All images © Peter Garrity


02-04/07/2018 - Sheffield Moorland Edge

A tip off from my friend Roy led me to an area of moorland near Sheffield to observe a churring Nightjar that had perched on a post at dusk.

I initially used a wifi set up for my 1DX camera/tripod/500mm lens + 1.4 TC, and remote controlled the gear from the roadside via my iPhone  My first visit was unsuccessful when I gave up at 10.30pm and annoyingly just when I dismantled the tripod, the bird appeared on the post.

My second visit was more successful and the bird arrived around 10.15pm. The sun had dropped behind the post and I was positioned facing the post with the light fading behind. I therefore had to overexpose by 3 stops. Here's the result.

On my third visit on the 2nd July I decided to use my camouflage netting and manually control the camera and at the last minute decided to position myself on the better (sunset) side of the post. I got down into the bracken and waited until around 10.20pm. I got around 9m from the post and only used my 500mm lens at F4. I had to use manual focus as in low light the autofocus was not reliable. For some unknown reason my video setting had shifted to FHD and not 4K which was disappointing although the result was good enough. See below.

Another visit on the 4th July with similar positioning and settings but using 4K this time. I think these results were the best although it would probably have been better if I could have used autofocus.

I took a number of stills from the videos using Final Cut Pro but the quality can not compare with images taken directly with the 1DXmkii.

Taken on 02-07-2018

Taken on 04-07-2018


18-05-2018 RSPB Old Moor

I had popped in to the reserve for two consecutive short lunchtimes but the IBIS had not been cooperative in terms of a clear appearance. It had been lingering at the far side of Wath Ings for a few days. I was just about to leave the hide and news came in that the bird was showing in front of the screen at the Field Pool Hide. 

There it was indeed but it was still quite a distance and doing a great job at bobbing and weaving in and out of the rushes. I used my 1DX with 500mm and 2 x TC to get the following images.


10-05-2018 RSPB Frieston Shore - Near Boston

I was so lucky to be working in Boston and as per usual I normally visit RSPB Frampton early morning to have a look around. I dipped on the Black-winged Stilt but had Garganey and Little Gull which was nice.

Later I looked on Birdguides to find the roaming female Snowy Owl had been seen at Freiston Shore near the Prison. I worked on during the day and another report came out so following a meeting I made the 20 minute journey to the reserve. After what seemed forever (about a mile) the bird was still present sat on a post in a field between the access to the Prison and the coastal embankment. It was sunny with a lot of heat haze but when he clouds passed over I managed to get a few distant shots with my 1DX, 500mm plus 2 x TC off the tripod.

After a while the Owl moved over a small ridge towards the sea embankment so a small group of us decided to relocate to the position you can see the photographer in here. It took about 20 minutes to get round and we crept up from behind the bank and laid on the grass. The bird wasn't disturbed and we were quite a bit nearer to get some slightly better shots.