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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, 18 June 2017

Peregrines in Yorkshire Dales

I had heard that the Peregrines had just fledged and are hanging around the cliffs, thanks to Pete.
A very early morning departure had me at the Peregrine site by 7:30 ish, This meant I had the place to myself.  Straight away I saw one young bird perched on the cliff edge.  I got a couple of shots before it opened its wings and took off into an updraft.
Already the wind was starting to pick up - it was going to be a tough day to get any digiscoped shots. It was also overcast, but I though it looked promising - and eventually the sun broke through about 10:00am
I got to my favourite location, but I could not see any Peregrines.  After about 30 minutes an adult bird appeared, chased a few Jackdaws and then headed off to perch on a crag about half a mile away. It took it about 15 seconds to get there, it would take me half an hour, it was not worth trying to stalk it. It was probably already watching me anyway.
Another hour passed then I heard a young bird calling, it must have been perched on the cliff directly below me.
I changed positions again, I eventually spotted it as it was ripping into what looked like the remains of a pigeon.
The wind was very strong now and although I tried to digiscope it, the wind vibrations were just too much.
I moved back to my original position which paid off as all 3 young birds appeared on a ledge, one of them is a little bit smaller than the other 2 and was more reluctant to take to the wing.
I got some half decent photos of the birds, These are the conditions where a camera will beat the performance of digiscoping - so I turned to my Nikon P900.
It was a successful trip, but was spoiled by turning my ankle badly.
I reckon its going to take an operation to get my ankle right now, the ligaments and tendons are just so loose, my ankle turns at the least bit of uneven ground - which is no good in this hobby.
Oh well, at least I have some nice shots of Peregrines again this year.

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