I’ve Been Working Like a Dog

The sun has disappeared behind a thin layer of cloud again, so not the beautiful weather of the past few days, but early this morning I came across a sheepdog herding sheep. It's a scene that is somehow ingrained in me (and I'm sure many others) but I think this is probably the first time I've actually seen it in the flesh. And yes, that is a swan you can see.

The rest of the day offered little, so instead here are a few shots from the garden. The first was taken last night… the rest this evening. Plus a video treat from the trail camera.
Newt clambering out of the pond

Amorous frogs

Badger lurking in the undergrowth

And still no photos of foxes… which is all the more irksome given just how at home they are in the garden. Witness this sequence from shortly after 3.00am this morning.

Camera note: sheepdog shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Badger, newt and frogs taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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  1. derWandersmann March 7, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    That's a lot of sheep for one border collie, Words. Weren't there more?

  2. gdare March 7, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    Weren't there more?

    There was a swan there 😛

  3. studio41 March 7, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Excellent photos!

  4. SittingFox March 9, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    A sheep-swan…that's a first :right:

  5. Words March 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    dW, just one dog, but clearly very efficient at his/her job.

  6. Words March 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Adele, the swan did a decent job of guarding the escape route :right:

  7. Words March 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Darko, I have a feeling the swan wasn't helping very much 😀

  8. Words March 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Jill, ,thanks!