Peregrine and Gull (plus some more of the fox cubs)

I'm going to start today with a photo taken yesterday in Brighton. it's a piece of graffiti on a phone cabinet, part of an on-going project around the city. The artwork (from what I can find on the web) is by Sinna Wun.

Now to today, which was mainly spent cutting grass in the garden. I use a lo-tech method (a pair of shears for the longer grass and a manual lawnmower for the rest), so it takes a while. Occasionally I look skyward to see what is happening, and to catch the occasional passing raptor. A buzzard flew over during the afternoon, but was too distant for a photo. Slightly closer (but these are still hefty crops) was a peregrine, being hotly pursued by a very angry – and presumably quite brave – herring gull.

This evening was spent in the company of fox cubs. Here are two of them scrapping over some peanuts.

A rather more peaceful scene played out over night. It's called So Many Mouths to Feed.

Camera note: all birds taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens; graffiti with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS; and the fox cubs with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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  1. derWandersmann May 7, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Lovely peregrine, Words! And I loved the fox-tussle.

  2. gdare May 8, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    Well, that herring gull look bigger and that was probably a card it was playing to :up:

  3. derWandersmann May 8, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    And they are excellent √¶rial acrobats … that helps, too.

  4. SittingFox May 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Sibling squabbles! Young foxes can really be quite fierce, considering their size.

  5. derWandersmann May 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    They gotta learn sometime … and it also helps in establishing dominance-order.

  6. Words May 11, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    dW, thanks. I always enjoy seeing peregrines, though the chances of one coming close are slim.

  7. Words May 11, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    dW, yes it's all about dominance, though I do wonder whether the very boldest are in fact not the most successful. A modicum of caution might be a more effective strategy.

  8. Words May 11, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Adele, I've noticed a few cuts and scrapes on some of the cubs. They really do have a go at each other sometimes.

  9. Words May 11, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Darko, the gulls are very aggressive at the moment as we're into the start of the breeding season. They generally work in teams to keep raptors 'moving on'.