Blackbird, Collared Dove and Coot

Well I may include something else as well, but I’ll start with the birds. They are all very common, but the light was nice and I’m still enjoying getting to know the new gear. I have to say I am amazed at just how sharp the lens is. Anyway, here’s a fine blackbird (male) who was hanging around Falmer Pond today.

Blackbird (male)

Blackbird (male)

We also have a good colony of collared doves locally. They are naturalized natives (they’ve been around the UK for about 50 years), but they are everywhere now. More delicate than our standard pigeons, they are pretty birds with beautiful red eyes.

Collared dove

Collared dove

Just one shot of the coot, caught as it was descending the bank into the pond. Again, the light was lovely.

Coot

I can’t resist posting at least one rat shot, but the rest of today’s will be added to the December rat album.

rat

rat

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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2 Comments

  1. Darko December 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    All the birds and rats look like they will get off of my screen and start roaming and flying around 😀
    And that is interesting that you’ve said about collared doves. When I was a kid some 35-40 years ago 😛 collared doves could have be seen just here and there, maybe few pairs in my neighbourhood among a lot of pigeons. But it seems that recently they are even taking over.

    • Words December 30, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      Darko, yes I’m pleased with the new gear. Collared doves have been very successful and are now treated as native. I love the way they go around in pairs so much of the time!