Buzzards at Falmer and Treating Pretty

Plenty more rain today. I took to the local woods at lunchtime in the hope of catching sight of a buzzard. I sheltered under the trees for a while, but without any luck. As the drizzle eased a little I headed to the neighbouring field, and saw this.

buzzard

While I was watching the intensity of the rain increased, but things were only just starting to get interesting. The buzzard flew across to some fence posts and I tracked it with the camera. There was a second buzzard, engaging in a mild dispute with a crow.

buzzards and crow

The crow won that encounter, but the second buzzard was less easily put off and settled down adjacent to the corvid.

Common buzzard

The rain got heavier. I waited. The buzzard gave in first and headed to the woods for some shelter.

buzzard in flight

buzzard in flight

buzzard in woodland

I lost track of it after that, and I too needed to find some shelter as the rain intensified. Still, a really nice local encounter and well worth the soaking.

Meanwhile I’ve been becoming more concerned about Pretty. She’s been scratching a lot (foxes do, of course), but some of the smaller breaks in her coat have become larger and I do suspect she may be suffering from early stages of mange. Apart from that she seems well enough, and tonight we’ve started her on a course of treatment. She’ll receive four weekly treatments, which should do the trick. Here she is checking out the first dose.

Fox being treated for mange

I’ll keep you updated on her progress.

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Camera note: all buzzard photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. the fox being treated for mange taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM.

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2 Comments

  1. dW March 4, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    Excellent shots, Words … a little low-contrast, I think, but in such weather, the lighting is fairly flat. I’d have been tempted to “snap” them up a touch, but I know what you were trying to do.

    Re: Pretty … Ivermectin, I presume, disguised as a snack? A pity you can’t treat the one with the bald brush, and all the others of the four. I suspect the bald brush chap is the main carrier, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d infected all the others.

    • Words March 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

      dW, believe me these have been ‘snapped’ up a shade. The conditions were really not good when I took them and anything more aggressive would have made them too grainy.

      You’re right about the ivermectin. Tricky to treat the other foxes (there are very occasional others that pass through showing signs) unless they’re prepared to tolerate me, which they won’t.