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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

Sunday, 8 May 2016

1st Cuckoo of the year

I spent the morning at Tunstall Resevoir looking for Redstart and Pied Flycatcher, There were plenty of Pied Flycatchers but there seemed to be only 1 or 2 Redstart present.  I could hear a Cuckoo in the distance which tempted me to go to my secret wood to see if there were any Cuckoo there - it is usually very good in May and Early June for Cuckoo.
So after getting shots of Pied Flycatchers and following a Redstart that was just too shy, I went to check out my nestboxes and also see if there were any Cuckoo showing.
The nest boxes had a Tit nest in with 9 eggs,  and another has the beginnings of what I think is a Redstart Nest - not sure as I quickly left the area to let it continue building. I will return when I think there may be young ones.
Just as I started to return a Cuckoo called close by and flew right over my head.  As I got back to the car I noticed two Cuckoos on the fence about 60 yards away.  A lady was already onto them and taking some photos. The problem was there was a 5ft high stone wall in the way with a steep drop off on my side of it. I could not get the tripod set in the correct position - this mean taking the scope of and resting it on the top of the stone wall, then try and get onto  Cuckoo and hold it steady, and press the shutter release - it was a real tough shot to get.  But I am quite please with the results

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