Falmer Pond and a Blue Moon

That’s bit of a grand title, for what is simply my post this year about Falmer Pond. I was up there briefly this morning (early light, dull with a hint of rain) and then again at lunchtime when a little bit of sunshine appeared.

Although nothing especially unusual happens there, I like the peace and quiet and that occasionally there are one or two more interesting birds. Today was good day: a cormorant and a heron.

heron in tree

The heron was perched on the willow sited on the island in the centre of the pond.

Heron in flight

Heron in flight

Cormorant swimming

Cormorant swimming on Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Cormorant hanging itself out to dry

Cormorant hanging itself out to dry

And to mark the occasion, it’s what’s known as a blue moon today (the second full moon in the same calendar month). It’s also a super moon (at the closest point in its orbit). To be honest, it looks just like does every other time of the year, but I took a photo anyway.

Super Blue Moon

Super Blue Moon

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. Magdalena Portmann January 31, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

    I love the cormorant hanging itself out to dry! Super picture!

  2. der Wandersmann February 1, 2018 at 5:10 am #

    Lovely shots Paul; good to see you back.
    The heron in flight is exceptional.

  3. Darko February 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    A moon photo is great, even though, as you said, it looks like any other day 🙂
    It was hidden from us this time, the whole January was rainy, no chance to see a sun. A moon neither…

  4. Words February 18, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    Thanks for the comments… I’m slowly edging back into the regular blog and hope to have another one up shortly… just working through photos at the moment.