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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

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On the nest, taken from a safe distance

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

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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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Swans and Geese

Over the past week I’ve been over in Eastbourne a couple of times for work. The beautiful winter mornings have made it well worth making an early start and breaking the drive at Seven Sisters. The swans have been the real stars, but I’ve also enjoyed the flights of geese criss-crossing over the valley. This is a small selection of the way too many photos I’ve taken.

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Beautiful light and a very handsome mute swan gliding by. Good start to the day!

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Even better when joined by a mate.

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A gentle display

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Such an elegant pair!

canada geese

Flock of Canada Geese flying over the South Downs National Park

canada geese

Even a proper blue sky with this shot of the geese

canada geese

And one with farmland (and a van) in the background

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I’ll end with a portrait of one of the swans.

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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Swan Preening at Seven Sisters

Just a very small sample of some shots taken at Seven Sisters today. Two beautiful mute swans were gliding along the waterway, pausing to graze beneath the surface and occasionally stopping to preen their feathers.

swan preening

swan preening

swan preening

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swan

swan

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

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