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Greedy Little Rat, Hungry Fish

There was hint of sunshine this morning. It didn’t last and we’re currently shrouded in mists this evening, high up in the South Downs. But the sun was nice while it was there, and it brought out the early morning duck feeders to Falmer pond. I’m sure the ducks did well enough, but whatever the ducks don’t get, there are always other hungry and watchful creatures around determined not to miss out on the free grub.

rat

rat

Patience proved to be a virtue, and after several scurries back out of sight, the rat was rewarded with by the appearance of several pieces of bread.

rat with bread

With each piece it would disappear into the undergrowth, before re-emerging a minute or two later empty handed. I watched its route each time.

rat with bread

rat with bread

This is where it was taking its hand-outs. To the top of the tree in the left of this shot. I suspect it may have a nest up there. It stands just over 6 feet high, and it undoubtedly safe from any potential flooding. Wise little rat who lives in a tree 😉

tree

Later in the day a similar pattern played out as some of the lunchtime duck-feeders distributed more bread. This time the bread was going into the water, not on the bank. A lesser black-backed gull circled several times and took its share, but the main beneficiaries were the carp.

carp eating bread

carp eating bread

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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A Cormorant Gets a Fish

Signs are posted all around the pond, and the message is clear. Fishing is not allowed.

Cormorant

But when did posting a sign stop a cormorant from going after a hearty meal. 🙂

Cormorant catching a fish

Cormorant catching a fish

Cormorant catching a fish

Cormorant catching a fish

Cormorant catching a fish

The photos of the cormorant with its catch were taken directly into a mix of bright reflection from the surface of the water, and deep shade from the trees at the edge of the pond. Inevitably they lack a little quality. The cormorant seems happy though!

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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Heron (and little fish)

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