A Very Swift Post

Hopefully the glitches with the site are now fixed (at least for the moment). When I get the time I’ll look at doing more work on it as it seems to run much too slowly, but for the moment if it stays relatively stable I’ll leave things as they are.

Meanwhile, this really is a very swift post… as in Apus apus, for me the most remarkable of all our summer birds.

Swift in flight

Swift in flight

Swift in flight

Swift in flight

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

This Heron Knows How to Pose

The local heron (there is just) one has been a very consistent sight at Falmer Pond recently, and I caught him this morning perched on the willow situated on the central island. This is a bird who knows how to pose for a picture.

Grey heron posing

The Thoughtful Punk

Grey heron posing

The Dive

Grey heron posing

Just Preening

Grey heron posing

Looking Up

Grey heron posing

Excuse me while I tidy up

(And apologies for some website glitches… I hope to have them resolved in a few days.)

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

Moorhen Chicks

After a wet weekend, today was only a little better; but a little is enough and it was fine enough for two young moorhens to be out exploring the island set in the middle of Falmer Pond. The island is a good spot for them to be raised, safe from at least some predators who generally lurk near the fringes and banks of the pond.

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks and attendant adult on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks being fed

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks down by the water’s edge

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks racing on the island at Falmer Pond

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