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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.

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Flying High

The unexpected dry spell allowed us the chance to do some tidying up in the garden. It was sunny and there’s always something to see overhead, so I’m certainly not about to complain. The gulls are a good alarm system when I’m gardening. I don’t actually have to watch the sky, just keep an ear open for sudden silences (always worth checking out), or a near exponential increase in squawking. Both say: Raptor Alert!

Here’s the first visitor of the day, a rather fine looking buzzard that flew over late morning.

Common buzzard

I missed a sparrowhawk soon after that one, but they tend to come back and I was able to get this photo a little later in the day.

Sparrowhawk

As well as gulls and birds of prey, it can be worth watching the corvids. Jackdaws chatter overhead; and the crows have their own noisy way of making their presence known, especially if they’re not happy. I spotted a small group crows in fairly frantic flight. It appeared that they were chasing an unwelcome crow out of their territory. This is a short sequence of what happened when one of the local crows caught up with the interloper.

Two crows engaging in mid-air combat.

Two crows engaging in mid-air combat.

Two crows engaging in mid-air combat.

Two crows engaging in mid-air combat.

The shots were taken from some distance and are heavily cropped, but it was interesting to see them in mid-air combat. The birds separate in the final shot and I watched as the lead bird was chased away over the valley. The several other crows in attendance (but out of shot) circled back to nearby trees.

The final sequence is of a buzzard. It wasn’t being mobbed as such, but carefully escorted away from the area by a small squadron of herring gulls. They mainly kept their distance, but one would occasionally dart closer to remind the buzzard of their presence. The buzzard itself is interesting as it has lost a number of primary feathers. Its flight seemed unaffected, and the feathers will re-grow.

Common buzzard with missing primaries

Common buzzard with missing primaries

Common buzzard with missing primaries

Common buzzard with missing primaries

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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Mainly Black

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