Cormorant and Fulmars

You may start to notice a subtle change of location over the coming weeks. Nothing too outlandish, but I have finally packed in working for good and am enjoying an early retirement. At the moment it feels like a holiday… I like it!

I headed down to Rottingdean this morning to see what was going on. The tide was out, as were a couple of cormorants. Not that they did very much other. The first one flew off while I was trying to gain a better vantage point. The second simply perched on a yellow warning sign for the better part of an hour. I gave up first.


Cormorant number 1 at Rottingdean Beach.


This is the second cormorant. It shifted position very occasionally, and defecated twice. Other than that, it did just about nothing!


The most exciting move of the day!


And in close up…

Between some of those shots I did wander along the cliffs to see what the fulmars were up to. There are still some about, and they are still playing their usual game of endlessly trying to land on the sheer cliff face.


Fulmar failing to land at Rottingdean cliffs, East Sussex


Fulmar at Rottingdean cliffs, East Sussex

And finally a quick shot of a rock pipit digging out a grub from the cliff walls.

rock pipit

Rock pipit catching bugs at Rottingdean cliffs, East Sussex

More fox cubs soon (and regular shots over on Fox of the Day).

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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  1. Darko May 11, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    Congrats on early retirement!!! Now you will have more time for photography 🙂

    • Words May 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

      Hi Darko, lots more time… and a new camera to play with 😉

  2. Darko May 18, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

    Ohh, new camera!!! Which one?
    I wanted to buy myself Canon EOS 80D (I can use my EF-S lenses with it) but they keep the price around $1300 CAD for a while now. Oh, well, maybe I will have to splurge 😛

    • Words May 19, 2018 at 12:17 am #

      The new camera is the 1DX Mark II. I got a decent trade in on an old camera and other discounts which helped a bit. I’m enjoying getting to know it. Focusing is fab and picture quality a step above what I’m used to.

      • Darko May 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

        Wow, that’s one serious camera. I didn’t even know that ISO 409600 exists :O

        • Words May 19, 2018 at 11:50 pm #

          Neither did I until you mentioned it. I’ve just looked and you can get up that high, but it’s basically unusable (so much noise). I may try it out in pitch black and see what happens! For decent photos anything above 6400 is pushing it.