Falmer Fox

The pond at Falmer is full to overflowing and there’s more rain in the forecast. I’m waiting to see how much of the No Fishing sign disappears. This is the current high point.

No Fishing sign

The threat of rain means overcast skies, and there was barely any light worth speaking of this morning when I arrived. The pond was quiet, the rats were hiding, but as I rounded the far end of the pond looking for small birds in the gloom I spotted something unexpected in the next field. The photos were shot at ISO 2500 which is a long way from ideal, and gives some idea of just how dark it was.

fox in field

It’s not often I see foxes there, though they are around. It’s just that rural foxes are much more wary than the semi-urban ones that visit the garden. She stood and watched me for a few moments, before turning away and heading back across the open farmland.

fox in field

fox in field

fox in field

At lunchtime things hadn’t changed much, and it was raining 🙁 Just one shot, a great spotted woodpecker on the churchyard tree, busy tapping away and sending shards of wood flying out.

Great spotted woodpecker

With a bit of luck the weather will improve a little tomorrow. The forecast is encouraging, though I don’t expect too much. It will still be very wet underfoot but if I see another fox and a woodpecker, I won’t be complaining.

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

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