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It’s Colder than it Looks

You could be forgiven for thinking there’s a nice log fire burning in the distance. You’d be wrong. The warm colours belie the reality. The small group of black-headed gulls are shivering on a frozen pond (as was the photographer on the bank). It was sub-zero and the light is the first glimpse of the sun coming up over the South Downs at Falmer. Cold it may have been, but the beautiful light made it worth the discomfort.

gulls on frozen pond at sunrise

That rich glow doesn’t last long, and just 10 minutes later the light was already calming down. Not that these ducks seemed to care as they marched across the ice.

ducks marching on frozen pond

The final shot today was taken at lunchtime, but I can just about manage to hang on to the ‘red’ theme. It’s a robin of course, grappling with its lunch.

robin catching a worm

Not quite the early bird, but it still caught the worm

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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Two Ducks, a Rat and a Robin

Nothing unusual here at all. All three species are ever-present at Falmer Pond, and (ducks especially) can easily be overlooked in the search for blog content. Anyway, the first two shots were taken in dismal conditions early this morning. For those who wonder about such things, I’ve put the camera settings in the captions.

First up is a nice round robin, one of many that are active at the moment.

robin

ISO 6400, f/5.6, 1/125s

The rats were also busy down in the tree roots. I grabbed this shot when one ventured on to the bank where there was a touch more light.

rat

ISO 6400, f/5.6, 1/125s

It was slightly better at lunchtime, though still overcast with a hint of drizzle in the air. It flet cold enough for snow, but thankfully that held off. A cormorant was lurking on the island, but I couldn’t get any usable shots. Instead I spent the time watching ducks, including this lively pair.

female mallard

ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/800s

female mallard

ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/800s

male mallard

ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/800s

male mallard

ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/1250s

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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Splash of Colour on a Grey Day

We’re still going through the damp and gloom, but despite the grey there is still a touch of colour out there somewhere.

For a few minutes this morning the rising sun found a break in the clouds as it rose over the Downs. The moment was brief, but time enough to catch these shots of a moorhen on a golden Falmer Pond.

Moorhen silhouette on golden pond

Moorhen silhouette on golden pond

Moorhen silhouette on golden pond

The sun had long disappeared by the time I took this next sequence, but robins don’t need sunshine: they shine for themselves as this little chap proves.

robin

robin

robin

robin

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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