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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

Saturday, 2 January 2016

My new North East England Bird Photography 2015 photobook - Published online today

I have just sent my bird book for 2015 off to be published today, It is available for viewing on the following link.

North East Bird Photography 2015 by Colin Severs

I am very pleased with it, and a recent trip to find some Kingfishers was beneficial as it improved the quality of the photos that I already had.  So have a look at it and share the link for others to view.

These photos of the Kingfisher were taken at Clara Vale in Tyneside,  in October there was a male Kingfisher with a broken beak here, however I did not see it today, just a female was present.  I think it probably didn't survive.

The female was fishing in the small lake all morning, probably due to the wave after wave of storms we have had, has filled the rivers up and this pushes the kingfishers on to fish in stillwaters.

My final bird trip of the year saw me going back to check on the Long Eared Owls,  there were 2 in view in their usual place.  I got some nice photos again but are very similar to my last post.  I am just hoping for some snowy pics of them - if we ever get a winter - it is just too warm for the time of year.

Then I had a run up to Hartlepool Marina where there was a Black Throated Diver in the marina.  At times it was coming really close, but it is so hard to digiscope due to the constant movement and diving.

Then I spotted a second diver, on closer inspection this turned out to be a Great Northern Diver, other photographers had just assumed it was another Black Throated, until I  showed them some of my photos which was the evidence of the Great Northern - at times the two divers were swimming together, then it became obvious which was which.
A great find on my last day of 2015 birdwatching - a new year to look forward to, and I am already getting excited about a holiday to Gambia in a couple of months,

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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