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Cormorant and Gulls

I spent a couple of hours this morning at Falmer Pond. I wasn’t expecting much (I was really planning just to test out some new gear), but on arrival I spotted this beautiful cormorant perching on a rock at the edge of the water.

cormorant

Cormorant at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

I think I may have been disturbing a private moment though…

cormorant defecating

Those were both taken with the 100-400 lens, but I was interested in getting familiar with my 500mm lens and a new tripod head (Flexline). The beauty of the Flexline is that you set it up so that the horizon is always level, even when you start moving the lens around. And even better, the lens doesn’t creep! This won’t mean much if you’ve not used tripods, but ‘creep’ is a big issue and means constant alignment and readjustment with most systems. Anyway, the remainder of the shots here were taken with the longer lens, from a tripod. Using the Flexline was a delight.

A couple more of the cormorant…

cormorant

Cormorant

I did some gentle tracking (very easy and very smooth), including several shots of juvenile herring gulls.

juvenile herring gull with fish

Herring gull at Falmer Pond with fish

juvenile herring gull splashing

A bigger splash

The second species of gull at the pond is the black-headed gull, though most of them have now lost their chocolate brown breeding plumage and simply display a dark facial spot.

Black-headed gull at Falmer Pond, with fish

Black-headed gull at Falmer Pond, with fish

black-headed gull on rock

Back home the foxes were in and out of the garden this afternoon, including a visit by Pretty Vixen.

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Pretty Vixen

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens or EF 500mm f/4 IS II USM lens.

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.

Gull Gets a Fish

I can’t claim any of the traditional spectaculars with this (kingfisher diving, osprey swooping), but a bird catching a fish is still worth an airing. Even if it’s a common herring gull and the fish looks remarkably like a goldfish. The sequence was taken last Friday at Falmer Pond.

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Herring gull catching goldfish at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Splash landing back in the water

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Taking it back to the bank

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

The fish makes a final vain attempt to escape

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

The herring gull displays its catch

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