Rook

An often disregarded bird, the rook is really a quite splendid member of the corvid family. I saw this one this morning, flying over the South Downs.

Rook in flight

Rook in flight

Rook in flight

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

Pied Wagtail

It feels slightly strange posting these tonight as we await the outcome of the Scottish Independence referendum, but here goes anyway! Just a pied wagtail looking for insects at the edge of Falmer Pond, but I can’t resist these pretty little birds. They’re great fun to photograph. Lots of movement and then some great posing.

Pied wagtail

Pied wagtail

Pied wagtail

Pied wagtail

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

Flying Duck / Swimming Rat

Two quick pix from early this morning at Falmer Pond, before the sun broke through the mists…

Flying duck…
Duck in flight

Swimming rat…
Rat swimming

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.