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Back to the Pond

After a couple of weeks away from the pond, I was back there this morning and so were most of the usual gang. It didn’t take me long to find the local heron, hiding away under the trees on the wooded bank.

grey heron

The greylags were there as well. This one enjoying a good splash (as were many of the birds). It’s a ritual that is extensive as the juveniles lose their downy feathers and adults complete their moult. The splashing serves a useful function of cleaning the new feathers of dust and mites.

greylag goose

There were ducks (of course). This one was paddling in my favourite corner of the pond.

duck

I was surprised (but pleased) to see that there were even some late-season ducklings swimming about.

ducklingd

The gulls were there as well. These two young herring gulls were harassing the adult for food… with some success.

herring gulls feeding

British Coastal Birds

Up on dry land, the rabbits were in lively mood.

rabbits

I even saw a rat 😉

rat

I’m still working on the gull special I mentioned a little while ago. It’s grown somewhat but it will get posted soon (within the next couple of weeks).

Precious few fox sightings lately, though the trail camera is picking up their nightly activity (plus a badger or two). The cast of characters is changing. The nicked ear fox has barely featured in recent footage, but there’s a young fox (this year’s brood) and an older fox with a stump for a brush who we saw several months ago but has reappeared after a lengthy absence.

More soon…

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

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Running Rabbit

Unusually for me, only one photo today.

It was taken this morning among the trees at the side of Falmer Pond. I’d just been out in the open photographing the geese and so was set up for strong light. The wooded area was inevitably much darker and I nearly didn’t see the rabbit as it ran across my path.

I took two frames before it was gone from view, the first of which is a rabbit-shaped blur as I tried to catch up with its movement. The deep shade had dropped the shutter speed from around 1/2000 out in the open to a measly 1/60s. Somehow, for the second frame, I was tracking it at more-or-less exactly rabbit-pace.

I’m rather pleased with the result, especially the motion blur on its legs and across the background. Plus I got its head in focus.

rabbit

Camera note: taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. f/6.3, 1/60s, ISO 640

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Four Mammals

They are all fairly common animals, but it is still something of a rarity to see four different mammal species in one day. And I wasn’t even trying (really). The first two are fairly obvious choices. There are always rabbits to be seen in the fields and the churchyard at Falmer. This pair were out enjoying the morning sunshine.

two rabbits

Now you know my location, the second mammal is probably not too hard to guess. Here it is peeping out its rat run which runs underneath the banks of the pond.

rat in rat run

Rats are naturally very cautious (neophobic) but given their location they have become somewhat habituated to a human presence and as long as you don’t move around too much they’ll venture out into the daylight.

Rats

Rats

Those photos were all taken early in the morning, before work. The next one was a bit of a surprise. A squirrel hanging upside down on a tree. It’s taken in the car park at work and I noticed it as I drove in. Although we do have plenty of squirrels around, woodland squirrels are extremely cautious (utterly unlike their city-park cousins) so I was pleased this one stayed put long enough for me to park and get out the camera. By the way, despite the reddish fur, this is definitely a grey squirrel. We don’t have any reds in this part of the country.

Grey squirrel (with reddish hue) on tree

While a (reddish) grey squirrel may have been unexpected, the final mammal certainly isn’t. We’ve just been listening to the foxes calling to each other across the gardens. Here’s ‘nicked-ear’ from earlier this evening.

fox

Camera note: all daytime photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. The fox was photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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