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Kestrels, Lizards and some rural street-art

I’ve not posted for a few days, but on and off I’ve been out and about with the camera. The local short-eared owls seemed to have moved away for the summer (no reports of sightings for a week or so), but there are some cuckoos in the area. I’ve neither seen nor heard them yet, but I’ve had reliable reports from two sources. If I do see them that would be an absolute thrill. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or knowingly heard one before!

Anyway, Sheepcote Valley may have lost its owls for now, but the kestrels seem to be back in force.

Female kestrel at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Female kestrel at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

And here are a couple of a male kestrel (note the grey head feathers).

Kestrel at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Kestrel at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Male kestrel hovering over Sheepcote Valley

Male kestrel hovering over Sheepcote Valley

The little common lizards are still enjoying the warmth of the brickwork at the edge of the car park at work. Here’s one from today enjoy the sunshine.

Common lizard at Watts bank, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb

Common lizard at Watts bank, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb

Watts bank, which my office desk overlooks also attracts butterflies. Nothing too extravagent at the moment, but the common blues are quite abundant. This is a female.

Common blue butterfly (female), Watts Bank, University of Brighton

Common blue butterfly (female), Watts Bank, University of Brighton

As for the rural street art… I came across this in the middle of a local field. The burnt out wreck has been there for a while apparently. It seems that someone decided to give it a paint job to make it less of an eye-sore.

Burnt out car painted by graffiti artists, Brighton

Burnt out car painted by graffiti artists, Brighton

Detail of graffiti car

Detail of graffiti car

A second abandoned car nearby had also been given the same treatment. It doesn’t solve the issue of abandoned vehicles (Brighton Council take note), but I did appreciate the creative tocuh of the unknown artist.

Last shot… Eye of Lizard!

Eye of Lizard

Eye of Lizard

Camera note: kestrel and car photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Butterfly and lizard taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

Lizard and Butterfly

Just a quick post of a couple more shots of the local lizards (taken up close), and a red admiral butterfly seen tonight in our garden. After a couple of cool days it looks like the weather will be improving again and I can see me spending more time bug-hunting with the macro lens.

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts car park)

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts car park)

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts car park)

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts car park)

Red Admiral butterfly

Red Admiral butterfly

That’s all for now!

Camera note: lizards taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens. I actually used the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM for the butterfly.

Small Birds , Sunset

Did you spot the third subject in the title? I’ll start with it: a comma butterfly seen at lunchtime today. This one had settled quietly and although you can’t see the beautiful upper wing pattern the distinctive white squiggle (a comma) from which it gets its name is visible.

Comma butterfly at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Comma butterfly at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

The small birds come in two varieties. Both species were photographed at Sheepcote Valley on my way in to work.

Flock of goldfinches at Sheepcote Valley

Flock of goldfinches at Sheepcote Valley

Skylarks larking at Sheepcote Valley

Skylarks larking at Sheepcote Valley

And now for the sunset, taken (you guessed) this evening. 😉 I can never resist them, and while this was a good’un I missed the key moment as the sun hovered on the horizon.

Sunset over Woodingdean

Sunset over Woodingdean

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.