Water Birds at Falmer Pond

More portraits of the bird life down at Falmer Pond, though this time I’ve focused on the species that tend to live in rather than around the water.

I can’t do a post like this without including a mallard duck, so here’s one standing on a submerged rock in the morning light.

Mallard duck

We have two species of rail at the pond: the moorhen, which is by far the most numerous:


And the coot, which is quite a bit larger. I’ve seen three at Falmer this year, a slight improvement on numbers over 2013.


I’ve posted plenty of pictures of the local greylags recently, but here’s one more: Greylag among the Daffodils.

Greylag goose and daffodils

Closing picture? Another mallard.

Mallard duck

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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  1. Darko March 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Mallards are the beginning and ending of every pond 😛

    • Words March 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      Darko, so true. I couldn’t do a pond special without them.

  2. dW March 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    Wonderful, book-worthy shots, Words! My favourite is the greylag amongst the daffodils.

    • Words March 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

      dW, thanks! This was a bit of a cute session. I had a great line on the greylag, but missed the very best moments. This was just before it moved away. As it happens I hope to get some book-worthy shots of blue tits over the coming weeks… They’ll need to be as they’re for a book project.