Fox and Badger Encounter

The trail camera has been busy over the past couple of weeks. There are several foxes (at least four) visiting the garden, including a lactating vixen. These clips are of another of teh foxes (the dominant male) encountering a badger. They get into a minor dispute… Keep the sound up as some of the audible action takes place off-camera.

Footage take on a Bushnell Trophy Cam HD.

Buzzard on the Lewes Road

I took this sequence in the middle of the morning today, just at the edge of the car park adjacent to the Lewes Road at Moulsecoomb. The buzzard was being bothered by numerous gulls, before a very persistent crow took over the job of seeing the buzzard off their local patch.

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Buzzard being mobbed by a crow

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Close encounter


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The buzzard gets the message loud and clear

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And a little bit of synchronised flying

The buzzard eventually gave up and flew back into the nearby hills.

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

Common Lizard at Watts Bank

Keeping to my ‘promise’ to only post reasonable shots I’m pleased to say that our local lizards are back in town. They live at the edge of the car park at work, on a grassy bank that is a rare urban example of Downs grassland. There’s not much of it, but a key part of the local green corridor.

This is the view from the bank towards the car park. My office is in the PortaKabin on the right.

Watts Car Park at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb campus

The lizards tend to hang out in the corner, near the edge. There were three out today, keeping close to a rusting pipe that has been dumped in the undergrowth. I suffered a little bit of wrong-lens complex (I just had a 50mm lens with me, not my zoom or macro). This shot is the best of those I got of the lizards. It’s a nice pose and not too much grass in the way.

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Common lizard at the edge of Watts Bank, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb

Camera note: both photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens.