Rat Standing on Two Legs (plus some birds)

Lovely sunny day today, and the local inhabitants at Falmer Pond were in one of their collectively more cooperative moods. Plenty of subjects to choose from, including the title subject (but I’ll reserve that for the end).

First up is something of a re-visit to yesterday’s post. Another dunnock, but this time in decent light against a clean background.

Dunnock on brick wall

Dunnock on brick wall

The great tits are busy too. This one is on a coconut ‘fat’ feeder at the front of St Laurence Church, adjacent to the pond.

Great tit on coconut shell

Then there are the little wagtails.

Pied wagtail on dead tree

And even the ducks were in fine fettle.

duck and reflection

But the star of the day… this little rodent. The water levels are gradually going down at the pond which has brought some of the summer rat runs back into use. This one is close to one of the more popular points for throwing bread to the ducks and gulls. A few crumbs had landed on top of the boulder. The rat was considering its options…

rat on hind legs

Rat on hind legs

rat on hind legs

Rat pushing large boulder

rat by water

It eventually chose an easier option.

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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  1. Robin March 11, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    Words, great images! The Dunnock is very pretty in this one! The rat doesn’t seem to mind that you were there!

  2. Words March 12, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    Robin, thanks. I keep a sensible distance away from the rats, but just above that rock there was a family throwing bread for the ducks.

  3. Darko March 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Words, maybe you’ve witnessed a beginning of evolution of rats into…. future humans? 😀

    I like the photo of that dunnock, too!

    • Words March 15, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

      Darko, I have no doubt that rats will out-survive the human race.