Some Falmer Friends

Over the last couple of days I’ve been back over at Falmer for work and taken the opportunity to look around some old haunts. The pond is still thriving, and despite the best and persistent efforts of the local council I don’t think they will ever completely eliminate these little creatures. They are certainly fewer in number (and there is much less feeding going on), but they are the great survivors.

Rat at Falmer Pond

Rat at Falmer Pond

I also spotted this cute little chiffchaff flitting among the branches over the pond.

Chiffchaff at Falmer Pond

Chiffchaff at Falmer Pond

And a fine looking young moorhen. This is undoubtedly their most elegant phase.

Young moorhen

Young moorhen

Those were all taken at the pond, but the campus wildlife is also thriving and I spent a good while watching this green woodpecker through a window before I had the chance to go outside to grab a quick photo.

Green Woodpecker at , University of Brighton Falmer campus

Green Woodpecker at University of Brighton Falmer campus

Lastly I’ll include a fox from tonight. He’s now waiting for me when I go outside, though the distance game continues in an increasingly pointless way. He insists I back off 10 metres before he comes out, but then lets me get to about half that distance. When he gets fed up with me he hides behind a bush. I retreat, he emerges, I approach… and we’re fine again for a few minutes. Repeat! Anyway, this was when he was waiting for the games to begin.

Fox waiting in the garden

Fox waiting in the garden

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens apart from the fox which was taken with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. The flash unit is the 430EX II (which has just repalced my vanilla 430EX which has finally given up the ghost.

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6 Comments

  1. derwandersmann October 13, 2016 at 3:34 am #

    Is he resting his posterior on those bricks behind him? He looks like he’s sitting.

    • Words October 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

      Charles, he was sitting but got up (slightly) to see what was going on. He’s been known to lie down in the grass as well, but never stays still long enough to get the picture.

  2. Magdalena October 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    i love the fox games story!

    • Words October 17, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

      Magdalena, the nightly games continue apace! He is a very strange fox.

  3. Darko October 14, 2016 at 12:58 am #

    The best looking young moorhen ever 😀

    • Words October 17, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

      Darko, he certainly thinks so!