Geese and other birds at Falmer Pond

After the brief hiatus of the weekend, it’s a new week and new photos from Falmer Pond. No rats today (I promise), but the greylags did themselves proud so get featured a fair bit. The scene first thing this morning was perfect. Sunny, but not too bright, and calm. No sign of the recent fog, thankfully.

Falmer Pond in early morning sunshine

The No Fishing sign was deserted. Not even a gull to disturb the peace.

No Fishing sign

The greylags were gathered around the edge of the pond. I suspect they were waiting to be fed, but they are out of luck with me.

Greylag geese at the edge of Falmer Pond

Greylag geese at the edge of Falmer Pond

Thing s became a little more active later in the day.

greylag geese chasing

greylag goose

But mainly it was quiet. This duck is a relative newcomer to the pond. It was sheltering under some trees close to the water’s edge.

Hybrid duck at Falmer

To close, another peaceful photo: a moorhen sitting on her nest.

moorhen on nest

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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2 Comments

  1. dW March 18, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    Lovely group of shots, Words! A good day, indeed!
    The duck looks like he might be a pintail, but all twisted up like that, it’s difficult to tell. He might be some sort of hybrid, but pintail’s my best guess.

    • Words March 18, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

      Thanks dW. It’s tricky to tell quite what kind of duck that is, but there may be some pintail there (though I doubt it’s pure bred).