Mirror Mirror

It’s been a good day today, and I have lots of images that I could show but I will probably hold some back for the weekend. The pride of place – and major part of the blog – goes to one of the many herring gulls that nest on the roofs of the University of Brighton campus at Falmer.

A number of the buildings have reflective film along the windows to keep out glare and deflect heat. These act as mirrors as this fine gull discovered today.

Herring gull and mirror window

The gull was fascinated by its reflection


Herring gull and mirror window

Between pecking it would pause and try to out-stare its adversary


Herring gull and mirror window

… or just glower.


I left the gull to it after watching for 10 minutes or so. I presume it eventually gave up. The rest of today’s photos were picked up on my travels during the day, but the first does have an echo of a reflection in it.


Duck sleeping on Falmer Pond


Cute little rat up on its hind legs to get a better view.


A pair of dunnocks on picturesque tree


Fulmar at Rottingdean

And last, but not least… a badger.


Badger trampling the plants!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens,except the badger which was photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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  1. Darko April 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    I wonder what’s going in their minds when they see a riddle like that (mirror) 😀

    • Words April 24, 2015 at 12:27 am #

      Darko, by all accounts very little! It was the epitome of ‘bird-brained’.

  2. Andy April 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    That gull, lol.

    • Words April 24, 2015 at 12:27 am #

      Andy, yes indeed 😆