Cormorant All Dressed Up

The photos are nothing to write home about, but I’m putting them up as they are my first sighting this year of a cormorant in full breeding plumage. Note the white head feathers and large white patches under the wing.

Cormorant in breeding plumage

Cormorant in breeding plumage

Cormorant in breeding plumage

Those were taken at Seven Sisters.

And this was taken at Falmer (left over from Monday).

Two rats

Pair of Falmer Pond rats

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

Horses at Falmer

I took a slightly different route out today and spent some time on the other side of the A27 in what is now North Falmer (the village is split in two by the A27). This is a view across the South Downs National Park, which – thanks to a government u-turn tonight under pressure from Labour – will now be protected from fracking.

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Falmer fields, part of the South Downs National Park

There are usually some horses around, and today was no exception.

Horses

horse

Nicely wrapped up against the chill.

The closing shot today is included for its curiosity. I swear these doves think they’re ducks.

Collared doves

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

Fox and Badger Update

I’ve spent very little time recently watching for the garden foxes and badgers. I’ve had one or two glimpses out of the window, but nothing to photograph. They are around though. There are several foxes, and at least two badgers. The foxes are in varying condition. At least two healthy ones, plus Stumpy (the fox with half a hairless brush), and another fox with signs of slight mange. There may be another.

two foxes

Two of the garden foxes

This has all been gleaned from the trail camera which is set to take stills at this time of year. I do this when the temperature drops because the cold weather drains the batteries very quickly and 15-20 second video clips use a lot more energy than bursts of three stills.

I’ve put about 700 shots from the last couple of weeks together as a time-lapse video. It’s fast so don’t blink!

There were a couple of magpies and a cat in there as well. Checking the temperature readings it got down as low as -7°C during that period.

Here are the two badgers in case you missed them in the rush.

two badgers

Two badgers at the peanuts

All trail cam images from the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD.