Digiscoping Birds at the Local Pond

The weather was lovely and sunny today in contrast to the pouring rain which has been present since the beginning of December.

I was up and out early with my sunglasses on to catch some photographs of the birds in my local pond. Approaching the pond, the birds were all swimming about near the water’s edge, but as soon as they heard me approach they moved to the centre of the pond.

Bird pond

The photo above gives an indication of how lovely a day it was.

Setting up my tripod and scope I realised I had forgotten the attachment for my SLR camera so I had to use the camera on my mobile phone, which is very good.

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

The Canada geese above were all sitting together on the banking but soon moved off into the pond when they heard me approaching.  

On the small island on the pond a few Canada geese were also resting. There was a slight commotion and I noticed there were two Cormorant in the area acting in an aggressive manner to what looked like an injured Canada goose lying in the grass on the island.

Aggressive Cormorant


The two of them soon calmed down!

The Cormorant on the right is a juvenile bird as can be see by the large white breast and brown colour. This turns darker with age.


Gadwall and Whooper Swans

In the pond were Gadwall – there are beautiful birds but always hard to photograph as they stay in the middle of the pond. I will try and get a photograph of them next time.

Whooper Swans

On the opposite bank were a group of Whooper swans. These are winter visitors and will soon be leaving to go back to Iceland for breeding. They can be identified by their yellow beaks.

Diving Ducks

There are a number of diving ducks in the pond including Tufted ducks, Goldeneye and Widgeon. Goldeneye male birds have black heads, while female and juvenile birds have brown heads. All have a white spot in front of the eye. 

Tufted Ducks

It was a lovely way to spend the morning before a game of golf in the afternoon. On my way back home to change and get my golf clubs, I saw a Bumble Bee flying about. Very unusual to see one so early in the year.

Coming home from the golf it was just getting dark at 17.30. The dark days of winter are leaving us and the light summer days are almost here.

Can’t wait for summer.

5 thoughts on “Digiscoping Birds at the Local Pond

  1. tootlepedal February 16, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    A full day. I hope your swing was as smooth as silk and the greenkeeper had put all the holes in the right place to catch your putts.

  2. janeslog February 17, 2014 / 7:16 am

    The golf course is very boggy. I wore Goretex walking boots.

  3. zannyro February 17, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Glad you finally got some sun!!

  4. Crooked Tracks February 17, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    I can hear those birds, I like your photos.

    • janeslog February 17, 2014 / 8:25 pm


      Would have been been better if I had remembered the scope attachment for the SLR camera. 😦

      The photos turned out quite well – the scope is a Zeiss one and the camera phone is a Sony Xperia S with 12 megapixels. There is a new Sony Z1 compact out but the phone I have just now is pretty good so I’m not buying the new one.

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