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Rainbow and other colours

OK, I know that there aren’t really any ‘other’ colours beyond a rainbow, but there was a nice colourful arc this morning when I arrived at work.

Rainbow over Watts House, University of Brighton

Rainbow at Watts House, Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Just before that I had a touch of red/orange, in the form of a kestrel.

Male kestrel over Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Male kestrel over Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

And more than a hint of blue…

Kestrel in blue sky with clouds

Kestrel in blue sky with clouds

Male kestrel with sea in the background

Male kestrel with sea in the background

Male kestrel over Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Male kestrel over Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Lunchtime added a couple more colours to the theme. These were taken along some paths behind my new work location. It’s a bit of climb to get up there, but could be interesting when the weather improves (it looks like it gets very muddy when wet).

This is the pink/red one (with a touch of yellow)

Chiffchaff in wooded area in Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Chiffchaff in wooded area in Moulsecoomb, Brighton

And this is the green…

Chiffchaff in wooded area in Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Chiffchaff in wooded area in Moulsecoomb, Brighton

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

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Always Back to the Rain

Torrential rain this morning. Really not very good for taking photos and these were all shot from the shelter of the car. And of course it was pretty dark too, but the cormorants didn’t seem to mind.

Cormorant in the rain

Cormorant in the rain

A pair of cormorants

Two cormorants in the rain

Cormorant taking off

Slow shutter (1/40s) of a cormorant taking off (in the rain)

Later in the day the sun finally emerged.

rainbow

Rainbow over St Laurence Church, Falmer

And so did a rat 😉

rat

Things look just a little brighter for next week.

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

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Heron Makes a Splash and a Rat Confronts a Crow

The weather was odd today. I got caught in a torrential downpour at lunchtime, but we also had some beautiful early and late sunshine. I also managed to get some of my usual photographic subjects in unusual situations. So despite the rain, a good day.

I’ll start with a short sequence of a grey heron taken this morning. I’d spotted it on one of the No Fishing signs, but after a few minutes it flew to the edge of the pond and paused (posed?) on some rocks.

grey heron

The next couple of photos show the heron taking to the wing. The spray was caused by either a duck or a gull (they were just out of shot).

heron in spray

heron in spray

The white goose was playing guard duty with the eight greylag goslings.

White goose with three greylag goslings

Greylag and white goose escorting greylag goslings

The young moorhens are growing up fast. here’s one of them preening itself, with an adult in close attendance.

moorhen juvenile preening

The penultimate sequence is one of the more unusual encounters, I’ve seen at the pond. The photos aren’t great. My vantage point wasn’t good (a park bench was between me and a lot of the action), and they were moving fast. A small group of crows was picking through the grass for breadcrumbs and other tidbits, but were being confronted by a hungry rat. The rat was consistently the aggressor, rushing forward and leaping at the crows. As I said, the photos aren’t perfect, but they give something of an idea of what I was watching.

rat and crow confrontation

rat and crow confrontation

rat and crow confrontation

rat and crow confrontation

I’ll close with a photo taken early evening in the garden. We’d just had another downpour which triggered the appearance of a near-perfect double rainbow.

Double rainbow

Camera note: all wildlife photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Rainbows taken with the EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

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