Category Archives: Sheep

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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Mean Sheep of Falmer

I’ve been mulling over what to post tonight and in the end have opted to keep it tightly focused on this small group of horned sheep that I stumbled across while out near local woodland. I could hear them before I could see them (cracking branches and so on), and it took me a while to work out what was causing the noise. I eventually found my way to where they were, and I have to say they presented a magnificently mean image.

Horned sheep

Horned sheep

Horned sheep

Horned sheep

Horned sheep

A makeshift fence had been erected to keep them penned in at one end of the area, so presumably they were being grazed in the wood by a local farmer. Whatever the reason for their appearance there, they looked great against that background, and certainly take the prize for the meanest looking sheep I’ve ever come across. And boy could they stare!

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

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It’s Black and White at Seven Sisters

It was a glorious morning as I headed out of town, pausing for a short while at Seven Sisters Country Park near Eastbourne. The mists were rising as I arrived, and the sheep (there’s a black sheep in among them) were playing follow-the-leader across a distant field.

Sheep on South Downs

Down at water level, the mists had cleared. The water was still, and the swans were looking their puffed and preened best.

swan

Swan

Swan

Further along the bank, some Canada geese were idling away the morning.

Canada geese

An egret flew over in the distance, and a grey heron came in somewhat closer.

Grey heron

The final sequence is a cormorant coming in to land on the water, looking for an easy breakfast.

Cormorant

Cormorant

Cormorant

Cormorant

That was a very nice start to the day!

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

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