Fox Cubs 2017

Basically, I’m grinning ear to ear. I’ve just been in the garden and expected to see the large male adult fox who has been a constant visitor to the garden. To my utter delight I instead was met by a tiny little fox cub! It’s clearly only just beginning to explore away from its den. So cute and so small! I managed a few quick photos before it retreated to the cover at the back of the garden.

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First sighting of a fox cub in 2017. It’s tiny and probably not more than about 6 weeks old.

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Hiding behind a pile of food!

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That’s a big mouthful, little fella!

This is who I had been expecting to see. The adult male fox gathering food last night

Many more hours watching ahead of me in the coming weeks. Has quite made my Easter!

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

Early Morning Brighton

Quite a different set of photos for a change. I took these early on Thursday morning in central Brighton, when everything was quiet. It was cool, but sunny and the nearest I’ll get to being a street photographer.

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The Lanes, Brighton, early in the morning

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The Pump House, in The Lanes, Brighton

King of Rock (shop)

Woman with coffee walking past the Famous King of Rock shop on Brighton seafront.

All of these were taken with my 50mm lens, which I am growing to like (not least because it is so much lighter than everything else I use).

That was the morning… here are a couple of fox photos from the night (both have now featured on the Fox of the Day page). He’s getting more comfortable with me, but I would love to be able to photograph the vixen (who appears on the trail camera) and the cubs (who so far haven’t).

Male fox with nicked ear relaxing at the rear of the garden

Male fox gathering food in garden for nearby cubs

Camera note: all street photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens. The fox photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

Cormorant plus others

This is a bit of a reversion to some very traditional posts. A variety of birds from the local village pond at Falmer, plus a couple of bits and pieces taken in the garden.

I’ll start with the main event, the cormorant, photographed last Friday morning at Falmer Pond. It was warm and sunny, and my second time over there in the week.

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Cormorant running on Falmer Pond

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Cormorant coming in to land in a tree

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Cormorant perching up high

The cormorant wasn’t alone. A heron was also lurking…

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Grey heron in a tree at Falmer

That was a good start to the day, but after that there’s nothing until Sunday afternoon in the garden. Mid-afternoon several buzzards flew over (pursued by herring gulls), but among them I spotted a pair of peregrines as well.

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One of several buzzards over Woodingdean on Sunday

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Peregrine falcon over Woodingdean

Last night (Sunday) I also got a number of photos of the male fox, one of several that frequent the garden at night. This is the one with the nicked ear, and he’s still shy, still won’t let me within about 8 or 9 metres of him. But I will persevere…

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Fox with nicked ear at night

There’s also a vixen plus a couple of other foxes that I’ve spotted on teh trail camera… and another badger/fox dust-up (all still to be processed).

Last thing tonight is one more shot of the cormorant from Friday.

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Cormorant at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Camera note: all birds taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. I used the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens for the fox.