Category Archives: Digiscoping

Digiscoped Black Brant – nigricans

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.

Blackbrant

Black brant

Blackbrant

Black brant

Blackbrant

Black brant

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

 

Digiscoping a Yellow-browed Warbler and more…

Justin Carr

 

On a recent visit to Spurn i was informed of a confiding Yellow-browed Warbler in the Crown and Anchor car park.

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All images above close encounters of a yellow browed kind

All images above close encounters of a yellow browed kind

Confiding Siskin

Confiding Siskin

One of many Goldcrest present

One of many Goldcrest present.

All images taken with a panasonic GH3 on a Swarovski 80.                                                                       Good digiscoping!!

Digiscoped Hoopoe

Steve Blain

Hoopoes are always wonderful birds to see, even better when you can get stunningly close views and get some images too

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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.

Digiscoping Britain’s 3rd Masked Shrike and more.

Justin Carr

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!!

MASKED SHRIKE

MASKED SHRIKE

MASKED SHRIKE

MASKED SHRIKE

I also managed to capture this Kestrel taking off i was a little unfortunate not to get the whole bird in frame.

KESTREL

KESTREL

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

PECTORAL SANDPIPER 1/40sec 1600iso.

All images taken with a Panasonic GH3 on a SWAROVSKI 80.

GOOD DIGISCOPING!!

 

Easterly Winds and an Awesome Time Digiscoping at Spurn

Justin Carr

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

HONEY BUZZARD Was the first exiting bird of the day the bird come south then u turned over the triangle.

 

wryneck WRYNECK  The long staying bird on the caravan site.

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COMMON SNIPE possibly of the ssp faeroeensis. Showing aggression to a nearby Redshank.

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Another shot of the same COMMON SNIPE.

Whichat

WHINCHAT, One of many in the triangle.

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WHEATEAR.

PIED FLYCATCHER

PIED FLYCATCHER.

WOOD WARBLER

WOOD WARBLER,

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.

GOOD DIGISCOPING!!

 

 

 

Digiscoping at the SPURN MIGRATION FESTIVAL

Wryneck

wryneck

wryneck

MEADOW PIPIT

MEADOW PIPIT

LITTLE STINT

LITTLE STINT

SHELDUCK

SHELDUCK

An amazing weekend had by all, really looking forward to next year. A big thanks to all the organisers and volunteers.                                                                                                                              All images taken with a Panasonic GH3 on SWAROVSKI 80                                                                    GOOD DIGISCOPING!!

 

Digiscoping Waders: A taster for the Migration Festival

Justin Carr

For me one of spectacles of bird migration is wader passage and one of the best places to witness this is Spurn. July sees the start for many waders there southbound migration, but by early September the time of the Migration festival tens of thousands of waders will be present on the Humber. Here are a few Images as a taste of what to expect.

BAR TAILED GODWITS

BAR TAILED GODWITS.

RED KNOT.

RED KNOT.

Waders being pushed by the incoming tide

Waders being pushed by the incoming tide

Flock of Red Knot

Flock of Red Knot

More Red Knot

More Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot

Eurasian Curlew

Eurasian Curlew.

I hope to see many of you there I will be there for sunday with SWAROVSKI demonstrating Digiscoping so come and say hi and feel free to ask any questions.

GOOD DIGISCOPING!!

All images taken with a Panasonic GH3 on a SWAROVSKI 80.