Cormorant and other fine birds at Falmer

A major thunderstorm passed across the South of England last night. Whether it’s coincidence or not, I don’t know; but a cormorant turned up at Falmer Pond this morning, and stayed for the day. It’s been a long time since one has pitched up at the pond, but it seemed set for the duration and was happily swimming up and down searching for fish.





It was nice to have one of the more interesting species back at the pond, but the gulls were also putting on a good display. This is a juvenile herring gull taking off from the water. Tracking this kind of movement has become a whole lot easier with the 7D Mark II. It really is incredibly responsive.

Herring gull

Herring gull

I’m really happy with the 7D Mark II, and am getting used to the multiple ways of setting up the autofocus. I sincerely doubt I’d have caught this final shot of a black-headed gull staring down the camera with the previous version.

Black-headed gull

The one irritation at the moment is that Lightroom won’t process the Raw files from the Mark II. No doubt an update will appear, but for the moment my work-flow has become: upload and sort in Digital Photo Pro v4.0; convert to TIF and download; upload TIFs to Lightroom; edit; download TIFs; upload TIFs to Photoshop; edit and convert to sRGB; download as JPG file. It’s slow, but it works!

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

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  1. Darko November 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    Now you understand why I don’t like Digital Photo Pro :doh:

    • Words November 12, 2014 at 12:18 am #

      Darko, DPP is very quick for scanning through a lot of images, but I find it clunky for doing any editing. Version 4 (only available for a few cameras) is a lot more advanced than version 3, but it’s just not as responsive as Lightroom (and lacks tools for adding captions, metadata and so on). Hopefully Lightroom will update in a couple of weeks (but not my version… I’ll need to buy the latest one but get an excellent deal through work so not too painful).

  2. Lauren November 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Nice to see all the good birds appear while I’m away. I did notice a distinct lack of geese on my last visit

    • Words November 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

      Lauren, the geese did vanish for a few days, but they have been back though they don’t stay around as much as during the summer. The cormorants are massing though. Three of them there today.