23.12.07 | Icy waters at Belvide

I decided to squeeze one last digiscoping morning before Christmas today.

The light was fantastic over Belvide and the skies perfectly clear. It was very cold and a lot of ice covered the surface.

The good conditions allowed for some nice shots of Reed Bunting at the waters edge. I was hoping to get some shots of the flock of Redpoll, but no sighting today, although others were lucky enough to get a glimpse.

Next to the hide, the water was covered in ice and it was amusing to watch a wren skidding about on the surface eating spilled seed from a nearby feeder, although he was darting about a little too much for me to get a picture - shame, would have made a great Christmas card image!

I also used my new Olivon TR-16 heavy duty tripod head which was excellent for fine adjustment and stability. Check back soon for a full write up.

That will be it now for me until the new year, so thanks for visiting the site, and hope you all have a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year. Lots more to come in 2008 on the website.


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Teal on ice, Belvide


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Reed bunting, Belvide


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Tree Sparrow, Belvide


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Icy water at Belvide



15.12.07 | Winters morning at Belvide

I enjoyed an hour or two digiscoping down at Belvide this morning.

Saturday morning was very cold, and unfortunately I made the mistake of leaving my gloves on the dining table. Trying to digiscope with freezing, numb fingers isn't easy.

I was also testing out the new Olivon hide clamp, which is going to be a very useful bit of digiscoping kit, check back soon for a full write up.

I had some great, very close-up sightings of Redpoll, but unfortunately they were just too close to focus on at the time. Other birds included, Fieldfare, Redwing, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting Wigeon, Teal, and Shoveler.

I'm going to be returning to Belvide ASAP to see if I can get a picture of the Redpoll. This time, I'll remember the gloves...


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Tree Sparrow at Belvide



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Tree Sparrow at Belvide


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The Olivon hide clamp



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