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Winter Birds

With the temperatures hovering around freezing, it feels like winter has finally arrived. It’s certainly cold, but today the skies were clear and the winds low. I like winter days like this. I needed to take a rare trip over to Eastbourne, stopping briefly at Seven Sisters to see what birds were about. There were a few distant curlews, numerous little egrets, some swans and cormorants. Worth the early start.

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Little egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

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Mute swan on rippling blue

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Cormorant cruising

Back home the foxes are still around. At least three of them are putting in an appearance on the trail camera (along with an occasional badger), though Pretty Vixen is the only one venturing out for photo shoots. She seems to be becoming a permanent fixture. It’s good that so many are still around and that bodes well for next spring.

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Pretty Vixen peering down from the wall

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. Pretty Vixen taken with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens.

The Vixen (video)

As a postscript to yesterday’s post, here’s some recent footage from the trail camera 🙂

Meet the Vixen

She’s cautious, but a new mother’s first responsibility is to her young and the vixen ventured into the garden tonight and kept a watchful eye on the cubs. I just took a couple of shots of her from a distance.

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Lactating vixen keeping a watchful eye at the rear of the garden while her cubs venture forth

The cubs were as playful as ever (and greedy). A couple of them had a good scrap with each other (but the photos aren’t up to scratch… focusing moving targets in the dark isn’t easy), but in the main they were just very cute.

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This one is definitely on the greedy side of things

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This little one stayed out later than the rest.

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At the water trough

The final photo is actually from last night, but I like it and it rounds things off nicely by including the dog fox.

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Fox cub and adult (male) fox

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.