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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

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Shore Lark and Long Eared Owl.

After seeing Shore Larks being reported at Hartlepool for most of the week, I was really looking forward to Saturday hoping that they would still be around.
I parked up close to where they were reported and went onto the beach to the North of Hartlepool, I couldn't find them and there were no other birders on the beach.
I then looked up the hill and saw a couple of birders in the distance, I walked all the way up to where they were and they had not seen the Shore Larks either.  But looking back to the North I could see a group of  birders/photographers were obviously onto the birds.
The birds were about 30 yards away on waste ground with rubbish and waste all around. Lovely birds in a wasteland!
The pair of Shore Larks were very busy feeding fast. Then they flew and it was a while before they were relocated.

Then a trip to see if there were any Long Eared Owls showing on Sunday morning.  I went there early as snow was in the forecast. So I had to make the most of the nice light.
 I found an owl straight away and got some lovely shots of it. Then I noticed there was another owl sat directly behind and above it - more hidden though.
With no wind and great light I put my scope on maximum power and got these great shots of the Long Eared Owl, I then started walking back toward the car and saw another Owl  just off the path.  This one was asleep, and I took a couple of shots then went to the car as the heavy snow had started.


  1. You've filled ya boots there Colin.
    I wish a few more birders would try digiscoping - we'd have a lot less disturbance on our nature reserves!

  2. Cheers Steve, the Owls were showing quite well if distant until I found one by accident roosting in a bush next to the path, I took 2 photos and left it sleeping. I wish more people would persist with digiscoping instead of trying to get too close. 2 shots were over 30 yards and the middle one was only about 10 yards away. Check out my photobook at the bottom of the blog a few nice owl pics in there too.


Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

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