My mission is to take brilliant photos of birds in flight, and I’ve taken some quacking shots!

Bird photography by Robert May
(Image credit: Robert May)
My Mission

Bird photography by Robert May

(Image credit: Robert May)

Mission: Photograph birds in flight while out on wildlife photo walks in rural Wales and England
Photographer: Robert May
Location: Cardiff
Kit used: Nikon Z9, Mount Adapter FTZ II, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S

As a certified nerd (my day job is software engineering), I find I’m very comfortable photographing birds. They never complain about how they look, and they usually don’t attack me. For me, the only essential items are a reliable camera body, a battery grip – unless you’re using a camera with a built-in grip like the Nikon Z9 or the Nikon D6 – and a long lens. I carry lots of other stuff, but only because I’m a habitual over-packer. Oh, and a waterproof jacket. I live in Wales, after all... 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1


N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine is a monthly publication that's entirely dedicated to Nikon users. As a 100% independent magazine, you can be assured of unbiased opinion from a trustworthy team of devoted photography experts including editor Adam Waring and Deputy Editor Mike Harris

Aimed at all users, from camera newcomers to working pros, every issue is packed with practical, Nikon-specific advice for taking better photos, in-depth reviews of Nikon-compatible gear, and inspiring projects and exciting video lessons for mastering camera, lens and Photoshop techniques.

Written by Nikon users for Nikon users, N-Photo is your one-stop shop for everything to do with cameras, lenses, tripods, bags, tips, tricks and techniques to get the most out of your photography.