By Steve Blain
Sometimes skulking warblers re-write the books and allow you to digiscope them!
I was up in Norfolk back in September and this Barred Warbler was at Salthouse with a Yellow-browed Warbler. It was a bit breezy which made trying to even see the Yellow-browed a little tricky! However the Barred Warbler less than a hundred meters away had other ideas. It had found some nice thick brambles to hide in out of the wind. It was outrageously showy (for a Barred Warbler)!
All digiscoped with a Nikon V1, 10-30mm lens, Swarovski ATS 80 HD, 25-50x eyepiece and DCA adapter.
Posted by Justin Carr.
Recent weather conditions had forced good numbers of Little Auks into the North sea, it had been a few years since i had seen these diminutive waifs from the North. so i made a trip to Flambrough in the hope of to get some good views.
This bird showed at very close quarters in the breakwaters
it tried its best to swim back out to sea, but was as is often the case with these birds they turn up in an exhausted condition, it struggled in the breaking waves.
Little Auk, trying to swim back out to Sea
All images taken with a Panasonic GH3 on a Swarovski 80 Good Digiscoping : )
by Justin Carr
A good friend and great birder Dave McWilliams and I were enjoying a pint of the landlords finest in the Crown and Anchor at Kilnsea, as always when possible we had a table by the window. Whilst having a good old chin-wag putting the world to right Dave mentioned we had better check a small group of Brents close inshore for Black Brant. No sooner had he picked his bins up came the GET ON THIS!! I picked my bins up and said 2nd bird on the right BLACK BRANT!! Here are a few record shots taken before the flock was disturbed by a couple walking there dog.
We had less than 5 mins on the bird before they took flight so i feel lucky to get these shots. it has to be said this could well have been last years wintering bird but it didn’t take away the thrill of finding this rare yorkshire bird.
All images taken with a Panasoic GH3 on a Swarovski 80. Good Digiscoping
On a recent visit to Spurn i was informed of a confiding Yellow-browed Warbler in the Crown and Anchor car park.
All images above close encounters of a yellow browed kind
One of many Goldcrest present.
All images taken with a panasonic GH3 on a Swarovski 80. Good digiscoping!!
Hoopoes are always wonderful birds to see, even better when you can get stunningly close views and get some images too
It seems like an age since I’ve had some decent digiscoping opportunities. In the last couple of weeks I’ve had two brilliant encounters. The first was a couple of weeks ago with a Barred Warbler (but more of that later) and today’s was a local Hoopoe.
This bird was originally seen five days ago over a mile away by a girl walking her dog. She told her mum about it and described the bird. They looked it up on the internet and took a picture round to the local ‘bird man’. He put out the news on the local email group the next day but there was no sign in the original area. Several birders then started checking the local paddocks, just in case. One local birder had basically given up looking and decided to take his camera out to photograph his new puppy along a local lane. He gazed over to a paddock at the end of the lane and bingo! The bird has shown fantastically well ever since.
This evening it was showing exceptionally well in the paddock, seemingly feeding along the shadow lines of the wooden fence. It was certainly finding plenty to eat!
Hoopoe, Willington, Bedfordshire, 7th October 2014. Digiscoped using a Nikon V1, 10-30mm lens, Swarovski ATS 80 HD, and 25-50x eyepiece.
News broke on Saturday 20th September of Britains 3rd Masked shrike at Spurn, unfortunately i had to sweat it out till the next day to go, fortunately news broke early next morning BINGO!!
I also managed to capture this Kestrel taking off i was a little unfortunate not to get the whole bird in frame.
Also managed to photograph this Pectoral Sandpiper on Hatfield moors a week earlier. Most of the shots were just binned because of motion blur as was shooting in near dark except just a few, this was the best i managed to get.
PECTORAL SANDPIPER 1/40sec 1600iso.
All images taken with a Panasonic GH3 on a SWAROVSKI 80.
With the winds coming from the east for well over a week, I decided to spend a couple of days at Britain’s Premier Migration Hotspot. Expectation was high!!
HONEY BUZZARD Was the first exiting bird of the day the bird come south then u turned over the triangle.
WRYNECK The long staying bird on the caravan site.
COMMON SNIPE possibly of the ssp faeroeensis. Showing aggression to a nearby Redshank.
Another shot of the same COMMON SNIPE.
WHINCHAT, One of many in the triangle.
Spurn at its best, other Birds recorded over the weekend, PALLID HARRIER, 4 Red breasted Flycatchers, Corncrake, Great Grey Shrike, Marsh Warbler, 3 Barred Warblers, 2 Yellow browed Warblers, and a Firecrest plus a good scattering of common migrants.
All images (apart from wood warbler) taken with a Panasonic GH3 on a SWAROVSKI 80.