Cormorant (plus a few of the usual)

It’s been some time since I’ve seen a cormorant at Falmer Pond, and I nearly missed today’s flying visitor. Literally flying, as it circled but then headed off to the south (i.e. to the coast). There was just enough time to get these photos.

Cormorant over Falmer

Cormorant over Falmer

The light was just about at its peak for richness when I took this photo a rat down by the water’s edge.

rat

Rat in the glow of the early morning light

The good reddish light is fleeting, and it had already softened by the time I took these next two shots at the opposite end of the pond.

rat

rat

Move on 5 hours and the colour has washed away, but it was bright and the rats were still curious.

rat

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

The Badger and Fox (photo special)

As promised here are some more photos from last night. It’s been a while since I’ve spent much time outside watching for the nightly visitors to the garden, but it was mild yesterday and there was only a slight drizzle. A handful of peanuts on the ground and then quietly waiting. It was worth it when the unmistakeable shape of a badger came into view. I kept still. The badger started to tuck in to the peanuts.

badger

The fox wasn’t far behind. He lingered at the back of the garden, more wary of the badger than of me. For several minutes he peered around the edge of the pergola, inching forward. The badger kept eating.

badger and fox

badger and fox

badger and fox

Thinking better of disturbing Brock, the fox quietly slipped across the pergola and retreated to a neighbouring garden. Wise fox.

fox and badger

fox and badger

The fox was gone, but the badger wasn’t convinced and went to take a closer look.

Badger

Badger

Satisfied that it wouldn’t be disturbed the badger returned to the serious business of eating.

Badger

Badger

All those peanuts build up a thirst: a refreshing drink of cool water…

badger drinking

Clearly I need to spend more time out there. It could turn out to be a good autumn.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

Teaser Post (Badger and Fox)

More of these two tomorrow…

badger and fox

Badger under the watchful eye of a fox

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.