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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, 13 June 2015

Peregrine Falcons - Malham

Digiscoping the Peregrines at Malham Cove means that good photos can be obtained at a safe distance from the birds, without getting too close to them.
However with the young birds just having fledged occasionally they chose to land close to the public on top of the cliff. At one time I saw a young bird land just 6 feet away from a couple having their picnic having climbed up to the top of the cove.
The weather was excellent with unbroken sunshine, this did cause a lot of contrast when the bird stood on the the glowing white limestone rock, and with the location of the birds this year I found that I was almost always taken shots against the sun.

There were 3 young birds this year, and the adults were food dropping to them which teaches them coordination skills which would be needed when they hunted for themselves.
I saw one of the adults effortlessly gliding off into the distance with a young bird manically flapping behind it trying to keep up to get the food. This behaviour helps to build the stamina for the youngsters.
It was a great couple of days in Malham and I was again rewarded with some nice shots of this stunning bird .

1 comment:

  1. What an experience, Col. One that will last a long time in the memory and one many people will be jealous of. Great blog post.


Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

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