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Moorhen Chicks

After a wet weekend, today was only a little better; but a little is enough and it was fine enough for two young moorhens to be out exploring the island set in the middle of Falmer Pond. The island is a good spot for them to be raised, safe from at least some predators who generally lurk near the fringes and banks of the pond.

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks and attendant adult on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks being fed

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks down by the water’s edge

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks racing on the island at Falmer Pond

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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Lots of Cuteness!

Summer is here (storm clouds threatened for tomorrow, but I can live with that). Anyway, today I took some proper time to watch the local youngsters… house martins and herring gulls.

These are a couple of the young martins, snug in their nest. There are several of these under the eaves of the row of cottages at Falmer.

house martin chicks

House martin chicks

house martin chicks

house martin chicks

One of the adult house martins on a flint wall below the roof.

The real local characters though are the young herring gulls. There are small clutches all over the roofs at work, but these two are in my favourite spot (by the car park), and are just hitting that stage where they look faintly absurd!

herring gull chick

I do art impressions: The Scream

Herring gull chicks

Herring gull chicks

Herring gull chicks

And the adults always keep a watchful eye on them.

Herring gull chicks

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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More Moorhen Chicks

Another quick post today. The moorhen chicks seem to be doing well, spending as much time out of the nest as in it, while the adults are being kept busy finding a constant supply of food.

These photos are all cropped to some extent and were taken from a sufficiently safe distance to avoid disturbing the birds.

Moorhen chicks

Moorhen chicks

Moorhen chicks

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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