More Watts House Wildlife

I’m beginning to enjoy my new location. I’m not getting nearly so many photos, but I’m learning to be patient and it is paying off. These are few more sightings at Watts Bank, to rear of Watts House on the main Lewes Road going into Brighton.

First up is a slow worm. Now this did take some searching out and I only found it because I know the places they are likely to be lurking (clue: look under things).

Slow worm on Watts Bank, University of Brighton

Slow worm on Watts Bank, University of Brighton

That’s not a great shot (I only had the long lens, and the light was dreadful). This isn’t the best either, mainly due to the distance and a bog crop. It’s a female black cap in the wooded fringe to the bank. The location is pretty much inaccessible so I may well not get anything better, but it’s good enough to document the local species.

Female black cap on Watts Bank, University of Brighton

Female black cap on Watts Bank, University of Brighton

Third up is another small bird – a chiffchaff. I’ve already spotted these before. This one was just the other side of my window so was taken through double-glazing.

Chiffchaff on Watts Bank, University of Brighton

Chiffchaff on Watts Bank, University of Brighton

The star sighting though was a buzzard coming in low over the car park. I’ve seen them before, but not had a chance to photograph them here. The gulls soon saw this one off.

Buzzard over Watts House, University of Brighton

Buzzard over Watts House, University of Brighton

Buzzard over Watts House, University of Brighton

Buzzard over Watts House, University of Brighton

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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4 Comments

  1. Aurora J Stone October 21, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    Good to catch the shy slow worm, and wonderful buzzard shots.

    • Words October 23, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

      Aurora, thanks! The slow worms will come into their own next spring/summer. It’s a bit too cold for them now, but a few young ones are still active.

  2. Darko October 22, 2015 at 3:33 am #

    I love birds of prey, so buzzard is a highlight of this post 😀

    • Words October 23, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

      Darko, me too! Thanks!