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Moorhen Chicks

After a wet weekend, today was only a little better; but a little is enough and it was fine enough for two young moorhens to be out exploring the island set in the middle of Falmer Pond. The island is a good spot for them to be raised, safe from at least some predators who generally lurk near the fringes and banks of the pond.

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks and attendant adult on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks being fed

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks down by the water’s edge

Moorhen chicks on the island at Falmer Pond

Moorhen chicks racing on the island 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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Rudyard Kipling’s Garden

We spent some time down in Rottingdean today which gave me another chance to try my hand at photographing flowers. We visited the Rudyard Kipling gardens. Kipling lived in Rottingdean for many years, and the local preservation society now maintains his (extensive) garden. Beautiful they may be, but I still struggle to get decent shots of flowers!

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Flower in Kipling’s Garden, Rottingdean

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Flower spike in Kipling’s Garden, Rottingdean

Those are the only one I’m posting from there, but I did get some flowers in among the moorhens at the village pond.

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Lily pads at Rottingdean Pond

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Juvenile moorhen and lily pad at Rottingdean pond

Back home, the badgers are still around, and I got some good shots late last night. Here’s one to be going on with.

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Badger scoffing peanuts

Camera note: all Rottingdean photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens. I used the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM for the badger.

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Sports Day at Falmer Pond

All it takes is a bit of sunshine and, so it seems, the local wildlife organize themselves a bit of a sports day.

Here are the greylags, neck and neck in the 50 metre dash.

Greylag geese racing

Neck and neck

They weren’t all as quick. This one got left at the starting gate.

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Dipping a toe in?

The moorhens were also busy. Here’s my favourite taking part in a high speed sprint across the pond.

Moorhen running on water

Just look at those legs go!

Meanwhile, at the far end of the pond, the rats were taking things more sedately in ‘the rodent marathon’ swimming race.

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Keeping your head above water.

As for the mallards. No, they were taking it easy, laughing and joking at all the watery antics. Their time will come!

Mallard duck (female)

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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