Cygnets at Woods Mill

I spent part of the day over at Woods Mill, the Sussex Wildlife Trust centre. They currently have some nesting kestrels but the stars of this visit were the young cygnets.

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

cygnets

On the nest, taken from a safe distance

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

cygnet

Cygnet

There was also a family of little grebes. The light made photographing them all but impossible, but I did get a couple of nice shots.

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Little Grebe and chicks

Little Grebe and chicks at Woods Mill, Sussex

I also saw a red kite (plus one on my way there). It seems they may have finally made it to Sussex. I’ll be keeping an eye out for them. That’s three or four sightings this year.

Red kite

Red Kite at Woods Mill. Next time I’ll try to photograph one coming towards me!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Garden Fox Cub

A couple of the fox cubs are becoming more confident… so long as I keep fairly still and don’t approach them. This little cub came out in the later part of the day on Sunday and was more interested in exploring than in me. That’s perfect for getting more natural images. This is a small selection.

Fox cub having a shake

fox cub

Fox cub investigating

fox cub

Fox cub on the look out

fox cub

Fox cub resting

fox cub

Fox cub emerging from the undergrowth

fox cub

Fox cub standing very still

fox cub

Fox cub catching the last of the sun

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Fox Cub Special

Just a short sequence taken this evening. The cubs are becoming more comfortable with me and it’s now becoming possible to get some more natural shots. These were taken with my oldest lens (the 70-300 DO) and my newest camera the 1DX MkII. The cubs are about 10 weeks old now.

Fox Cub

Fox Cub

Fox Cub

Fox Cub

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.