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Fieldfare at Falmer

Having featured the blackbird yesterday, today’s bird is a close relation. It’s another of the family Turdidae, this time the much less commonly seen Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris). Like the blackbird, it’s a member of the thrush family, but it tends to keep well away from inhabited areas, preferring woodland fringe and fields (hence its name).

I’d hiked across a couple of fields at lunchtime. It was beautiful out, but cold, so a walk seemed to make more sense than freezing at the edge of the pond. I headed for a small wood just to the south of Falmer (and just inside the South Downs National Park).


There hadn’t been too much to see, and maybe it was the cold but I got a little creative with the camera. It makes a change to try something different every now and then.

tree detail

Emerging from the woods, and still having seen little if any wildlife, I came across a lone fieldfare. It’s something of a winter bird so it was probably less bothered by the cold than I was. It was bracing itself against the chill wind.




It was a treat to get such a clear shot, even from quite a distance away.

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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Water Rat plus some time on the farm

The rats are becoming ever more elusive as the water level rises, but they are nothing if not adaptable and I spotted this one today perched on a thick branch overhanging the water. I had to struggle to gain a clear line of sight to it through all the overhanging branches. These are the best I could do.



This final shot of the rat gives a better idea of its location. Its taken directly into the sun bouncing of the water’s surface.


Those were this morning. Later in the day I went out to the fields where the sheep were forming an orderly queue as the farmer arrived with their feed.


Over head a small flock of fieldfares gave warning of cold weather to come.



A pony snuggled down in the weak sunshine…


And somewhere in this photo there’s a fox. Can you find it. I didn’t see it until I was processing the pictures. The animals at the top of the photos are horses… that’s the only clue.

horses and fox

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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