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30 Sep 2009

Chaffinches have done well this year and many adults and youngsters visit the tree-stump top. They often squabble over the rights to this tiny piece of real-estate.

Ref: D50_20090815_1929_017_FB5 Male chaffinch arriving at trunk top already occupied by female or juvenile.jpg

But they can also be very elegant.

Ref: D50_20090817_0559_056_FB5 Chaffinch aerobraking (web crop).jpg

29 Sep 2009

Robins are very territorial, but we didn't see any evidence of this being more than a brief squabble.

Ref: D3A_20090819_0614_072_FB2 2 Robins fighting over log (web crop).jpg

28 Sep 2009

Unusually a tripple entry for today celebrating this years first Migrant Hawker Dragonflies. First we netted this female.

Ref: DA1_20090817_1454_019+1623_095_FT1 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly Female in Flight with blackthorn (montage).jpg

2 Days later a male also obliged with some photos in flight.

Ref: DA1_20090819_1514_088+1301_039 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly Male Mature in Flight with Flag Iris fronds (montage).jpg

This view solved a riddle hanging over from last year when we caught a 'white faced' dragonfly which escaped from the net before we could identify it. The sex and stage of life vary the body & facial colour.

Ref: DA1_20090819_1510_072 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly Male Mature in Flight (web crop).jpg

27 Sep 2009

Continuing from yesterdays night flying moth, first a subtle brown moth called the 'Swallow Prominent'.

Ref: DA1_20090818_0950_195+1033_287_FT1 Swallow Prominent Moth male in flight with Rough Hawks-beard flower (montage).jpg

Although we know what many moths are at first glance many look so like wood bark with wings closed we don't know what it is until later. So the orange wings often generate the same surprise for us on their first flight as it has evolved to do to predators.

Ref: DA1_20090818_1015_269+1032_283_FT1 Large Yellow underwing moth in flight bottom with Rough Hawks-beard flower (montage).jpg

26 Sep 2009

We would never have dreamed of including a Japanese lantern seed case with this Magpie moth (a day flyer) if it hadn't been that when we released this Magpie moth it flew straight onto one and stayed until we left.

Ref: DA1_20090814_1105_004+1732_047_FT1 Magpie Moth in flight with japanese lantern which it landed on after release (montage).jpg

A few days later we put out the moth trap & one of the hundreds of moths was this Angle Shades moth that flew off right by these Woody Nightshade berries that grow over the heating oil tank.

Ref: DA1_20090818_0929_137+1027_277_FT1 Angle Shades moth in flight with Woody Nightshade berries (aka Bittersweet) (montage).jpg

25 Sep 2009

Our first close up sighting of a grass snake under one of a several sheets of corrugated iron. A quick image grabbed before it gave us a filthy look (if a snake can) and prompt slide off under the matted dead grass. Saw it again later at the same place later in the day & a few days subsequently.

Ref: DB1_20090807_1426_008 Grass snake under corrugated iron 30m WSW of Duck Pond (web crop).jpg

24 Sep 2009

At last - a 7-spot ladybird willing to fly indoors!
Put it on a leaf, it walked to the light, waiting a moment at the tip, and off it flew. Another 7-spot alternated with it preferred to walk back up the twig and hide. Never realised the wings have a little spot matching the carapace.

Ref: DA1_20090809_1124_018+019_FT1 7-spot ladybird takeoff and in flight (montage about 250ms apart).jpg

Ref: DA1_20090809_1136_066+1234_165_FT1 7-spot ladybird in flight with hawthorn twig (montage).jpg

23 Sep 2009

This painted lady dipped into successive florets (single flowers in a group) on a teasel, dipping into 1 a couple of times - it may be more random than it looks. Anyway, in a single sequence of 3 seconds here are the dips into 3 little fuel stores.

Ref: CF1_20090808_1046_419+430+444 Painted Lady butterfly feeding on Successive teasel florets @ 20fps 1+12+26 of 50 (montage).jpg

22 Sep 2009

Repeated attempts at getting a good high speed dragonfly-in-flight sequence got this unexpected moment of interest. The dragonfly spent a moment hovering and in the reaction time to press the shutter to store the last 1 second it turned round on the spot and flew back towards the camera (and then even more out of focus). The entire time for the montage shown was 0.166 second.

Ref: CF1_20090808_1245_907+913+917+919 Southern Hawker dragonfly hover & sudden turning 60fps 13+19+21+23 of 27 (montage).jpg

21 Sep 2009

Young Mouse: All Mine!
Mum: Don't you dare try to eat it all - you'll get a tummy ache.

Ref: D3B_20090810_0133_072_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) standing on apple.jpg

20 Sep 2009

Even photographing it through a hole in the foliage doesn't keep you hidden from the beady eye of a kestrel.

Ref: DB1_20090811_1215_013 Kestrel female on phone pole through foliage with head backwards looking at camera (web crop).jpg

19 Sep 2009

Following yesterdays single bird take off, this is a typical sight of young swallows being fed on wires without the parent landing. This is an 'effect' montage - the perched bird is obviously stationary! The insect you see in the last two appeared only at that moment, and flew off - a lucky escape for whatever it is.
As the chicks get stronger they start feeding themselves and taking food from parents 'on the wing'. For a view of this from August 2007 click here to pop-up a separate window or tab.

Ref: DB1_20090730_1443_096-100 Swallow feeding young on wires with insect escaping 2-6 of 6 (levelled & mirrored montage).jpg

18 Sep 2009

Most years one or more families of swallows spend a day or two using out overhead wires as a family 'picnic' area. Today a swallow taking off from the main wire at 20 frames per second (0.05 Sec between pics montaged for effect rather than spacial accuracy).

Ref: CF1_20090730_1501_244-249 Swallow taking off from wire at 20fps 2-7 of 9 (montage).jpg

17 Sep 2009

This tatty individual is our first sighting of ANY 'blue' butterfly for 2 seasons. He never produced a good single top and bottom wing visible in a single shot, so here is a montage of a single flight about 1/4 seconds apart.

Ref: DA1_20090802_1426_078+_079+1527_175 FT1 Common blue (q) butterfly (accurate montage approx 250mS apart) with Clover (montage).jpg

A closer and more sedate view of the beautiful patterned wing.

Ref: DA1_20090806_1048_026_FT1 Common Blue Butterfly on Thistle flower.jpg

16 Sep 2009

The combination of flash (lasts about 0.001 sec) and shutter movement blur (about 0.05 sec) has produced this rather unusual view of a juvenile woodpecker.

Ref: D36_20090803_1837_007_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile beating wings.jpg

15 Sep 2009

Whee ...
There is nothing within half a metre to jump from. Its not an unusual sight at this site, but the leaping mouse is in unusually sharp focus.

Ref: D3B_20090806_0140_080_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) mid leap & another on log.jpg

And a closer view.
Our interpretation: Look mum - no paws - ouch.

Ref: D3B_20090806_0140_080_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) mid leap (tight crop).jpg

14 Sep 2009

This is a male Southern Hawker Dragonfly which has become a regular summer visitor in the last few years. We finally managed to net this one for some portraits. The first image was taken in our flying insect setup.

Ref: DA1_20090806_1115_068+1123_085_FT1 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male in flight with Hawthorn (montage).jpg

We generally put our 'guests' on a hawthorn hedge to fly off in their own time and if they don't go immediately we take a few portraits.

Ref: DB1_20090806_1143_046 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male head on view of face (web crop).jpg

13 Sep 2009

Bush crickets have enormously long antennae - it really reaches just past the right edge of this picture!

Ref: DA1_20090806_1338_234_FT1 Conehead Bush-Cricket (web crop).jpg

12 Sep 2009

The new emergence of Brimstone butterflies has started so we have some pristine examples to photograph. Here we were lucky enough to catch a moment with the top and bottom of the wings both visible.

Ref: DA1_20090806_1348_272+1156_150_FT1 Brimstone butterfly in flight showing top and bottom of wings with thistle (montage).jpg

11 Sep 2009

Heard a buzzard calling and arrived for a view just as it appeared rising up toward a dead branch on a black poplar and landed on it for a few seconds. This is an accurate montage of two shots about 1 second apart. The black speck was one of a number of insects apparently dislodged by the draft.

Ref: DB1_20090806_1215_090+_094 Buzzard landing on dead branch at top of Black Poplar at track end 2+6 of 13 (accurate montage).jpg

10 Sep 2009

This male blackbird spent quite a while sunning itself in the hedge and then on the ground in the salad bed. It is not obvious from this angle that the wings are spread and it is facing the sun. The beak-open position seems to be characteristic - birds don't sweat so they need a way of keeping cool.

Ref: DB1_20090730_1427_039 Blackbird male sunbathing in low hedge top.jpg

09 Sep 2009

After several years of seeing very few frogs we are delighted to see them jumping off the banks of the ponds into the water once again. Right to left the first 4 images are 0.1 sec apart and accurately montaged. The splash is the real splash 0.2 sec after the last frog image which is perhaps already touching the water, so it is offset so you can see it. The frog was gone by frame 9 (for numbering see legend) which showed a splash free hole in the duckweed. This much splash took another 3 frames (0.15 sec) to appear.

Ref: CF1_20090718_1233_139+141+143+145+149 Frog jumping into Dragon Pond (20 fps) 2+4+6+8+12 of 14 (accurate montage exc splash).jpg

08 Sep 2009

This year 7-spot ladybirds outnumber the Harlequin invader several to one. This chance photo is the result of a set of 'framing exposures'. For the uninitiated, enthusiast's cameras can usually be set to take 3 or more sets of images per shutter press at nominal, underexposed and overexposed so that you can be fairly sure of getting a decent one. But as the camera took the 3 images the insect flipped under the leaf. So we used the paint package to adjust the exposures to roughly match to build this little sequence.

Ref: P34_20090713_1236_283+284+295 7-spot ladybird swinging under leaf (approx 700ms interval montage).jpg

07 Sep 2009

Oh dear - more mice nuzzling snails - this time a very young mouse we have often seen photographed on this log in the surrounding few days.

Ref: D3A_20090729_2148_082_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspects snail in the rain.jpg

06 Sep 2009

Another family of swallows visited for one day. The young were not as advanced as the previous family because the chicks took all their food while waiting on the wires. The parent rarely land - just passing the insects as they almost hover and flying on to catch more.

Ref: DB1_20090730_1444_109 Swallow feeding young on wires 3 of 4 (web crop).jpg

05 Sep 2009

Painted lady butterfly out before the dew has dried sunning itself to warm up prior to a busy day feeding at assorted wild and cultivated flowers.

Ref: DB1_20090730_1002_020 Painted lady butterfly on dew-wet grass.jpg

04 Sep 2009

Skimming over wet grass is a favourite of swallows after rain.

Ref: DB1_20090724_1717_345 Swallow flying over meadow (web crop).jpg

An accurate crop of a swallow taking an insect (assuming that the insect didn't move much in the fraction of second of the birds swoop at it). You can just make out the wings of the insect.

Ref: DB1_20090724_1909_022+023 Swallow in flight and insect it caught 1+2 of 3 accurate montage.jpg

03 Sep 2009

We netted a couple of male darter dragonflies. We were surprised to find the second about 50% heavier than the first.

Ref: DA1_20090725_1439_590+20090726_1243_003 FT1 Common Darter dragonfly male (130mg) in flight with Hawthorn twig (montage).jpg

The apparent expression on the 'face' and the leg waving as it flew by really cracks us up. We know its not real but still love it.

Ref: DA1_20090725_1456_671+20090726_1229_005 FT1 Common Darter dragonfly male (220mg) in flight with Hawthorn twig (montage).jpg

02 Sep 2009

The extremely dark underwing and dazzling top wing of this Peacock Butterfly make an incredible contrast.

Ref: DA1_20090725_1404_507+1318_278 FT1 Peacock Butterfly in Flight with thistle flower covered in tiny black beetles (montage).jpg

01 Sep 2009

This was found in a patch of teasel. Its about ladybird size but is actually one of many stages of life of a shieldbug with no common name (see description). The dark areas including the row of spots are iridescent.

Ref: DA1_20090725_1435_586 FT1 Late instar nymph of shieldbug troilus luridus (7mm long) head iridescent on Teasel (web crop).jpg

A harvestmen spider also found on the teasels & so photographed on one.

Ref: DA1_20090725_1321_285 FT1 Harvestman on Teasel (web crop).jpg



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