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Some Falmer Bird Life

A very short break from the fox cubs (I’m gathering lots of cute photos). I was at Falmer today for work and visited the village pond.

Grey heron at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Major league yawn….

The geese were also around. Moderate numbers at the moment, and it’s slightly too early to see any goslings.

Greylag goose dashing towards the pond

A buzzard flew overhead…

Meanwhile, the young rabbits were out enjoying themselves in the adjacent field.

A cute little group of rabbits

Over on the University campus the herring gulls are nesting… young gulls next month I would think.

Nesting herring gulls at the University of Brighton, Falmer

And ok… here’s some fox cubs from yesterday…

Four fox cubs gather round

Camera note: all daytime photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The fix cubs were taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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Christmas Nature Photography Outing

I’ve been dealing with other matters recently, but I was back out with the camera today. It was a Nature Photography trip, one of the annual Christmas events arranged at work. A small group of us went up to Falmer Pond… always a relatively safe location for being certain of having something to photograph. And I have to say that the local inhabitants did us proud. As did the weather which started overcast, but gradually brightened up over the hour into a fine winter day.

The star for me is always the cormorant, and while he wasn’t being terribly active he provided a few nice shots as he rested on the small island in the centre of the pond.

Cormorant at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Cormorant at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Cormorant at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Being Sussex there are the inevitable herring gulls. This one is a juvenile coming in to land on the water.

Juvenile herring gull at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Another regular is this greylag goose, one of the small number who remain at the pond all year round (we have quite a lot migrant greylags in the summer).

Greylag goose at Falmer Pond

It can’t really be a Christmas photo shoot without a robin, and sure enough several were around and happy to pose.

Robin

The final sequence is the local heron, who excelled itself by eventually agreeing to perch on the No Fishing sign.

Heron on No Fishing sign at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Heron on No Fishing sign at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Heron on No Fishing sign at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

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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