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Christmas Nature Photography Outing

I’ve been dealing with other matters recently, but I was back out with the camera today. It was a Nature Photography trip, one of the annual Christmas events arranged at work. A small group of us went up to Falmer Pond… always a relatively safe location for being certain of having something to photograph. And I have to say that the local inhabitants did us proud. As did the weather which started overcast, but gradually brightened up over the hour into a fine winter day.

The star for me is always the cormorant, and while he wasn’t being terribly active he provided a few nice shots as he rested on the small island in the centre of the pond.

Cormorant at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Cormorant at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Cormorant at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Being Sussex there are the inevitable herring gulls. This one is a juvenile coming in to land on the water.

Juvenile herring gull at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Another regular is this greylag goose, one of the small number who remain at the pond all year round (we have quite a lot migrant greylags in the summer).

Greylag goose at Falmer Pond

It can’t really be a Christmas photo shoot without a robin, and sure enough several were around and happy to pose.

Robin

The final sequence is the local heron, who excelled itself by eventually agreeing to perch on the No Fishing sign.

Heron on No Fishing sign at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Heron on No Fishing sign at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Heron on No Fishing sign at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

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

Chelsea (London Views)

Work took me to London today (Chelsea Harbour). The fates conveniently provided a little bit of sunshine and a chance to take a few urban landscape shots between appointments. These were taken in and around Chelsea Harbour/Imperial Wharf, just off the King’s Road.

Chelsea Harbour and environs

The view across the Thames.

Chelsea Harbour and environs

The view across to the north.

Chelsea Harbour and environs

Gas works near Lotts Road, Chelsea

Chelsea Harbour and environs

Cormorant flying across a glass-fronted building by the Thames.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

Kestrel at Seaford

After a very fallow period, things looked up today. Ok, I pushed them a bit by going in to work via Falmer. Sunrise is just about at the right time for me now to get morning views like this as the sun rises behind the South Downs.

Sunrise at Falmer Village, East Sussex

Sunrise at Falmer Village, East Sussex

I even chanced upon a cormorant as it was flying in…

Cormorant at Falmer, East Sussex

Cormorant at Falmer, East Sussex

The main sequence, however, came later in the day as I headed over to Eastbourne at lunchtime. The drive was punctuated by the sight of kestrels hovering over hedgerows. In most cases I had no choice but to continue driving, but I spotted a female kestrel as I entered Seaford. I parked up, and took this sequence.

Female kestrel at Seaford, East Sussex

Female kestrel perching on a shed at Seaford, East Sussex

Female kestrel at Seaford, East Sussex

Female kestrel at Seaford, East Sussex

Female kestrel at Seaford, East Sussex

Female kestrel at Seaford, East Sussex

Hopefully I’ll get more opportunities (helped if the weather stays fine), but it’s nice to be getting some shots again.

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