Dancing Swallows and other local wildlife

I’ll start with the barn swallows. I took these photos yesterday of them swooping high above farmland at Falmer.


Swallows flying over Falmer Pond, East Sussex


Swallows flying over Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Being Falmer I also kept my eyes open for the local rodents. After a relatively barren period they do seem to be back, though not in quite the numbers of a few years ago.


Brown rat at Falmer Pond, East Sussex


Brown rat peeping out from the undergrowth

As always there were plenty of gulls and ducks, but less common is the common sandpiper. These birds are very shy and extremely difficult to approach.

common sandpiper

Common sandpiper at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Plus one from today, a splendid white duck (a pond resident), imitating a water lily…

duck preening

Duck imitating Lily

And just because I can, here’s a portrait of Long Nose, the young male fox in an ultra relaxed frame of mind.


Portrait of Long Nose

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Darko August 31, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    Photograph of swallows is excellent. Long nose is enjoying a precious moments in your garden. Just because he can 😀

    • Words September 15, 2018 at 12:31 am #

      Thanks Darko! The swallows seem to have migrated (at least they weren’t around earlier this week). I’ll have to wait until next year to see them again.