Sunny Day at Falmer Pond

More sunshine today, though I didn’t have long to enjoy it. Still, it was a pleasure not to be dodging rain and there were some nice images among the few photos I had time to take.

In this first one a moorhen investigates the No Fishing sign.

Moorhen and No Fishing sign

And here’s a simple portrait shot of one of its kin, on the glassy still water. Not only no rain, but no wind. 🙂

Moorhen on still pond

The gulls were largely absent, so it was relatively quiet as well; until some noisy ducks flew in over the village.

Trio of ducks flying past village cottage

Duck landing in pond

It took some searching out, but I eventually also found one of the local rats. It had eluded me at first as it was sitting several feet above the water, resting in the fine branches of an overhanging tree.

Rat in tree above Falmer Pond

Rat in tree above Falmer Pond

Rat in tree above Falmer Pond

Back home, Pretty’s mange treatment seems to be having some effect. She’s still scratching at her coat, but much less intensely than before. She is probably now the most consistent of all the fox visitors we’ve had in about 9 years of watching them. There’s barely been a week when she hasn’t appeared, and generally she shows up several times a day.

Fox scratching

Fox not scratching

Camera note: all daytime photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. The fox photos are with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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  1. Darko March 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Flying ducks, flying rats, only a fox is sticking to a ground 🙂
    I like the reflection of that duck on 4th photo from the top :up:

  2. dW March 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    That duck in a full stall, with his landing gear down, is fantastic! I could wait for years (and have) to get a shot like that.

  3. Words March 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Darko, I’d mark that as a +1 for the fox, though having said that one of them might head for the rooftops again!

    I was pleased with that duck shot. It cam ein so quickly I didn’t have much time. That was the best frame of about 4.

  4. Words March 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    dW, thanks. It was a nice moment. I nearly missed it as it came in over my shoulder. And to be completely honest, I have waited for years to get a shot like that 😉