Cormorants and other things

Although it’s only about a week since I last posted, it feels a long time. The weather has conspired against all but the most feeble attempts to photograph anything, though things looked up slightly today (and even more slightly yesterday). In between the good stuff (sunshine) we’ve had rain, hail and gales.

This shot of a buzzard was taken on Monday. Within literally 5 minutes of taking it, the skies had turned black and a torrent of hail swept down.


Today was more stable (in terms of the weather). Dark early on (not unexpected), but sunny through most of the day. (Right now the rain and near gale force winds are back). I’d seen a couple of cormorants turn up at Falmer Pond during my early visit, and headed back at lunchtime to see if they were still around. One was.


That was taken more of less into the sun. I waited for it to swim towards some shade which made for a much easier shot.


I also popped into Westlain Plantation, the local (muddy) wood adjacent to the car park at work. I had vague hopes of a buzzard or a woodpecker, but instead stumbled on some mushrooms. I have no idea what they are.


The final shot is something of an experiment. The light was odd (as it can be at this time of year) and I zoomed in to the woodland fringe of Stanmer Park, across the valley. I have played around with this a little, mainly to warm the colours and accentuate the contrasts. A bit arty, but I like it.

stanmer park

The weather is going to be variable (and generally variable on the bad side of good) over the next few days, so I’ll have to see if I get anything worth posting.

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. Robin January 16, 2015 at 12:31 am #

    Words, I like these images! The arty one suits me too!
    Crummy weather around here as well! It’s be quite foggy for the last week or so and today it’s changed to rain! Miserable! Mind you it is mild!

    • Words January 16, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

      Robin, thanks. I’m playing around trying to find slightly more interesting ways with camera. With such dull weather there’s a limit to what I can do with the local wildlife so it’s a chance to try new things out.

  2. Darko January 16, 2015 at 4:05 am #

    It is kind of hard to imagine a storm with that blue sky in the first photo, but guess it was just a fraction of the whole sky – the power of photography.
    The last one looks like impressionist’s painting!

  3. Words January 16, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    Darko, yes the weather is nuts at the moment. We’ve had strong winds for a few days and the weather changes in minutes. It seems to be calming down a bit now. I was quite pleased with the landscape. 🙂