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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

Friday, 5 May 2017

Dipper at Low Barns


I was tipped off about a Dipper feeding young on the river at Low Barns, this provided an opportunity to digiscope the bird from a distance as it brought in food to the nest.
I sat hidden for a while and just watched the bird foraging the rocks and collecting caddis flies, may flies and other unknown aqautic bugs, when it had a decent amount it headed back to the nest location.
It kept landing on the same rock, before flying up into the nest to feed the young.
When it was away from the nest I set my scope up and focused it on the rock. 
I used my phone as a remote control and moved away from my scope and out of view of the bird.
This is a great technique for not disturbing birds as I can see a live image of the bird on my phone from 20 or 30 yards away.
It means importantly, that the bird is not at all aware of me and is not disturbed. Also I can get into a comfortable position and see the shot that I am taking.
The down side is that there is about a second time lag.  This can make it difficult sometimes.
It was interesting watching the bird just before it flew up into the nest as it did a wing flapping display, I have never seen this before

 Thanks to Dave M for letting me know.

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