Category Archives: Wildlife

Samples of wildlife photography

Guess who was at Falmer Pond? (Rat Special)

If you go back a couple of years or so in my blog you will find multiple posts featuring the rats down at Falmer Pond. It’s a near perfect environment for them and they generally stay close to the pond. In recent years there have been concerted efforts to reduce the population, and largely its been successful. They’ve become very tricky to spot. I don’t know whether it was the very muggy weather today, but for once they were much in evidence. Here’s a small selection of them foraging at the edge of the pond.

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Rat on the rocks

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Rat on the rocks

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Rat in Falmer Pond

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

A Little Dog Fox Special

The ‘Little Dog Fox’ is something of an outsider of the group. He’s the runt of the litter and gets bullied by the other foxes, and has even lost a small part of his ear (presumably in one of the many fights he gets into). He gives as good as he gets, screams and rushes at the other foxes, but can also be very sweet and submissive. These are a few pictures taken of him during today, starting with a new habit of his: knocking on the back door!

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Little Dog Fox knocking on the back door

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Little Dog Fox sticking his tongue out

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Little Dog Fox among the flowers

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Little Dog Fox relaxing in the shade of the garden

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Little Dog Fox relaxing at the end of the day

Camera note: photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens, except the ‘tongue out’ photo which was taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Black Tail

Of all the young foxes we have visiting, there is one who stands out. We’ve called him Black Tail, after his magnificent dark brush. He’s a tall young fox, and very elegant. He’s also well-behaved and quite bold. I suspect he may be developing a wider range than the other foxes as he frequently disappears down the side of the house, rather than retreating to the rear of the garden.

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Portrait of the young male fox ‘Black Tail’

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Black Tail looking very elegant

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Black Tail scrapping with a sibling. He’s the dominant one of the group.

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Another view, showing off his brush.

Camera note: daylight photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Fight-night taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.