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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

Monday, 23 November 2015

Long Eared and Short Eared Owls

I went to check to see if there were any Long Eared Owls at a local winter roost.  They have been here for at least the last 5 years that I know of.  
I checked the same area where I found two last year and after only 5 minutes of searching I spotted the breast feathers of an owl perched deep within a bush.
I moved position to see if I could get a good view, and it proved to be slightly better.  I was about 30 yards away, and the wind was blowing a gale, as the first snow of the winter started to fall.
No wonder the owl was buried deep in the bush it was about -5 degrees with wind chill.
I managed to digiscope some shots, but could not get a clear view, it was already aware that I was there - its not worth scaring it by getting too close.
I then moved on to try and get Short Eared Owl, there had been 3 reported in the last week very close by, and 2 had been around for at least 6 weeks.
I parked up and stayed in the car. I knew where they were likely to fly past and sure enough one came to about 30 yards away.  
Now I am not very good with flying shots and I think the Canon SX50 is even worse (or is it just me). But it did not stop me trying.
I saw at at least 2 Shorties, possibly 3 so all in all it was a great morning.
I loved being out in the snow but it didnt really lay much.




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