Mirror Mirror

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.

Herring gull and mirror window

The gull was fascinated by its reflection

 

Herring gull and mirror window

Between pecking it would pause and try to out-stare its adversary

 

Herring gull and mirror window

… 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

Duck sleeping on Falmer Pond

rat

Cute little rat up on its hind legs to get a better view.

dunnock

A pair of dunnocks on picturesque tree

fulmar

Fulmar at Rottingdean

And last, but not least… a badger.

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.

A Long Distance Fox and a Squirrel Portrait

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.

fox

That’s an uncropped photo. This next one isn’t.

fox

Far from great, and even at that distance I may well have spooked it by daring to take a few steps in its direction.

fox

fox

fox

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.

Woodland path at Falmer

This is the shot I mean. A squirrel portrait!

squirrel

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

Leucistic Greylag and more wildlife

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

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).

Leucistic greylag

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.

rat eating dead carp

rat eating dead carp

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.

Badger in garden

Badger in garden

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.