House Martins at Falmer

House martin season is in full swing down at Falmer Pond. The adults are busy preparing for their broods, gathering mud for nest building at the water’s edge. There’s a swallow in among them.

House martins

House martins

House martins

And a photo from Monday.

Siberian Eagle Owl

Ok, I admit this is not a house martin!

It’s a Siberian Eagle Owl, part of a display of birds of prey at Wakehurst Place.

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

Quick Update

I’ve not disappeared, just ultra busy… normal service returning soon I hope!

Meanwhile the badgers are doing fine 😉

Badger on path

Badger on path

Badger on path

Badger on path

Badger and peanuts

Badger and peanuts

Badger with mouth open

Badger with mouth open

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

Tufted Ducks at Falmer

Another day, another surprise. There were four of them… three males and a female tufted duck enjoying the early morning sunshine on Falmer Pond. Clearly passing through (they were gone by lunchtime, but they were a delight to see.

Tufted ducks

Tufted ducks

Tufted ducks

At the edge of the pond a pair of the local rats had found some seed scattered on a rock.

rats

rats

And later in the day, the eight little greylag goslings feasted on plant matter growing on a submerged rock.

greylag goslings

greylag goslings

And then up on to the bank for a well-earned rest.

greylag goslings

greylag goslings

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