Buzzard and Crow

I have been gathering more beautiful shots of our local owls and promise that I’ll post some very soon. The owls are my early morning walks. Buzzards are the treat at lunchtime.

I hadn’t planned on going too far, but a buzzard caught my eye as I left the office and I followed in its general direction to some downland at the top of Moulsecoomb. It’s good buzzard territory. Woodland and open fields. Fine for buzzards, and there are plenty of crows too. They don’t always get on.

The mobbing is more of a joust than anything serious, but the crows are defensive and no doubt have young to protect. There were several rounds of this and each time the buzzards and crows retreated to separate areas of woodland.

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #1

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #2

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #3

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #4

Here’s a more conventional shot of the buzzard in flight.

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

As for the owls… here’s a taster.

Short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

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

White on White (little egret)

I took this short sequence at Seven Sisters Country Park, just outside Eastbourne today. The little egret is a non-native species that has colonized very successfully, and is now a quite stunning addition to the avian population.

Little egret in flight over the South Downs, Sussex

Little egret in flight over the South Downs, Sussex

Little egret in flight over the South Downs, Sussex

Little egret in flight over the South Downs, Sussex

Little egret in flight over the South Downs, Sussex

Little egret in flight over the South Downs, Sussex

Back in the garden the foxes are showing up (but proving as tricky to photograph as ever). Badgers? Yes, they’re here as well, and more than happy to pose for a quick photo!

Badger in garden

Badger in garden

Camera note: egrets taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. I used the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM for the badger.

I’m Just a Moody Owl

I am photographing other subjects, but for the moment the owls have it! These two shots were taken this morning (early).

short-eared owl

Moody looking short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

short-eared owl

Very moody looking short-eared owl

Still trying and failing with the garden foxes, but I’ve been doing a little better with the badgers. This is from a few days ago.

Badger

Badger

Camera note: owl photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Badger was taken with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.