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The same Brimstone butterfly flew to a young Beech tree and 'vanished'. A search revealed him under a leaf and this montage shows how the marks of the butterfly match typical beech insect damage marks.
A Brimstone butterfly feeding on a teasel flower with hover-fly capriciously also in shot. Tomorrow an example of the actual same insect camouflaged in a beech tree.
This fox photographed the same night the moorhen appeared together at the same sight which we would expect to mean the nest had been wrecked. But they still seem to be taking turns on an out-of-site nest - probably the pair were from the other pond (which are not nesting again).
These orange beetles are common at this time of year and are usually seen in pairs like this.
Male blackbird with a collection of food items in his beak.
A Gatekeeper butterfly on a recently cut branch
Young rabbit choosing his apple before it all disappears.
Nice portrait of one of the growing moorhen. Note that you can see straight through the 'nostril' on the beak.
Most plume moths appear as a white stick 'T' shape when resting, but in flight multiple feather-like plumes form the wings. Here they are partly spread.
Most bird markings do not follow the pattern of the feather edges, but patterns on individual feathers wonderfully interlink to make the birds camouflage or display patterns. We normally only see this clearly in dropped feathers, but here you can see it on the live bird.
The young moorhen from both broods are seen about all day. Here 3 troop through a feeding area.
A couple of Young moorhen feeding together. They still wander round as a group though now without their parents constant vigilance.
Portrait of a Tree Sparrow.
Portrait of a male chaffinch.
The 'black poplar' is our tallest tree and started as a cutting from a fallen branch 12 years ago. It is named Ivan's tree in memory of a good friend. Marie at the bottom allows us to calculate the height.
One of the young moorhen. As it grows the feet no longer look ridiculously large.
This is a time of year for moths triggering the IR beam (mostly out of frame so you get 'nothing'). Here we have added to an image of a rabbit + one moth a number of other moths from other frames to make this montage of several species. None are good quality but they are all 'real'.
We often see carrion crows with bits of peel and the like, but here it shows a preference for an apple core about an hour after it was put out.
Magnificently coloured fox on the prowl.
A couple of scruffy swallow youngsters with mother having a rest on the right.
The young moorhen are now just about independent while the parents have been building a new nest.
An adult female swallow quartering the sky over the meadow.
Our largest Large leaf lime (of about 25) has this year produced our first Flowers and beginnings of fruits.
Another family of swallows being fed on the wires. Looks like the parent misjudged a bit as the youngster is about to make unintended take-off.
Growing moorhen and its parent picking up the grain put out a few minutes earlier.
Young robins don't have red chests. Note the yellow edge to the beak it still uses for begging food from its parents.
Have no idea what this pair were running from but the chick count the following day was the same so they were apparently fast enough.
A small leaf fall at a isolated sycamore resulted in this interesting collage of greens and browns.
Discovered that this (what we believe is) Oat Grass drops blackish pollen all over your clothes as you push by it. The only way to see it in a photo is against the sky.
The moorhen chicks (these from the main pond) are developing nicely. We still have 4 though one is more independent than the others
This magpie seemed to capture their immaculate plumage and cheeky nature of these birds.
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