For the shots of the birds on the beach I tried to get low down to throw the fore, and background out of focus. A technique I also tried last time I was here. It would be nice if smaller birds, like: Pied Wagtails were on the beach to try this technique, unfortunately I've never seen one here and have heard one once. On a better note though, I will be in Ireland in 15 days, and there local beach is a haven for waders. My cousin Caleb has got himself a patch by the beach too! In an image he sent me I counted 42 Curlew!
Another bird we saw at the beach was a Peregrine over Sussex Heights. It gave great -but distant- views even perching atop a pole!
The shots I got in the garden with his camera didn't come out very well, as where I have set up the perches is prone to being in shade, so: ISO2000 Shutter 1/125-160, f/8. And with how fast the birds move that's not ideal. And -as usual- causes 'noisy' images. The ISO on the 5D II is great, as you have more control, rather than going straight to 1600 form 800, you can do 1000 and 1250!
I did though get one burst of shots in decentish light. Still there's noise lurking there.