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Not forgetting the moorhens - 2 adults are 3 juveniles are regularly seen together. Here one of each look for supper.
Middle September has been characterised by walking through clouds of Craneflies, removing them from the house etc. There must be thousands at a time in the hedges.
A comma butterfly sips from a blackberry fruit.
A pair of images (first yesterday) that show a Red Admiral Butterfly now with wings momentarily opened.
A pair of images (second tomorrow) that show a Red Admiral Butterfly with wings closed and then momentarily opened
The ash tree on the 'island' outside the kitchen window now has a lovely show of green/yellow seed heads. At night when we look out with a powerful torch these positively glow compared to the leaves.
Elderberry doesn't make a very good hedging plant because it is too vigorous and spindly, but it produces lots of berries for the wildlife.
Some of the beech tress have lost leaves to caterpillars. This Dragonfly finds this bare treetop a useful perch.
Decades ago we photographed dragonflies in flight at great effort using flash and electronic triggers. With a bit of luck a modern SLR can do a creditable job hand-held.
In a flurry of feathers this Great Tit launches itself from the log wet with overnight rain at first light.
The fieldmice (wood mice) continue to gorge themselves. Is this a case of his/her eyes being a LOT bigger than the creature let alone the tummy.
A handsome Dunnock, probably not the one that lost it's tail.
Is this fieldmouse (wood mouse) practising for a Cirque du Soleil ball walking audition? Perhaps it doesn't know Cirque only includes humans.
An old friend from our early (early 1970s) moth watching days is this Large Yellow underwing Moth. Never could get them to fly down our flight-tunnel to take their own photos, and here we get an interesting image without trying.
As a detail from yesterdays image, you can see that the proboscis is a figure-of-8 cross section that keeps it from getting tangled up.
For a few hours on one day (7 Sep) one section of hedge was decorated with comma butterflies on blackberry fruits and some late flowers. Tomorrow the detail of the proboscis.
The hedges and particularly untrimmed hawthorn trees are awash with berries. The birds will love these.
Particularly immaculate Robin.
The Hazelnuts are ripening nicely so the squirrels arrive from nowhere to feast. Now its a race between us and them for us to get any ripe ones before they do.
These fieldmice (wood mice) just look so sweet.
Robin as it turns makes an unusual pose.
This beautiful Male Southern Hawker Dragonfly was in a sycamore tree glowing in a pool of sunlight. Note the tracery of its wings shadowed on the tree bark.
Remember the Dunnock with the missing tail (image for 29 Aug 2006). We think this is the same bird 8 days on with it regrowing.
Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) making a feast of a few corn grains the birds didn't take.
This years crop of moorhen are now largely independent and often seen on their own. The red berries at the birds foot were a small trial clump of Rowen berries to see whether ground birds liked them (NOT the Woody Nightshade from yesterdays image). Seems they are not keen.
Here is a North facing Woody Nightshade that the uneven light has left us with both flowers and berries. Poisonous but beautiful.
Have only seen a few Speckled Wood Butterflies over the years, this one allowing this one shot before it flew off into invisibility.
The '4' tells you that our attempt to photograph a blackberry from bud to berry has not gone well. But this cluster is fruiting nicely.
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