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Small Birds , Sunset

Did you spot the third subject in the title? I’ll start with it: a comma butterfly seen at lunchtime today. This one had settled quietly and although you can’t see the beautiful upper wing pattern the distinctive white squiggle (a comma) from which it gets its name is visible.

Comma butterfly at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Comma butterfly at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

The small birds come in two varieties. Both species were photographed at Sheepcote Valley on my way in to work.

Flock of goldfinches at Sheepcote Valley

Flock of goldfinches at Sheepcote Valley

Skylarks larking at Sheepcote Valley

Skylarks larking at Sheepcote Valley

And now for the sunset, taken (you guessed) this evening. 😉 I can never resist them, and while this was a good’un I missed the key moment as the sun hovered on the horizon.

Sunset over Woodingdean

Sunset over Woodingdean

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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Moulsecoomb Views

Well I’m slowly getting settled into a new routine, following the relocation at work. It’s a different route in, but it takes me past Sheepcote Valley where late skylarks were enjoying an unseasonably sunny morning.

Skylark at Sheepcote Valley

Skylark at Sheepcote Valley

I’ve been making my enquiries about the local area (Moulsecoomb) and discovered that there are good walks up on the surrounding Downs. And I do mean ‘up’. It was a steep climb, but I was rewarded with this: a local dew pond. It took me a solid 20 minutes to get there in fine, dry conditions. It’s a fair weather location; but good to know about.

Dew Pond at Moulsecoomb

Dew Pond at Moulsecoomb

I even saw a couple of buzzards up there. 🙂

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb

Not much other wildlife (apart from numerous magpies), but the pond was being used to cool down by this very elegant poodle (not so elegant after a soaking!)

Black poodle in dew pond

Black poodle in dew pond

Black poodle in dew pond

Black poodle in dew pond

Just beyond the dew pond I was surprised to get a view of my old stomping ground at Falmer. This shot shows the Brighton and Hove albion football stadium (the ‘Amex’) with the University campus on the right.

Brighton and Hove Albion Amex Community Stadium and the University of Brighton, Falmer campus

Brighton and Hove Albion Amex Community Stadium and the University of Brighton, Falmer campus

Last shot for today is a large white butterfly.

Large white butterfly

Large white butterfly

So overall, the new location has some great views and some interesting areas to explore. It’s going to be harder work than Falmer (climbing hills, and no semi-domesticated water fowl to watch), but while the weather is fine it could be good.

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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Buzzards and a skylark

Well, the promise of sunshine held good. Good walking weather, so I headed out to the fields. Little in the way of wildlife, but some nice views, and great dappled light in the woodland that fringes the area.

Woodland

Out in the open, the skylarks are beginning to make themselves known, their trilling song breaking through the quiet.

Skylark

And buzzards. Several of them, but generally too far distant to trouble camera. This one was a long way off, but just about in range.

Buzzard

Buzzard

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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