Ok so to a brief description of my cuckoo encounter.
This is the fourth trip in 3 weeks to try and get good photos of cuckoos, I have no problem finding them (or them me), but getting decent photos has proven more challenging
In the wood I finally saw a pair of Redstarts initially at the end of the wood, but then a male Redstart was singing around a nest box I have set up for them - so hopefully they still might nest in it.
Another nice find here was a Chiffchaff taking food back to a nest that was hidden somewhere in the bracken.
I then ventured to another location in Teesdale which I know tends to be good for Cuckoo, and as I walked down the valley I was hoping to see Whinchat, Ring Ouzel, Merlin and Cuckoo.
At first there was no sign of Ouzels or Whinchat, but then as I got down to a group of trees I heard a Cuckoo calling and then I saw it fly out from the trees with a Merlin on its tail - wow. The Merlin was calling all the while too, they disappeared over the edge of the hill.
I got down to a comfortable location and set up my tripod and waited - sheltered from the strong wind.
The Merlin was heard a few times during this cuckoo encounter, and I will return in the hope to get photos of that. On the way back up the trail, I also found a pair of Whinchat and a single male Ring Ouzel which was keeping its distance.
This was my best days birding in this country for a couple of years, what an experience.
- Colin Severs
- 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