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A Very Swift Post

Hopefully the glitches with the site are now fixed (at least for the moment). When I get the time I’ll look at doing more work on it as it seems to run much too slowly, but for the moment if it stays relatively stable I’ll leave things as they are.

Meanwhile, this really is a very swift post… as in Apus apus, for me the most remarkable of all our summer birds.

Swift in flight

Swift in flight

Swift in flight

Swift in flight

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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Cute Badger Video plus…

Another mainly badger post this weekend, but if I have time I’ll slip in some daytime wildlife as well. I’m going to start with a short clip taken by trail camera a few nights ago. It’s a sequence which shows some behavioural traits as two badgers meet in the garden.

Cute, eh?

Now for a few photos… This is the bolder of the pair. We spotted him at the rear of the garden. He backed off when I went out to lay out some peanuts for him, but soon returned. Their sense of smell is acute. He stood at the rear of the garden sniffing for while, and hten headed down the path straight to the small supply of food. I was 10-15 feet further down the garden with the camera.

Badger on steps

Badger on steps

Badger on the path

Badger on the path

Badger on the path

Ok, some daytime stuff from last week. The current pick of the birds at Falmer are the house martins, swifts and swallows. Mostly they are sweeping the skies overhead for insects, but they also skim the pond (though getting decents shots of that is even trickier than following hteir erratic flight paths against the sky. Hence, sky shots.

House martin

House martin

House martin

House martin

Swallow

Swallow

Swift

Swift

Swift

Swift

More next week, but probably not daily for a while. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe via email if you want to keep up to date.

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

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Flying Over Seven Sisters

I was fortunate to be over near Seven Sisters Country Park early this morning, while the bright weather was still holding. It was windy (on my return journey trees were down and one was partially blocking the road outside Newhaven), and the Canada geese and little egrets were active.

I’ll start with the egrets, which are now essentially naturalized native birds.

Little egret at Seven Sisters Country Park

Little egret at Seven Sisters Country Park

Little egret at Seven Sisters Country Park

Little egret at Seven Sisters Country Park

Little egret over the South Downs at Seven Sisters Country Park

A small group of Canada geese were patrolling the fields, in ones and twos.

Canada geese

Canada goose

I can’t leave out the common mallard…

Mallard in flight

Or my first swift of the year. Few in number at the moment, but great to see them and a sure of improving weather.

Swift in flight

Swift in flight

No badgers or foxes tonight, but I’ve some good clips of both from the trail camera to put together (hopefully over the next few days).

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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