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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, 31 May 2015

Short Eared Owl on Pennine Moors

It was Petes turn to act as guide today, as he had found a Short Eared Owl mid week on the moors.

He only had a couple of hours or to relocate the Owl but as soon as we got to the area the Owl was seen quartering a heath.  We found  a small hill and sat down and watched the Owl hunting.
It went out of sight for about 10 minutes, then we heard a call and the bird flew up behind us and sat on the hill about 30 yards away.
We both span round and got photos of it - or at least Pete did, I was having battery trouble - Grrrr! I replaced the battery but by this time the Owl had lifted off and gone hunting.
The Owl repeated this pattern 3 or 4 times in the hour that we sat there.  I eventually sorted myself out and got some decent photos.
We only saw this single bird, so not sure if it is just holding territory or if there is a nest in the location.
We got our photos and left it alone after about 45 minutes. It did not seem bothered by us, and because we were sat down and let the bird come to us, we both got a great experience of this birds behaviour.

I believe this is the first time that I have seen a Shorty on the moors in the summer in the North East so cheers Pete, great find.

Also earlier in the day I was walking a track and heard a Golden Plover calling, I spotted the bird and it was trying to distract me away from some very young chicks which were waddling away  in the undergrowth.  I took a quick photo of the adult and let them be alone, and continued searching for Merlin with no success.
I did see two male cuckoos chasing each other at high speed in a grove of trees on the edge of the moor, they were great to watch. But too fast for me to photograph, so I just enjoyed the experience
A great day birding!!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Clara Vale - Kingfisher and other woodland birds

Clara Vale

After a fruitless hour or so at Far Pasture, I visited Clara Vale and sat in the cold for a couple of hours - It really should be warmer than this now - its crazy.
A nice female Kingfisher eventually showed up, it was a dull day but I managed a couple of decent shots of her, She only sat there about a minute before catching a fish and flying off with it - not to return, no wonder it started hailstoning.
There were also Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellow Hammer and Bullfinch around. Oh and a brown rat picking the seed up from around the feeders. It eventually had a go at a stock dove that was also feeding there, it missed

Saturday, 9 May 2015


Took my mate Pete up to Danby Beacon this afternoon to see the Dotterel,
They were impressive and showing very well, There were four Dotterel, it seems two of them arrived overnight as there were only two showing yesterday.
I believe there were 2 male and 2 female. The light levels were poor to start with but improved. Initially there were only 3 of  us watching the birds, but as the weather improved then more and more people turned up, in the end there 15 or more people there.  
One of the birds started to display then suddenly the four Dotterels took and were flying around the beacon then disappeared over the other side of the hill.

What a beautiful bird they are and Pete was really pleased to see one of his target birds.

Someone told us that there were two Great Northern Divers at South Gare, so we took a ride down there.
When we arrived there was still one in the "lagoon" at South Gare although a little distant at about 70 yards.

We both managed to get some shots of it though.
There were also a number of White Wagtails on the beach along with some Wheatear and Turnstones and Ringed Plover.
Also sat

on the beach was a Little Turn which eventually went fishing.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
Barn Owl in North Yorkshire