My name is David Brown and I have created this website to provide you with the opportunity to view a selection of my latest bird sightings and wildlife images.
My local patch includes a selection of sites in and around Bishop Auckland which include Bishops Park, The Batts, Escomb, Low Barns, Etherley Moor, Gaunless Flats and a selection of other sites of interest.
Living in Bishop Auckland places me in a perfect position to explore some of the excellent birds and scenery that can be found in County Durham with Weardale, Teesdale, Teesside and a selection of sites in the central areas of the county being visited when opportunities arrive. Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Cleveland & Cumbria border the county, which are also visited when rarities are reported.
Trips outside County Durham and the surrounding areas are usually confined to twitching the mega's and other rarities that are reported via Birdguides and the RBN Network. Family holidays in the caravan also provide me with the opportunity to do a spot of birding and photography outside the county. However, time restraints usually confines my birdwatching and photography experiences to the Wear Valley, Teesside and the Dales.
Locations that I visit inside the county may include:
- Local Patch – (Bishop Auckland, Bishops Park, The Batts, Escomb, Low Barns, Etherley Moor & more)
- The Dales – (Black Grouse, Red Grouse, Red Kite, Ring Ouzel & more)
- Teesside – (Wildfowl, Waders, Rarities & more)
- South Tyneside – (Red Kite, Seabirds, Wildfowl, Terns & Waders)
- Nightjar Evenings – (Nightjar, Woodcock, Owls & more)
I do not claim to know everything there is about the birds and wildlife that can be found in and around County Durham, but I certainly know the area and also where certain species can be found.
The gear I use for birdwatching and photography includes the following:
- Kowa TSN-823 Scope with 32x eyepiece
- Leica 10x42 Ultravid Binoculars
- Canon 40D
- Canon PowerShot S90 for Digiscoping
- Canon EF 300mm F2.8L IS Prime
- Canon EF 70 – 200 F2.8L IS Zoom
- Canon 24 – 70 F2.8L Zoom
- Canon Extender EF 1.4x
- Canon Extender EF 2x
- Tubes for macro photography
- Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Unit
At this point, I need to make you aware that all images displayed on these pages are copyright protected, so please ask for permission if you intend to use the images and information for anything other than personal use (a small fee may apply if you are not a David Brown Website Design, Imaging & Photography customer or charitable organisation).
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I hope you enjoy viewing my pages, ‘thank you’.