Two Ducks, a Rat and a Robin

Nothing unusual here at all. All three species are ever-present at Falmer Pond, and (ducks especially) can easily be overlooked in the search for blog content. Anyway, the first two shots were taken in dismal conditions early this morning. For those who wonder about such things, I’ve put the camera settings in the captions.

First up is a nice round robin, one of many that are active at the moment.

robin

ISO 6400, f/5.6, 1/125s

The rats were also busy down in the tree roots. I grabbed this shot when one ventured on to the bank where there was a touch more light.

rat

ISO 6400, f/5.6, 1/125s

It was slightly better at lunchtime, though still overcast with a hint of drizzle in the air. It flet cold enough for snow, but thankfully that held off. A cormorant was lurking on the island, but I couldn’t get any usable shots. Instead I spent the time watching ducks, including this lively pair.

female mallard

ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/800s

female mallard

ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/800s

male mallard

ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/800s

male mallard

ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/1250s

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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2 Comments

  1. Robin January 22, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    Words, great images! I particularly like the Robin!!

  2. Words January 22, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

    Robin, funny you should like the robin 😉