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Five Birds

This is something of a return to some of the more regular species that abound at this time of year. Birds are getting ready for nesting and mating, and – common species at least – are very easy to see.

The crows are busy gathering nesting material.

Crow carrying twig

The blackbirds are taking to the rooftops…

Blackbird on roof

The robins are everywhere. This one was in a small wooded area near Falmer Pond. Nice early morning sunshine.

Robin in tree

Possibly my favourite of the early birds, was this male mallard quietly sitting on the church wall. It took me an age to get round to the best angle, but here it is.

Duck on wall

The final shot was taken at lunchtime, when the light was less helpful. It made a change to see a herring gull doing nothing much at all.

herring gull

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

Heron Makes a Splash and a Rat Confronts a Crow

The weather was odd today. I got caught in a torrential downpour at lunchtime, but we also had some beautiful early and late sunshine. I also managed to get some of my usual photographic subjects in unusual situations. So despite the rain, a good day.

I’ll start with a short sequence of a grey heron taken this morning. I’d spotted it on one of the No Fishing signs, but after a few minutes it flew to the edge of the pond and paused (posed?) on some rocks.

grey heron

The next couple of photos show the heron taking to the wing. The spray was caused by either a duck or a gull (they were just out of shot).

heron in spray

heron in spray

The white goose was playing guard duty with the eight greylag goslings.

White goose with three greylag goslings

Greylag and white goose escorting greylag goslings

The young moorhens are growing up fast. here’s one of them preening itself, with an adult in close attendance.

moorhen juvenile preening

The penultimate sequence is one of the more unusual encounters, I’ve seen at the pond. The photos aren’t great. My vantage point wasn’t good (a park bench was between me and a lot of the action), and they were moving fast. A small group of crows was picking through the grass for breadcrumbs and other tidbits, but were being confronted by a hungry rat. The rat was consistently the aggressor, rushing forward and leaping at the crows. As I said, the photos aren’t perfect, but they give something of an idea of what I was watching.

rat and crow confrontation

rat and crow confrontation

rat and crow confrontation

rat and crow confrontation

I’ll close with a photo taken early evening in the garden. We’d just had another downpour which triggered the appearance of a near-perfect double rainbow.

Double rainbow

Camera note: all wildlife photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Rainbows taken with the EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

Goslings and Daisies

It’s difficult to avoid posting photos of the new arrivals at the pond, but I’ll try to mix it up just a little bit.

The first photo of the day is something of a follow-up to yesterday’s post. This time the young rabbit decided to make a typical dash for cover.

Young rabbit running

The young moorhens were also out and about. They are growing quickly and have already lost their ball-of-cotton-wool fluffiness. They are, however, not too old to have stopped calling insistently to be fed.

moorhen chick

And then there’s bread. To be fair the locals also leave plenty of seed (which is the healthier option), but this young gosling were not disappointed with its free snack.

gosling with bread

The adult geese keep a close watch while the feeding is going on as there are always others about waiting their chance to grab a morsel. The big white goose is especially attentive.

White goose and greylag goslings

This crow was in luck and headed across the pond with its prize.

Crow with piece of bread

And now for the cute overload… goslings among the daisies.

goslings and daisies

goslings and daisies

goslings and daisies

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