It’s been a good day today, and I have lots of images that I could show but I will probably hold some back for the weekend. The pride of place – and major part of the blog – goes to one of the many herring gulls that nest on the roofs of the University of Brighton campus at Falmer.
A number of the buildings have reflective film along the windows to keep out glare and deflect heat. These act as mirrors as this fine gull discovered today.
The gull was fascinated by its reflection
Between pecking it would pause and try to out-stare its adversary
… or just glower.
I left the gull to it after watching for 10 minutes or so. I presume it eventually gave up. The rest of today’s photos were picked up on my travels during the day, but the first does have an echo of a reflection in it.
Duck sleeping on Falmer Pond
Cute little rat up on its hind legs to get a better view.
A pair of dunnocks on picturesque tree
Fulmar at Rottingdean
And last, but not least… a badger.
Badger trampling the plants!
Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens,except the badger which was photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.
It’s been a long time, and I’ve had little success in the garden, but today I did manage to photograph a fox. Ok, it was a long way away, but a fox is a fox and if it’s a fox it’s on this blog. I spotted it at the far end of the University of Brighton campus at Falmer.
That’s an uncropped photo. This next one isn’t.
Far from great, and even at that distance I may well have spooked it by daring to take a few steps in its direction.
And that was that. More early morning fox watching beckons!
I had more success with the squirrels in nearby woodland that runs along the edge of the campus.
This is the shot I mean. A squirrel portrait!
Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.
The saga of the unusual geese at Falmer continues unabated. Today’s newcomer was genuinely unusual: an almost entirely white greylag goose. The photograph shows the leucistic goose alongside a standard greylag, and as you can see apart from the feather colour, the birds are more or less identical.
Leucistic greylag goose alongside a standard greylag
Leucism is a genetic condition that affect colour pigmentation in the feathers. As you can see, the eyes are not affected (they would be in an albino).
Last week I posted a couple of photos of the local rats on a decaying carp. The carp is still there, and slowly the rats are making progress. It’s been a handsome feast for them.
The rats are slowly consuming the carp
Last, in what is a drastically unthemed blog, a couple of pictures of a badger from last night.
And a treat… a short video clip from the trail camera (now back in movie mode)
Camera note: greylag and rat photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The badger was photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.