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My name is David Brown and I've 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 Etherley Moor, Bishops Park, The Batts, Escomb and Low Barns.  Gaunless Flats and a selection of other local sites of interest are visited throughout each year, but are not included in my patch list(s).

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 (Cleveland), South Tyneside and a number of sites in the central areas of the county being visited when opportunities arrive.

  • 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)

Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Cleveland & Cumbria border the county, which are also visited when rarities are reported.  Trips outside these areas are usually confined to twitching the mega's and other rarities that are reported via Twitter, Birdguides and the RBN Network.

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 where certain species can be found.

Rock Thrush at Blorenge in Gwent, 22nd October 2017
Bearded Tits at Leighton Moss, 24th September 2017
Rose-coloured Starling at Billingham, 13th June 2017
Siberian Accentor at Easington, 14th October 2016
Lapland Bunting at South Gare, 25th October 2009
Two-barred Crossbill at Bilsdale, 9th November 2008
Hawfinch at Low Barns, 8th February 2009
Woodchat Shrike at Hartlepool Headland, 2nd October 2010
Steppe Grey Shrike at Grainthorpe, 8th November 2008
Collared Flycatcher at Low Newton, 9th May 2013
Kentish Plover at Audenshaw Reservoir, 26th April 2016
Lesser Grey Shrike at Long Nanny, 5th June 2008
Firecrest at Hartlepool Headland, 7th April 2015
Isabelline Wheatear at Seaton Snook, 24th November 2014
Blue Rock Thrush at Stow on the Wold, 30th December 2016
Black-throated Thrush at Newholm, 17th January 2010
Ivory Gull at Patrington Haven, 23rd December 2013
Harlequin Duck at Aberdeen, 8th January 2015
Cattle Egret at Cardoness, 6th January 2008
Pied Wheatear at Redcar, Teesside
Bluethroat at Hartlepool Headland, 11th May 2012
White-billed Diver at Brixham, 28th December 2013
Snowy Egret at Caerlaverock, September 2002
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Equipment
The gear I use for birdwatching and photography purposes includes the following:

Kowa TSN-823 Scope
Kowa 32x eyepiece
Leica 10x42 Ultravid Binoculars
Canon 7D mk2
Canon 5D mk3
Canon PowerShot S90
Canon 100 – 400 mk2 zoom
Canon 70 – 200 F2.8L IS zoom
Canon 24 – 70 F2.8L zoom
Canon Extender EF 1.4x
Tubes for macro photography
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Unit
Lights, cards, etc.

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).