Digiscoping Birds – Part 2

Today was bright and sunny, but cold, with a frost on the ground. However, this was perfect weather for practicing my digiscoping. 

A local pond near where I live has a good variety of bird and we were hoping to see Canada Geese and Great Crested Grebe, but they were nowhere to be seen.

We did see some Gadwall, Whooper Swans, Goldeneye and a Grey Heron. The birds were quite a distance away and the only realistic way of capturing them was by attaching a camera to a spotting scope. This requires good light. 

Tufted Ducks
Gadwall
A Grey Heron
A Wigeon between two Mallards

Mute Swans and their families like to have ponds to themselves and can be aggressive to other Swans. The Whooper Swans below were resting on the edge of the pond before taking a swim. This attracted the attention of the adult Mute Swans who swam over to the Whoopers. 

The Whooper Swans did not react to the aggression of the Mute Swans causing the aggressors to withdraw. 

Whooper Swans getting ready for a swim
Whooper Swans
An aggressive Mute Swan approaches the Whoopers
The Whooper Swans ignore the aggressor
The aggressor retreats
The Whoopers continue on their way
A Whooper Swan

It was a good day out and it may be a few weeks before we get good weather like it again. Unfortunately, in this part of the world it is more likely to be raining!

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5 thoughts on “Digiscoping Birds – Part 2

  1. Sue weaver November 11, 2013 / 8:33 am

    Beautiful pictures as always a treat to see the wild life in Scotland. Thank you Jane for taking the time to share x

    • janeslog November 13, 2013 / 8:31 pm

      Are you the Sue who makes the lovely Harris Tweed bags? I still use mine and they are as good as new.

  2. jmgoyder November 11, 2013 / 9:14 am

    What wonderful photos and wonderful birds!

    • janeslog November 11, 2013 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks. can you believe it? On the one sunny day for nearly a month, Network Rail were improving the railway line so buses were used instead of the trains.

      We were going to go to Cardross but with the trains being off the journey would take almost 3 hours by bus when it takes less than an hour by train so we didn’t bother.

      You have some lovely birds in Australia.

    • janeslog November 13, 2013 / 8:31 pm

      Not as colourful as the ones in Australia.

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