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The Herring Gull Chicks Get Fed

I’ll come on to the herring gulls in a moment, but I’ll start with just about the first thing I saw when I arrived at Falmer Pond this morning: a pair of herons jousting over a treetop perch. I was on the far side of the pond from where they were, and the sun (which was already getting set for a glorious day) was conveniently behind me.

Grey herons

Grey herons

I also can’t not show the Falmer Pond newcomers. Yes, there is another clutch of greylag goslings, and they look incredibly cute nestling in the long grass (what else would you expect?).

Greylag goslings

Greylag goslings

And then I headed off to work to check out how the young gulls were doing. We have nests on several buildings, but one in particular offers a great vantage point from a balcony to a nesting point on one of the green roof areas. When I got there, the young herring gulls were getting ready for breakfast (a regurgitated feast collected by the adult). Not pretty, but the chicks can’t wait!

herring gull chicks feeding

herring gull chicks feeding

herring gull chicks feeding

Sated, the chicks then posed for a few photos.

Herring gull chick

Herring gull chicks

Herring gull chicks

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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Heron Makes a Splash and a Rat Confronts a Crow

The weather was odd today. I got caught in a torrential downpour at lunchtime, but we also had some beautiful early and late sunshine. I also managed to get some of my usual photographic subjects in unusual situations. So despite the rain, a good day.

I’ll start with a short sequence of a grey heron taken this morning. I’d spotted it on one of the No Fishing signs, but after a few minutes it flew to the edge of the pond and paused (posed?) on some rocks.

grey heron

The next couple of photos show the heron taking to the wing. The spray was caused by either a duck or a gull (they were just out of shot).

heron in spray

heron in spray

The white goose was playing guard duty with the eight greylag goslings.

White goose with three greylag goslings

Greylag and white goose escorting greylag goslings

The young moorhens are growing up fast. here’s one of them preening itself, with an adult in close attendance.

moorhen juvenile preening

The penultimate sequence is one of the more unusual encounters, I’ve seen at the pond. The photos aren’t great. My vantage point wasn’t good (a park bench was between me and a lot of the action), and they were moving fast. A small group of crows was picking through the grass for breadcrumbs and other tidbits, but were being confronted by a hungry rat. The rat was consistently the aggressor, rushing forward and leaping at the crows. As I said, the photos aren’t perfect, but they give something of an idea of what I was watching.

rat and crow confrontation

rat and crow confrontation

rat and crow confrontation

rat and crow confrontation

I’ll close with a photo taken early evening in the garden. We’d just had another downpour which triggered the appearance of a near-perfect double rainbow.

Double rainbow

Camera note: all wildlife photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Rainbows taken with the EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

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Goslings and Daisies

It’s difficult to avoid posting photos of the new arrivals at the pond, but I’ll try to mix it up just a little bit.

The first photo of the day is something of a follow-up to yesterday’s post. This time the young rabbit decided to make a typical dash for cover.

Young rabbit running

The young moorhens were also out and about. They are growing quickly and have already lost their ball-of-cotton-wool fluffiness. They are, however, not too old to have stopped calling insistently to be fed.

moorhen chick

And then there’s bread. To be fair the locals also leave plenty of seed (which is the healthier option), but this young gosling were not disappointed with its free snack.

gosling with bread

The adult geese keep a close watch while the feeding is going on as there are always others about waiting their chance to grab a morsel. The big white goose is especially attentive.

White goose and greylag goslings

This crow was in luck and headed across the pond with its prize.

Crow with piece of bread

And now for the cute overload… goslings among the daisies.

goslings and daisies

goslings and daisies

goslings and daisies

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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