Boxing Day morning I met with Jon and we wandered around RSPB Middleton. The wetland area was very quiet, even common duck numbers were low. A good flock of Greylag did noisily drop in, but that was about the highlight for water fowl.
The highlight of the walk was a pair of Stonechat showing nicely along the fence line near the North Pit. I tried to photograph them, but they had other ideas and kept their distance.
On the way back to the car park, we watched the birds near the Woodland walk feeding on some seed that had been put down. A couple of Nuthatch gave us the idea to practice a bit of digiscoping. Jon has made his own phone adapter and is achieving some excellent results with it.
Jon's DIY Phonescoping Adapter
Some of Jon's Phonescoped results
Jon's pictures from his smartphone are incredible, and most of them were in less than ideal light conditions. Or should I just say the UK's usual lighting conditions.
So many people have told me they would like to try digiscoping, or they have tried it but the results disappointed them. Almost everyone now has a decent smartphone in their pocket, with practice and perseverance, results like the ones shown here are achievable.