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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, 7 December 2015

Mandarin Duck - Low Barns

I think that this is only the 2nd Mandarin Duck that I have seen - wild ones that is.
It has turned up at Low Barns nature reserve near Witton Le Wear,
It is hanging around with the local Mallard population and even taking seed from under the bird feeders.
The most stunning duck that we have in UK waters, it was originally introduced as a captive ornamental duck but now breeds in the wild so the population is on the increase.
Low Barns has been a victim of the recent flooding with the river Wear bursting its banks and flooding into the reserve, many paths have been damaged or washed away, and one bird hide was under about 4feet of water. It will take some fixing.
 

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