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Cygnets at Woods Mill

I spent part of the day over at Woods Mill, the Sussex Wildlife Trust centre. They currently have some nesting kestrels but the stars of this visit were the young cygnets.

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

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On the nest, taken from a safe distance

Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

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Cygnet

There was also a family of little grebes. The light made photographing them all but impossible, but I did get a couple of nice shots.

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Little Grebe and chicks

Little Grebe and chicks at Woods Mill, Sussex

I also saw a red kite (plus one on my way there). It seems they may have finally made it to Sussex. I’ll be keeping an eye out for them. That’s three or four sightings this year.

Red kite

Red Kite at Woods Mill. Next time I’ll try to photograph one coming towards me!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Winter Birds

With the temperatures hovering around freezing, it feels like winter has finally arrived. It’s certainly cold, but today the skies were clear and the winds low. I like winter days like this. I needed to take a rare trip over to Eastbourne, stopping briefly at Seven Sisters to see what birds were about. There were a few distant curlews, numerous little egrets, some swans and cormorants. Worth the early start.

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Little egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

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Mute swan on rippling blue

cormorant

Cormorant cruising

Back home the foxes are still around. At least three of them are putting in an appearance on the trail camera (along with an occasional badger), though Pretty Vixen is the only one venturing out for photo shoots. She seems to be becoming a permanent fixture. It’s good that so many are still around and that bodes well for next spring.

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Pretty Vixen peering down from the wall

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. Pretty Vixen taken with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Little Egret at Seven Sisters

I took these on a trip out to Eastbourne today, at Seven Sisters Country Park. As well as the little egrets, I was lucky enough to see a kingfisher (but it was too fast to photograph). The egret was rather more accommodating, posing primly on a fence by the edge of the water.

Little Egret on a fence

Little Egret on a fence

It had been wading when I first spotted it, and soon returned to the serious business of hunting tiddlers.

Little Egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

Little Egret fishing

Little Egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

Little Egret at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

There were some other little birds the water, and these ones really are little.

Little grebe at Seven Sisters Country Park

Little grebe at Seven Sisters Country Park

Two more shots from today… As I was heading home I spotted a gathering of swans (11 in total). It was difficult to get a good angle from the bank, but I quite like this one.

Mute swan

Mute swan

I can’t go without adding another photo of the fox from this evening.

Fox on the garden steps

Fox on the garden steps

Camera note: all the bird photos were taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. As ever, I used the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM for the fox.