More Goslings, plus a New Badger

The young goslings were still doing well on Friday, and still attracting plenty of attention around Falmer Pond. Here are a few more shots which come with a ‘high cuteness’ warning attached.


Two-day old greylag gosling contemplating a daisy


Greylag goslings grazing on grass bank at Falmer


Greylag goslings wading in Falmer Pond

The goslings are still tiny, but they’ll eventually grow to be a mighty goose, like this adult greylag.

greylag adult

Greylag goose rising up from the water

That’s another slow-shutter shot. I’m gathering plenty of them at the moment as part of a FotoBuzz project on action photography. It’s a great place for learning from real experts at wildlife and landscape photography, and with some luck and hard graft it should help me improve and refine what I shoot.

Here’s another couple of shots in the same mode.

ducks in flight

Ducks in flight


Female mallard landing on water

Back in the garden, the badgers have been great fun. Today’s photos are of badger number 2. I don’t think it’s the female in the video I posted, which means there are at least three humbugs visiting. This one is smaller than the male who has featured in most of the recent photos, and I suspect has been in fewer fights and scrapes. It’s not as bold as the big guy, but is becoming more tolerant.


Badger lurking near the apple tree


Badger Portrait #1


Badger Portrait #2

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The badger was photographed with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

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  1. Darko May 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    High cuteness warning is very well deserved.
    A third badger is probably an uncle visiting the family, shy but with good appetite 😀

    • Words May 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

      Darko, they are already getting bigger, but still very sweet. All badgers seems to have healthy appetites!