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Starlings on TV

Ever wondered why the TV sometimes ‘wobbles’? It could be a crowd of juvenile starlings. 😉

starlings on tv aerial

starlings on tv aerial

starlings on tv aerial

starlings on tv aerial

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

Posted in Birds

Collared Dove and other flight shots

The main sequence today is a collared dove, flying low over Falmer Pond this morning. I’d been hoping for more photos of swallows, swifts and house martins, but sometimes you have to take what you can get. And I was quite pleased to take these 😉

collared dove

collared dove

collared dove

The first of the other flight shots in the title is a fairly standard photo of starlings. It’s hard to be sure, but I don’t think I’ve seen as many this year as in previous years. Overall, their numbers are in decline, but local variations can mask the true situation. Anyway, just a quite nice image of them flying overhead in a small group.

Flock of starlings

The final shot is one of those that I’m always looking for but very rarely do all the elements fall into place. It was taken against a blue sky, but I’ve converted it to black and white.

Aircraft crossing the moon

Aircraft crossing the moon

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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Castle Hill Walk (and foxes)

I was out at Castle Hill, a local nature reserve, early this morning. I was killing a little bit of time before going to fix a friend’s computer, but the early start was more than a little rewarding. It was cold, but sunny and I had only gone a short way along the path when I noticed a familiar shape sitting out by the edge of the gorse.

fox at castle hill

I managed to get a little closer, but not much. This is the best of the shots.

fox at castle hill

I’ve seen numerous raptors along the path on previous visits, but had no luck with them today. The smaller birds were busy though including this unidentified bird with a beak-full of insects. I’d welcome a suggested i.d.

small brown bird

Whitethroats I can recognize, though this is the first time I’ve managed to photograph one in flight.

whitethroat in flight

And here’s a more conventional shot of one perched in an adjoining rape field.

whitethroat

Next up (literally) is a bird I can identify as easily by its song as by sight. It’s a skylark.

skylark

Down at ground level a small flock of starlings were feasting on worms and grubs.

starling with worm

Two more photos to close today’s blog. Both are foxes, both were taken in the garden. They’re both exceptionally badly composed as well! The first one was taken through the window this afternoon. I think it may well be the male fox I’ve photographed several times at night recently.

fox

This is definitely the vixen, taken tonight.

vixen

And in case you’re interested, I did manage to fix the computer. All in all a successful day.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens with the exception of the final photo of the vixen which was with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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