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Moulsecoomb Views

Well I’m slowly getting settled into a new routine, following the relocation at work. It’s a different route in, but it takes me past Sheepcote Valley where late skylarks were enjoying an unseasonably sunny morning.

Skylark at Sheepcote Valley

Skylark at Sheepcote Valley

I’ve been making my enquiries about the local area (Moulsecoomb) and discovered that there are good walks up on the surrounding Downs. And I do mean ‘up’. It was a steep climb, but I was rewarded with this: a local dew pond. It took me a solid 20 minutes to get there in fine, dry conditions. It’s a fair weather location; but good to know about.

Dew Pond at Moulsecoomb

Dew Pond at Moulsecoomb

I even saw a couple of buzzards up there. 🙂

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb

Not much other wildlife (apart from numerous magpies), but the pond was being used to cool down by this very elegant poodle (not so elegant after a soaking!)

Black poodle in dew pond

Black poodle in dew pond

Black poodle in dew pond

Black poodle in dew pond

Just beyond the dew pond I was surprised to get a view of my old stomping ground at Falmer. This shot shows the Brighton and Hove albion football stadium (the ‘Amex’) with the University campus on the right.

Brighton and Hove Albion Amex Community Stadium and the University of Brighton, Falmer campus

Brighton and Hove Albion Amex Community Stadium and the University of Brighton, Falmer campus

Last shot for today is a large white butterfly.

Large white butterfly

Large white butterfly

So overall, the new location has some great views and some interesting areas to explore. It’s going to be harder work than Falmer (climbing hills, and no semi-domesticated water fowl to watch), but while the weather is fine it could be good.

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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Some Small Delights

This is a bit of a mixed bag of photos,some taken over the weekend at home, and others at Falmer. I’ll start in the garden with a photo of two bees enjoying some wild marjoram that has invaded our ‘lawn’ (it’s more of tiny meadow right now!).

Bees on wild marjoram

Bees on wild marjoram

Just alongside from there we have an old prefabricated pond. The newts like it, but it is being slightly overgrown by blackberry. The fruits are ripening and will serve birds or foxes well.

Ripening blackberries

Ripening blackberries

Now for the photos from Falmer. The first was unexpected, and was pointed out to me by a workman from the local farm. A kestrel had found a temporary perch at the rear of St Laurence Church.

Kestrel at St Laurence Church, Falmer

Kestrel at St Laurence Church, Falmer

The second is a bird I’ve been trying to photograph for a week or so, with little success. It’s a common sandpiper. They are highly prone to zip off into the distance, but this was just sufficiently in range and nicely perched on a floating branch in the middle of the pond.

Common sandpiper perched on a branch in Falmer Pond

Common sandpiper perched on a branch in Falmer Pond

There’s a treelined area (not quite a wood) along the southern fringe of the pond which provides a good habitat for the speckled wood butterfly. They enjoy the shade. This one is sharing a leaf with a greenbottle.

Speckled wood butterfly and greenbottle.

Speckled wood butterfly and greenbottle.

The last shot was taken over the fields at the western end of the pond. It’s not perfect, but capturing swallows in flight over uneven ground isn’t easy. Most of my efforts were badly out of focus, but this one just about works.

Swallow in flight over fields at Falmer

Swallow in flight over fields at Falmer

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

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Butterflies at Seven Sisters

I would have liked a little more sunshine this morning, but it was mild enough to bring out the butterflies when I stopped by at Seven Sisters Country Park, just outside Eastbourne. There was little in the way of bird life, so I wandered along the edge of the fields where butterflies are an easy sighting. Several species were present, but the most numerous were the marbled whites, one of my favourite subjects (but flighty, and with a preference for settling in long grass).

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

There were small skippers as well, and among the rest these are the pick:

Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly

Small tortoiseshell butterfly

Small tortoiseshell butterfly

Red Admiral butterfly

Red Admiral butterfly

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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