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Garden Life (Time Lapse) #4

I think this is the fourth of the fortnightly time-lapse sequences. Lots of badgers in this one, plus several foxes (two of which unfortunately appear to be suffering from mange), plus assorted cats and birds. It’s difficult to intervene to help the foxes with the mange as I’ve not made any attempt to familiarize with any of the foxes this year, so they are naturally shy and elusive. To treat them, I need to get to know them and that’s not easy with cautious adults.

Anyway here’s the clip:

One photo from today. I have more, but I’ll post those tomorrow. Tonight it’s just a single sunset. A nice one though.

Sunset over Woodingdean

Camera note: sunset photo taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Time-lapse from the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD, processed in Lightroom.

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A Fox on the Blog

After a day and a half of rain, the sun finally appeared early this evening, along with a fox. Both were more than welcome sights, especially as fox sightings have been few and far between recently, and photographic opportunities virtually zero.

The fox is a male, and is showing some signs of early mange. It’s difficult to be certain, but there were several small lesions on his back and legs and he did spend time scratching and biting at himself. On the plus side he was confident enough to stand and watch when I went out into the garden, though the featured shots here were taken through a window.

Foxes

Foxes

Small lesion visible on front leg

Foxes

Foxes

I’ve many more photos to work through so there are likely to be more of him tomorrow. Nice to have a fox back on the blog though!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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Seen from the Garden

The weather has been good this weekend, almost hot; and fine enough to spend more time in the garden. Inevitably most of the wildlife activity takes place at night (see video clip further down), but there were two or three interesting sightings to report.

The first of these is ‘seen from the garden’, but is actually taking place a few doors away from us. We always have herring gulls in the vicinity, and they usually appear to go through a nesting routine. This, however, is the first year I recall seeing any chicks emerge as a result of all their activity. Not the best shot, but cute in its way. I’ve only seen one chick, but there could be more (my line of sight isn’t great and the chick seems to spend a lot of its time on the far side of the chimney).

Herring gull and chick

We also have wrens locally, and late yesterday afternoon I spotted one perched in between the slats on the fence at the rear of the garden. It turned out to be a fledgling. I managed a couple of shots before it disappeared back through to the garden beyond.

Fledgling wren

Fledgling wren

The one photo from today is a hummingbird hawk moth, a large day-flying moth which is very well named.

Hummingbird hawk moth

To complete the set, I’ve resorted to a video sequence. There are two of the regular garden foxes here, plus the female badger which was shown in another recent video clip. The foxes look a bit on the tatty side. That’s partly their natural state at this time of year (cubs + moulting makes for a bad hair day), but they also show signs of recovering from mange and that skinny brush is a lot healthier than it was a few weeks ago.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Video from the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD.

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