Cormorant plus others

This is a bit of a reversion to some very traditional posts. A variety of birds from the local village pond at Falmer, plus a couple of bits and pieces taken in the garden.

I’ll start with the main event, the cormorant, photographed last Friday morning at Falmer Pond. It was warm and sunny, and my second time over there in the week.

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Cormorant running on Falmer Pond

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Cormorant coming in to land in a tree

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Cormorant perching up high

The cormorant wasn’t alone. A heron was also lurking…

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Grey heron in a tree at Falmer

That was a good start to the day, but after that there’s nothing until Sunday afternoon in the garden. Mid-afternoon several buzzards flew over (pursued by herring gulls), but among them I spotted a pair of peregrines as well.

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One of several buzzards over Woodingdean on Sunday

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Peregrine falcon over Woodingdean

Last night (Sunday) I also got a number of photos of the male fox, one of several that frequent the garden at night. This is the one with the nicked ear, and he’s still shy, still won’t let me within about 8 or 9 metres of him. But I will persevere…

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Fox with nicked ear at night

There’s also a vixen plus a couple of other foxes that I’ve spotted on teh trail camera… and another badger/fox dust-up (all still to be processed).

Last thing tonight is one more shot of the cormorant from Friday.

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Cormorant at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Camera note: all birds taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. I used the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens for the fox.

5 Comments

  1. derwandersmann April 4, 2017 at 5:16 am #

    Marvelous photos, Paul … and a nice variety.

  2. Darko April 7, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

    Herons were pretty active in our neighborhood about a month ago. I’ve seen 5 of them on one tree, made a photo but accidentally deleted it 🙁
    Nice one of a fox, he seems to be happy to be fed 😀

  3. Words April 12, 2017 at 12:11 am #

    Thanks Charles!

  4. Words April 12, 2017 at 12:13 am #

    Darko, five herons in a tree would be great to see. How could you delete it???? The fox is feeding his young (but judging by the size of him he’s holding just a little back for himself!).

    • Darko April 14, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

      Yes, I know 🙁 I will go through my files again but I think I erased them when I was formatting a memory card…