It’s Black and White at Seven Sisters

It was a glorious morning as I headed out of town, pausing for a short while at Seven Sisters Country Park near Eastbourne. The mists were rising as I arrived, and the sheep (there’s a black sheep in among them) were playing follow-the-leader across a distant field.

Sheep on South Downs

Down at water level, the mists had cleared. The water was still, and the swans were looking their puffed and preened best.




Further along the bank, some Canada geese were idling away the morning.

Canada geese

An egret flew over in the distance, and a grey heron came in somewhat closer.

Grey heron

The final sequence is a cormorant coming in to land on the water, looking for an easy breakfast.





That was a very nice start to the day!

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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  1. dW April 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Very much so!
    Cormorants and loons always look like they’re sinking.

    • Words April 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      dW, the good weather didn’t last. We’ve been shrouded in a toxic mix of mist and Saharan sand for the past couple of days. But that was a good day. Cormorants are always good fun to watch and you’re spot on about their low buoyancy point.

  2. Darko April 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    At least they were not following the black sheep 😛

    • Words April 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      Darko, they’d have much more fun if they did 😎

      • Darko April 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm #