Monday Pond Post

I seem to have been even more intermittent with posts than I intended, but to be honest I’ve not photographed much that I haven’t posted a hundred times before. Still, time to get things moving again for at least a day before the semi-finals kick in (my pick for the final Brazil v Holland). As the title says, this is a pond post featuring some of the regular inhabitants at Falmer.

These two ducks, for example… taking turns standing on a submerged rock.



The greylag goslings are growing fast. The first clutch are barely distinguishable from the adults, but this second group still have a fair amount of cuteness factor.

Greylag goslings

The closing sequence is of one of the visitors to the pond (the ducks and geese are resident birds), but it’s a regular. The heron appreciates the thriving fish population and pops in for an early morning snack every now and then.




Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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  1. derwandersmann July 8, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    Handsome heron, Words … and I always think a female mallard is a basically prettier bird than the male.

    • Words July 11, 2014 at 12:41 am #

      dW, thanks. The heron’s been around the pond quite a lot lately. It’s always a nice way to start the day. I tend to agree on the mallards. The females can be almost golden in the right light.

  2. Darko July 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    Very shallow part of pond I would say, or mallards learnt how to walk on surface of water 😛

    What a shame for Brasil, I thought they will be in finals but now I think it will be Germany and Netherlands.

    • Words July 11, 2014 at 12:43 am #

      Darko, the water level is falling rapidly and a lot of rocks are being exposed. There’s a narrow beach around the edge of most of the pond as well.

      I was shocked at the Brazil game. I can’t remember seeing a team collapse so completely. Tricky to know who to support for the final now Holland are out as well.

      • Darko July 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

        After I’ve seen few games that Germany played I suspected they might be in finals – and I was right. They presented something that lacked in a game of other teams – persistence.

        • Words July 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

          Darko, it’s more or less the same Germany team that won the U21 tournament in 2009. Long term planning, something England know nothing about. 🙁