Kestrel at Sheepcote

I stopped off at Sheepcote Valley this morning, my favourite local haunt for kestrel watching. A male was out hunting right at the entrance. And that’s all I really need say. The phoots can speak for themselves.

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Kestrel (male) at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton.

Kestrel

Kestrel

Kestrel with prey

, which was restored in the early 2000s and briefly owned by Steve Coogan! with prey

Kestrel with prey

Kestrel

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

Bank Holiday Fox Cub

The blazing sunshine over the Bank Holiday weekend was as welcome as it was unexpected (two hot Bank Holidays in a row is almost unheard of). I’ve not done much beyond pottering in the garden, but did enjoy numerous visits from one of the young fox cubs. I think he is male… and he has a distinctive blackish coat, reminiscent of the ‘Little Dog Fox’ from last year. These are a few photos taken over the weekend.

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Exploring !

fox cub

‘Wolfy’ fox cub relaxing on a sunny day

fox cub

Feeling the heat!

fox cub

Emerging from the shade at the rear of the garden

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Just chilling…

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

Hastings Pier

Having more time to myself means that I have more time to explore different areas of photography. Yesterday I was over in Hastings and spent a short time on Hastings Pier. The pier itself is unusual in that it is essentially a blank canvas, a community space quite unlike the traditional seaside pier. It’s new and was the winner of the 2017 RIBA Sterling Prize as the best new UK building. Interesting as the design is, the pier is not proving commercially successful. Whether the minimalist approach to shared space will survive is very uncertain. The possibility is that a buyer (if one can be found) will significantly change the nature and purpose of the pier (i.e. turn it into a traditional penny arcade style of pier).

Hastings pier

The main structure on the central area of the pier

Hastings pier

Beach-hut style small workshops

Hastings pier

Hastings Pier

Hastings pier

The main structures are all very minimalist pale wood

Hastings pier

Hastings Pier view to the sea

Hastings pier

The nearest I’ll get to a selfie. The old town is reflected in the glass of the restaurant area at the shore-end.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lenses.