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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, 13 March 2016

A few pics from Gambia

Finally figured a way of getting the photos onto my blog easier in the Gambia.
The bird spotting and photography has been great, with Kingfishers, Rollers and Bee Eaters showing really well so far.
Also seen two species of Goshawk - the Dark Chanting and the Gabor.
I have stuck with the same guide that I used last time that I was in Gambia - Modou, who is giving us a bit of a discount.
So below is a small selection of the many photos that I have taken so far,
A Pied Kingfisher has started to show at the hotel, and just before this picture it was struggling to eat a massive fish - I did not have a camera with me at the time and ran back to get it. by that time the fish had disappeared.



These are Bearded Barbets which showed when we took a trip to Brufut Woods with Modou. The tree was full of other birds too, attracted to the tree because it was fruiting.
 The Black Kite above seems to be one of the most common birds in the hotel area, and are being fed at the hotel next door.
 This is a Senagalese Coucal, which have been hard to come by this year.
 Another kind of Barbet - This is the Veillots Barbet - a little rarer than the Bearded Barbet
A Pearl Spotted Owlet was playing hard to get and would not face the right way for us.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

day 2 Gambia

i had a walk around the hotel grounds at first light, but to be honest I was about an hour too early.  I went to an area which is adjacent to the Senegambia hotel and played a  Blue BreastedKingfisher call, eventually I had a response, and I saw the bird but could not get a photo due to a high wall. I did see another pair of Paradise Flycatchers and a Yellow Crowned Gonalek.

After Breakfast I went into the Senegambia grounds, Jackie spotted the Blue BreSted Kingfisher and I got a few Shots.  We also found a Hammerkop, Broad Billed Roller, Black Kites, and White Crowned Robin Chat. There were also a few Mnitor Lizards around

It is too difficult getting my photos uploaded to blogpost through my IPad while in Africa so apologies.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Gambia Day 1

Got  settled in at the Kairaba Hotel, great views across the garden with a palm tree and 2 Acacicia trees in front of the balcony which is attracting all sorts of birds. The first bird photographed is this Black Wood Hoopoe.

Then a pair of Paradise Flycatchers landed really close.

 A gang of Yellow Billed Shrike were hunting the lawns from an Acacia Tree while Black Kites cruised just 20 feet up. A Broad Billed Roller perched on top of a tree


and a Yellow Fronted   Tinkerbird hopped about just below it. All this from my balcony in 30 minutes.
Above is the Shikra - quite a common bird of prey in the Gambia, but this is the only one we have seen so far
I think that this is the Village Weaver, but I am not certain.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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