Working in Sleaford 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.
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.
In cattle fields to the N of Stranraer. Found it with a Little Egret and ventured through Kale fields to get closer. Eventually got a few flight shots as it moved from one field to another. Poor light but a first in the UK for me.