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Canada Geese, Mute Swans, and a Red Fox

Sunshine, blue skies, no more than a light breeze. Things are beginning to look good again. Today saw me heading out to Eastbourne with the inevitable stop at Seven Sisters Country Park. The usual array of herons, gulls and egrets were around, and swifts and swallows appeared overhead. It was the geese and the swans though that provided the best photographic opportunities.

This pair of geese had been grazing and lazing on the bank, but then flew off low over the grass downland.

Pair of Canada geese

Canada goose in flight

I had checked out the water to see if any swans were about. None were apparent until I spotted a pair of juvenile mute swans flying in over valley. These are a couple of shots from a much longer sequence. There’s also something very interesting in the sky in the background of the first shot. I didn’t see it at the time and it doesn’t appear in any other frames. Looks big though!

Two mute swans in flight

Two mute swans in flight

Mute swan in flight

As you might expect I was very satisfied to have captured those shots and if it had ended there I would have put it down as a good day. But there was more. Glancing out of the back window just after 8pm tonight I spotted one of our clan of shy foxes bang in the centre of the garden. The sun was by now very low in the sky, providing a near perfect reddish glow. The fox stood still for a few moments and then ambled over to the flower bed, staying on the sunny side of the garden.

fox

fox

fox

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

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It’s Black and White at Seven Sisters

It was a glorious morning as I headed out of town, pausing for a short while at Seven Sisters Country Park near Eastbourne. The mists were rising as I arrived, and the sheep (there’s a black sheep in among them) were playing follow-the-leader across a distant field.

Sheep on South Downs

Down at water level, the mists had cleared. The water was still, and the swans were looking their puffed and preened best.

swan

Swan

Swan

Further along the bank, some Canada geese were idling away the morning.

Canada geese

An egret flew over in the distance, and a grey heron came in somewhat closer.

Grey heron

The final sequence is a cormorant coming in to land on the water, looking for an easy breakfast.

Cormorant

Cormorant

Cormorant

Cormorant

That was a very nice start to the day!

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

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Bigger Birds and a Fox Update

The South Downs were shrouded in mist again today. I stopped off at Seven Sisters early this morning. It had cleared a little, though a wispy mist was evident in patches. A juvenile swan was grazing in the meanders.

Juvenile swan

Juvenile swan

Further off, a flock of Canada geese took to the air, announcing their passage with distinctive hooting.

Canada geese

Canada geese

The swan was still there when I returned as the sun was setting at the end of the day, watched closely by a heron on the bank.

Juvenile swan

Grey heron

I’m not sure what the forecast holds for tomorrow, but it seems clearer tonight. Pretty, the fox, came by. Her leg is still bothering her but her mobility is barely impaired. We’re holding to a watching brief on her condition.

Foxes

Foxes

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Fox photographed with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

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