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Moulsecoomb Views

Well I’m slowly getting settled into a new routine, following the relocation at work. It’s a different route in, but it takes me past Sheepcote Valley where late skylarks were enjoying an unseasonably sunny morning.

Skylark at Sheepcote Valley

Skylark at Sheepcote Valley

I’ve been making my enquiries about the local area (Moulsecoomb) and discovered that there are good walks up on the surrounding Downs. And I do mean ‘up’. It was a steep climb, but I was rewarded with this: a local dew pond. It took me a solid 20 minutes to get there in fine, dry conditions. It’s a fair weather location; but good to know about.

Dew Pond at Moulsecoomb

Dew Pond at Moulsecoomb

I even saw a couple of buzzards up there. 🙂

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb

Not much other wildlife (apart from numerous magpies), but the pond was being used to cool down by this very elegant poodle (not so elegant after a soaking!)

Black poodle in dew pond

Black poodle in dew pond

Black poodle in dew pond

Black poodle in dew pond

Just beyond the dew pond I was surprised to get a view of my old stomping ground at Falmer. This shot shows the Brighton and Hove albion football stadium (the ‘Amex’) with the University campus on the right.

Brighton and Hove Albion Amex Community Stadium and the University of Brighton, Falmer campus

Brighton and Hove Albion Amex Community Stadium and the University of Brighton, Falmer campus

Last shot for today is a large white butterfly.

Large white butterfly

Large white butterfly

So overall, the new location has some great views and some interesting areas to explore. It’s going to be harder work than Falmer (climbing hills, and no semi-domesticated water fowl to watch), but while the weather is fine it could be good.

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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Butterflies at Seven Sisters

I would have liked a little more sunshine this morning, but it was mild enough to bring out the butterflies when I stopped by at Seven Sisters Country Park, just outside Eastbourne. There was little in the way of bird life, so I wandered along the edge of the fields where butterflies are an easy sighting. Several species were present, but the most numerous were the marbled whites, one of my favourite subjects (but flighty, and with a preference for settling in long grass).

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

Marbled white butterfly

There were small skippers as well, and among the rest these are the pick:

Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly

Small tortoiseshell butterfly

Small tortoiseshell butterfly

Red Admiral butterfly

Red Admiral butterfly

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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Buzzard and Herring Gull

There’s a lot of this going on the skies above Sussex at the moment. The buzzards are up high, enjoying the summer thermals and the herring gulls are in their most dedicated defence mode (young chicks to protect). The result? buzzards being chased all over the skies. These shots were taken early this morning.

buzzard and herring gull

Buzzard being chased or mobbed by a herring gull

buzzard and herring gull

buzzard and herring gull

buzzard and herring gull

And here’s one of the vulnerable chicks 😉

Herring gull chick

One bonus photo for tonight as I always enjoy seeing the Painted Ladies arrive from Europe. The butterfly that is. Not many around yet, but if the weather holds this could be a good year for butterflies.

Painted Lady Butterfly

Painted Lady Butterfly

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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