Sunrise, Stonechat and Fox

Nothing like a descriptive title… especially when there really isn’t much of a theme, just three images taken over the past 24 hours.

The first is our friendly neighbourhood fox. I’ve been neglectful of photographing him, but he’s been coming anyway, and close scrutiny of the trail camera (plus one direct sighting) confirms that there are at least three foxes around at the moment, plus a badger. He’s still playing hard to get though and disappears from sight if I make any attempt to approach too close.


The slightly bold fox!

Next up is a small bird taken this morning at Sheepcote Valley (I’d stopped off to see if I could spot any of the short eared owls. Reliable reports suggest that they have returned for the winter). It’s a stonechat, and the morning light at this time of year is near perfect.

Stonechat at Sheepcote Valley

Stonechat at Sheepcote Valley

Finally, the cause of all that golden light… just after sunrise.

Sunrise over Sheepcote Valley

Sunrise over Sheepcote Valley

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. derwandersmann December 1, 2016 at 4:41 am #

    Nice shots, Paul … and that sunrise is spectacular!

  2. Darko December 2, 2016 at 4:40 am #

    That little bird is a winner of the day, for me 🙂 Yes, the light is perfect!!!

  3. Words December 27, 2016 at 10:41 pm #

    Just catching up with comments! Thanks both 🙂