All images © Peter Garrity

LITTLE OWL

24-07-2018 Green Moor

My first early morning session in the hide, moving location to avoid cattle in the main field. A rather large Bull finally convinced me to move! Just got a few shots and a short video of what I believe is the female.












LITTLE OWL

15-07-2018 Green Moor

Following a chat with the farmer he gave me permission to set my hide now and then so another evening session resulted in confirmation that three owlets were present; great news. I managed to get a few shots of an owlet being fed and also recorded a few videos. I am putting together a short film in the future so keep an eye on the blog.




































LITTLE OWL

12-07-2018 Green Moor

Wonderful news that my Green Moor Little Owls are back with at least two, possibly three owlets. I spent an evening in position just by chance and got a few nice sunset images of one of the adults hunting from the usual trailer.












NIGHTJAR

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











SPOONBILL

25-06-2018 RSPB Fairburn Ings

Adults and 4 chicks at the nest on a red hot day. One parent regularly leaving the nest for more nest material and also to gather food for the young. Distant images and video.
















OSPREY

10 & 11-06-2018 Wigtown Bay Area

Another fruitful visit to the viewing platform and parents were both present, the Male EP bringing in food. Two chicks confirmed.




































GLOSSY IBIS

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.