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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

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Hobbies in Bedfordshire

Unfortunately I have been having to work away from home a lot this summer, but an upside of this means that I have been able to visit a Hobby location where they have a nest and currently feeding 3 young birds.
Unlike the last post where it was miserable cold weather that affected the photos, in Bedfordshire it was hot humid weather which caused a heat shimmer which made it difficult to get great photos.
I saw the Hobbies taking young birds and dragonflies back to the nest.
But I think the hot weather affected how often the adults were going out hunting.
Sometimes the birds would perch about 120 yards away on the edge of a wood, but other times they came closer and with care it was possible to get good shots
These are one of my favourite birds of prey and I can not resist going to see them.
The young birds should fledge in the next week or so, this may allow opportunity for great photos, unless they disappear from the location altogether.

 I will check them out again next week on the way down to Kent

Merlin from Scotland

Spent a little time watching this family of Merlin in a location in Scotland.  The young had fledged perhaps a week earlier and were zipping about the valley like adults.  However they did come to rest on various rocks from time to time, but were fairly distant
The weather was foul with wind, rain and low light, so the photos are just record shots really. But they were great to see.
Also there were a number of Hen Harriers about with males food passing, young and female birds in the air.
An excellent site

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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