I've been decorating the house for weeks now and when I noticed the sunny weather this afternoon, I thought enough is enough and decided to visit my local nature reserve of Bates Wood.
I only went for an hour but I had a great afternoon. Although I did have a major disappointment - a Green Woodpecker was sitting on a fence post about 50 feet in front of me - it would have been the perfect picture, but before I could find it in the scope it flew away - that's digiscoping for you. You win some, you lose some
Bates wood offers some great views of the Cheshire plains and the conditions today were really clear. Jodrell bank, approx 25 miles away was crystal clear. Take a look at these pictures, one at 22x zoom the other 68x zoom on the Olivon scope and 3x optical zoom on the Ricoh GX100.
Other sightings included Jay, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Buzzard. Digiscoping opportunities were low so I took a few shots of some Mute swans plateau for practice. There were dozens of dragon fly darting about and I managed to get some macro shots of the Common Darter variety.
I love this time of year, the colour and the crisp, clear conditions make walking and digiscoping a real pleasure.