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Montage of about .75 seconds of a swallow passing food to it's chick.
Welcome annual return of what has become one of our regulars now the wood is more established - a speckled wood, here sunbathing on a willow leaf.
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) clinging to the end of the log. For scale - the red slice is a small crab apple.
Wheee... Slight blur suggests it is moving fast right to left.
Bats are suddenly in evidence. They are difficult to identify even in photos, but we think we are seeing Pipistrelles in the evenings & these brown long-eared some mornings.
The more anthropomorphic of us will consider this 'kissing', but actually they are rubbing noses very sweetly.
A new 'late' family feeding on the wires. Hope they can feed up enough before migration.
Its easy to forget just now small these creatures are - the purple-red wild plum is barely larger than a cherry.
A quiet family scene at the log.
Darter dragonflies are smaller cousins of hawkers (see 18 Sep 2007) but no less beautiful.
A new family of swallows are being fed on the wires. This youngster was just coming in to land.
While 'yesterdays' dragonfly was hawking this butterfly came down to drink. We half expect the dragonfly to attack it (yes - they can catch & eat butterflies on the wing) but it didn't.
The flying jewellery are delighting us with acrobat displays of glorious colour. Here one hovered for a second or two providing a chance for a set of images in flight. The wingbeats are far faster than the camera can manage, so don't try to interpret the wing positions.
Another pair of fieldmice (wood mice) in a face-to-face encounter.
The dragonflies are now zooming around like fighter pilots. When they stop for a moment you can get a pic.
The same fieldmouse (wood mouse) seems to spend hours at this site. Here is a little montage.
A hawthorn branch overhangs this camera site, and this fieldmouse (wood mouse) is burrowing under the dropped twigs to get at the food. Hawthorn berries obviously not first choice!
This montage shows a real occurrence of an adult goldfinch taking off leaving a juvenile (and a few more out of the crop) on the wires. They don't seem to indulge in feeding on the wires.
There are at least 5 Juvenile moorhen on the main pond, along with alternate adults as they incubate another clutch. Here you can see the huge feet that allow them to walk on water weeds.
Fighting or loving - isn't it hard to tell the difference.
The fieldmouse (wood mouse) population at the new camera site includes a new light grey youngster we have not seen before even though only a dozen metres from the old site. This is a montage of 3 separate photos.
Two kestrels in flight together (NOT a montage). Neither is an adult male, and according to the books juveniles and females are difficult to tell apart. From the behaviour our guess this is mother and her offspring.
A sort of 'leave some for me'? Have not previously noticed that voles also hold food in their paws.
The crows & jackdaws have gone back to mass mobbing every appearance of a kestrel, so we have had only a few fleeting good views in the last few days.
Part of our moorhen family - one adult and 2 of the most recent broods juveniles, against a shaft of evening sunlight.
What we think might be the same juvenile robin as show on 28 Aug 2007 now added a few more red feathers to his 'first'.
Could this be a Mouse's eye view of it's last moment on earth?
A Goldfinch having a half-hearted attempt at mating. Goldfinches have not been seen here in previous summers, but this year they have a family. Having delighted in their sweet chittering and little groups flying about, we understand the collective name 'charm of goldfinches'.
We do hope the squirrels leave us a few of the hazel nuts. Unripe nuts are being taken even from the only netted tree.
No - we have no idea what is going on here. Thanks for Christine's suggestion of a ballet 'entrechat' (look it up in your dictionary if you are as ignorant of ballet as we are).
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