24.02.07 | Quiet morning on the Chase

Spent the morning near Sherbrook Valley, Cannock Chase.

Although the weather wasn't brilliant, I decided to take the scope to Cannock Chase to see if I could find the resident group of Dartford Warbler near Sherbrook Valley.

No sightings of the Warblers, but did see Stonechat and Goldcrest.

No pictures today. One thing I'm realising is that there are so many factures involved in taking a successful digiscoped image. It's not just your equipment, finding the bird in your scope before its flown, the lighting and the distance of your subject are all major factors.

The main thing for me is to remember to enjoy it, and don't get frustrated if a shot doesn't turn out how you expected.


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The Olivon TR189 tripods low level setting is useful when trying to remain concealed


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Looking down Sherbrook
Valley, Cannock Chase

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Stormy skies

18.02.07 | Digiscoping at Wolseley Bridge

Spent Sunday afternoon at Wolseley Bridge, the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's Headquarters.

Enjoyed a gentle stroll and a spot of digiscoping at Wolseley Bridge with our friends Anthony and Claire.

It was a dull afternoon, but one of the three lakes had a number of Canada Geese and Mute Swans in close range. We took the opportunity to get some practice in. Anthony with his Canon EOS 30D and Sigma 50-500 and myself with the Olivon T90 and Contax SL300T*.

Michaela even had a try at digiscoping and got some excellent pictures of the Canada Geese and Swans which I've added to the picture gallery.

Finished the afternoon with a bowl of soup and a carvery at the Dog and Doublet in the picturesque village of Sandon on the way home. What more could you ask for on a Sunday!

Wolseley has a number of easily accessible walks which take in the lakes, riverside and planted woodland.


The River Trent was running
very high at Wolseley Bridge


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11.02.07 | Early signs of Spring at Parrot's Drumble

Enjoyed a Sunday afternoon walk through a Staffordshire Wildlife Reserve called Parrot's Drumble.

The reserve derives its unusual name from the Parrot family. Drumble is a local term which describes a stream which runs through a wooded valley.

After just a few minutes of walking, you wouldn't know you were so close to a major industrial area.

The shoots of Bluebell were peaking through the ground, almost like a sea of grass, Parrot's Drumble is definitely worth visiting in Spring to see one of the areas most spectacular bluebell woodlands.

Lots of Long Tailed Tit and Redwing about on the edges of the woodland.

Spent Saturday testing out the zoom eyepiece on the Olivon T90 and T90ED spotting scopes, to see just how far you can push them and the results they offer when digiscoping. Read the full test here.



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30 acres of ancient
bluebell woodland



04.02.07 | Sunny weekend at Bateswood

Made a couple of trips to Bateswood this weekend, a local Staffordshire Wildlife Trust reserve near Leycett.

Not much opportunities for digiscoping, although managed to get a couple of shots of Blue Tit and Great Tit for the picture gallery. The combination of Olivon T90ED and Contax SL300T* is proving to be a real winner.

It was a treat to hear the return of the long liquid warbling of the Skylarks this weekend on the marshland plateau, other sightings included Redwing, Snipe and Bullfinch.

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Bateswood site represents a stronghold for the Skylark species in Staffordshire.



The wetland plateau at Bates Wood - Home to Skylark, Snipe and Lapwing



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