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Invaders!

Well not really, but I was trying to link three very different photos for today’s blog. The first ‘invader’ was a surprise sighting yesterday of a Soviet warplane (World War II vintage) flying near Falmer. It’s a Yakovlev Yak-3 fighter, i.d. number D-FLAK and dates back to 1944. I know very little about these planes, but by all accounts they were sensational fighters and as influential as the Spitfire. More here.

Yakovlev Yak-3 D-FLAK at Falmer, East Sussex

Yakovlev Yak-3 D-FLAK at Falmer, East Sussex

Now the next subject might not generally be thought of as an invader, and to be fair there have been sheep in England for several thousand years. But they are not true natives, with some suggestion of neolithic farmers introducing sheep, and a much greater influence being played by the Romans who effectively established sheep farming in Britain. I took these two shots at Seven Sisters. A fine looking animal.

Sheep at Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Sheep at Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Sheep at Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Sheep at Seven Sisters, East Sussex

The final invader is a true invasive species. It’s the terrapin and my excuse for another photo of them is that this one shows three of them together at the edge of Falmer Pond. The shot was taken through undergrowth. Any attempt to get closer would have (and in fact, did) result in two of them sliding into the water for safety.

Three terrapins at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Three terrapins at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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Horses at Falmer

I took a slightly different route out today and spent some time on the other side of the A27 in what is now North Falmer (the village is split in two by the A27). This is a view across the South Downs National Park, which – thanks to a government u-turn tonight under pressure from Labour – will now be protected from fracking.

fields

Falmer fields, part of the South Downs National Park

There are usually some horses around, and today was no exception.

Horses

horse

Nicely wrapped up against the chill.

The closing shot today is included for its curiosity. I swear these doves think they’re ducks.

Collared doves

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

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Badger Visits, plus a Kingfisher

The title covers just a couple of today’s featured wildlife. The badger was photographed last night. It’s a very regular visitor to the garden, but generally rather shy.

Badger

Badger in the rain

Today took me past Seven Sisters. It’s always a good place for birds, and today was on the upper end of the scale. There were numerous cormorants:

Cormorant

Cormorant

Several little egrets (this is the pick of the shots)…

Little egret

Rabbits…

Rabbit

A rainbow 😉

Rainbow

And most special of all, a kingfisher. I saw it flash past along the water, catching me by surprise and attempted to track its flight as it disappeared into the distance. This is probably the pick of the shots (heavily cropped).

Kingfisher

Last word to last night’s badger:

Badger

Camera note: most photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. I used the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM for the badger.

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