Animals Being Active

No great theme today, and indeed I’ll start with a photo taken on Thursday at Falmer Pond. A number of people were out feeding the gulls (a mix of herring gulls and black-headed gulls), and the inevitable feeding frenzy followed. I decided to go for motion blur shots this time, despite the quite reasonable light. They were taken at between 1/13 and 1/15s at f/18 (I needed the small aperture to get the shutter speed down).

Motion blur gulls at Falmer

Motion blur gulls at Falmer

Sticking with motion blur, I photographed this little rat in mid shake. The shutter is around 1/125 which is fine when they keep still. I like it though. It had just jumped up on to the branch after a quick swim across the corner of the pond.

rat shaking itself dry

Rat shaking itself dry

Rat swimming

Rat swimming

The robins (who seem to share the same corner of the pond as the rats) were active again. I caught this little bird stretching its wing.

Robin stretching its wing

Robin stretching its wing

The last trio of photos were a chance sighting of a dog out in a local field. That’s not unusual in itself, but I’ve not previously seen one having this much fun playing with a broom!

Dog playing with broom

Dog playing with broom

Dog playing with broom

It seems there was a theme after all. Not planned, but there you go. Sometimes these things just fall into place.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. derwandersmann January 31, 2015 at 3:42 am #


    • Words February 1, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      Thanks, dW.

  2. Darko January 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    First two look like alien gulls on an alien planet. But feeding frenzy because all the gulls in the galaxy are the same 😛

    And the dog….. lol

    • Words February 1, 2015 at 11:57 am #

      Darko, the dog was going crazy. I was on a bridge overlooking the field, so the shots are from quite a way off. It was certainly having fun.

      I like doing gull shots like that… it means I don’t have to worry about them being super sharp 😉