Category Archives: Wildlife

Samples of wildlife photography

A couple of fulmars and some end of year strays

This has without doubt been my quietest year on the blog. There are a number of reasons which have conspired to reduce my time for getting photos (or at last anything other than our wonderful foxes), but I hope to see some significant changes from next spring. Even when I do have time, the weather hasn’t been ideal, but I did get out yesterday and spent an hour or so at Rottingdean. If only the wildlife had shown up it would have been perfect.

What I did manage was a handful of shots of the few fulmars that were there (I expected rather more of them), a lone curlew and not much else.

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Fulmar at Rottingdean cliffs

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Fulmar at Rottingdean -does the shadow count as an additional sighting?

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Curlew at Rottingdean

Of course this has been a wonderful year for the foxes. The summer was a joy with several very regular fox cubs showing up. That period came to its expected end in teh autumn as they start to disperse and compete for winter territory (and mates). The trail camera suggests that several of the young ones are still in the vicinity and I’ve had occasional sightings of the Little Dog Fox and Black Tail; but the stalwart has been Pretty, teh young vixen who has continued to be an almost daily visitor. These are a few recent photos of her.

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Pretty Vixen relaxing

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Pretty Vixen relaxing

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I’ve tweaked my favourite fox image of the year for the annual Festive Greeting, but this final image is a close second, not least because it’s a landscape of sorts… Rottingdean beach at low tide.

Blue seascape at Rottingdean

Blue seascape at Rottingdean

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Foxes, mainly with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

Festive Greetings

Festive Greetings

Festive Greetings

Winter Birds

With the temperatures hovering around freezing, it feels like winter has finally arrived. It’s certainly cold, but today the skies were clear and the winds low. I like winter days like this. I needed to take a rare trip over to Eastbourne, stopping briefly at Seven Sisters to see what birds were about. There were a few distant curlews, numerous little egrets, some swans and cormorants. Worth the early start.

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Little egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

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Mute swan on rippling blue

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Cormorant cruising

Back home the foxes are still around. At least three of them are putting in an appearance on the trail camera (along with an occasional badger), though Pretty Vixen is the only one venturing out for photo shoots. She seems to be becoming a permanent fixture. It’s good that so many are still around and that bodes well for next spring.

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Pretty Vixen peering down from the wall

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. Pretty Vixen taken with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens.