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