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It Begins with a Kiss

Two collared doves in a display of love and affection…

Collared doves mating on tiled roof top

It begins with a kiss…

Collared doves mating on tiled roof top

Collared doves mating on tiled roof top

Collared doves mating on tiled roof top

… and ends with a flutter.

Two more shots from today after all that (very brief) excitement 😉

First a rampaging moorhen…

Moorhen racing across Falmer Pond

Moorhen racing across Falmer Pond

And second the three ducks from the other day… this time out for a leisurely swim.

Trio of ducks on Falmer Pond

Trio of ducks on 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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Catching Swallows

One of my regular photographic challenges (self-imposed) is photographing swallows (or swifts) while they swoop over water or across fields. Mostly I walk away with no success at all, but in the last week I’ve managed a few that while far from perfect are at least usable. The difficulties are many: keeping the bird in the frame while it speeds across the lens; keeping the lens in focus and relatively steady; having a fast enough shutter speed; and capturing the bird while it’s facing in an acceptable direction (youu don’t really want back views).

As I said, these ain’t perfect, but hey are among my better efforts. I’ll start with one from last week diving over the pond and – double bonus points – with its beak wide open!

Swallow diving over Falmer Pond

Swallow diving over Falmer Pond

The rest are from today, when the light was decidedly iffy. The ISO was ramped up to 1600 as getting anything usable depends on speed. Ths is actually a fledgling, but it can still motor!

Swallow in flight over fields at Falmer

Fledgling swallow in flight over fields at Falmer

Swallow in flight over fields at Falmer

Swallow in flight over fields at Falmer

Swallow in flight over fields at Falmer

Another one with mouth open! More bonus points 🙂

To make up for the roughness of those, one ‘proper’ photo, also from today. I took quite a few of this group of ducks passing the time of day, but this is the pick.

Three ducks at Falmer Pond

Three ducks 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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More Goslings, plus a New Badger

The young goslings were still doing well on Friday, and still attracting plenty of attention around Falmer Pond. Here are a few more shots which come with a ‘high cuteness’ warning attached.

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Two-day old greylag gosling contemplating a daisy

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Greylag goslings grazing on grass bank at Falmer

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Greylag goslings wading in Falmer Pond

The goslings are still tiny, but they’ll eventually grow to be a mighty goose, like this adult greylag.

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Greylag goose rising up from the water

That’s another slow-shutter shot. I’m gathering plenty of them at the moment as part of a FotoBuzz project on action photography. It’s a great place for learning from real experts at wildlife and landscape photography, and with some luck and hard graft it should help me improve and refine what I shoot.

Here’s another couple of shots in the same mode.

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Ducks in flight

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Female mallard landing on water

Back in the garden, the badgers have been great fun. Today’s photos are of badger number 2. I don’t think it’s the female in the video I posted, which means there are at least three humbugs visiting. This one is smaller than the male who has featured in most of the recent photos, and I suspect has been in fewer fights and scrapes. It’s not as bold as the big guy, but is becoming more tolerant.

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Badger lurking near the apple tree

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Badger Portrait #1

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Badger Portrait #2

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The badger was photographed with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

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