A fairly early start on Sunday because the forecast said rain by 10:00, so I was at the reserve by 7:30. I stopped to watch a pair of Spotted Flycatchers and saw one return to a hole in a dead silver birch tree. I could just to say see a bird sat on the nest, and I found a position about 25 yards away where I could get a shot of it (it was fairly obscured by bushes), but I think the photos have come out fairly well.
I then saw a Hobby fly over the wood again it saw a crow off, they are such an aggressive bird, a bit like a merlin in that respect.
I walked around to the trees were I saw it land on Saturday, and sure enough a bird landed on the branch high up in a tall tree, then it walked along the branch and out of sight. I moved to about 80 yards away and looked again, and there it was feeding a young bird on its nest. WOW!
This nest is in a different location to last year, and the strange thing it is directly over the footpath. I took a couple of shots from 80 yards away, but it was getting dull now and rain was definitely on the horizon
Despite having the rest of the day washed out, I achieved my objective and got more shots of this fairly rare bird (at least in the North East). Again this shows the advantage of digiscoping where it is not practical or advisable to get close to nests, I can take shots of them from an acceptable distance, but as I said the public footpath passes directly below this Hobby nest, although many would not know it was there.
- Colin Severs
- 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