Some Falmer Bird Life

A very short break from the fox cubs (I’m gathering lots of cute photos). I was at Falmer today for work and visited the village pond.

Grey heron at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Major league yawn….

The geese were also around. Moderate numbers at the moment, and it’s slightly too early to see any goslings.

Greylag goose dashing towards the pond

A buzzard flew overhead…

Meanwhile, the young rabbits were out enjoying themselves in the adjacent field.

A cute little group of rabbits

Over on the University campus the herring gulls are nesting… young gulls next month I would think.

Nesting herring gulls at the University of Brighton, Falmer

And ok… here’s some fox cubs from yesterday…

Four fox cubs gather round

Camera note: all daytime photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The fix cubs were taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

The Vixen (video)

As a postscript to yesterday’s post, here’s some recent footage from the trail camera 🙂

Meet the Vixen

She’s cautious, but a new mother’s first responsibility is to her young and the vixen ventured into the garden tonight and kept a watchful eye on the cubs. I just took a couple of shots of her from a distance.

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Lactating vixen keeping a watchful eye at the rear of the garden while her cubs venture forth

The cubs were as playful as ever (and greedy). A couple of them had a good scrap with each other (but the photos aren’t up to scratch… focusing moving targets in the dark isn’t easy), but in the main they were just very cute.

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This one is definitely on the greedy side of things

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This little one stayed out later than the rest.

fox cub drinking

At the water trough

The final photo is actually from last night, but I like it and it rounds things off nicely by including the dog fox.

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Fox cub and adult (male) fox

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