Sports Day at Falmer Pond

All it takes is a bit of sunshine and, so it seems, the local wildlife organize themselves a bit of a sports day.

Here are the greylags, neck and neck in the 50 metre dash.

Greylag geese racing

Neck and neck

They weren’t all as quick. This one got left at the starting gate.

greylag goose

Dipping a toe in?

The moorhens were also busy. Here’s my favourite taking part in a high speed sprint across the pond.

Moorhen running on water

Just look at those legs go!

Meanwhile, at the far end of the pond, the rats were taking things more sedately in ‘the rodent marathon’ swimming race.

rat swimming

Keeping your head above water.

As for the mallards. No, they were taking it easy, laughing and joking at all the watery antics. Their time will come!

Mallard duck (female)

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

Portraits of a Dunnock

I was really pleased with these two photos of dunnock, taken today at the edge of Falmer Pond. Dunnocks are very plain birds, so getting a slightly dreamlike portrait wasn’t what I would normally set out to do. This one was being ultra bold and was perched just above the water. I took a number of shots through the branches, but all of them were marred by branches across the face and wings. The only clear angle I could get was by getting down low and partially shooting through the foliage. At least though, its face was clear, and that was the main thing I wanted.

dunnock

dunnock

Two other shots from today to go with that pair, both scoring on the cuteness scale. First is a muddy chiffchaff. It was hanging around near where I photographed the dunnock, perching briefly before flying down to the muddy bank of the pond.

chiffchaff

Last, a baby rabbit. There were several of them hopping about at the edge of the churchyard, but as with the dunnock getting a clean shot was not easy. In fact I didn’t, and this one has been cleaned up a little in photoshop.

baby rabbit

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

One Hour, One Fox

I’ve just spent an hour out in the garden, hoping for badgers, dreaming of foxes (it’s been so long). One brief appearance and one frame in the camera; but that will do me for now.

Fox

My first fox photo of 2015. Rushed, too far away, but it’s a start!

Camera note: taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.