A Fairly Random Update

I’ve been very neglectful of the blog lately, but I have been getting some decent photos. I’v also completely re-vamped my computer gear which was complaining loudly (literally the fans were screaming) at processing so many images. I now have a totally silent machine (no fans at all) from the excellent people at Quiet PC. Built to my specification, ordered on a Saturday and delivered on the following Friday. It is wonderfully quick and makes no noise at all. I love it! It’s taken a couple of days to set it up with all my idiosyncracies, but it’s now more or less as I like it.

Anyway, it will mean I can get on with the real business of sorting out photos, some of which are featured below.

Nicked ear vixen

This is the nicked-ear vixen, the bolder of the two regular foxes.

fox

This is the more cautious of the pair… the male fox sitting by a shrub

kestrel

This is a male kestrel at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

fox

The vixen again… very relaxed

foxes

A rare shot of the two foxes together (just about).

shrew

Ok, this one looks a little out of place. It was taken on a path at work. It’s an unfortunate shrew covered in greedy greenbottles.

badger

I can’t forget the badgers… they are still coming too.

The final shot in this batch is a sunset seen along the walkway at Brighton Marina.

Brighton Marina at Sunset

Brighton Marina at Sunset

Camera note: all fox and badger photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. Kestrel and shrew were taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The sunset was taken with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS.

Pulborough Deer

Pulborough Brooks is known primarily for the variety of bird life that can be seen there (it is an RSPB sanctuary), but there is also a small herd of melanistic fallow deer that can occasionally be seen in the distance (it’s astonishing how they can simply disappear from view in the long grasses).

Fallow deer at Pulborough Brooks

Fallow deer at Pulborough Brooks

Once again I ventured off the main walks and cut across the paths to the Arun where a couple of little egrets were out and about.

Little egret at Pulborough Brooks

Little egret at Pulborough Brooks

Little egret at Pulborough Brooks

Little egret at Pulborough Brooks

The main proper sighting was this common sandpiper (at least I think it’s a ‘common’, seen from above from one of the smaller hides.

Common sandpiper at Pulborough Brooks

Common sandpiper at Pulborough Brooks

Common sandpiper at Pulborough Brooks

Common sandpiper at Pulborough Brooks

One last shot from that visit (Thursday), a fine kestrel who was perched in the wooded ‘heathland’ area which is away from the main nature trails (but worth investigating).

Kestrel at Pulborough Brooks

Kestrel at Pulborough Brooks

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. For the deer, egrets, and sandpiper I added a 1.4 MkIII extender.

Proper Gull Gets Proper Fish

Ok, the title is a little unfair on the herring gull featured in this post, but a goldfish is not really how one imagines the tooth and claw of nature. And the herring gull in the earlier is more than likely very acclimatized to human interaction. Unlike today’s subject, a fine great black-backed gull fishing off the shore at Rottingdean.

rottingdean shoreline

View along from Rottingdean to Brighton

The black-backed gull was out during late afternoon when the tide was out. At first I thought it was attacking a plastic bag (far too many of them litter the shoreline), but on closer inspection it was clear it had found itself a proper flatfish (dab? flounder? I’m not sure).

Great black-backed gull

Great black-backed gull and fish at Rottingdean

Great black-backed gull

Great black-backed gull

Great black-backed gull moving the fish to a better spot

Great black-backed gull

It’s a bit rubbery, as they say…

Camera note: all gull photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Landscape taken with the EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens and 10 point filter.