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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.

Greylags Take Flight

I can almost here the sigh of relief that I’ve finally found something other than rats to photograph. They were around, but so were the local greylags. Unlike many of the pond birds, the majority of the greylags aren’t permanent residents. We have a few who never seem to go anywhere, but the rest have a wider territory. There was a small flock resting on the water when I arrived this morning.

Greylag geese

Mostly they just swim around or graze on the grassy banks, but this morning a group of them decided to venture further afield which provided a couple of nice sequences of them taking to the wing.

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

Soon after this the rain set in for today, and has only just cleared away. The forecast for the weekend looks promising (for October), plus Pretty, the young fox, has taken to daytime visiting again so I may even get some photos of her.

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