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Slow Worm Mating sequence

This is a first for me. Slow worms (Anguis fragilis) are one of our most common reptiles and there are always a few lurking in the corners of the garden. They are lizards (not snakes, despite being ‘legless’): they have eyelids (snakes don’t) and ear openings (snakes don’t have those either). Usually they are fairly static, and you can often find them underneath pots or stones (they like the warmth, being lizards). They are quite keen on compost bins as well (warmth).

This morning I popped into the garden and spotted two of them on the corner of the patio. And then I realized what was going on. This was the slow worm mating ritual. I dashed inside and grabbed the camera.

Slow worms at the start of mating

Slow worms at the start of mating

The male bites the female on her neck as they begin to entwine

The male bites the female on her neck as they begin to entwine

slow worms mating

Here they both seem to be having a nibble!

slow worms mating

More biting!

Pair of slow worms mating

Quite a tangle

slow worms mating

And finally they separate

The female will produce live young in late July or August. Apparently the young are born in their egg sac. I’ll be watching out for them, but the chance of seeing them at just the right time is remote.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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It Begins with a Kiss

Two collared doves in a display of love and affection…

Collared doves mating on tiled roof top

It begins with a kiss…

Collared doves mating on tiled roof top

Collared doves mating on tiled roof top

Collared doves mating on tiled roof top

… and ends with a flutter.

Two more shots from today after all that (very brief) excitement 😉

First a rampaging moorhen…

Moorhen racing across Falmer Pond

Moorhen racing across Falmer Pond

And second the three ducks from the other day… this time out for a leisurely swim.

Trio of ducks on Falmer Pond

Trio of ducks on Falmer Pond

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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Moorhens Enjoy a Private Moment

I feel in need of posting something and this short sequence of a pair of moorhens enjoying sharing a, shall we say, private moment fits the bill. They were under some overhanging branches at the edge of Falmer pond. I was watching out for house martins swooping down to the pond, but struggling to keep up with them. This pair were altogether easier to photograph.

moorhens mating

moorhens mating

moorhens mating

Moorhens mating at Falmer Pond

Moorhens are ‘rails’, as is the slightly larger coot. This one looks in need of a mate, but made a fine portrait.

coot

Coot at Falmer Pond

I’m keeping this brief but couldn’t not post this shot of a dog that was cooling down in the pond. Not that it should have been there; but it was hot from a car ride (so I was told) and was keeping clear of wildlife, so no harm done.

dog swimming

Dog swimming at Falmer Pond

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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