Goldcrest at Seven Sisters

The light was awful today, and the rain was light but more or less constant. Despite the gloom, I stopped off at Seven Sisters. A little egret was quietly hunting for tiddlers in the shallows.

little egret

Little egret (ISO 3200)

Several little grebe (dabchicks) were also out feeding.

little grebe (dabchick)

Little Grebe (ISO 2000)

A robin rested on a post.

robin

Robin (ISO 2000)

And a pigeon sheltered from the drizzle…

pigeon

Woodpigeon (ISO 2000)

Outshining all of these though was a tiny goldcrest, flitting in and out of the hedgerow. The goldcrest is the UK’s smallest bird (along with the firecrest). These were taken at ISO 1600.

goldcrest

goldcrest

goldcrest

goldcrest

goldcrest

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

Catching Flies

An unusually, but welcome, clear day. Chilly, but there are still insects in the air and the little pied wagtails were making the most of the opportunity to feed.

Pied Wagtail

Stepping out

Pied Wagtail

On watch

Pied Wagtail

Diving down

Pied Wagtail

Result!

Those were taken in the middle of the day. It had been misty earlier in the day, but the sun breaking through provided a beautiful view of the pond. This time of year can be very nearly perfect.

Falmer Pond

Falmer Pond on a misty morning

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

Badger Post

A very quiet weekend ended with a brief encounter with a badger.

Badgers

Badgers

Badgers

Badgers

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