By the Waterside

The start of a new week, and another trip to Falmer Pond. The house martins have fledged, but with the sun shining it was chance to take some photos of the ducks. I see them all the time, but all too frequently neglect them.

Ducks at Falmer Pond,

Ducks at Falmer Pond,

The heron was there once again, and obliged with a gentle glide across the pond.

Grey heron

The swallows are preparing for their winter migration to Africa, and still making something of a splash locally.

Swallow

Just away from the water’s edge, on the stone wall of the local church, young sparrows were waiting to be fed.

Sparrow fledglings

And while all this was going on, a young rat quietly sat and grazed on seeds scattered in the muddy fringe on the far side of the pond.

rat

Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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