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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

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Crossbills at last


CROSSBILLS IN Co.DURHAM


After Saturdays attempt to get some Crossbills failed due to the snow conditions, I tried again today, with some success.

I pulled up to the site at about 9:30, I scanned the trees and immediately spotted a bird of prey sat in a pine tree.
I got the binoculars onto it and at first thought Goshawk, but could have been a Sparrowhawk.  It was over 200 yards away and I could not judge the size of it, and it had its back to me - but there were noticeable white feathers on its covers blowing in the breeze. I went for my scope, but by the time I got set up it had gone without me seeing it fly.
It took about an hour to locate some Crossbills.  All told there was approx 30 birds of varying sexes and ages.
They were very noisy as the were feeding in the tops of the trees, and the song at times was quite intricate.
A great find -  I would like to get them in the snow but it is so difficult to get to this location in the snow


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