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Honey Moon?

Tonight we are supposedly seeing a very rare moon as it passes low in the sky. I doubt very much that Southern England is the best place to see anything and to be honest the moon looks very much as it usually does. It is low (well I photographed soon after moon rise so it would be low), but because of this it does pick up a good reddish-orange glow from the atmosphere. Both these shots will expand quite a bit if you click on them.

Honey moon

Honey moon

As for the day, the mini heatwave is continuing. There are swifts overhead and they always present a nice challenge in rapid contortionism as you follow them through the lens on their fast and erratic flight. A couple of shots from yesterday.

Swift in flight

Swift in flight

And one from today.

Swift in flight

The final shot is a cute one of two sleepy herring gull chicks settling down for a nap.

Herring gull chick

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

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The Herring Gull Chicks Get Fed

I’ll come on to the herring gulls in a moment, but I’ll start with just about the first thing I saw when I arrived at Falmer Pond this morning: a pair of herons jousting over a treetop perch. I was on the far side of the pond from where they were, and the sun (which was already getting set for a glorious day) was conveniently behind me.

Grey herons

Grey herons

I also can’t not show the Falmer Pond newcomers. Yes, there is another clutch of greylag goslings, and they look incredibly cute nestling in the long grass (what else would you expect?).

Greylag goslings

Greylag goslings

And then I headed off to work to check out how the young gulls were doing. We have nests on several buildings, but one in particular offers a great vantage point from a balcony to a nesting point on one of the green roof areas. When I got there, the young herring gulls were getting ready for breakfast (a regurgitated feast collected by the adult). Not pretty, but the chicks can’t wait!

herring gull chicks feeding

herring gull chicks feeding

herring gull chicks feeding

Sated, the chicks then posed for a few photos.

Herring gull chick

Herring gull chicks

Herring gull chicks

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

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Seen from the Garden

The weather has been good this weekend, almost hot; and fine enough to spend more time in the garden. Inevitably most of the wildlife activity takes place at night (see video clip further down), but there were two or three interesting sightings to report.

The first of these is ‘seen from the garden’, but is actually taking place a few doors away from us. We always have herring gulls in the vicinity, and they usually appear to go through a nesting routine. This, however, is the first year I recall seeing any chicks emerge as a result of all their activity. Not the best shot, but cute in its way. I’ve only seen one chick, but there could be more (my line of sight isn’t great and the chick seems to spend a lot of its time on the far side of the chimney).

Herring gull and chick

We also have wrens locally, and late yesterday afternoon I spotted one perched in between the slats on the fence at the rear of the garden. It turned out to be a fledgling. I managed a couple of shots before it disappeared back through to the garden beyond.

Fledgling wren

Fledgling wren

The one photo from today is a hummingbird hawk moth, a large day-flying moth which is very well named.

Hummingbird hawk moth

To complete the set, I’ve resorted to a video sequence. There are two of the regular garden foxes here, plus the female badger which was shown in another recent video clip. The foxes look a bit on the tatty side. That’s partly their natural state at this time of year (cubs + moulting makes for a bad hair day), but they also show signs of recovering from mange and that skinny brush is a lot healthier than it was a few weeks ago.

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

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