then scamper to the next patch of grass and so on.
I used the car as a hide and the birds came quite close.  These are the first decent pics I have got of a Grey Partridge.
Also saw a buzzard back on its territory after an absence over the winter.


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).





Monday, 3 February 2014

Glossy Ibis at Billingham

Yesterday I paid a rare visit over to Teesside to view the lovely Glossy Ibis which was showing at Billingham.  Luckily the bird was busy feeding in a horse paddock right next to the road and was about 30 yards away, however initially the position was wrong as far as the sun was concerned, and it was almost silhoutted. For the Glossy Ibis if the sun is right the feathers show many different colours.
After a while it flew up, chased by a Common Gull over into a short grass field on the opposite side of the road.  This meant that it was now in full sun and its feathers were iridescent.
However it was now only about 20 yards away and it was vital that the car was used as a hide, because I was still digiscoping it I opened the car door with the window open and set the tripod up on the road and digiscoped through the open window - this meant the door was still giving me cover. Others were not so careful, despite being told a guy walked along the fence to get minimum distance between himself and the bird and used a fence
post to hold the camera still - of course the inevitable happened and the bird flew 400 yards to the other side of the field.  Some people just won't listen!
What a nice bird though. There have been a few about in the North East this winter and this one was worthwhile going to see.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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