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Morning Pond, Lunchtime Buzzard

I was up at Falmer this morning (early meeting, but I got there with enough time to spend 20 minutes at the pond). Not much wildlife in evidence (some geese and ducks and the gulls) so I ended up taking a few shots of the pond itself. The light was great, and the two moorhens just add enough detail to this shot for me to like it.

Falmer Pond, East Sussex


It was genuinely warm at lunchtime, sufficient for me to take the short trek up to the Downs (I was back at Moulsecoomb by then). I had 30 minutes of nothing at all, but just before I headed back a number of buzzards appeared (six in total). A couple came in close enough for workable shots.

Buzzards at Moulsecoomb

Buzzards at Moulsecoomb

Buzzards at Moulsecoomb

I’m back at Falmer tomorrow (training day), but will hit the pond again in the morning if the weather holds out.

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

Rural Landscapes

For a change I’m going to focus on a few rural landscape shots today. The weekend had left Falmer Pond in less than pristine condition. There was a fair amount of rubbish around, and this:

Rubbish bin discarded in Falmer Pond.

I’ve no idea why anyone would throw a rubbish bin in a pond, but then there’s no accounting for some folk. I was pleased to see it had been retrieved during the morning and was back on its plinth by the side of the road.

Later in the day I headed out to Ridge Road. There are some stunning views of the Downs from there but I ended up walking through a small wooded area. This wasn’t intentional. I’d gone along the path by the fields and found my route back to the road cut off by some new fencing. It was either go back the way I’d come or cut through the wood to get beyond the fencing. I’m glad I did.

Woodland path

Woodland path

Woodland path

I can’t quite bring myself to include no wildlife, so here’s a greylag coming in to land on the pond this morning. It’s almost a companion shot to the duck from last week.

Greylag goose landing in Falmer Pond,

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

Rat Crossing the Water

Yesterday I mentioned how the rat runs down at the edge of Falmer Pond were gradually being eroded by the rising water level. I also mentioned how this forced the rats to venture out into the water to negotiate their way around the fringe of the pond.

Today I can show you what I meant, courtesy of a large adult rat. it’s doing little more than wading, but rats are strong swimmers and will quite happily cross deeper water if they need to.

rat

rat wading through water

rat wading through water

rat wading through water

rat

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