Ducks, Pheasant, and a Posing Black-Headed Gull

Something of a return to normality today. Light drizzle, some brief sunshine and a good gathering of birds at Falmer Pond.

The white ducks seem to be doing well this year and judging by the state of this female, the 'boy' ducks really do need to learn to wipe their feet. Still she doesn't seem to mind too much.

As for 'boy' ducks' this pair of mallards were enjoying a bit of playful fighting.

It was rather more peaceful over in the churchyard.

Last week's churchyard pheasant has found a new place to strut his stuff: the stone wall at the edge of a local farm. I heard his call and went looking.

He went walking…

The biggest poser of the lot today was this black-headed gull who was going through his full mating dance while being almost totally ignored by every other gull in the vicinity. To be honest, he just looked silly!


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

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10 Comments

  1. derWandersmann March 19, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    Great shots, Words! And that blackhead is fabulous!

  2. gdare March 21, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    The gull is funny. Was it playing for you or his pals? 😀

  3. ilovemagemama March 21, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    hm hm,

  4. Words March 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Darko, I sincerely hope he was playing for his pals! :yikes:

  5. Words March 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Mala, :cheers:

  6. Words March 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    dW, thanks! The black-headed gulls have a great strut and always manage to look ridiculous!

  7. SittingFox March 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Great shots of the gull! And the pheasant – it's always noticeable how much more visible the males are than the females.

  8. derWandersmann March 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Originally posted by SittingFox:

    it's always noticeable how much more visible the males are than the females.

    Because one male can .. uh … "service" many females, and is therefore more "expendable". Therefore he is "dressed" to attract the attention of predators more than the female, upon which survival of the species depends.

  9. Words March 26, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    dW, I'd not thought of it like that, but it makes a good deal of sense. Thanks!

  10. Words March 26, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Adele, thanks. You are so right about the pheasants. Out in the fields the females are almost impossible to spot.