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Some Falmer Friends

Over the last couple of days I’ve been back over at Falmer for work and taken the opportunity to look around some old haunts. The pond is still thriving, and despite the best and persistent efforts of the local council I don’t think they will ever completely eliminate these little creatures. They are certainly fewer in number (and there is much less feeding going on), but they are the great survivors.

Rat at Falmer Pond

Rat at Falmer Pond

I also spotted this cute little chiffchaff flitting among the branches over the pond.

Chiffchaff at Falmer Pond

Chiffchaff at Falmer Pond

And a fine looking young moorhen. This is undoubtedly their most elegant phase.

Young moorhen

Young moorhen

Those were all taken at the pond, but the campus wildlife is also thriving and I spent a good while watching this green woodpecker through a window before I had the chance to go outside to grab a quick photo.

Green Woodpecker at , University of Brighton Falmer campus

Green Woodpecker at University of Brighton Falmer campus

Lastly I’ll include a fox from tonight. He’s now waiting for me when I go outside, though the distance game continues in an increasingly pointless way. He insists I back off 10 metres before he comes out, but then lets me get to about half that distance. When he gets fed up with me he hides behind a bush. I retreat, he emerges, I approach… and we’re fine again for a few minutes. Repeat! Anyway, this was when he was waiting for the games to begin.

Fox waiting in the garden

Fox waiting in the garden

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens apart from the fox which was taken with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. The flash unit is the 430EX II (which has just repalced my vanilla 430EX which has finally given up the ghost.

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Rat Among the Roots

I got these before the rain arrived in earnest today. A lone rat, scrambling around the tree roots at the edge of the pond at Falmer.

Rat about to make the great leap

Rat about to make the great leap

Rat leaping across

Rat leaping across

And that's a fine landing!

And that’s a fine landing!

Checking out the next level.

Checking out the next level.

And a closing portrait... in black and white for a change.

And a closing portrait… in black and white for a change.

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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Rats at Falmer

It’s been a little while since I featured the local rodents who live in the banks of Falmer Pond. It’s a good habitat for them, with plenty of cover, nice, easy runs along the banks, and a steady supply of food courtesy of the local duck-feeders. This being Brighton, seed is more common than bread.

Anyway, here are several of the local rats…

The 'evil' face  of the rat in its run

The ‘evil’ face of the rat in its run

Rat clambering on to the grassy bank of Falmer Pond

Rat clambering on to the grassy bank of Falmer Pond

Rat tucking into bird seed at Falmer Pond

Rat tucking into bird seed at Falmer Pond

Rat running through undergrowth at Falmer Pond

Rat scampering through undergrowth at Falmer Pond

Rat running through undergrowth at Falmer Pond

Rat running through undergrowth 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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