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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, 26 July 2015

Hobby at Sandy

I had my trip down to Sandy to try and get photos of the Hobbies and Green Woodpeckers again this year.
On Saturday the weather was overcast warm and a bit of a breeze so it looked promising.  As soon as I got out of the car I could hear the Green Woodpeckers calling, but I decided to concentrate on the Hobbies for this trip.
I had already seen two on the journey down to Bedfordshire, so when I arrived at Sandy I went straight down to the area where they were last year. 
Immediately I saw a Hobby flying over the valley, but it was not calling and I could not hear any young ones.
I patrolled the valley catching glimpses of the adult birds flying around, and at one point a crow came over the wood and was immediately mobbed by a Hobby, this suggested there was a nest there, somewhere.
At last a bird perched on top of a tree, high up and further up the valley, I managed some real distant shots, but had to do better.
I walked closer to the tree and got another couple of shots. It was eating something but I could not make out what.
It then flew across the valley and out of sight.
I located myself closer to the tree and waited and waited. It came back but sat in the tree next to it, I thought it had caught a swift and a wing fell to the ground. I got a couple of shots but it was against the white background of the clouds - not great.
That was the last I saw of them for about 2 hours. A young Green Woodpecker perched on top of a stump and I got a couple of hurried photos - it was about 50 yards away in fading light.


Eventually the Hobby came back and sat in the same tree again, this time with a dragonfly, I got a few decent pics, but it was getting dull now and I had to up the ISO.

The Hobby again flew into the trees across the valley with the dragonfly, I had to investigate further but - 

t was time to go, I would return on Sunday.  More to come later..............

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