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Guess who was at Falmer Pond? (Rat Special)

If you go back a couple of years or so in my blog you will find multiple posts featuring the rats down at Falmer Pond. It’s a near perfect environment for them and they generally stay close to the pond. In recent years there have been concerted efforts to reduce the population, and largely its been successful. They’ve become very tricky to spot. I don’t know whether it was the very muggy weather today, but for once they were much in evidence. Here’s a small selection of them foraging at the edge of the pond.

rat

rat

Rat on the rocks

rat

Rat on the rocks

rat

Rat in 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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Frozen Falmer

Well we had the first snow of winter this morning. Just a thin layer which didn’t affect local travel arrangements, but enough to put a nice wintry glow on Falmer Village early this morning.

Falmer Pond, frozen

The pond was partially frozen over, the ice more than sufficient to hold these black-headed gulls.

Black-headed gulls on frozen pond

The light was poor (as ever), but I was quite pleased with this slow-pan sequence of a greylag carefully picking its landing site.

slow pan shot of greylag goose

slow pan shot of greylag goose

slow pan shot of greylag goose

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 Flies

An unusually, but welcome, clear day. Chilly, but there are still insects in the air and the little pied wagtails were making the most of the opportunity to feed.

Pied Wagtail

Stepping out

Pied Wagtail

On watch

Pied Wagtail

Diving down

Pied Wagtail

Result!

Those were taken in the middle of the day. It had been misty earlier in the day, but the sun breaking through provided a beautiful view of the pond. This time of year can be very nearly perfect.

Falmer Pond

Falmer Pond on a misty morning

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

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