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30 Jun 2009

Caught in the Moth trap, but definitely NOT a moth was this Cockchafer, also known as a May Bug (and caught in 29 May!). First a view outdoors before it flew off.

Ref: DB1_20090529_1633_034 ft1 Cockchafer (May Bug) male on leaf with antennae folded (web crop).jpg

And here a view of it in flight providing a view from below. It was not a very cooperative flyer & this was the only one worth showing.

Ref: D01_20090529_1527_241+1556_267 ft1 Cockchafer (May Bug) male in flight bottom view with Oak leaves (montage).jpg

29 Jun 2009

Some other moths in the trap included 'Ermine' moths which have beautiful speckled wings. The first image is of the White Ermine.

Ref: D01_20090529_1504_178+1556_272 ft1 White Ermine moth in flight with Oak Leaves (montage).jpg

This is the Buff Ermine - a beautiful almost golden colour.

Ref: D01_20090529_1521_210+20090530_1322_009 ft1 Buff Ermine moth in flight with grass heads (montage.jpg

28 Jun 2009

The Moth trap caught its usual few hundred moths including a couple of these Poplar Hawk-moths. Hawk-moths are BIG - see the typical size oak leaf.

Ref: D01_20090529_1346_001+1555_266 ft1 Poplar Hawk-moth 1 in flight with Oak leaves (montage).jpg

27 Jun 2009

Brimstone butterflies have been a delight this week, the male fluttering around the perched female and spiralling together into the sky

Ref: DB1_20090528_1423_073 Brimstone butterfly male fluttering round female on Red campion (web crop).jpg

The female hung about the garden for hours giving us the chance to get this unusual sequence of her feeding from a late bluebell, and then backing off from it. Note her rolling up her proboscis as she goes.
Sequence starts top left and goes clockwise.

Ref: CF1_20090528_1423_062+64+65+66+69 Brimstone Butterfly female flying off from Bluebell (20fps) 05+07+08+09+11 (montage).jpg

26 Jun 2009

One of those unplanned moments - a nice robin sitting quietly on the wire not preening has a sudden itch just as the camera takes it's pic.

Ref: DB1_20090529_0659_002 Robin on wire scratching head with claw (not part of a preen).jpg

25 Jun 2009

The Raptors are suddenly back. We have seen both male and female kestrels in the sky at the same time, and hope this is because there are chicks to feed. This male was spending an inordinate amount of time hanging in the strong breeze (sometimes unusually high up) surveying the scene including giving the photographer some quizzical looks.

Ref: DB1_20090530_1451_143 Kestrel male in flight.jpg

The buzzards are also in evidence and flying quite low.

Ref: DB1_20090531_1058_028 Buzzard in Flight.jpg

24 Jun 2009

A young Fox has suddenly appeared and on the first night of appearance visited all of the cameras. The next night the visit was to two cameras about 15m apart were he took his pic about 10 times. This is one of them.

Ref: D35_20090529_2112_028 fb4 Young Fox (web crop).jpg

23 Jun 2009

Honey bees are in short supply this year, so after we caught this on flag iris and brought it in for some photos, it went straight back out where it came from. Note the (yellow) pollen sack on the leg.

Ref: D01_20090525_1517_011+1524_029 ft1 Honey bee in flight with Yellow Flag Iris flower (montage).jpg

Most blue damselflies here are the Azure species - a beautiful rich blue.

Ref: D01_20090525_1613_175+1631_209 ft1 Azure Damselfly in Flight with willow sapling (montage).jpg

22 Jun 2009

The Bluetit box on our tallest black poplar gets a delivery like this every minute or two. What a supply of insects we must have!

Ref: DA1_20090523_1117_150 Bluetit flying to nest box on Ivans Black poplar with cranefly.jpg

Ref: DA1_20090524_1143_218 Bluetit flying to nest box on Ivans Black poplar with caterpillar.jpg

21 Jun 2009

Away from the detail for a moment - a delightful Mackerel sky ...

Ref: P34_20090523_1053_440 Mackerel Clouds & cumulus to North.jpg

... arching over a field of Buttercups now we have decided to let the 'meadow' area run riot.

Ref: P34_20090526_1806_582 Buttercups in Kite meadow.jpg

20 Jun 2009

The starlings that nested in the loft have fledged and are appearing round the house. We don't know what is going on here, but mostly they are being fed by parents or feeding themselves. The parent is on the left.

Ref: D36_20090527_0551_106 fb3 Starling adult male and fledgling face to face in flight.jpg

19 Jun 2009

Our second view of a young fox this year - the first was an hour earlier of it's backside only and may or may not be the same individual.

Ref: D3B_20090527_0125_132 fb1 Young Fox licking peanut butter from log (crop 1).jpg

Detail of the above - the whole animal kingdom seem to like the peanut butter this animal is licking off.

Ref: D3B_20090527_0125_132 fb1 Young Fox licking peanut butter from log (crop 3).jpg

18 Jun 2009

We and this fox had a little 'who blinks first' encounter over the fence for a couple of minutes before it decided that to run-away was it's best option.

Ref: DB1_20090520_1550_006 Fox in Field to East crouching and watching us.jpg

Humans do this quizzical head turn as well. Does it change the visual processing for an 'alternate reality'. Does changing the ear positions help locate sounds (like owls have asymmetric ears).

Ref: DB1_20090520_1551_011 Fox in Field to East giving us quizzical look (web crop).jpg

17 Jun 2009

This first duckling family to grow up at our site spends time at all three main ponds. First at 'Round' pond.

Ref: DB1_20090520_1602_070 Mallard duck mother & all 4 ducklings on round pond with reflections.jpg

And here they spent most of the day alternately on the bank of the main pond and then feeding in it outside the kitchen window.

Ref: DB1_20090522_0934_112 Mallard mother and 3 of 4 ducklings (2 preening) in grass by edge of Dragon Pond (web crop).jpg

16 Jun 2009

A Red-Eyed damselfly with wonderful bronze and bright yellow-green body, and of course red eyes. This is a female not yet ready to breed.

Ref: D01_20090522_1334_192+1123_029 ft1 Red-eyed damselfly imm female in flight with blackthorn (montage).jpg

Ref: D01_20090522_1340_214 ft1 Red-eyed damselfly imm female on blackthorn leaf side view (crop).jpg

15 Jun 2009

The Female Brimstone butterfly does not sport the vivid yellows of the male (click to view top) the male (click to view top) and (click to view bottom)

Ref: D01_20090523_1527_075+1315_137 ft1 Brimstone butterfly female in flight bottom view with Red Campion (montage).jpg

14 Jun 2009

This Broad Bodied Chaser Dragonfly obliged with just this one flight across the camera field

Ref: D01_20090524_1339_038+1403_128 ft1 Broad Bodied chaser dragonfly male in flight with Flag Iris leaf (montage).jpg

We include this static shot taken later to show the wonderful powder blue abdomen (and it really is powdery and gets worn off with 'living'). The blue is a strictly male feature - the female is orange and not a powder.

Ref: D01_20090524_1355_106 ft1 Broad Bodied chaser dragonfly male top view (web crop).jpg

13 Jun 2009


Ref: DB1_20090523_0924_019 Starling calling while launching from tip of 20yr black poplar (crop 1).jpg

12 Jun 2009

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

Ref: DB1_20090523_1336_050 House martin in flight.jpg

11 Jun 2009

One of those moments that the patience of an automatic camera may capture for you. They are perhaps a foot off the ground.

Ref: D35_20090513_1858_026 fb4 2 Robins fighting in mid-air (crop 1).jpg

10 Jun 2009

Mice apparently staring at slugs and snails is uncannily common.

Ref: D3B_20090515_2345_059 fb1 slug and fieldmouse (wood mouse).jpg

09 Jun 2009

The Dragonflies and damselflies just starting to be seen. The Large Red Damselfly (size being a relative measure) was found in the long grass and photographic in flight. The underside is NOT red - most dragonflies are different underneath.

Ref: DC1_20090516_1416_024 ft1 Large Red Damselfly female in flight (head on & bottom view) (web crop).jpg

Here the same species viewed more conventionally on a leaf.

Ref: P34_20090516_1454_293 Large Red Damselfly on blackthorn leaf.jpg

08 Jun 2009

The female Scorpion fly doesn't have anything that suggests a scorpion. The face ends in a 'beak' pointing down and left here. The body is about 2 cm long.

Ref: DC1_20090518_1323_037+1331_046 ft1 Scorpion Fly female in Flight with Blackthorn (montage).jpg

But this is the male with a harmless (its said - we are not going to try it out) 'scorpion' tail complete with gap between the 'pincers'

Ref: D01_20090522_1148_111+1124_035 ft1 Scorpion fly male in flight with Blackthorn (montage).jpg

07 Jun 2009

This is a Hairy Dragonfly' - one of the earliest dragonflies of the season. This was brought to us for some technical photographs, after which we took this portrait. You can see the hairiness along the top and bottom of the body in the first image

Ref: DC1_20090518_1407_160 ft1 Hairy dragonfly female hanging in Blackthorn (side view) (web crop).jpg

It was reluctant to fly indoors but we did manage this single image of it in flight.

Ref: DC1_20090518_1506_047+1527_001 ft1 Hairy dragonfly female in flight with hawthorn (montage).jpg

About a week later we had the opportunity to photograph a male and can't resist this close-up of the thorax where you can see the hairs in detail

Ref: DB1_20090523_1638_154 ft1 Hairy Dragonfly male head and thorax detail side view (web crop).jpg

06 Jun 2009

Although conditions were not ideal we were surprised to catch this moment when the two parents arrived together both with beaks full of food for the chicks. The bird starting on the left was dropping down and initially moving backward while the other whizzed in from the right. The one initially on the right veered off to avoid a collision. These successive frames taken at about 7 fps.

Ref: DA1_20090519_1123_159-163 Bluetit parents arriving together at nestbox on Ivans tree with food 1-5 of 5 (overlap montage).jpg

05 Jun 2009

In 20 years here this is the first known occurrence of a mallard duck breeding here and then not immediately being chased away by the moorhen. These ducklings have obviously been around for a good number of days and mum holds her own against the moorhen. We have seen the family at all 4 of our ponds, though this image was taken by one of the automatic cameras.

Ref: D35_20090519_1956_031 fb4 Mallard duck mother & all 4 ducklings (see P30_20090519_2011_078) (web crop).jpg

A detail from the above image - one of the ducklings seems to have found something tasty but maybe a bit too big to swallow?

Ref: D35_20090519_1956_031 fb4 Mallard duck mother & all 4 ducklings (see P30_20090519_2011_078) (detail of 2 ducklings).jpg

04 Jun 2009

Not just a few grubs, but a whole worm neatly folded in the beak ready to stuff into some lucky chick's craw!

Ref: DA1_20090511_1232_034+_038+_039 Starling female taking whole worm to nest hole in roof 01+05+06 of 10 (accurate Montage).jpg

03 Jun 2009

Wow - an orange tip actually stopped flying long enough to get a pic 'in the field'!

Ref: DB1_20090511_1349_060 Orange tip butterfly male on teasel leaf.jpg

02 Jun 2009

... and who do you think you are staring at ...

Ref: D50_20090511_1718_004 fb3 Jackdaw apparently staring at camera as it lands.jpg

01 Jun 2009

Windy day with trees blowing about had this great spotted woodpecker determinedly hanging on,

Ref: DB1_20090511_1736_007 Great Spotted Woodpecker hanging on in windblown swaying Cypress.jpg



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