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Peregrine at Moulsecoomb

Well I’ve finally kicked off the 2018 blog, with entry just squeezing into January. Other than the foxes I’ve not been taking too many pictures but I did get out briefly today in the sunshine. ‘Out’ being standing between some of the buildings at work, which just goes to prove that you really don’t need to go far to see wildlife.

It started with a buzzard…

buzzard

Buzzard over Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Nothing very fancy about that. There were two of them, gliding high overhead while the gulls circled.

Next up came a sparrowhawk. This one was on its own…

sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk over Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Again, a very basic shot; but if there are buzzards and sparrowhawks about I keep looking. And sure enough, high among the gulls another bird appeared: a peregrine falcon (actually a pair). Being mobbed by a gull!

Peregrine falcon and gull

Peregrine falcon and gull

Peregrine falcon and gull

Peregrine falcon and gull

Peregrine falcon and gull

Peregrine falcon and gull

Peregrine falcon

Peregrine falcon over Moulsecoomb, Brighton

On the home front Pretty is still visiting regularly, and we can hear other foxes nearby. This is a recent shot of her to close.

Pretty Vixen finds a 'markie'

Pretty Vixen finds a ‘markie’

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 fox photographed with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens.

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A Vole Rescue and other bits and pieces

I’ve been busy with other parts of life recently, hence the intermittent blogging. There are a few things to report though, about hte local wildlife, starting with a rescue of a baby vole. It happened at work where there is some building/digging going on. One of the site workers discovered a baby vole. It’s likely the nest had been disturbed by heavy digging, but he rescued one and passed it to a colleague of mine who found me in the main building, and from there it was a quick visit to my local animal rescue centre. Nothing very dramatic there, but it was a very tiny, very cute little thing. Sorry that the photo (taken on an iPod Touch) is so poor.

baby vole

Baby vole wrapped in toilet tissue

Other new babies on the block include these ducklings at Falmer pond.

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

There seem to be two broods, and hopefully they will survive and avoid the predators, one of which – unfortunately – is still lurking in the shallows.

terrapin

Terrapin at Falmer Pond

Predators are also a risk from above, and I was pleased to see a fine peregrine falcon fly over Falmer.

Peregrine falcon over Falmer

Peregrine falcon over Falmer

Meanwhile the badgers and foxes are still making good use of the garden. I’ve not seen any tonight, but will try again in a few minutes.

All for now…

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (baby vole taken on an iPod Touch).

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Fallow Deer at Pulborough

Ok, this isn’t the promised post on gulls (though here’s a taster). Instead I’m posting a couple of photos of fallow deer taken yesterday at Pulborough Brooks RSPB reserve, in West Sussex.

Fallow deer

fallow deer

(click to enlarge)

Fallow deer

I’ve also added a page with more fallow deer photos from the same sequence.

Being an RSPB reserve, there were of course plenty of birds to see as well, including a peregrine giving a group of ducks a mighty scare (the peregrine left emptied-clawed on this occasion).

peregrine falcon

There was also a small group (I counted four) of avocets, very possibly the first time I’ve seen or photographed this iconic bird.

Avocet

Avocet

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

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