Category Archives: Wildlife

Samples of wildlife photography

Fox Portraits

Long while since I’ve posted! I’m still photographing foxes, and we have a couple of very regular vixens who visit, but no cubs. I’ve also been thinking about how I photograph the foxes because after so many years it does become a challenge to come up with anything new. Hopefully these images count.

They were all taken on a long lens in fairly bright sunshine and make great colour images but I wanted to try something different. I’ve been toying with black and white processing for a little while and decided to see what I could get from this set.

I processed them in Lightroom (which now has some excellent masking tools so is a lot easier to use than a year or so ago), and masked out the background. I used some other tweaks in there to generate a more fine-grained effect and did a little bit of touching up with a brush to bring out detail where needed. As you can see I was aiming at something close to a pencil drawing.

Sketch photo of Lopa the vixen #1
Sketch photo of Lopa the vixen #2
Sketch photo of Lopa the vixen #3
Sketch photo of Lopa the vixen #4

All the photos were taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Festive Greetings

Return of the Falmer Rats

It’s now several years since I posted about the rat population at Falmer Pond. This is partly because I visit the pond much less frequently these days, but also because for a period the rat population had been brought under control. It may well be that the pandemic has affected maintenance around the pond (and I certainly didn’t notice as many ‘do not feed’ signs around). Anyway, when I visited yesterday, in blazing sunshine, the rats were active and (photographically) a delight.

Brown rat at Falmer Pond
Brown rat at Falmer Pond

Most of the time they stayed well covered in the shrubs and roots overhanging the edge of the pond, which didn’t make for the easiest photography. I cranked up the ISO to 1600 and kept the lens wide open to ensure an adequate shutter speed. They were also rather cautious so that any movement on my part sent them scurrying for cover.

I left them to it for a while and wandered round the pond, spotting a lone heron high on the tree on the central island.

Grey Heron

The walk did the trick. When I got back to the ratting area, some of them had braved the more open space leading to the path.

Brown rats at Falmer Pond
Brown rat at Falmer Pond

If the weather holds up I’ll be going back to see how they’re getting on.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.