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A Fairly Random Update

I’ve been very neglectful of the blog lately, but I have been getting some decent photos. I’v also completely re-vamped my computer gear which was complaining loudly (literally the fans were screaming) at processing so many images. I now have a totally silent machine (no fans at all) from the excellent people at Quiet PC. Built to my specification, ordered on a Saturday and delivered on the following Friday. It is wonderfully quick and makes no noise at all. I love it! It’s taken a couple of days to set it up with all my idiosyncracies, but it’s now more or less as I like it.

Anyway, it will mean I can get on with the real business of sorting out photos, some of which are featured below.

Nicked ear vixen

This is the nicked-ear vixen, the bolder of the two regular foxes.

fox

This is the more cautious of the pair… the male fox sitting by a shrub

kestrel

This is a male kestrel at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

fox

The vixen again… very relaxed

foxes

A rare shot of the two foxes together (just about).

shrew

Ok, this one looks a little out of place. It was taken on a path at work. It’s an unfortunate shrew covered in greedy greenbottles.

badger

I can’t forget the badgers… they are still coming too.

The final shot in this batch is a sunset seen along the walkway at Brighton Marina.

Brighton Marina at Sunset

Brighton Marina at Sunset

Camera note: all fox and badger photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. Kestrel and shrew were taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The sunset was taken with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS.

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A Grey Day at Pulborough Brooks

The weather was far from perfect, but with more rain forecast it may well be the best day we’ll have this week. I headed over to the RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex.

It was quiet (this is not the best time of year for bird watching), but even on a quiet day there’s always something to catch the eye and the lens. The dominant avians from most of the viewing points were the Canada geese. Most of the time they were content to graze, but they did occasionally rouse themselves to fly short distances to new feeding areas.

Flock of Canada Geese at Pulborough, West Sussex

Flock of Canada Geese at Pulborough, West Sussex

Flock of Canada Geese flying over the South Downs National Park at Pulborough, West Sussex

Flock of Canada Geese flying over the South Downs National Park at Pulborough, West Sussex

Just off the edge of the reserve I discovered a route down to the river Arun. It too was quiet, but I did see a pair of mute swans, and the beuatiful demoiselle damselflies were also active.

Pulborough Brooks, South Downs National Park

The Arun at Pulborough Brooks, South Downs National Park

Mute swan at Pulborough Brooks, Sussex

Mute swan at Pulborough Brooks, Sussex

Demoiselle damselfly, Pulborough Brooks, Sussex

Demoiselle damselfly, Pulborough Brooks, Sussex

The rains came around lunchtime which put pay to the visit, but hopefully I’ll get back there again soon.

Meanwhile here’s a short video of some of the garden wildlife.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Trail cam footage by Bushnell Trophy HD camera

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More Fox and Badger pix

Well, this is really much more like it… last night the foxes were evasive, but the badger was on great form. The one downside was that we were shrouded in mist, but I took the shots anyway as it is relatively simple to clean them up in Lightroom/Photoshop.

Badger tucking in to peanuts

Badger tucking in to peanuts just after midnight

Badger

No badgers yet this evening, but the beautiful male fox is beginning to realize that I am not a danger. It’s still a game of me keeping very still and him edging back and forth, but the dance lasted about 10 minutes tonight (and I was able to take a few photos)

Cautious male fox in the garden

Cautious male fox in the garden

But he is getting bolder, going back and forth for about 5-10 minutes

But he is getting bolder, going back and forth for about 5-10 minutes

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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