Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:47:20 PM
The title more or less sums up what was a fairly average day. I jest. It was a good day, even if the photos aren't of the highest standard.
The swifts were flying high this morning, and flying low. I watched as they swept over the surface of the pond at Falmer, sweeping up any and all available insect life.
Swooping swifts are not an easy catch. They're fast and unpredictable, though at least they do tend to repeat their runs over the water. Easier are the house martins. They just require patience. When house martins come into land they gather in small groups so it becomes possible to plan the shot. Pick out their landing site and simply wait for them to come into view. Occasionally it works. (There's a swallow lurking in among the house martins in this shot).
The majority of the herring gull chicks at work have fledged, but the lesser black-backed chicks are still a little short of being flight ready. They've got another week or two to go.
Meanwhile the young foxes continue to play and fight. This was taken as the sun (the glorious, ever present sun) was beginning to set.
The final shot was taken in the last hour. The adult foxes have been becoming slightly more tolerant of me in recent weeks and here are two of them sharing some peanuts with Red and Pretty. The adults are Nicked Ear (far right) and Shy Boy (far left). Camera note: first three shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens; fourth shot with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM; final shot with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.
Friday, July 5, 2013 10:57:08 PM
I'll start with what is undoubtedly the pick of today's shots, if only for the general messiness of it. I've seen green woodpeckers in trees, on grass, in flight, but never enjoying a mud bath!
Of course it may have been digging for insects, I can;t be sure about that. Swallows on the other hand have only one thing on their mind when they swoop low over water like this. They are always feeding.
Talking of food, the young lesser black-backed gulls were the recipients of a mini feast today.
The herring gull chicks are quite a bit bigger than those three, and getting nearer to putting their wings to use. This is one of several scattered around the various roof tops at work.
The young foxes are also doing well. This is Red, closely tailed by Pretty, earlier this evening.
And here's Pretty, living up to her name. Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.
Thursday, July 4, 2013 10:48:51 PM
It's time to mix up the recent fox posts with some of the local bird life. Yesterday the pond at Falmer featured two of the larger visitors: a heron (and they don't really come much larger than this)...
...and a little egret. For a while I thought it was going to land, but instead it circled several times before heading off into the distance.
The heron was back there again today, shrouded in mist (I've tidied up the shot a bit) but happily gobbling down one of the local carp.
Over on campus the roofs are still l home to a variety of gull chicks. These are two of the lesser black-backed gulls.
They are a couple of weeks younger than the herring gulls who are fast developing their flight feathers which gives them a rather untidy look. This young herring gull was relaxing on the edge of a green roof.
I can't leave this post without at least one picture of a fox. This is Pretty, earlier this evening. Camera note: all birds taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. FOx cub photographed with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 10:52:11 PM
With so much time spent with the young foxes, I've been neglecting some of our other local wildlife. As a quick update, here are a few of shots from today starting with a heron down at Falmer Pond.
The heron's may have become somewhat occasional visitors to the pond this year, but the local rabbit population is thriving and there were several out in the churchyard this morning.
The local herring gull chicks are getting bigger by the day. This one is now a shade over a month old, and should be taking to the wing within about two weeks.
I'll leave the last shot to one of the fox cubs. Each of them has acquired a favourite spot. This is Red. Camera note: all daytime shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Red (fox) taken with the EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens