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Herring Gull Chicks (and a heron)

After a damp start to the week, today turned out nice and sunny. There was a heron down by Falmer Pond at lunchtime. I’ve not seen them there too often this year (and very few cormorants), so it was something of a treat. A couple of other cameras were also taking advantage of its presence.

Grey heron

Grey heron

Only a short break today, but time enough to take a few shots of the young herring gulls by the car park before I headed back in to work. They are always good fun to watch (if they are awake, which they were).

Herring gull chicks and adult

Proud parent with its chicks

Herring gull chicks

Playtime with a discarded plastic ring (they stayed safe)

Herring gull chicks

A quick scratch

Herring gull chicks

First flight attempts (not successful)

Herring gull chicks

And a final stretch of these weird things called wings

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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Buzzard and Herring Gull

There’s a lot of this going on the skies above Sussex at the moment. The buzzards are up high, enjoying the summer thermals and the herring gulls are in their most dedicated defence mode (young chicks to protect). The result? buzzards being chased all over the skies. These shots were taken early this morning.

buzzard and herring gull

Buzzard being chased or mobbed by a herring gull

buzzard and herring gull

buzzard and herring gull

buzzard and herring gull

And here’s one of the vulnerable chicks 😉

Herring gull chick

One bonus photo for tonight as I always enjoy seeing the Painted Ladies arrive from Europe. The butterfly that is. Not many around yet, but if the weather holds this could be a good year for butterflies.

Painted Lady Butterfly

Painted Lady Butterfly

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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Pretty Wren and Some New Herring Gull Chicks

Well we seem to have something resembling summer at the moment, and there is plenty to see in the skies around the South Downs, including a peregrine circling overhead as I arrived at work this morning. That’s not what I’m going post though (too far off for a decent photo). Instead here’s a short sequence of a pretty wren I spotted earlier in the week.

wren

Wren with insects in its beak at Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Wren

Wren

The new arrivals were taken today, just at the edge of the car park at work. It’s an annual event, and the adult herring gulls jealously guard this spot. They breed here every year, and usually there are two or three chicks. I haven’t been able to get an accurate count yet as they are still in that handy nesting box, but it won’t be long before they venture out to the main roof.

Herring gull chicks

Herring gull chicks

The last shot for today is one of my attempts at motion blur, this time of a collared dove (and again taken today).

Collared dove (motion blur)

Collared dove

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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