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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.

Cute Badger Video plus…

Another mainly badger post this weekend, but if I have time I’ll slip in some daytime wildlife as well. I’m going to start with a short clip taken by trail camera a few nights ago. It’s a sequence which shows some behavioural traits as two badgers meet in the garden.

Cute, eh?

Now for a few photos… This is the bolder of the pair. We spotted him at the rear of the garden. He backed off when I went out to lay out some peanuts for him, but soon returned. Their sense of smell is acute. He stood at the rear of the garden sniffing for while, and hten headed down the path straight to the small supply of food. I was 10-15 feet further down the garden with the camera.

Badger on steps

Badger on steps

Badger on the path

Badger on the path

Badger on the path

Ok, some daytime stuff from last week. The current pick of the birds at Falmer are the house martins, swifts and swallows. Mostly they are sweeping the skies overhead for insects, but they also skim the pond (though getting decents shots of that is even trickier than following hteir erratic flight paths against the sky. Hence, sky shots.

House martin

House martin

House martin

House martin

Swallow

Swallow

Swift

Swift

Swift

Swift

More next week, but probably not daily for a while. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe via email if you want to keep up to date.

Camera note: all badger photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. Birds and rats with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

House Martins at Falmer

House martin season is in full swing down at Falmer Pond. The adults are busy preparing for their broods, gathering mud for nest building at the water’s edge. There’s a swallow in among them.

House martins

House martins

House martins

And a photo from Monday.

Siberian Eagle Owl

Ok, I admit this is not a house martin!

It’s a Siberian Eagle Owl, part of a display of birds of prey at Wakehurst Place.

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