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Cygnets at Woods Mill

I spent part of the day over at Woods Mill, the Sussex Wildlife Trust centre. They currently have some nesting kestrels but the stars of this visit were the young cygnets.

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

cygnets

On the nest, taken from a safe distance

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

cygnet

Cygnet

There was also a family of little grebes. The light made photographing them all but impossible, but I did get a couple of nice shots.

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Little Grebe and chicks

Little Grebe and chicks at Woods Mill, Sussex

I also saw a red kite (plus one on my way there). It seems they may have finally made it to Sussex. I’ll be keeping an eye out for them. That’s three or four sightings this year.

Red kite

Red Kite at Woods Mill. Next time I’ll try to photograph one coming towards me!

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

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Little Egret at Seven Sisters

I took these on a trip out to Eastbourne today, at Seven Sisters Country Park. As well as the little egrets, I was lucky enough to see a kingfisher (but it was too fast to photograph). The egret was rather more accommodating, posing primly on a fence by the edge of the water.

Little Egret on a fence

Little Egret on a fence

It had been wading when I first spotted it, and soon returned to the serious business of hunting tiddlers.

Little Egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

Little Egret fishing

Little Egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

Little Egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

There were some other little birds the water, and these ones really are little.

Little grebe at Seven Sisters Country Park

Little grebe at Seven Sisters Country Park

Two more shots from today… As I was heading home I spotted a gathering of swans (11 in total). It was difficult to get a good angle from the bank, but I quite like this one.

Mute swan

Mute swan

I can’t go without adding another photo of the fox from this evening.

Fox on the garden steps

Fox on the garden steps

Camera note: all the bird photos were taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. As ever, I used the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM for the fox.

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Little Grebe at Woods Mill

This is really the Easter Monday post. We spent the afternoon at Woods Mill, the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. We started by checking out the kestrel, and while an adult was in evidence there are – as yet – no signs of the chicks. It may be a few more weeks before they appear.

There were plenty of small birds around (chiffchaffs, robins, long-tailed tits), but the best moments were down by the lake where a pair of little grebes (aka dabchicks) – in full breeding plumage – were parading up and down the water. It was a still day, and we were there towards the end of the afternoon. Near perfect conditions and light, though I would have been even happier if they had come just a little closer to the bank. Anyway, I posted one shot yesterday. Here are a few more.

Little grebe in breeding plumage

Little grebe in breeding plumage

Little grebe in breeding plumage

Little grebe in breeding plumage

Little grebe in breeding plumage

Little grebe in breeding plumage

We also checked out the hide. Lots of blue tits and great tits, plus dunnocks and even a squirrel.

Blue tit at Woods Mill

Blue tit at Woods Mill

Blue tit at Woods Mill

Blue tit on a feeder

Squirrel at Woods Mill

Squirrel in woodland

Squirrel at Woods Mill

Just two shots from today (I have plenty more, but this is getting long). The first is a trio of dunnocks in their ritual mating dance. Dunnocks are unusual in that their common breeding group comprises three birds (two males and female – she mates with both males).

Trio of dunnocks in mating dance

The last shots are a first for me. Not the fact that it’s a rat, but that it is perched on a dead carp floating at the side of the pond. Oh yes, it’s also sticking its tongue out! 😛

Rat sticking its tongue out while standing on a dead carp

Rat sticking out its tongue

 

rat eating a dead carp

Rat eating a floating dead carp

 

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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