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Mating Greylags and More Fox and Badger Video Fun

More sunshine, and signs that spring might be upon us. Likely it’s a false dawn, but we can but hope. These greylags were certainly in tune with the change of season, happily mating in the cool, early morning sunshine.

Greylag geese mating

Greylag geese mating

Greylag geese mating

Lunchtime brought more signs of spring. I was taking a walk along one of the country lanes just outside Falmer. The trees are already in leaf, and the birds were singing.

country lane

Just off the path I spotted my second butterfly of the year (and managed my first photo). It’s a small tortoiseshell, and it seems an early showing.

Small tortoiseshell butterfly

As for the foxes (and badgers), they are still enjoying the garden at night, especially now the rains have more or less stopped (cue downpour in the next 24 hours). Here are the three foxes again, plus a couple of badger encounters.

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

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Greylag Geese Mating (photo special)

It was a little brighter this morning when I arrived at Falmer. Partly due to some improved weather, and of course dawn being just a few minutes earlier as each day passes. The Muscovy ducks were there, and at the far end of the pond the greylag geese were sitting calmly on the water.

The peace was shattered by a pair of greylags making a short and noisy flight to the centre of the pond, followed closely by a gaggle of loudly hooting geese. It looked like a fight, but this was the rather more serious business of mating. These are a few highlights from a much lengthier sequence.

greylag geese mating

greylag geese mating

greylag geese mating

greylag geese mating

greylag geese mating

greylag geese mating

greylag geese mating

greylag geese mating

greylag geese mating

The afternoon brought more sunshine (!) and some typical scenes of sheep grazing on the Downs.

Flock of sheep

Plus my first photo this year of a green woodpecker.

Green woodpecker

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

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Spring? the birds think it has arrived (photo special)

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