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Four Photos from Rottingdean

It was a unseasonably mild day today, with blue skies and almost no wind at all. Perfect in other words for taking a stroll along the Undercliff walk between Rottingdean and Brighton Marina.

Just four photos from the walk (an easy 2 miles in each direction). The first is the only wildlife shot (am I branching out? Probably not). It’s one of the rock pipits that scoot around the cliff face and occasionally pose for photos. This was taken near the tea rooms on the Undercliff.

Rock pipit at Rottingdean Cliffs, East Sussex

Next up is the Marina itself, effectively the half way point on the walk there and back. I’ve converted it to black and white, but other than that it’s just a typical view.

Brighton Marina

Another animal next, but a domestic one. The dog was enjoying itself chasing a ball, which it would carefully place in a rock pool and then bark until its human waded in to fetch it out again! One of my better ‘running dog’ attempts.

Dog running at Rottingdean

The last shot is a really nice example of graffiti painted on the one of the wooden groynes. It looks fairly new but I liked the balance and simplicity of it.

Graffiti at Rottingdean, East Sussex

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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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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Moorhens Enjoy a Private Moment

I feel in need of posting something and this short sequence of a pair of moorhens enjoying sharing a, shall we say, private moment fits the bill. They were under some overhanging branches at the edge of Falmer pond. I was watching out for house martins swooping down to the pond, but struggling to keep up with them. This pair were altogether easier to photograph.

moorhens mating

moorhens mating

moorhens mating

Moorhens mating at Falmer Pond

Moorhens are ‘rails’, as is the slightly larger coot. This one looks in need of a mate, but made a fine portrait.

coot

Coot at Falmer Pond

I’m keeping this brief but couldn’t not post this shot of a dog that was cooling down in the pond. Not that it should have been there; but it was hot from a car ride (so I was told) and was keeping clear of wildlife, so no harm done.

dog swimming

Dog swimming at 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.

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