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Buzzard on the Lewes Road

I took this sequence in the middle of the morning today, just at the edge of the car park adjacent to the Lewes Road at Moulsecoomb. The buzzard was being bothered by numerous gulls, before a very persistent crow took over the job of seeing the buzzard off their local patch.

buzzard and crow

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow

buzzard and crow

Close encounter


buzzard and crow

The buzzard gets the message loud and clear

buzzard and crow

And a little bit of synchronised flying

The buzzard eventually gave up and flew back into the nearby hills.

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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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.

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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.

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