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Birds and Butterflies

The storm has passed and we are back with fine autumnal weather. Cool, but the skies are clear. Outside tonight I can see Jupiter shining brightly and Orion rising. Much earlier today the skies were blue, perfectly setting off the pure white of a little egret.

Little egret

Little egret

Little egret

The Canada geese were also enjoying the calm.

Canada geese

Canada geese

Canada geese

At lunchtime I stepped out on to the start of the South Downs Way. Here the smaller birds dominate. There was a lone (and very late) swallow overhead, and a colourful jay criss-crossing between the trees.

Jay

If the swallow (the photo is not worth posting) was a late visitor, I was equally surprised to see numerous butterflies including several red admirals and this beautiful clouded yellow.

Clouded yellow butterfly

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

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A Jay on a Rock

We are back to misty mornings, but the struggle to see through the gloom was was rewarded by a brief (and this year, a rare) sighting of a jay. These multicoloured birds are close relatives of the crow and the magpie, but are generally shy and more difficult to spot. This one stayed around just for a few seconds. Long enough though.

Jay

Jay

It had brightened up a touch by the middle of the day. Nothing too exciting to see, so these are just a few shots that I quite liked. The first is one of the local white ducks.

Small white duck

Next up is a very standard shot of a gull (black-headed variety in its winter plumage) in flight. The reason I’ve included it is that I was quite taken with the exceptionally miserable look on the bird’s face!

Black-headed gull

I was pleased with this final shot. The little pied wagtails are a common sight locally, and the relatively mild weather means that they are still leaping about over the rooftops catching insects on the wing.

Pied wagtail

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

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A Wet Jay

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