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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, 19 April 2015

The 2nd week in April has always produced good results for me as many of he migrant birds have .arrived or are arriving- such as the Pied Flycatcher. For these I tend to favour Tunstall Reservoir area as there is a nice large Sessile Oak wood which is great for Pied Flycatchers and Redstart.

As soon as I entered the wood a Tawny Owl called quite close by but could I heck find it.
While searching around I heard my first Pied Fly of the year. Further along the path I found two more Pied Flycatchers - in total I found 7 seperate birds - all but one were male and were feeding and singing.
No sign or sound of the Redstarts yet though. But there were a pair of buzzards over the wood, Blackcap, Woodcock and other usual woodland species - Also three Roe Deer were in the wood
I then went to the nature reserve side of the resevoir and could see that a Great Crested Grebe pair had a nest and the female was sat on the nest while the male continue to add material to it.

I then went to a secret location to see if there were any Ring Ouzel. - There are a lot of people going to the Bollihope area for them, so I decided to minimise the disturbance by going to this other location and as far as I know - nobody goes to look for them there.
I quickly spotted a female Ring Ouzel and she seemed to be both feeding and searching for a nest location.

Then I moved position slightly and located the male bird feeding on the grass beside a stream. I was about 40 yards away from them and just laid down on the grass and watched what they were doing, while digiscoping a couple of photos.
A Merlin then flew over my head and was flying low over the moor, it put a couple of meadow pipits up and the merlin tried unsuccesfully to catch them in the air. Great to watch.
When I looked for the Ring Ouzels again they had gone out of sight.

There were also Dipper and Grey Wagtails and loads of Red Grouse at this location
I saw a total of 7 Common Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk.

I have updated my Digiscoping Camera to a Sony RX100mk 2 and it was the first time I have used it and it is giving great results. It also has the interesting feature of being able use remote control by phone or tablet. This means that I can use the tablet as a bigger screen to check the focus/composition etc - could be good in certain situations.
A great day out

Friday, 3 April 2015

Back again - Great Grey Shrike

Had a quiet month or so, it always seems to be poor weather when I get a day free lately.
I gave the Great Grey Shrike at Stanhope a second chance to show itself after not seeing it last weekend.
It was showing really well today but the weather was awful with rain and low light levels.  I managed to digiscope some quite nice photos despite the conditions.
A Hawfinch had also been seen at the same location just before I got there and I missed out on it.
I missed out on getting photos of the White Tailed Eagle last week by just a couple of minutes - although I did see it at a distance briefly.
Just the way it goes sometimes.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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