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Common Lizard at Watts Bank

Keeping to my ‘promise’ to only post reasonable shots I’m pleased to say that our local lizards are back in town. They live at the edge of the car park at work, on a grassy bank that is a rare urban example of Downs grassland. There’s not much of it, but a key part of the local green corridor.

This is the view from the bank towards the car park. My office is in the PortaKabin on the right.

Watts Car Park at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb campus

The lizards tend to hang out in the corner, near the edge. There were three out today, keeping close to a rusting pipe that has been dumped in the undergrowth. I suffered a little bit of wrong-lens complex (I just had a 50mm lens with me, not my zoom or macro). This shot is the best of those I got of the lizards. It’s a nice pose and not too much grass in the way.

common lizard

Common lizard at the edge of Watts Bank, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb

Camera note: both photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens.

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A Long Distance Fox and a Squirrel Portrait

It’s been a long time, and I’ve had little success in the garden, but today I did manage to photograph a fox. Ok, it was a long way away, but a fox is a fox and if it’s a fox it’s on this blog. I spotted it at the far end of the University of Brighton campus at Falmer.


That’s an uncropped photo. This next one isn’t.


Far from great, and even at that distance I may well have spooked it by daring to take a few steps in its direction.




And that was that. More early morning fox watching beckons!

I had more success with the squirrels in nearby woodland that runs along the edge of the campus.

Woodland path at Falmer

This is the shot I mean. A squirrel portrait!


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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Falmer Wildlife

It’s been a quiet start to the week. Just a couple of photos of the Muscovy ducks from the middle of the day. At least it had stopped raining, though Mrs Muscovy was taking no chances and keeping herself under cover.

Muscovy duck

Mr Muscovy was braving the sunshine and making himself look dapper.

Muscovy duck (male)

Meanwhile, back at work, a small exhibition of some of my photos celebrating wildlife at Falmer went on display. They are part of the University’s ‘Green Week‘ (The University of Brighton is in the top 5 of the University Green League). The aim is to raise awareness of the rich variety of wildlife on our doorstep. It’s been enjoyable pulling together the set of photos and it’s the first time I’ve seen most of them anywhere other than on a computer screen.

'Celebrating Falmer Wildlife

'Celebrating Falmer Wildlife

The exhibition will be on display until the end of the week. Thanks to Ed Bending and Deborah Gibberd for helping organize it all.

Camera note: muscovy photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Display boards snapped with the EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

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