Animal Behaviour

Most animals are pretty reliable, and their behaviour is generally predictable. Yet for all that wildlife watching is a continual source of surprise, difference and delight. Take these three sequences of young animals seen today.

The young ducklings are doing what all young ducklings do when it's raining. They huddle up close to mum.

Herring gulls aren't quite so cuddly, and their young have only each other for warmth. The gulls, incidentally, are several weeks older than the ducklings but are still much less independent.

Fox cubs, on the other hand, enjoy a bit of rough and tumble!

And the odd bit of photography 😉

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Camera note: bird shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Foxes photographed with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

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  1. Dudley July 4, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Great post!

  2. chthoniid July 4, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    What was the fox using in the last photo? 🙂

  3. gdare July 4, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    Artistic fox 😎

  4. derWandersmann July 4, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    😆 😆 😆 😆

  5. serola July 4, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    :yes: Great post :up:

  6. SittingFox July 5, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    The gulls look a little more reflective than usual! Wonderful shots of the cubs – you're having a great year with them.

  7. Words July 7, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Andy, thanks! :cheers:

  8. Words July 7, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Chthonid, he was investigating the Bushnell Trophy Cam. One day he'll figure out what it is. So far it's survived their investigations.

  9. Words July 7, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Darko, but of course!

  10. Words July 7, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    dW, :cheers:

  11. Words July 7, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Adele, the gulls were trying to keep dry in a faint drizzle. It was unusual to see them on the front edge of the roof as that's very close to the path where I can photograph them. they looked soooo comfortable. As for the cubs, this year has been the best for quite a long time.

  12. Words July 7, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Sami, thanks!