Bungee Jump, High Flying Paparazzi, and a wildlife selection

The sun is shining and the skies are blue. Little wonder then that I have more photos today than I know what to do with. I'm going to start with some uncommon subjects for me, but the wildlife will follow soon enough.

This shot looks ordinary enough… a light aircraft (a 1969 Cessna Skyhawk, to be exact), but the plane circled our garden about half a dozen times.

And here's why. While I was photographing them, they were photographing me. 😉 With a Canon by the look of that lens.

They even sent in the US Navy to check me out :whistle:

The sparrowhawk just happened to be passing by while all this was going on.

At the other end of the day, down at Brighton Marina, a bungee jumping crane was in use. I've no idea who this brave soul is, but I got the complete jump on camera.

The Marina is generally a good place for spotting sea birds, although there was precious little about today apart from the ubiquitous gulls and a distant cormorant. Instead I photographed some young sparrow fledglings which were huddled on some fishing baskets at the edge of the water.

The only fish I saw were these. I've no idea what hey are but it is so otherworldly that I think it's my favourite image of the day.

And if that wasn't enough, back home one of the fox cubs made what is becoming a relatively rare appearance. The sun was beginning to set and so I was able to enjoy what was the best light of the day.

Finally, an encounter between our local badger and one of the fox cubs.

Camera note: first eight shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Fox photographed with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens. Video from the Bushnell Trophy Cam.

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  1. derWandersmann July 23, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Nice ones, Words … the sparrow chicks were charming.
    How big were those fish?

  2. Words July 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    dW, the fish were tiny, just an inch or so long. A little shoal of them were flitting back and forth by the marina wall. I shot straight down from about 20' above them.

  3. gdare July 24, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    Who, in sane mind, would jump from that… device? The same goes for parachutists 😛

  4. SittingFox July 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Very nice clip that clearly shows the hierarchy :up:

    Bungee jumping is not a hobby that I can pretend to understand :insane:

  5. Words July 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Darko, well I wouldn't but I can think of a few people who might! :p

  6. Words July 25, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Adele, thanks. One of the better clips from the recent activity.

    I really cannot begin to comprehend why people would even contemplate bungee jumping. That was the second jump we saw. When the first person leapt off the top of the crane I hadn't actually realized that that was what they were doing. Spooky moment, until I saw the bungee rope. :yikes:

  7. derWandersmann July 25, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    This might be a little stupider:

  8. Words July 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Agreed! I seem to think that someone became detached from the bungee in one of those crocodile jumps, but got out with just sever bruising. Just found the link. Crazy!