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Springtime Chaffinch (plus swans and a fox)

With the sun deciding to stay around for the whole day you could be forgiven for thinking that spring is really on its way. There’s blossom on the trees, and this pretty male chaffinch was making the most of it this morning at Seven Sisters.

Chaffinch (male)

Chaffinch (male)

Chaffinch (male)

Chaffinch (male)

There was little else until the end of the day, when I passed back through Seven Sisters on my way home. The smaller birds were hiding in the trees, but a pair of mute swans were gliding on the still water in the end-of-day light.

Pair of mute swans

Mute swan

Not much change in the garden. In other words, Pretty was back flying the flag for the foxes. I don’t think she scratched or picked at herself at all this evening, which is certainly a good sign that her treatment for mange is working. She certainly looks well enough as you can see in these photos.

Fox

Fox

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. The fox photos were taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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Bigger Birds and a Fox Update

The South Downs were shrouded in mist again today. I stopped off at Seven Sisters early this morning. It had cleared a little, though a wispy mist was evident in patches. A juvenile swan was grazing in the meanders.

Juvenile swan

Juvenile swan

Further off, a flock of Canada geese took to the air, announcing their passage with distinctive hooting.

Canada geese

Canada geese

The swan was still there when I returned as the sun was setting at the end of the day, watched closely by a heron on the bank.

Juvenile swan

Grey heron

I’m not sure what the forecast holds for tomorrow, but it seems clearer tonight. Pretty, the fox, came by. Her leg is still bothering her but her mobility is barely impaired. We’re holding to a watching brief on her condition.

Foxes

Foxes

Camera note: all bird photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Fox photographed with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

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Black and White

I was doing my best to photograph a cormorant in poor light this morning at Seven Sisters…

Cormorant at Seven Sisters

… when I was startled by another bird flying just overhead. It came in very quietly behind me, though given its size that may seem hard to believe. So, somewhat absurdly, these are grabbed shots of a swan. One day they’ll come towards me which will make life a lot easier.

Water Birds

Water Birds

Water Birds

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

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