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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

red-legged partridge

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

vixen and fox cub

Fox cub begging

vixen and fox cub

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.

Sunset after Hurricane Ophelia (Brighton)

We din’t get the hurricane, but the effect of Ophelia as it passed to the west of the UK was to bring some stunning weather events as it carried dust and sand from the Iberian Peninsula and the Sahara. Mid-afternoon the skies darkened as the dust blotted out the sun. People stopped work to watch as a dull reddish darkness transformed the sky. Later, the skies cleared and by sunset it was clear. But the colours remained.

These sunset shots are taken overlooking the South Downs from just outside Brighton. The tower on the left is the Whitehawk transmitter. To the right is the i360 tower reaching up over the horizon.

Weather following Hurricane Ophelia turned skies red with dust from the Iberian Peninsula and Sahara desert.

Whitehawk transmitter and i360.

A marmalade sky

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

Sunday Summary

Another irregular catch-up post, partly because most days I’ve simply been photographing our fox during his nightly visits (and most of those photographs are pretty much indistinguishable from each other). There are some occasional other subjects and this Sunday Summary pulls some of them together (themelessly) 😉 Oh, there is some worthwhile fox action at the, so do keep reading.

sunset

This is a sunset taken from our garden. The i-360 is just visible in the centre, peeping over the horizon.

sunrise

This was taken a few days later and is just after sunrise, looking across the South Downs

The only bird in this set is this rather fine buzzard, photographed over Falmer Village last week.

Buzzard over Falmer Village

Buzzard over Falmer Village

As well as foxes, the garden is frequented by badgers. They’ve been rather more elusive lately, but I did grab a few images of one towards the end of the week.

Badger

Badger

Badger

Badger

This third shot utilizes various Photoshop filters, but was taken the same night as the others.

Badger through a fine art filter

Badger through a fine art filter

Now to the fox… a couple of photos first, but them some cool video…

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Fox prowling

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Camera avoidance 😉

And now for the video… I’ve caught similar clips once or twice in the past, but this one is easily the best yet.

Camera note: daytime photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Badgers and foxes were taken with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lenses