Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:40:17 PM
The decent weather continues. Today was sunny once again, and I was out at Seven Sisters early this morning. It was quiet, and the sheep were grazing along the banks of the water.
A heron was stalking the shallows in the distance, and swallows were overhead as they prepare for their winter migration.
Lurking under the cover of the bank was a cormorant. I didn't notice it at first, but I heard - and then saw - it as it took to the wing. I've not seen many cormorants this year, but I've not really been looking.
Flying low over the fields...
Sweeping up and away across the valley...
The foxes are still doing fine. Their behaviour is changing, and the young foxes are becoming much more independent of each other. Bully Boy is in and out of the garden quite a lot in the day, and Pretty - although slightly more erratic - is still visiting most days. I've not seen Red for a little while, but I'm fairly sure he has appeared on the trail cam. These are Pretty from this evening.Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 10:40:05 PM
Something of a follow-up to yesterday's post, but this time from further along the seafront in what is most definitely Hove. This part of the beach is much quieter than the busy Brighton end, and much more relaxing. This is looking back along the front towards Brighton.
And this shot is looking even further west, towards Shoreham which you can see in the distance.
Being the beach there are gulls. Herring gulls mainly. Unlike the 'Brighton' gulls these ones tended not to dive bomb every passer-by in the hope of grabbing food; but given the chance the Hove birds do know how scavenge. This mini-flock has just descended on some discarded fish and chips.
And now for a fox. This is Bully Boy.Camera note: all beach shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens. The fox cub photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.
Saturday, August 3, 2013 11:11:39 PM
Pretty is growing up fast. She's nearly 23 weeks old (she was born 26th February), and is becoming quite the young fox. She tends to visit late in the afternoon, which suits me fine as the light is always better at the ends of the day. These are a few photos taken this afternoon.
Here she is standing over the stolen soft toy that we found in the garden yesterday.
Taking in the view...
Posing against the dark hedge...
The wound on her rear leg, by the way, is healing up nicely. She's been running around, jumping down from the garden walls, and I don't recall more than the slightest limp during the day. You can see how it's coming along in this shot.
Finally, a close-up portrait of of a very fine young fox indeed.Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.
Friday, August 2, 2013 11:21:18 PM
As everyone who reads this blog will know, I visit Falmer Pond very frequently and so there's generally very little that occurs that that comes in the category of a surprise. There are the regular ducks and gulls and geese, and the more or less occasional visits by herons, egrets, sandpipers and cormorants. Today though there a pair of birds did catch me by surprise. I presume they have flown in, but the village pond being what it is I suppose they could have walked over from a neighbouring farm, or even been 'released' at the pond from captivity or rescue. I really don't know. Anyway, whatever I do expect to see at the pond, I really wasn't expecting this beautiful pair of Muscovy ducks.
They were very placid, and spent most of the time standing calmly at the edge of the pond watching the world go by. And the world in this case includes a World War 2 German aircraft! This flew over at lunchtime. It's actually a Gomhouria Mk 6, made up in Luftwaffe livery.
There was one more surprise waiting for me when I arrived home. Young foxes start life by being fed, and gradually learn to scavenge. At around this age (just over five months) they develop their hunting skills. I came home to find the evidence of their first 'kill'. I knew it was dead because it had flies on it.
And here's one of the villains of the piece.Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.