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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, 12 June 2016

Redstarts

After 3 years of waiting I finally have a Redstart in one of my secret bird boxes.  In the previous years I have had Pied Flycatchers and Coal Tits, but never a Redstart.
I put them up there specifically for Redstarts.

Yesterday when I went to the wood I could see the male and female taking food into the box.
I edged myself to within range to digiscope them
Initially there were a few warning calls, but they soon settled down and were feeding the young without interuption.
There were a couple of challenges to getting good photos, firstly the light, it was really quite misty / foggy, which meant slow shutter speeds (that is why the tails are blurred - as they keep flicking the tail).

Secondly there were other birds distracting me, a Cuckoo called so close to me it made me jump, a sparrowhawk whizzed twice through the wood, and also a Green Woodpecker was calling not too far away.
But I managed to stay focussed on the Redstarts.
The female was feeding the young at a 4 to 1 ratio compared with the male.  And she was bringing back a bigger beak full of insects.



The insects varied from flies to caterpillars to crane flies.  These young are going to  be well fed, particularly when it warms up a bit - still only 11 degrees - in mid June, thats crazy!!




I am really pleased that I have provided boxes that have helped to introduce another 6 Redstarts into the world.


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Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

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