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31 Jul 2008

This sweet little feather duster is a young Yellowhammer seen where it's parents come and feed every day.

Ref: D3B_20080716_2034_080 fb1 Yellowhammer Juvenile.jpg

30 Jul 2008

Not seeing so many mice at the moment. This one seems to have found some small piece of peanut (?) and is nibbling away.

Ref: D3B_20080718_0301_034 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

29 Jul 2008

Plant galls fascinate us. They are formed by insect parasites, often eggs laid inside the plant which reacts to form a cavity to the insect lavas liking. Eventually the insect bores its way out. In the winter you find the woody galls with the exit holes visible.

Ref: P34_20080712_1220_681 Oak marble gall.jpg

28 Jul 2008

The book describes Buzzard underwings as 'Variable', almost white to almost black. Have both in one go ...

Ref: DC1_20080713_1634_094 Two Buzzards flying together with one light & other dark underwings.jpg

Earlier in the day we were surprised to see a buzzard carrying a whole rabbit. The next surprise is that it didn't set off with it. Instead it flew a few 100m over to a known morning 'thermal' and despite the load circled without flapping and eventually disappeared as a speck in the haze. We imagine it was transporting it back a hungry brood some way away. A few days later without the thermal we saw a smaller load being carried off toward the M1 Motorway.

Ref: DC1_20080713_0923_009 Buzzard carrying rabbit in talons.jpg

27 Jul 2008

Kestrels (the birds often seen hovering over motorways) are wonderful to watch whether hovering or not.

Ref: DC1_20080714_0816_012 Kestrel Female in flight.jpg

26 Jul 2008

After years of 'absence' a Little Owl (actual common name of species) landed on a spoil heap of prospective stone quarrying going on in the just cut meadow. This little fellow is fully grown & is about the same size as a Starling. He is about 60m away and just sat there for hours with his head turning at least every half minute. Our presence seems to bother him/her not one jot.

Ref: DC1_20080714_0825_066 Little Owl on Spoil heap in Field to North (web crop).jpg

25 Jul 2008

The heron visited the 'duck' pond and ate at least 3 Great Crested Newts while we were watching. Considering that we only know he is there by chance we wonder just how many newts he finds - and its been going on for years. They must breed well here to survive this level of predation.

Ref: D01_20080711_1311_024 Heron walking along bank of Duck Pond with beak open.jpg

Ref: D01_20080711_1315_072 Heron clambering out of Duck pond with Great Crested Newt & pond weed in beak.jpg

24 Jul 2008

Ahhh. Its too small for a mature adult Muntjac deer so think it must be this years fawn growing up nicely. We see a lot of Muntjac droppings but haven't seen the nervous deer themselves for months.

Ref: D3A_20080710_1944_066 fb2 Muntjac Fawn (web crop).jpg

23 Jul 2008

We think this is a pair of young Chaffinches involved in a typical sibbling squabble.

Ref: D3B_20080711_0726_134 fb1 2 young (q) chaffinches squabbling (q).jpg

22 Jul 2008

After a day of rain an early bright period saw a lot of corvids out looking over waterlogged soil for breakfast. This rook silhouette with beak and eye rather appealed to us.

Ref: SC1_20080710_0725_033 Rook in Flight (web crop).jpg

21 Jul 2008

Jackdaws are powerful flyers and this moment seemed to capture some of it.

Ref: D3A_20080708_1911_067 fb2 Jackdaw flying over site.jpg

20 Jul 2008

The 5 moorhen chicks are two with the female and 3 with this male. They just lined up nicely for a moment in the pic.

Ref: DB1_20080629_1233_014 Moorhen & three hopeful looking chicks.jpg

19 Jul 2008

The lapwing and heron flew over the middle of our patch 5 minutes apart, and these were taken from just outside the back of the house. Lapwings are not often seen here, Herons are.

Ref: DC1_20080707_1736_019 Lapwing in Flight.jpg

Ref: DC1_20080707_1741_041 Heron in Flight.jpg

18 Jul 2008

Chance juxtaposition. They basically ignored each other. We weren't going to include this one on this site, but got a request from one of our e-mail group for the original to print and frame, so it obviously has appeal!

Ref: DC1_20080628_1559_251 Swallow and Kestrel male in same frame ignoring each other.jpg

17 Jul 2008

The other end of the original is a yellowhammer disappearing out of frame at the right edge of the frame. Don't know whether the chaffinch was seeing off the yellowhammer, or something disturbed them both.

Ref: D3B_20080703_0507_129 fb1 Chaffinch male in flight (web crop).jpg

16 Jul 2008

A sweet young robin just starting to get it's red feathers.

Ref: D3A_20080705_0451_036 fb2 Juvenile robin with first few red feathers flapping wings.jpg

15 Jul 2008

Magpie feeding its 'chick' if you can call that voracious creature a chick. This is nothing wrong with the eye - just a protective membrane probably like us closing our eyes when potential injury is near.

Ref: D3B_20080628_0236_072 fb1 Magpie parent feeding youngster (web crop).jpg

All 5 of our moorhen chicks are doing fine with the parents finding plenty of food for them.

Ref: DB1_20080628_1358_010 Moorhen feeding 2 chicks (web crop).jpg

14 Jul 2008

The kestrels are not having it their own way. Rooks often seem to harass kestrels - here is an example of a kestrel being seen off.

Ref: DC1_20080628_0856_057 Rook harassing female Kestrel 4 of 7 (web crop).jpg

Nice image of kestrel.

Ref: DC1_20080628_1559_270 Kestrel male in flight (web crop).jpg

13 Jul 2008

All those mouse holes with nothing to disguise them makes easy-feeding for the kestrel.

Ref: DC1_20080628_1612_305 Kestrel carrying off Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) from cut meadow 3 of 4 (web crop).jpg

The hole near this photo kit is in long grass on our side of the fence so we expect most of them to survive.

Ref: D3A_20080628_0159_054 fb2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) & slug.jpg

12 Jul 2008

Also interested in the half-baled field were masses (we guess 200) of mostly rooks turning over the grass for morsels.

Ref: DC1_20080626_1014_030 Rooks & other Corvids over newly cut grass.jpg

We assumed it was the end of seeing skylarks over the field but no - he was back to full enthusiasm. He is further away now but still a delight. They have had time for one brood & will hopefully now manage another.

Ref: DC1_20080627_0732_008 Skylark ascending over partially baled meadow.jpg

11 Jul 2008

The fields to North and East have been cut and baled. This is of great interest to opportunists like the kestrel. First he followed the machines to catch anything that was forced from cover.

Ref: DC1_20080626_1808_049 Kestrel hunting over grass baling machine.jpg

Next morning the kestrel hunted from the tops of the bales - here he is pouncing on some unfortunate rodent (one of many in a sequence we hope to produce when time permits).

Ref: DC1_20080627_1016_017 Kestrel pouncing onto prey and eating it 02 of 18 (web crop).jpg

10 Jul 2008

2 Days of the Peacocks! 6 peacocks (birds not butterflies!) wandered in from track and stayed for a few hours, elegantly draped over oil tanks, shed tops etc. They came from the hotel 800m from us now under new management - they inherited 11 birds but consider them a nuisance. Next day just 2 males visited, and for the following days none.

Ref: P34_20080624_1618_274 All 6 peacocks who visited 24jun2008 (orig).jpg

Just practicing ready for when his tail has more than 2 'eyes'

Ref: P34_20080625_1549_359 Peacock male displaying tail not yet fully grown.jpg

09 Jul 2008

Here is a first - the pheasants mating at site 2 (their favourite haunt). Here he is 'treading' the 'blonde' female. 10 minutes before he was apparently making overtures to the 'brunet' female at the same site - naughty boy!

Ref: D3A_20080623_1738_003 fb2 Pheasant pair mating (orig).jpg

The moorhens have successfully produced 5 chicks from the nest feared would be predated again. Here is the first being fed.

Ref: DB1_20080624_1613_008 moorhen feeding chick.jpg

08 Jul 2008

The shimmering back of a swallow flying over a meadow of uncut grasses & buttercups.

Ref: DC1_20080622_1023_115 Swallow over uncut meadow (web crop).jpg

A surprisingly pristine female Great spotted woodpecker on the peanut feeder crossbar. The youngster has learned how to use the feeders, saving her a lot of work.

Ref: DB1_20080616_0619_004 Great Spotted woodpecker female.jpg

07 Jul 2008

The Emperor Dragonfly is big with 10cm wingspan and absolutely beautiful intricate body and wings.

Ref: P34_20080623_1941_234 Emperor Dragonfly Female hanging on pond grass (web crop).jpg

Soak in the detail - on the original you can see the segments of the compound eye.

Ref: DC1_20080623_1919_041 Emperor Dragonfly Female Head detail.jpg

06 Jul 2008

This is the first dragonfly we have seen here, with beautiful powder blue (and powdery texture) abdomen. It has a wingspan of about 7cm.

Ref: DC1_20080623_1355_016 Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly Male perched on willow stick (web crop).jpg

Ref: DC1_20080623_1551_049 Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly Male head detail (orig).jpg

05 Jul 2008

Expect we have seen them before, but this is the first image of a Stock dove we have thought good enough to keep.

Ref: D3A_20080620_0539_023 fb2 Stock Dove.jpg

04 Jul 2008

Skylarks descend much faster than they rise. Sometimes they come down in a chaotic flurry of legs and feather, at other times under more control as this montage shows. The birds spacings are fairly accurate (based on positions against the same clouds in different shots) taken at about 7 frames per Second.

Ref: DC1_20080620_1411_165-167 Skylark descending (montage at about 7 fps).jpg

03 Jul 2008

First time we have a decent image of a bullfinch, even if taken through a window. This is a male - there were two males stripping the flowerheads.

Ref: DC1_20080620_0656_048 Bullfinch on edge of bird bath with part of flower in beak.jpg

02 Jul 2008

This is a House Martin in flight, the least frequent of our three flycatchers which includes Swallows and Swifts.

Ref: DC1_20080617_1607_325 House Martin in flight.jpg

01 Jul 2008

The male Kestrel had a leg injury and was struggling a bit, but now seems to be back to his old health.

Ref: DC1_20080617_1610_338 Kestrel hovering.jpg



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