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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, 6 July 2017

Red Backed Shrike - South Gare

I checked the bird reports after getting back from Scotland and saw that a Red Backed Shrike had been spotted and showing well at South Gare in Cleveland.
I just had to get up early on the Sunday morning to get photos of it, Shrikes are my favourites, so hopefully it would still be there.
As I arrived I noticed another birder onto a bird, it had to be the Shrike. So I parked up and joined him, and saw that the bird was sat in full sunshine half way down a bush - out of the very strong wind that was blowing.
I got some great photos as I stayed with the bird for the next couple of hours - until too many people turned up to watch.  Then I moved on
What a stunning bird it is!

Birding in the Borders

I went up to the Borders at the weekend to see what raptors were around up there and although I saw plenty of birds of prey they were fairly distant and with a wind and heat haze the photos of them were very disappointing. I have been here a few times and see some great birds but never have been able to get great photos.
However, as soon as I arrived at the location I saw a male Hen Harrier drift down the valley.  I stopped briefly to watch it before moving off/
I went to another layby and a male Hen Harrier drifted across the road in front of me while I was driving and went up the valley, possibly the same bird.
For the rest of the day I only saw female hen harriers, loads of views but not sure how many different birds, she was feeding young birds at the nest.

There were Merlin about too, at one point there were 3 merlin sat on a rock in the distance - too far even for a digiscope shot.  The adult merlin kept harrassing the Hen Harrier too.
Also seen were Buzzard, Raven, and a possible quick view of a Short Eared Owl.
Further up the valley I found an area where there were a few Whinchat, and very nice they were too, they were feeding young birds too, probably still in the nest.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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