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Moorhens Enjoy a Private Moment

I feel in need of posting something and this short sequence of a pair of moorhens enjoying sharing a, shall we say, private moment fits the bill. They were under some overhanging branches at the edge of Falmer pond. I was watching out for house martins swooping down to the pond, but struggling to keep up with them. This pair were altogether easier to photograph.

moorhens mating

moorhens mating

moorhens mating

Moorhens mating at Falmer Pond

Moorhens are ‘rails’, as is the slightly larger coot. This one looks in need of a mate, but made a fine portrait.

coot

Coot at Falmer Pond

I’m keeping this brief but couldn’t not post this shot of a dog that was cooling down in the pond. Not that it should have been there; but it was hot from a car ride (so I was told) and was keeping clear of wildlife, so no harm done.

dog swimming

Dog swimming 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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Three Reflections on a Coot

Among the various water birds at Falmer Pond, we now have a pair of coots; and who knows, maybe more as the year progresses. The water was very still this morning and ideal for a few reflections.

Coot and reflection

Coot and reflection

Coot and reflection

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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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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