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Starling and Robin Portraits

Some very simple shots today, of two very common British birds. I’ll start with the starling. At first glance these birds are very ordinary looking, but up close they disclose a beautiful iridescent plumage, nicely set off by the brilliant yellow beak. I saw this one on a wall during a walk along the cliffs at Rottingdean today.

starling

starling

starling

Robins are also extremely common, and while mainly a ‘small brown bird’ they are of course blessed with stunning red breast plumage. This one came out into the garden yesterday, shortly after we’d been working out there. That’s a common trait: they are very inquisitive and will often go to newly worked soil to investigate and take any easy pickings.

robin

Not much new to report on the foxes. The trail camera indicates there are just two visiting at the moment, and while I’ve had a couple of brief direct sightings they are very shy and won;t allow themselves to be photographed. Unlike the badger (also one of a pair). This is from last night.

badger

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The badger was photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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A Few Fulmars

It was pretty windy today, and turned cloudy in the afternoon, but this morning a few of the fulmars were active at Rottingdean.

Fulmars at Rottingdean

A pair of (not very active) fulmars perched on the cliffs at Rottingdean

Fulmars at Rottingdean

Fulmar taking off from the cliff face.

Fulmars at Rottingdean

Fulmars spend a lot of time sweeping along the cliffs looking for landing sites.

Fulmars at Rottingdean

And we even had some blue sky…

And because I like the photo, a starling (one of the other cliff residents).

Starling perched in the cliffs at Rottingdean

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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Starling, Blackbird and Blue Tit

Just three quick shots from the garden today, of three of our common species. Although there’s nothing very dramatic about any of these, I was pleased with the two flight shots which are the result of getting better acquainted with some of the AF settings on the 7D Mark II.

Female blackbird

Female blackbird

Starling in flight

Starling in flight

Blue tit in flight

Blue tit in flight

Things will start returning to normal this week. I’ll be back at work (and visiting the local pond). I’ll also re-start the Fox of the Day feature, though mostly by raiding the archive. I almost decided against a re-start but have decided to run it until the summer (which will complete a 10 Year cycle) and see how things are going then. Much depends on whether we get a good crop of confident foxes or not this year, but I will certainly be alert from spring when the new cubs are emerging.

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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