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Battling Herring Gulls

This is nothing to do with the ludicrous attempts by the Prime Minister to vilify yet another of our wildlife species (in this case a red listed bird), but some shots of herring gulls chasing each other on the wing. The photos were taken at Rottingdean today, just along from here. At no time did I feel I was in any danger 😉

Rottingdean Beach at low tide

Rottingdean Beach at low tide

Herring gulls squabbling over food

Herring gulls engage in aerial combat

Herring gulls squabbling over food

Herring gulls squabbling over food

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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Flowers

Alongside my usual stuff I’m on a mission to take photos of flowers. It’s part of the latest FotoMission over on FotoBuzz and it’s stretching my creativity somewhat. I’m taking lots of pictures, but nothing that really stands out. These are a couple from today to show what I mean. The composition on the first is ok (or would be if I cropped out the flower head on the far right), but it doesn’t leap out at me. I quite like the second one, but more for the insects than the flower. I need to try something else.

butterfly

White butterfly on yellow flower

hoverfly

Hoverflies on wild plant

This next one is a little more ‘arty’, but still doesn’t quite capture what I’m after.

wild flower by gravestone

Gravestone and wild flower

I do have an idea about what I’ll post, but I’m keeping that under wraps for now. In the meantime here’s my last FotoMission submission, the theme for this one being ‘action’. It’s a slow-shutter shot of a juvenile herring gull, and a photo I was really delighted to get.

Herring gull taken at 1/15s, f/29, 100 ISO

Herring gull taken at 1/15s, f/29, 100 ISO

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

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Lots of Cuteness!

Summer is here (storm clouds threatened for tomorrow, but I can live with that). Anyway, today I took some proper time to watch the local youngsters… house martins and herring gulls.

These are a couple of the young martins, snug in their nest. There are several of these under the eaves of the row of cottages at Falmer.

house martin chicks

House martin chicks

house martin chicks

house martin chicks

One of the adult house martins on a flint wall below the roof.

The real local characters though are the young herring gulls. There are small clutches all over the roofs at work, but these two are in my favourite spot (by the car park), and are just hitting that stage where they look faintly absurd!

herring gull chick

I do art impressions: The Scream

Herring gull chicks

Herring gull chicks

Herring gull chicks

And the adults always keep a watchful eye on them.

Herring gull chicks

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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