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Sunday Summary

Another irregular catch-up post, partly because most days I’ve simply been photographing our fox during his nightly visits (and most of those photographs are pretty much indistinguishable from each other). There are some occasional other subjects and this Sunday Summary pulls some of them together (themelessly) 😉 Oh, there is some worthwhile fox action at the, so do keep reading.

sunset

This is a sunset taken from our garden. The i-360 is just visible in the centre, peeping over the horizon.

sunrise

This was taken a few days later and is just after sunrise, looking across the South Downs

The only bird in this set is this rather fine buzzard, photographed over Falmer Village last week.

Buzzard over Falmer Village

Buzzard over Falmer Village

As well as foxes, the garden is frequented by badgers. They’ve been rather more elusive lately, but I did grab a few images of one towards the end of the week.

Badger

Badger

Badger

Badger

This third shot utilizes various Photoshop filters, but was taken the same night as the others.

Badger through a fine art filter

Badger through a fine art filter

Now to the fox… a couple of photos first, but them some cool video…

fox

Fox prowling

fox

Camera avoidance 😉

And now for the video… I’ve caught similar clips once or twice in the past, but this one is easily the best yet.

Camera note: daytime photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Badgers and foxes were taken with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lenses

Park Cameras Wildlife Event

I spent a few hours at the Park Cameras wildlife event. It’s local, where I get all my camera gear, and it was a good opportunity to pick up a new filter and data card and see some big birds up close.

It’s always a little bit odd photographing captive-bred birds, but you can get shots that just wouldn’t be possible any other way.

Red Kite (captive)

Red Kite (captive)

Long-eared owl (captive)

Long-eared owl (captive)

Buzzard (captive)

Buzzard (captive)

Little owl (captive)

Little owl (captive)

I’ll be posting more wild shots of the short-eared owls soon.

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

Buzzard and Crow

I have been gathering more beautiful shots of our local owls and promise that I’ll post some very soon. The owls are my early morning walks. Buzzards are the treat at lunchtime.

I hadn’t planned on going too far, but a buzzard caught my eye as I left the office and I followed in its general direction to some downland at the top of Moulsecoomb. It’s good buzzard territory. Woodland and open fields. Fine for buzzards, and there are plenty of crows too. They don’t always get on.

The mobbing is more of a joust than anything serious, but the crows are defensive and no doubt have young to protect. There were several rounds of this and each time the buzzards and crows retreated to separate areas of woodland.

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #1

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #2

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #3

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #4

Here’s a more conventional shot of the buzzard in flight.

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

As for the owls… here’s a taster.

Short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

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