Finally Autumn has arrived and with it some migrants have arrived.
This Glossy Ibis has been around at RSPB Saltholme for a few weeks now and sometimes it does come close enough to get some nice photos of it.
Shrikes are my favourite birds and in the last week I have had two species of Shrike, the 1st was up at Holy Island where a Red Backed Shrike has been for almost a week.
It was sometimes elusive, going into the reeds to forage and eat, but it did come to about 50 yards away, a heat haze made the shots a little fuzzy
The second shrike is a first for me, and this was at Spurn Point in East Yorkshire - a mecca for birding at migration time. This was a Masked Shrike - a mega rare bird in UK, and although it was a young bird it was well marked.
Most of the time it was about 150 yards away but it did come to within about 40 yards at one point - close enough to digiscope.
There were hundreds of birders here to see this bird and also a Olive Backed Pipit which I dipped on. Migrants were coming in all of the time - a highlight was a Hen Harrier being mobbed by a Merlin - too far away for a photo but a great sight
- Colin Severs
- 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