Collared Doves Bathing

These shots were a struggle. The collared doves were paddling at the edge of the pond under overhanging trees, and my line to them was obscured by numerous branches. It forced me low (which is good), and with patience I managed about three usable photos in which the birds weren’t hiding behind some or other bit of vegetation.

Collared dove

Collared doves bathing in Falmer Pond

Collared dove

Collared dove

The heron is becoming semi-resident. There first thing this morning, and again (or still) at lunchtime.

Grey Heron

Grey heron at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

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

Heron Glide

The heron was down at Falmer Pond again this morning. Just a few shots as it glides across the pond, with the willow tree on the island as a backdrop.

grey heron

Grey heron in flight at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

grey heron

grey heron

grey heron

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

Herring Gull Chicks (and a heron)

After a damp start to the week, today turned out nice and sunny. There was a heron down by Falmer Pond at lunchtime. I’ve not seen them there too often this year (and very few cormorants), so it was something of a treat. A couple of other cameras were also taking advantage of its presence.

Grey heron

Grey heron

Only a short break today, but time enough to take a few shots of the young herring gulls by the car park before I headed back in to work. They are always good fun to watch (if they are awake, which they were).

Herring gull chicks and adult

Proud parent with its chicks

Herring gull chicks

Playtime with a discarded plastic ring (they stayed safe)

Herring gull chicks

A quick scratch

Herring gull chicks

First flight attempts (not successful)

Herring gull chicks

And a final stretch of these weird things called wings

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