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Portraits of a Dunnock

I was really pleased with these two photos of dunnock, taken today at the edge of Falmer Pond. Dunnocks are very plain birds, so getting a slightly dreamlike portrait wasn’t what I would normally set out to do. This one was being ultra bold and was perched just above the water. I took a number of shots through the branches, but all of them were marred by branches across the face and wings. The only clear angle I could get was by getting down low and partially shooting through the foliage. At least though, its face was clear, and that was the main thing I wanted.

dunnock

dunnock

Two other shots from today to go with that pair, both scoring on the cuteness scale. First is a muddy chiffchaff. It was hanging around near where I photographed the dunnock, perching briefly before flying down to the muddy bank of the pond.

chiffchaff

Last, a baby rabbit. There were several of them hopping about at the edge of the churchyard, but as with the dunnock getting a clean shot was not easy. In fact I didn’t, and this one has been cleaned up a little in photoshop.

baby rabbit

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

Tree Rat, Rabbit and More Badgers

A couple from the day, and then to the main event. I wasn’t really going to post yet more photos of rats, but this one caught my eye. The rat was in a tree that overhangs a rubbish bin and was considering making the dash across on that very narrow twig. It didn’t this time, but I’ve seen one make the reverse journey.

rat in tree

Altogether higher on the cuteness stakes is this young rabbit in the corner of a field. A bit overgrown (the undergrowth that is), which mars the shot slightly; but young rabbits are always worth a quick pic.

young rabbit

Now for the main event. I went outside relatively early (around 10pm) and waited quietly to see who would show up. Sure enough one of the badgers put in an appearance. Initially it retreated when it noticed me, but soon came back and settled down for a peanut feast.

Badger

Badger

Badger

Badger

Camera note: rabbit and rat photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Badger photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

Badger Visits, plus a Kingfisher

The title covers just a couple of today’s featured wildlife. The badger was photographed last night. It’s a very regular visitor to the garden, but generally rather shy.

Badger

Badger in the rain

Today took me past Seven Sisters. It’s always a good place for birds, and today was on the upper end of the scale. There were numerous cormorants:

Cormorant

Cormorant

Several little egrets (this is the pick of the shots)…

Little egret

Rabbits…

Rabbit

A rainbow 😉

Rainbow

And most special of all, a kingfisher. I saw it flash past along the water, catching me by surprise and attempted to track its flight as it disappeared into the distance. This is probably the pick of the shots (heavily cropped).

Kingfisher

Last word to last night’s badger:

Badger

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