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Rat Standing on Two Legs (plus some birds)

Lovely sunny day today, and the local inhabitants at Falmer Pond were in one of their collectively more cooperative moods. Plenty of subjects to choose from, including the title subject (but I’ll reserve that for the end).

First up is something of a re-visit to yesterday’s post. Another dunnock, but this time in decent light against a clean background.

Dunnock on brick wall

Dunnock on brick wall

The great tits are busy too. This one is on a coconut ‘fat’ feeder at the front of St Laurence Church, adjacent to the pond.

Great tit on coconut shell

Then there are the little wagtails.

Pied wagtail on dead tree

And even the ducks were in fine fettle.

duck and reflection

But the star of the day… this little rodent. The water levels are gradually going down at the pond which has brought some of the summer rat runs back into use. This one is close to one of the more popular points for throwing bread to the ducks and gulls. A few crumbs had landed on top of the boulder. The rat was considering its options…

rat on hind legs

Rat on hind legs

rat on hind legs

Rat pushing large boulder

rat by water

It eventually chose an easier option.

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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Dunnock and Fulmars

I have a soft spot for dunnocks. They are very unglamorous birds. About the size of a sparrow, they tend to stay near hedgerows and are the archetypical little brown bird that no-one can name. They are quite bold though and this one was quite unconcerned by my presence this morning.

Dunnock

Dunnock

Dunnock

Later in the day I had to nip down to Rottingdean and took the opportunity for 20 minutes by the cliffs. The fulmars are fully in residence, and they were easy to spot on their roosts along the cliff face. I love the way they seem so contentedly domestic.

Fulmars on the cliffs at Rottingdean

Fulmars on the cliffs at Rottingdean

Fulmars on the cliffs at Rottingdean

Fulmars on the cliffs at Rottingdean

Last shot, just because I like it (from the morning session at Falmer Pond).

rat

Rat among the tree roots

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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Robin, Dunnock, Squirrel, R..

Just some simple shots from yesterday and today.

Robin

Robin

Dunnock

Dunnock

Squirrel

Squirrel

Rat

Rat

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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