All images © Peter Garrity

ICELAND GULL

14-03-2017 - Effingham Street, Sheffield

Another early morning visit paid off within 15 minutes when the "Taxi driver" appeared with Pigeon food and some monkey nuts which he spread on the retaining wall. No sooner had the B H Gulls appeared when from behind me some larger gulls included the Iceland. They didn't come too low but passed over and landed on the edge of the river weir. I approached and thankfully they stayed but they also had a few spats and the Iceland Gull got the better of two Herring Gulls (1W & 2W) eventually taking off and flying around with a monkey nut!




































ICELAND GULL

13-03-2017 Effingham Street, Sheffield

Another morning visit but in nice sunshine. The gull appeared briefly landed on a roof for a few minutes. I waited for a while, focused on the bird and waited for the inevitable to happen.












ICELAND GULL

09-03-2017 - Effingham Street, Sheffield

Another visit on the way to work at 7.00am. The sun just rising resulting in a golden hue on the bird.












ICELAND GULL

08-03-2017 - Effingham Street, Sheffield

An afternoon visit in lovely sunshine and the gull appeared after a bit of coaxing with food which excited the BH Gulls. The Iceland Gull is quick to react to the BH Gull flock and appears as if by magic from downstream of the River Don.





































ICELAND GULL

03-03-2017 - Attercliffe, Sheffield

The long staying 2W gull appears to have associated itself with a group of Black-headed Gulls and when feeding activity is ongoing near Effingham Road, the Iceland Gull appears as if by magic. I never seem to see this bird in good light, its always gloomy or raining.





















BLUETHROAT

23-02-2017 Willow Tree Fen, Lincolnshire

Working in Seaford so another 5 am start to get to the Fen for 7am. Although storm Doris was on the way managed to get a few shots when the bird appeared briefly at 7.30am. The weather deteriorated soon after. Not surprised I was the only person there. Again light issues so a low shutter speed to avoid noise and in an attempt to reduce the aperture for DOF. Failed with the DOF as a 500mm from 3 metres just doesn't get there.













BLUETHROAT

17-02-2017 Willow Tree Fen, Lincolnshire 

A very early 4.45am start to get there at 7.15am at first light for the very popular Bluethroat. I was first there but a couple of birders turned up at 8.00am and the bird appeared on the main track from the car park. I laid down on the floor to get most of the shots and used my 500mm lens only. Light was not great and because the bird was so close I struggled to get a good depth of field. it was a trade off between ISO and Aperture whilst trying to maintain a reasonable shutter speed (1/320 -1/500th), handheld.