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30 Nov 2009

Probably the last outing for the moth-trap this year only collected some 50 insects but some were new species for us. This is a male 'Feathered Thorn Moth'.

Ref: da1_20091029_0903_013+1044_329_ft1 Feathered Thorn Moth male in flight with Blackthorn (montage).jpg

You can here see the male antennae more clearly in a static image taken on blue card. Some references say that the antennae can detect the female pheromone from possibly a single molecule.

Ref: da1_20091029_0926_087_ft1 Feathered Thorn Moth male ID on pale blue card showing antennae (detail web crop).jpg

29 Nov 2009

Probably the last outing for the moth-trap this year only collected some 50 insects but some were new species for us. This moth gets the name Satellite Moth' from an interesting 'dot' pattern on the wing with two 'satellite' dots by each main spot marking.

Ref: da1_20091029_0944_150+0909_029_ft1 The Satellite Moth in flight with Blackthorn (montage).jpg

We found we had another with much less obvious marks in orange. A completely normal variation according to the 'book'.

Ref: da1_20091029_1001_185_ft1 The Satellite Moth (brown markings) in flight (web crop).jpg

28 Nov 2009

Probably the last outing for the moth-trap this year only collected some 50 insects but some were new species for us. First this quite large Ichneumon. It is a parasitic insect that lays it's eggs in other species larvae (ugh!). Nature doesn't think 'cruel' or not - it just finds ways to survive.
This preliminary image we took in an insect box shows the amazing carapace and head/eye much better than the later in-flight images.

Ref: da1_20091029_1036_295_ft1 Ophion Luteus (q) Ichneumon ID in Box (web crop).jpg

A red & green mottled moth with a name that matches it's appearance (not that this helped us discover what it was called).

Ref: da1_20091029_0954_162_ft1 Red-green Carpet Moth in flight (web crop).jpg

27 Nov 2009

A Kestrel flyby - we definitely felt 'watched'. Artistic layout only - just an 'impression'.

Ref: DB1_20091018_1450_037+038+040+1451_044 Kestrel flyby 1+2+3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

26 Nov 2009

The moved site is now properly adjusted and obtaining some nice portraits of small birds. Here a bluetit perches on a carefully positioned stone.

Ref: D3B_20091019_1510_108_FB1 Bluetit.jpg

13 minutes later a Great tit gazes upwards from the same place.

Ref: D3B_20091019_1523_112_FB1 Great tit.jpg

25 Nov 2009

The setup at this site got slightly disturbed by wind or an animal causing the camera to be triggered at random during the night. The dozens of otherwise identical frames showed us this snail spending 2 hours or so feeding on the top and side of the log. Start top right & go anticlockwise and then down.

Ref: d50_20091022_0053_126-128+130-0310_132_fb5 Snail on tree trunk montage.jpg

24 Nov 2009

A Buzzard spent a glorious 20 minutes on the bridleway fence posts about 100m from us, hunting from one and then flying along a few posts to try again.
Here the moment as the bird is about to land on a post top.

Ref: DB1_20091023_1105_260 Buzzard flying to bridleway post 18 of 21 (web crop).jpg

23 Nov 2009

A Buzzard spent a glorious 20 minutes on the bridleway fence posts about 100m from us, hunting from one and then flying along a few posts to try again.
We tried a number of ways of presenting this sequence, and stretching the horizontal separation about 50% was the most successful.

Ref: DB1_20091023_1050_088-091 Buzzard taking off from Bridleway post 1-4 of 4 (montage 3 horizontally stretched).jpg

22 Nov 2009

A Buzzard spent a glorious 20 minutes on the bridleway fence posts about 100m from us, hunting from one and then flying along a few posts to try again.
Off the bird goes and we expected it to fly along, and instead down it goes claws first on some unfortunate creature we never saw. The first 4 images (from the right) are alternate frames about 300mS apart in order to prevent serious overlaps, while the remainder are about 150mS.

Ref: DB1_20091023_1054_117+119+121+123-126 Buzzard flying onto prey 1+3+5+7-10 of 10 (tight montage).jpg

21 Nov 2009

A Buzzard spent a glorious 20 minutes on the bridleway fence posts about 100m from us, hunting from one and then flying along a few posts to try again.
The whole sequence is accurately positioned over about 1 second of real time.

Ref: DB1_20091023_1105_243-248 Buzzard flying to bridleway post 1-6 of 21 (montage).jpg

20 Nov 2009

This is a Little Owl (actual species common name) launching itself from the perch viewed through the kitchen window. The previous frame on the automatic camera was for the evening before at 17:35 and was also of a Little Owl (we have to believe the same one) but with it's back to us. A little owl has since been spotted camouflaged as dead wood in an old apple tree.

Ref: D36_20091013_0655_039_FB3 Little Owl (web crop).jpg

19 Nov 2009

Sparrowhawks are generally seen flying at high speed in purposeful fashion, as here, but for once right by us, giving a chance at a portrait.

Ref: DB1_20091016_1236_489 Sparrowhawk in flight.jpg

18 Nov 2009

This sequence over perhaps 1 second is accurately assembled to make this montage. The maneuverability of the birds is fantastic.
View it as vertical slices from left to right.
In the 3 birds at the right the lower jackdaw broke off the close pursuit and just tagged along while the other jackdaw continued the chase.

Ref: DB1_20091013_1610_140-145 2 jackdaws mobbing kestrel 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage with tidied backdrop).jpg

17 Nov 2009

Its unusual for a kestrel to dive on prey where they don't get obscured by a hedge or foliage before they reach the ground, but this one obliged for us.
The top 3 and bottom 5 images are accurately montaged as groups but the gap between them is a discontinuity and should be much larger. Frame rate for the groups was about 7 fps.
The final image has the kestrel mostly hidden by grass with just wing and tail tips showing where it spent about 30 seconds with wings flapping. Inevitably the camera ran out of continuous frames and missed the takeoff. A blurred fly-away photo (not included) shows the bird with something mouse sized in it's talons.

Ref: DB1_20091016_1233_436+438+440_444-448 Kestrel diving down onto prey in grass 1+3+5-10 of 14 (1-3&4-10 accurate montage).jpg

16 Nov 2009

A completely new species for our cameras - a common shrew. We knew they live on the plot & have been surprised not to see them on camera. They are very small and the IR trigger beam here is unusually low (about 2cm) over the stone, so this may be the reason for missing them before.

Ref: D3B_20091018_0039_212_FB1 Common Shrew.jpg

Ref: D3B_20091018_0357_226_FB1 Common Shrew.jpg

15 Nov 2009

A lot less damaging to the rodents and birds than the feral cats who also clamber up here, but a lot more damaging to the trees.

Ref: D50_20091009_1416_054_FB5 Squirrel on trunk top.jpg

14 Nov 2009

The first jay was spotted a week before this, but a re-arrangement at the tree-trunk top camera setup bagged with portrait.

Ref: D50_20091010_1826_051_FB5 Jay.jpg

And at the recently relocated site 1, probably a different jay gazes up from a feed on the ground.

Ref: D3B_20091013_1105_017_FB1 Jay.jpg

13 Nov 2009

A buzzard making a flyover.

Ref: DB1_20091010_1233_401 Buzzard in flight (web crop).jpg

We like to see buzzards, but the carrion crows are a lot less keen and mob them, usually without much success beyond a minor evasion. Although only one bird is in this frame, 4 of them were wheeling round the action.

Ref: DB1_20091010_1457_680 Carrion Crow harassing Buzzard in flight (web crop).jpg

12 Nov 2009

To our delight we still have Southern hawker Dragonflies on the wing in mid October on sunny days even when chilly enough for coats. This one was sunning itself in a stand of pine trees near the pond. Both its right wing tips are a little the worse for wear, but he appears otherwise immaculate.

Ref: DB1_20091010_1514_885 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male with 2 wing tips torn a on branch of lodgepole pine.jpg

11 Nov 2009

Our initial planting included only 3 Horse-chestnut trees, but they grew so well we added another 30 or so about 15 years ago. Most are healthy and producing conkers. Here a husk has dropped one of its conkers but not the other.

Ref: P34_20091002_1012_406 Horse chestnut candle on tree south of Duck pond (web crop).jpg

10 Nov 2009

A strange bit of behaviour with feral cat and what we think is a polecat. About a minute before this the cat went left to right across the shingle followed a couple of seconds later by the other creature. The cat then returned, looked back, sat down and waited a few second until the second creature paused on a rock & then walked towards the cat who turned and continued unhurriedly on its way with the other following along. There seems no doubt they were companions on the night time forage/hunt.

Ref: CCT_20090925_2035_056 Cat waiting for Polecat (q) to catch up with it 4 of 6 (web crop).jpg

This is a sequence of 6 images from the CCT at reduced resolution. The untidy time block is moved from the top left of the original frame and is in format yyyy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss.

Ref: cct_20090925_2035_045-059 Cat waiting for Polecat (q) to catch up with it 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg

09 Nov 2009

This is an accurate montage of a kestrel diving down off 11KV wires. Missed the start as seems inevitable with conventional cameras, but this makes a rather pleasing sweep.

Ref: DB1_20090926_1444_041-044 Kestrel female diving down off wires at about 7 fps (accurate montage) 2-5 of 5.jpg

08 Nov 2009

Another Long eared bat this time flying straight at the camera but veering off well in time.

Ref: D01_20090928_1929_005 Long Eared Bat in flight (web crop).jpg

07 Nov 2009

Above the tree stump two chaffinches squabble in the air.

Ref: D50_20091002_0708_064_FB5 2 Chaffinch males in aerial skirmish (web crop 2).jpg

06 Nov 2009

This year the Rooks are harassing the kestrels again, but there are now more kestrels and they seem determined to stay. One distant encounter presented here as a montage. The 3rd frame overlaps 2nd & 4th so have left it out. All the positions are accurate at about 150mS between the first pair and 300mS the second pair.

Ref: DB1_20091002_1029_050+051_053 Rook harassing kestrel 1+2+4 of 4 (accurate montage at about 7 fps).jpg

05 Nov 2009

A visitor spotted a 7 spot ladybird hiding in the depth of one of these fir cones, and search revealed several out and about.

Ref: P34_20090929_1116_360 7 spot ladybird on fir cone.jpg

04 Nov 2009

A lovely surprise was 2 female kestrels flying overhead within the same minute - first a 'normal' and secondly our 'blonde' bird. We have montaged two similar aerial positions together to show the different colouring.

Ref: DB1_20091002_1042_154+173 Kestrel females (normal and blonde) flyover (montage).jpg

But the TOP view of the blonde bird is much more striking than the bottom.

Ref: DB1_20091002_1042_162 Kestrel blonde female flyover (web crop).jpg

03 Nov 2009

At 09:20 on a breezy and chilly (11C) early October day this little beauty unexpectedly fluttered down to this thistle leaf right to sun itself.
It is a variant of the normal Small Copper butterfly that has with blue spots on the hind wings.

Ref: DB1_20091004_0918_020 Small copper butterfly (Lycaena Phlaeas) blue-spotted form (caeruleopunctata) 11 deg C on ground.jpg

02 Nov 2009

The fragments of this Grass snake skin add up to about 0.5 metres.
The head end is intact though the top of the head is dented or was pulled down as the snake extracted itself.
It may not be obvious that the top and bottom jaws are separate and can be 'opened' as when attached to the snake. The amazing part-spheres of the eyes are intact and appear perfectly formed. Judging from size this snake is probably the one Shown Here

Ref: D12_20091003_1557_022 Grass snake skin head detail (web crop).jpg

01 Nov 2009

This a montage of 5 images showing a common darter dragonfly taking off from a branch. The spacing of the first 3 is forced horizontally because they would overlap, but the vertical rise is accurately montaged.
The transition between still and having left the branch takes 66mS (2 frames at 30fps). Hooray for a camera that can store what happened before you press the button even if the quality is not 'premium'.

Ref: CF1_20090918_1452_885-889 Common Darter Dragonfly male vertical takeoff @ 30fps (vertically accurate montage of 2-6 of 7).jpg



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