After the 1st cover of snow for the winter falling yesterday I decided to go up to Upper Teesdale, to see what was around.
This is the second time I have done this but never at such an important moment, its hard enough to see Barn Owls during the day, but to have one in the snow would have been brilliant. I was really annoyed with myself. But hey ho!
I moved on to see the Black Grouse. When I got there all of the Black Grouse seem to be perched up in the trees, I don't blame them - there was about 5 inches of snow and it was -3 degrees. With them in the trees it was difficult to get a good photo.
Further round the road - there were 4 female birds and one sat on a fence post. I switched the engine off, coasted down the road and it did not fly, I parked right next to it and took some photos from 6 feet away.
This is quite typical of the birds here in the snow - they do not like to fly.
So despite my disappointing start - I ended up with some acceptable Grouse shots.
Also seen 3 separate coveys of Grey Partridge, total about 20 birds. 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrel
- 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
Monday, 14 December 2015
Long Eared Owls - Haverton
As I left them it started to sleet heavily, and as I got home later we had our first proper cover of snow of the winter.
Monday, 7 December 2015
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.