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More Goslings, plus a New Badger

The young goslings were still doing well on Friday, and still attracting plenty of attention around Falmer Pond. Here are a few more shots which come with a ‘high cuteness’ warning attached.


Two-day old greylag gosling contemplating a daisy


Greylag goslings grazing on grass bank at Falmer


Greylag goslings wading in Falmer Pond

The goslings are still tiny, but they’ll eventually grow to be a mighty goose, like this adult greylag.

greylag adult

Greylag goose rising up from the water

That’s another slow-shutter shot. I’m gathering plenty of them at the moment as part of a FotoBuzz project on action photography. It’s a great place for learning from real experts at wildlife and landscape photography, and with some luck and hard graft it should help me improve and refine what I shoot.

Here’s another couple of shots in the same mode.

ducks in flight

Ducks in flight


Female mallard landing on water

Back in the garden, the badgers have been great fun. Today’s photos are of badger number 2. I don’t think it’s the female in the video I posted, which means there are at least three humbugs visiting. This one is smaller than the male who has featured in most of the recent photos, and I suspect has been in fewer fights and scrapes. It’s not as bold as the big guy, but is becoming more tolerant.


Badger lurking near the apple tree


Badger Portrait #1


Badger Portrait #2

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The badger was photographed with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

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Ducks in Motion

I’ve been doing some more experiments with slow-shutter panning shots. The technique isn’t to everyone’s taste but occasionally it can produce some gems. I’m not sure these can be classed as such. The aim is to show plenty of motion, whilst keeping the subject recognisable, hopefully with only one head (two-headed birds are a common feature of this sort of photography).

Today’s selection shows a couple of mallards coming in to land on the local pond.

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Mallard duck (motion blur)

Plus a bonus badger from tonight.


Camera note: all ducks taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. I used the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM for the badger.

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Some Pairs

This is just a quick entry tonight, with barest hint of a theme (not that I will keep to it entirely). Pairs: such as this pair of herring gulls, taken with a slow shutter to accentuate the movement. It’s a technique I’m working on and can be a bit hit and miss.

Herring gulls (motion blur)

This one is better, but just a single gull. It comes close to what I’m after: an impressionistic image of the bird (but you can still see what it is).

Herring gulls (motion blur)

Herring gulls (motion blur)

Back to the pairs. In this case, a pair of the local rats. I do like this shot, with the second rat just showing to the rear.

A pair of rats

And another twosome. This would have been better had I zoomed back just a bit more.

Rat leaping

The final one for tonight is another badger shot, from this evening. That’s a happy badger!

Badger in garden

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, except the badger which was taken with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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