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31 Jul 2006

Teasels are all over the place and attract all sort of nectar feeders.

Ref: P32_20060722_1809_939 Peacock butterfly on teasel.jpg

30 Jul 2006

Although spending most of their lives as aquatic larva, they spend a lot of the adult phase lurking in vegetation.

Ref: D10_20060714_1232_850 Large Red Damselfly Male on Blackberry leaf.jpg

29 Jul 2006

The blackberry flower supplies pollen for the bee and nectar for both.

Ref: D10_20060714_1237_854 Honey bee and Gatekeeper butterfly on Blackberry Flower.jpg

28 Jul 2006

You normally see the Small tortoiseshell butterfly with the orange yellow and black patterned upper wing. This is the underwing - good camouflage.

Ref: D10_20060714_1239_857 Small tortoiseshell butterfly on blackberry (underwing).jpg

27 Jul 2006

A more obvious bowl of water was well used by magpies. We expected to see the fieldmice (wood mice) using this local source of water but the camera 'saw' none at all.

Ref: D35_20060720_0530_072 fb2 Magpie drinking from bowl with iridescent plumage.jpg

26 Jul 2006

Very hot and dry, a dish of water at each feeding station (this one hidden behind the log) has attracted this great-tit.

Ref: D3E_20060719_1722_050 fb1 Great Tit landing on log.jpg

25 Jul 2006

The brood of young moorhen are dispersing. Here one of them is resting in the buttercups and clover at the pond edge.

Ref: D60_20060702_1838_010 Young moorhen sitting in Buttercups.jpg

24 Jul 2006

We have cut a hole in the pig-net at the bottom of the pignet to the adjoining just cut hay field. It's just big enough for this fox to squeeze through.

Ref: D3E_20060717_0419_026 fb1 Fox squeezing through hole in fence (Web Crop).jpg

23 Jul 2006

Too hot to be out photographing anything that doesn't stand still, but feeding the automatic cameras memory card can be done in the cool. This young robin seems to be doing OK.

Ref: D3E_20060718_0534_071 fb1 Young Robin.jpg

22 Jul 2006

The male Banded Agrion perched in the hedge.

Ref: D60_20060713_1812_802 Banded Agrion Damselfy Male.jpg

21 Jul 2006

The female Banded Agrion perched high in the hedge.

Ref: D60_20060713_1819_841 Banded Agrion Damselfy Female.jpg

20 Jul 2006

We often seen the (blue) male Banded Agrion flitting about but we spotted the iridescent (green) female for the first time and were lucky to see them together. (We could not get them both in focus at the same time - so this is an 'honest composite' of the pair overlaid with separate individual images from the same sequence).

Ref: D60_20060713_1814_822 (with 816+818 Insects Composited) Pair of Banded Agrion Damselflies.jpg

19 Jul 2006

Photographing birds in flight is hard, and flycatchers doubly so. So getting even a half-decent image is a minor triumph.

Ref: \D60_20060706_1756_632 Swift in Flight (web crop).jpg

18 Jul 2006

We have to limit thistles because they are so invasive, but allow patches to grow but stop them seeding. This bumble bee is covered in specks of pollen.

Ref: \D60_20060712_1657_666 Bumble Bee on Thistle Flower.jpg

17 Jul 2006

A newly emerged Comma Butterfly (named after that white mark) sucks nectar from a blackberry flower. This is the underwing that looks like wood. The top of the wings are orange.

Ref: \D60_20060712_1704_691 Comma Butterfly (underwing) on Blackberry Flower.jpg

16 Jul 2006

A gatekeeper butterfly on blackberry leaf.

Ref: \D60_20060712_1708_742 Gatekeeper Butterfly on blackberry leaf.jpg

15 Jul 2006

A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Blackberry flower. After a dearth of this insect for the last few years it is nice to see them again.

Ref: \D60_20060712_1709_749 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Blackberry flower.jpg

14 Jul 2006

Still at it, this time a closeup of a pair on a blackberry flower. Well she is feeding on the blackberry flower and he is hanging on to her.

Ref: \D60_20060712_1711_757 Ginger Beetles on Blackberry flower.jpg

13 Jul 2006

These Ginger coloured beetles always seem to be mating when you find them on just about any white flower. We once found out their proper name but have forgotten and can't find them again. Can anybody tell us?

Ref: P32_20060708_1635_424 Ginger Beetles mating on Hogweed (web crop).jpg

12 Jul 2006

Parts of the hedges are full of blackberry heads. Hundreds of various brown butterflies flutter over and land to take nectar from the flowers as this one is.

Ref: P32_20060703_1032_303 Brown butterfly sipping nectar from Blackberry flower.jpg

11 Jul 2006

This cheeky looking magpie looks like it is guarding the cherry (this time last-years from the freezer) at its feet.

Ref: D35_20060707_1717_048 fb2 Magpie (guarding cherry (Q)).jpg

10 Jul 2006

We had always assumed that Magpies eat peanuts whole (as we have often seen pigeons do), but this one at least is holding one with it's foot and pecking at it.

Ref: D3E_20060706_1630_099 fb1 Magpie pecking at peanut held in foot.jpg

09 Jul 2006

The wild cherry tree at this feeding station continues to drop it's fruit. This magpie is not complaining.

Ref: D35_20060703_1216_002 fb2 Magpie with fallen cherry in beak.jpg

08 Jul 2006

This rather sweet pair of fieldmice (wood mice) spent some time 'playing' on the log and presumably picking over the remaining spoils.

Ref: D3E_20060629_2240_016 fb1 2 fieldmice (wood mice).jpg

07 Jul 2006

The wild cherry tree at this feeding station is already dropping some of it's fruit - a great treat for this visitor.

Ref: D35_20060702_0659_075 fb2 Blackbird male with newly fallen cherry.jpg

06 Jul 2006

The moorhen pair suddenly starting a frantic refurbish this platform built a couple of weeks ago for the chicks to roost overnight. Maybe she said in Moorhen-ese 'Darling ... I'm eggy again'.

Ref: D60_20060630_1240_018 Moorhen taking building material to platform.jpg

05 Jul 2006

A fieldmouse (wood mouse) just after midnight, working its way along the log over several minutes picking out fragments of grain and nuts left by the birds.

Ref: D3E_20060628_0023_040 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

04 Jul 2006

A brown Butterfly sits in a dazzling sea of Oxeye daisies.

Ref: P32_20060625_1250_050 Brown Butterfly on Oxeye Daisies.jpg

03 Jul 2006

Carrying on the Robin-fest at the same site this youngster is already showing hints of red in the breast feathers.

Ref: D35_20060627_0417_072 fb2 Young Robin showing some red breast feathers.jpg

02 Jul 2006

The robin family still seem to be doing OK. Here is one of the immature birds in flight just past midnight. Birds are not supposed to fly in the dark, but this was taken only 2 days after the longest day, so twilight never really ends.

Ref: D35_20060627_0511_075 fb2 Young robin launching from log.jpg

01 Jul 2006

A couple of fieldmice (wood mice) at 3 a.m. No wonder humans rarely see them.

Ref: D3E_20060622_0259_024 fb1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg



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