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Blackbird, Collared Dove and Coot

Well I may include something else as well, but I’ll start with the birds. They are all very common, but the light was nice and I’m still enjoying getting to know the new gear. I have to say I am amazed at just how sharp the lens is. Anyway, here’s a fine blackbird (male) who was hanging around Falmer Pond today.

Blackbird (male)

Blackbird (male)

We also have a good colony of collared doves locally. They are naturalized natives (they’ve been around the UK for about 50 years), but they are everywhere now. More delicate than our standard pigeons, they are pretty birds with beautiful red eyes.

Collared dove

Collared dove

Just one shot of the coot, caught as it was descending the bank into the pond. Again, the light was lovely.

Coot

I can’t resist posting at least one rat shot, but the rest of today’s will be added to the December rat album.

rat

rat

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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Monochrome Set (in colour)

OK, these are black and white photos. But they are black, white and shades of grey.

Coot

Black and White (Coot)

Pied Wagtail

White, Black, Grey (Pied Wagtail)

Collared Dove

Grey (Collared Dove)

Jackdaw

Black (Jackdaw)

And a touch of brown 😉

Rat

Rat on Rock

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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Collared Dove and other flight shots

The main sequence today is a collared dove, flying low over Falmer Pond this morning. I’d been hoping for more photos of swallows, swifts and house martins, but sometimes you have to take what you can get. And I was quite pleased to take these 😉

collared dove

collared dove

collared dove

The first of the other flight shots in the title is a fairly standard photo of starlings. It’s hard to be sure, but I don’t think I’ve seen as many this year as in previous years. Overall, their numbers are in decline, but local variations can mask the true situation. Anyway, just a quite nice image of them flying overhead in a small group.

Flock of starlings

The final shot is one of those that I’m always looking for but very rarely do all the elements fall into place. It was taken against a blue sky, but I’ve converted it to black and white.

Aircraft crossing the moon

Aircraft crossing the moon

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

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