Category Archives: water birds

Winter Birds

With the temperatures hovering around freezing, it feels like winter has finally arrived. It’s certainly cold, but today the skies were clear and the winds low. I like winter days like this. I needed to take a rare trip over to Eastbourne, stopping briefly at Seven Sisters to see what birds were about. There were a few distant curlews, numerous little egrets, some swans and cormorants. Worth the early start.

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Little egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

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Mute swan on rippling blue

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Cormorant cruising

Back home the foxes are still around. At least three of them are putting in an appearance on the trail camera (along with an occasional badger), though Pretty Vixen is the only one venturing out for photo shoots. She seems to be becoming a permanent fixture. It’s good that so many are still around and that bodes well for next spring.

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Pretty Vixen peering down from the wall

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. Pretty Vixen taken with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens.

October Ducklings!

About a month since my last post and I really wouldn’t have guessed that I’d be writing about ducklings in October, but I am.

It was at my old haunt at Falmer Pond. I was there this morning before work. The heron was about, some greylags were congregating on the water, gulls were circling… and a female duck was taking four tiny ducklings out for a swim. So far as I know this is wildly out of season. Ducklings normally hatch in late spring to early summer, but these are no more than a few days old. They are either a very late 2017 brood… or possibly an early 2018 clutch! Either way, they were an unexpected delight!

These are Indian Runner ducks (or a hybrid variety). They are permanent residents at the pond (the first adults arrived a few years ago, and I think the mother may be a second generation pond inhabitant). The original adults were quite possibly domestic birds that were ‘relocated’ to the pond. With luck the youngster will survive and put on weight before winter.

Ducklings in October at Falmer Pond

Foraging at the edge of the pond

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Three Ducklings in a row

Duckling making a splash

And lastly a portrait of the local heron

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

Some Falmer Bird Life

A very short break from the fox cubs (I’m gathering lots of cute photos). I was at Falmer today for work and visited the village pond.

Grey heron at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Major league yawn….

The geese were also around. Moderate numbers at the moment, and it’s slightly too early to see any goslings.

Greylag goose dashing towards the pond

A buzzard flew overhead…

Meanwhile, the young rabbits were out enjoying themselves in the adjacent field.

A cute little group of rabbits

Over on the University campus the herring gulls are nesting… young gulls next month I would think.

Nesting herring gulls at the University of Brighton, Falmer

And ok… here’s some fox cubs from yesterday…

Four fox cubs gather round

Camera note: all daytime photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The fix cubs were taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.