At last - some pictures! (St Mary's Island)

Posted on 27 September 2012, 11:59

It’a not that I haven’t been out at every opportunity, but the weather, work committments and stupid decisions on my part (note: the Canon mRaw format is terrible if you need to recover highlights, which is why none of my thousand or so Farnes images this year ever saw the light of day – pink Puffins look ridiculous!) meant that I haven’t had much in the way of results I felt like sharing.

But earlier this week we’ve had some classic early Autumn “fall” conditions – strong easterlies and rain – and sure enough, a few wangled hours at St Mary’s on Wednesday 26 September finally put me on birds, some of which I don’t usually get to see.

Yes, again the light was poor (up in four-figure ISOs for the most part) but there were, literally, birds in every bush. Nothing too exotic – there were Yellow-browed warblers, Garden warblers, Barred warblers and Red-breasted flycatchers about (and a little further afield, Great grey shrikes and Wrynecks) – but none in front of my lens.

That’s OK though – I was more than happy with the Goldcrests, Spotted flycatchers, Pied flycatchers, Redstarts, and Reed warbler that I was able to get onto, although if I’m honest, my best picture of the day was probably this fluffy young House sparrow!


House sparrow, St Mary’s


Carrion crow, St Mary’s


Carrion crow, St Mary’s


Reed warbler, St Mary’s (Just a record shot really, but – embarrassingly – among my first ever Reed Warbler photographs!)


Goldcrest, St Mary’s


Goldcrest, St Mary’s


Goldcrest, St Mary’s


Goldcrest, St Mary’s


Spotted flycatcher, St Mary’s


Pied flycatcher, St Mary’s


Pied flycatcher, St Mary’s

All in all nothing special, but I’m happy enough with these, and I’ve seen nothing better from any of the other ‘togs that were out on the day (no it’s not a competition, but it is satisfying to hold my own against the 1D Mk whatevers, 500mm f/4s, Gitzos and Wimberleys!)

(These are all with the 7D and Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS and 2x TC, handheld at 600mm).



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