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Reds…

Ok, it’s a long while since I’ve simply themed a page like this, but everything here is red… (even when they don’t look like they are).

The first is a red-eared terrapin. They are feral (discarded domestic animals). The terrapins have survived for a number of years in Falmer Pond as – essentially – they are at the top of the local food chain with no natural predators. There are several, and this one is close to the size of a dinner plate. It’s unlikely that they’ll be able to breed in our climate as the eggs are laid on the ground and need a consistent temperature above 25C for a couple of months.

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Red-eared Terrapin basking at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

The next little sequence is another non-native species, but rather less damaging to local wildlife. This one was sharing calls with a mate (who was out of sight). It’s a red-legged partridge.

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Red-legged partridge crossing the road at at Falmer Village, East Sussex

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Red-legged partridge basking in the sun

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Red-legged partridge in the shade of the trees

This one is easy… red sky!

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Sunset over Woodingdean

Lastly, the inevitable red fox (to give its proper name). It’s a short sequence of Pretty sharing a markie biscuit with one of the cubs.

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Pretty sharing with a cub

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Fox cub begging

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Whoops.. they’ve dropped it

Camera note: all daytime photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM was used for the foxes.

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A Deer Encounter

The sharp frost made me re-think my lunchtime walk today, and instead of the pond I headed over to the local fields just at the edge of Falmer. The light was ‘in and out’, but generally it was fine and with no wind to speak of the near freezing conditions were actually quite pleasant. It wasn’t long before I spotted some movement across the fields. A roe deer, but a long way off. I decided to try to get a bit closer and, keeping close to the hedgerow, headed down the valley and towards this bank of hay situated out in the field.

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The deer had settled just a little way beyond here, and the hay provided a good barrier to keep my approach hidden. To my amazement it worked!

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I stayed put for several minutes before very slowly edging around the hay. The roe didn’t take any notice of me, but I did startle a pair of red-legged partridges who were lurking at the front of the stack.

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I kept close to the hay, moving as little as possible.

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She picked herself up after 5 or 10 minutes of quiet watching, stuck her tongue out and wandered off.

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And looked back one last time before ambling away. I headed in the opposite direction. it had been great watching her, but work beckoned.

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As I was heading back to the road, I heard noises in the distance and two more roe deer came hurtling across the field in the distance.

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And that was it. A brief lunchtime encounter, but such a good one.

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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Red-Legged Partridge

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