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31 Jul 2009

The ringlet butterfly is one of those quiet little browns that rewards a closer look.

Ref: DA1_20090623_1423_052+1515_183 FT1 Ringlet Butterfly in flight with Red campion (montage).jpg

30 Jul 2009

The Banded Demoiselle is quite one of the most beautiful damselflies we know of. This is the male - the female has no band on different coloured wings. See in a few days.

Ref: DA1_20090623_1435_104+1516_194 FT1 Banded Demoiselle male in flight with grass head (montage).jpg

29 Jul 2009

Far more bumble bees this year than we are used to, but distasterously few honey bees.

Ref: DA1_20090623_1618_325 FT1 Bumble bee in flight at clover flower head (web crop).jpg

A stop off for a mid-flight refuelling for once taken by pressing the shutter button to override the normal computer controlled trigger.

Ref: DA1_20090623_1619_340 FT1 Bumble bee feeding on clover flower head (web crop).jpg

28 Jul 2009

This is a male 'four-spot chaser' (change of common name since the link below). This species has been breeding on our plot for at least a decade. It first came to our attention one day when a number were emerging in May 1999 after a warm night that turned cold in the morning and slowed down the usual overnight emergence. You can see it on the main web site at Dragonfly Emergence Sequence.

Ref: DA1_20090624_1302_147+1310_192 FT1 four-spot chaser dragonfly male in flight bottom view with dead twig (montage).jpg

Their favourite perches seem to be dead twigs by the waterside. If you have a pond put a couple of sticks about half meter long at 30 degrees from horizontal & overhanging the water, and you will likely be graced with some dragonflies using the tip. If they are already about they sometimes land on them within seconds (but usually not).

Ref: DA1_20090624_1313_211 FT1 four-spot chaser dragonfly male on twig (orig).jpg

27 Jul 2009

Just this one Small Tortoiseshell butterfly seen so far this year was fluttering from buttercup to buttercup. The hedges used to be awash with them. Instead we now have hundreds of Meadow Browns and still dozens of Speckled wood. We don't know whether the change is down to climate, our management, natural variation or chance.

Ref: DA1_20090624_1604_233+20090623_1513_171 FT1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly in flight with buttercup (montage).jpg

26 Jul 2009

Among the hoards of Meadow Brown butterflies are a few Small skipper butterflies. Normally seen perched with the wings slightly raised & top wing partly hidden, this spread wings view explains the orange shimmer as they fly.

Ref: DA1_20090627_1530_013+1545_085 FT1 Small skipper in flight with oxeye daisy (montage).jpg

25 Jul 2009

This rabbit photographed in the early hours (5 a.m.) is caught in a pose like something out of children's story book!

Ref: D3A_20090621_0458_036_FB2 rabbit on hind legs.jpg

24 Jul 2009

The young fox is now known to be at least 2 individuals (seen together on an Infra-red security photo). Can't resist giving you a look from a different site.

Ref: D3A_20090622_1953_034_FB2 Young fox with one paw on log.jpg

23 Jul 2009

The Chaffinches have been very obliging with 'in-flight photos' in the last couple of days

Ref: D3A_20090623_0550_049_FB2 Chaffinch coming in to land (crop 2).jpg

Ref: D3A_20090625_0514_025_FB2 Chaffinch male in flight.jpg

22 Jul 2009

We have been hoping the male and female Muntjac had produced a fawn this year. Finally this beautiful creature has appeared. This camera is set up for smaller animals so the top of the deer is missing. Note the gangly legs and visible hoof of which we often see the imprints when the ground is soft.

Ref: D3A_20090621_0621_054_FB2 Munjac fawn (crop 1).jpg

21 Jul 2009

The male chaffinches are apparently still feeling territorial.

Ref: D36_20090620_0649_077_FB3 2 chaffinch males squabbling in flight.jpg

20 Jul 2009

Young fox exploring the aromas of other visitors and peanut grit at the thrush anvil (see yesterday).

Ref: D50_20090618_2143_016_FB5 Young fox (crop 2).jpg

19 Jul 2009

Clearing up the site a bit and getting his stone back level with the surface has brought back the thrush. Interesting what little details are important.

Ref: D50_20090620_0933_081_FB5 Thrush with snail at anvil stone (web crop).jpg

18 Jul 2009

This kestrel has made repeated visits to one corner of the site, most of the time in drab overcast condition when one enjoys taking the pics (about 600) but only a few are worth keeping.

Ref: DB1_20090621_1744_189 Kestrel hovering 12 of 19 (web crop).jpg

17 Jul 2009

Swifts continue to delight us with a group of about 10 visiting the area a few times many days. Here is the same bird in two successive frames

Ref: DB1_20090619_1709_094+095 Swallow in flight (montage).jpg

16 Jul 2009

Unusual view of a mallard drake. Maybe he has spotted a tasty worm to catch. Out of frame in this crop a female mallard is pattering along in the dark behind him The bright yellow beak has faded but the orange feet remain vivid.

Ref: D35_20090615_1745_047_FB4 Mallard male walking in crouch followed by female (web crop 2).jpg

15 Jul 2009

Immaculate male Chaffinch collecting food.

Ref: D3A_20090610_0507_002 fb2 Chaffinch male.jpg

14 Jul 2009

A large buzzard seeing off a smaller bird. Read left to right as pairs of birds

Ref: DB1_20090612_1233_275-278 Large Buzzard seeing off smaller 2-5 of 8 (mirrored montage).jpg

13 Jul 2009

The Moth trap caught 5 of these wonderful 'Elephant Hawk-Moths'. We haven't touched up the colour - this is what they are like.

Ref: DA1_20090614_1128_118 FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth on Honeysuckle flower (web crop).jpg

And here in flight. The clover head will give you more idea of their large size.

Ref: DA1_20090614_1140_176+1449_498 FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth in flight with clover (montage).jpg

12 Jul 2009

Burnished Brass moths are quite small but really beautiful when the light catches the 'burnished' areas properly.

Ref: DA1_20090614_1348_394 FT1 Burnished Brass moth on Hawthorn twig (web crop).jpg

11 Jul 2009

We are fairly sure this is a Common Rustic moth caught on clover so we knew what to provide as a 'prop'. It then surprised us by feeding off the 'prop' in front of the camera setup. First just landing.

Ref: DA1_20090614_1452_513 FT1 Common Rustic (q) moth flying to clover flower & starting to feed (web crop) 2 of 6.jpg

And second the proboscis is uncurling complete with droplets or particles from it's previous meal.

Ref: DA1_20090614_1452_517 FT1 Common Rustic (q) moth flying to clover flower & starting to feed (web crop) 6 of 6.jpg

10 Jul 2009

The moth trap caught a couple of Poplar Hawk-moths. Here is an image of one of them after release back in the meadow

Ref: DB1_20090614_1608_075 Poplar Hawk-moth on clover stem (crop 1).jpg

More detail of the head and antennae.

Ref: DB1_20090614_1608_075 Poplar Hawk-moth on clover stem (crop 2).jpg

09 Jul 2009

A chance moment of 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker chicks by the nut feeder with their Dad. Mum uses a feeder on the other side of the house to feed what we think is just one other chick.

Ref: D36_20090604_1759_006 fb3 Great spotted woodpecker male and 2 chicks.jpg

Montage of 2 successive frames in the rain, first on the RIGHT. From the lack of intervening frames we deduce that the sodden bird sat for 25 minutes preening, and all the better for it!

Ref: D36_20090607_1730_088+1754_089 fb3 Successive frame montage (24 mins right to left) of Great Spotted Woodpecker in rain.jpg

08 Jul 2009

Juvenile Herons often seem to have trouble swallowing their catches. We don't know what this one caught, but it took the bird 3 minutes to swallow it before it flew off. There are more heron pics at the Moorhen Site heron page

Ref: D01_20090607_1405_006 Juvenile heron in middle of swallowing unknown item over about 3 minutes.jpg

07 Jul 2009

The jackdaws chicks in a nest near the house have fledged. You can still see the fuzz of down on the body feathers as this youngster lands on the perch by the peanut feeders.

Ref: D36_20090602_0556_082 fb3 Young Jackdaw with downy feathers.jpg

06 Jul 2009

A common site at almost any decent wildlife pond is pairs of Azure Azure Damselflies mating.
In August 2007 we pictured them in 'Wheel' position as the male transfers his sperm to the female (male to the left arching over the female):-

This year we picture them in 'Tandem'. The male is on the right and they can fly in this position.

Ref: DB1_20090601_1441_140 Azure Damselfly pair in Tandem on Lily frond.jpg

The final act - the female depositing eggs onto pond weeds.

Ref: DB1_20090607_1546_002 Azure Damselfly pair laying eggs in Duck pond.jpg

05 Jul 2009

The 'Thrushes anvil' site off the main paths by a conifer tree trunk was 'baited' with a little peanut grit and suddenly loads of creatures made appearances. This lot appeared over 32 hours appear all at the same scale. For the uninitiated in UK species, top left clockwise:-

  1. Blackbird male
  2. Young fox
  3. Robin
  4. Thrush (without snail!)
  5. Chaffinch female or young
  6. Pheasant male

Ref: D50_20090602_1033_003+selected_to_20090603_1811_062 fb5 2 Nights at the Thrush Anvil (rough montage).jpg

04 Jul 2009

We found a stone surrounded to broken snail shells - the first 'thrushes anvil' we have ever found. Installing a camera and beam-break at it with care not to disturb the anvil site was quickly rewarded with some images of the thrush with snails. First a thrush with snail approaching the stone which is at the left edge a quarter of the way up.

Ref: D50_20090603_1330_033 fb5 Thrush with snail at anvil stone (web crop).jpg

Several hours later a closer image (with presumably a fresh snail).

Ref: D50_20090603_1607_055 fb5 Thrush with snail near anvil stone (web crop).jpg

03 Jul 2009

It always seems strange to see the moon in sunshine, but here we caught a swallow flying by it. The bird is a little off focus because it isn't 'quite' as far away as the moon (maybe 50 metres against 384,403,000 metres!). Other attempts with the bird sharp but the moon even slightly blurred look awful.

Ref: DB1_20090601_1823_337 swallow and gibbous moon (single frame).jpg

02 Jul 2009

Our friendly neighbour farmer phoned us from his tractor with news that the 'buzzard has just joined me on the posts' and out we rushed to not be able to see it! But we were ready when it flew majestically over the hedge in front of us. Here is one of images.

Ref: DB1_20090602_1526_107 Buzzard in flight from field to West heading North East at about 5 fps 75 of 83 (web crop).jpg

20 minutes later a buzzard and a crow had a little skirmish to the East. Follow the pairs of birds from the top left.

Ref: DB1_20090602_1548_171-1549_228 Buzzard and Crow skirmish (7 selected images montage - originals not kept).jpg

01 Jul 2009

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker are being fed peanut fragments by the adult male both at the feeders and more picturesquely on the trunk of a nearby Ash tree. From 3 difference sequences, first the male flying in.

Ref: DC1_20090603_1638_155 Great Spotted Woodpecker male flying in & feeding chick on Ash tree trunk 09 of 33 (web crop).jpg

The youngster (on the left) gets fed.

Ref: DC1_20090603_1634_129 Great Spotted Woodpecker male feeding chick on Ash tree trunk 09 of 15 (web crop).jpg

The parent (on the left) having to back off from the youngster eager for MORE!.

Ref: DC1_20090603_1640_213 Great Spotted Woodpecker male flying to & feeding chick on Ash tree trunk 16 of 22 (web crop).jpg



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