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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, 4 August 2017

Bee-eaters at East Leake

Before I went to RSPB Sandy at the weekend, I decided to drop into see the Bee-eaters which have nested at a quarry in East Leake

Apparently there are 3 nests which are due to fledge within the next week or so. There have been up to 7 Bee-eaters seen at once, so this is great news, particularly if they all fledge.

It was very windy on the day I went to see them with showers too.  The birds were up to about 250  yards away and never closer than 150 yards.

This made it really difficult to get good photos of them, although I think my photos compare favourably with others that I have seen of these birds.

The benefit of digiscoping is the distance I can still get birds, the draw back was the wind  and tripods do not go well together.

Its a shame it was not possible to get closer, but best to avoid disturbing them, as they are so rare in this country.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Hobby RSPB Sandy

The trip down to RSPB Sandy this year was excellent as usual with the birds showing very well on my first visit on Friday, on the Saturday and Sunday they showed less well, perhaps because there were so many people about.

This year they have raised 3 chicks which can be seen in the nest from the RSPB viewpoint and they will probably fledge this next weekend or so.
Here are a few of the my digiscope shots of the adults.

I also managed to video one of the adult birds plucking a Swallow, and although they were about 300 yards away I think I got a half decent video of it, it was fascinating to watch though.

The first day I was there it seemed to bringing more birds back to the nest, probably because it was so windy, and there were not so many dragonflies about.  But they fed mainly on dragonflies on my next two visits.
A great weekend, as I also stopped off to see the Bee-eaters which have decided to nest to the south of Nottingham, quite distant views and windy conditions though
I will post these shots later.

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs

Digiscoping Blog By Colin Severs
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