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Pretty Wren and Some New Herring Gull Chicks

Well we seem to have something resembling summer at the moment, and there is plenty to see in the skies around the South Downs, including a peregrine circling overhead as I arrived at work this morning. That’s not what I’m going post though (too far off for a decent photo). Instead here’s a short sequence of a pretty wren I spotted earlier in the week.

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Wren with insects in its beak at Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Wren

Wren

The new arrivals were taken today, just at the edge of the car park at work. It’s an annual event, and the adult herring gulls jealously guard this spot. They breed here every year, and usually there are two or three chicks. I haven’t been able to get an accurate count yet as they are still in that handy nesting box, but it won’t be long before they venture out to the main roof.

Herring gull chicks

Herring gull chicks

The last shot for today is one of my attempts at motion blur, this time of a collared dove (and again taken today).

Collared dove (motion blur)

Collared dove

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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Jenny Wren

Her real name of course is the much earthier Troglodytes troglodytes, and she is the UK’s commonest breeding bird. Her tiny size, and preference for shaded corners and thick undergrowth, means that despite being so common she is relatively difficult to see; at least, that is, unless you look for her.

I took this sequence in the churchyard of St Laurence Church, adjacent to the pond at Falmer. She was hopping long the flint wall, occasionally diving down to peck at spider webs (see second and fourth shots).

Wren on a flint wall

Wren on a flint wall

Wren on a flint wall

Wren on a flint wall

Wren on a flint wall

Wren on a flint wall

A pretty little thing, and one of my best sequences of a wren. Even the light was good.

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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Another Bird Post

Three more birds to start the week. Yesterday’s rain and gloom eased slightly today and between some very heavy showers there were brief periods of sunshine. The day started well enough, and the little wren ventured out on to the grass bank at the edge of Falmer Pond.

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Wren in early morning sunshine

Lots of herring gulls around as well. This is a juvenile. Nothing very special about it, but a crisp shot and decent light.

Juvenile herring gull

Juvenile herring gull

After that the weather deteriorated, and most of the day was wet. Most, but not all. There was a brief break in the weather when I drove through Seven Sisters at lunchtime and grabbed a couple of photos of a passing little egret.

Little egret

Little egret flying over the South Downs at Seven Sisters.

Little egret

Blue sky, clouds and a little egret

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

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