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Cygnets at Woods Mill

I spent part of the day over at Woods Mill, the Sussex Wildlife Trust centre. They currently have some nesting kestrels but the stars of this visit were the young cygnets.

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

cygnets

On the nest, taken from a safe distance

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

cygnet

Cygnet

There was also a family of little grebes. The light made photographing them all but impossible, but I did get a couple of nice shots.

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Little Grebe and chicks

Little Grebe and chicks at Woods Mill, Sussex

I also saw a red kite (plus one on my way there). It seems they may have finally made it to Sussex. I’ll be keeping an eye out for them. That’s three or four sightings this year.

Red kite

Red Kite at Woods Mill. Next time I’ll try to photograph one coming towards me!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Lizards in the Car Park

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for common lizards for a while now. They live in the grass bank at the rear of the car park at work and spend most of their time hiding in the undergrowth. I’ve caught an occasional glimpse, but tonight it was warm and the chance to bask in the sun was too much for them. I saw two lizards along the wall at the edge of Watts Bank as I was leaving work tonight.

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts car park)

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts Bank)

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts car park)

Common Lizard

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts car park)

Common Lizard

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts car park)

Common Lizard

Common Lizard at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb (Watts car park)

Common Lizard

I was pleased to see the lizards, but the true highlight of the day came about half an hour later when I was nearing home. I was in the car (so no photo), but I caught sight of a stunning red kite flying low along the side of the road, just half a mile from home. It’s a busy main route which runs along the edge of the Downs, and the kite, with its distinctive forked tail, circled a couple of times before veering away towards the valley below. Perfect.

I hope this means that they are finally colonizing this part of the South Coast. It’s ideal habitat for them and it would be great to see them alongside the local buzzards, sparrowhawks, kestrels, peregrines and owls. I will definitely be looking for them when I next get out on to the Downs with the camera.

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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Park Cameras Wildlife Event

I spent a few hours at the Park Cameras wildlife event. It’s local, where I get all my camera gear, and it was a good opportunity to pick up a new filter and data card and see some big birds up close.

It’s always a little bit odd photographing captive-bred birds, but you can get shots that just wouldn’t be possible any other way.

Red Kite (captive)

Red Kite (captive)

Long-eared owl (captive)

Long-eared owl (captive)

Buzzard (captive)

Buzzard (captive)

Little owl (captive)

Little owl (captive)

I’ll be posting more wild shots of the short-eared owls soon.

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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