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28 Feb 2010

Just one day of sunshine in the week brought out a wagtail to hunt for insects on the roof.
Here the insect before it is caught is just below the foot of the second bird from the right. The frame rate was about 5 fps.
In omitted frames 8 & 9 the bird has already landed but by frame 10 it has raised it's tail so that it didn't obscure frame 7.

Ref: DB1_20100117_1230_126-131+134 White (q) Wagtail taking insect from slates to swallow on roof ridge 02-07+10 of 11 (montage).jpg

27 Feb 2010

The magnificent colours of this male pheasant have been left exactly as they came from the camera.

Ref: D3A_20100120_1529_019_FB2 Pheasant male (crop 2 @ 768).jpg

26 Feb 2010

Thawing and re-freezing produced some interesting effects. including the growing of these icicles.

Ref: P34_20100107_1522_299 Icicle on Lodgepole pine (crop).jpg

25 Feb 2010

This log used as a photographic prop is often thrown aside by the bigger birds to get at food trapped at the base, but in the rain is stuck down in the mud, and won't move even with the rook bracing its legs in a wide stance.

Ref: D3A_20100121_1601_060_FB2 Rook trying to move log (crop 2).jpg

24 Feb 2010

These two successive frames were taken about 5 hours apart, but appearing consecutively in the 1000's of images we review each week, suggested this 'fun' (for us, not the mouse) lineup.

Ref: D3B_20100121_2232_121+20100122_0331_122_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on stone & (next frame 5Hrs on) Cat sniffing stone (montage).jpg

23 Feb 2010

We don't see many mice at site 2, but this is a delight. The lack of vertical blur indicates it is near the top of a leap from nowhere to nowhere - the nearest above ground level launch platforms are at least a metre away in every direction.

Ref: D3A_20100122_1920_040_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) mid-leap from ground or log (crop 1).jpg

22 Feb 2010

The first large mammal appearance since a fortnight of freezing weather saw this fox on a rainy night just stepping over the stone and hopefully missing the slug on it.

Ref: D3B_20100123_0129_033_FB1 Fox in rain with slug on stone (crop 1).jpg

21 Feb 2010

Entry for Twee picture of the year - pairs section!

Ref: D3B_20100123_2246_091_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg

20 Feb 2010

Rooks in the snow are better lit than normal. We don't use multiple flash heads or other shadow filling techniques because the extra clutter puts off the visitors. Here the snow provides a natural 'fill-in' reflector.

Ref: D3A_20100108_1522_034_FB2 Rook beak detail against snow (crop).jpg

19 Feb 2010

It's a difficult time for rabbits with their primary food source of grass locked in by snow and ice. Here one leaves it's burrow for a look about before going back in the warm.

Ref: D3A_20100109_1929_133_FB2 Rabbit in Snow.jpg

18 Feb 2010

'Three (not) Blind Mice, ...' - actually a rather Macabre nursery rhyme.
This is the first time we have seen 3 mice together at this site, and its unusual to ever get such a neat lineup (un-fudged single frame).

Ref: D3B_20100111_1919_187_FB1 3 fieldmice (wood mice) on snow in a line facing the same way - first time 3 mice at this location (crop).jpg

17 Feb 2010

The black specks are Niger seed originally bought to attract Goldfinches. But the finches much prefer the hundreds of teasel heads we leave ill-kempt for them. Anyway, the mice also seem to like niger seed although it may be all that is left by 8 p.m. in difficult weather.

Ref: D3B_20100111_2007_204_FB1 2 fieldmice (wood mice) eating Niger seed in snow.jpg

16 Feb 2010

Days of freezing and snow encouraged us to load up our feeding sites with stored food. Here a robin visits in light snow long after all but fragments have gone.

Ref: D35_20100113_1102_091_FB4 Robin in fine snow.jpg

15 Feb 2010

The thrush is undoubtedly not finding much by way of snails and insects with the ground frozen, and we have seen them filling up of stored fruit we put out.

Ref: D3A_20100113_0737_052_FB2 Song Thrush looking up in light snow (crop).jpg

14 Feb 2010

Jackdaws pounce on the feeding sites as soon as we leave.

Ref: D3A_20100113_0805_060_FB2 Jackdaw in light snow with snowy beak (crop).jpg

13 Feb 2010

These male Chaffinches can't resist a bit of a squabble even when food is short in the snow.

Ref: D3A_20100113_0835_067_FB2 Chaffinches males squabbling (crop 1).jpg

12 Feb 2010

A pair of moorhen can be seen on all of the larger ponds but it has been unusual to see one at a photo site. Judging from the open beak the melting snow has allowed the bird to have a good probe in the mud.

Ref: D3A_20100115_0827_075_FB2 Moorhen covered in sparkles with muddy beak.jpg

11 Feb 2010

The strained pulp from making blackberry jelly (from frozen blackberries stored raw in the freezer is a big hit with the animals in cold weather.

Ref: D35_20100103_1036_039_FB4 Blackbird female launching with blackberry jam waste (crop).jpg

10 Feb 2010

Delicate use of a powerful magpie beak.

Ref: D35_20100104_1535_022_FB4 Head detail of magpie picking up food.jpg

09 Feb 2010

We don't remember a fieldfare on this trunk top before. The snow will be making finding food difficult and the birds are searching new areas for food.

Ref: D35_20100106_1106_026_FB4 Fieldfare with snow on beak tip.jpg

08 Feb 2010

This Fieldfare spends a ridiculous amount of time at this site usually well out of focus when other creatures trigger the camera.
The Site reports 'territoral' Redwing in the 10 Jan 2010 diary entry and we may have something similar here in this similar bird (they often flock together).

Ref: D3B_20100104_0749_136_FB1 Fieldfare in frosty ground.jpg

07 Feb 2010

At last more than 1 mouse at a time at this site relocated some weeks ago.

Ref: D3B_20100104_1818_043_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg

06 Feb 2010

'I'm thinking about a petition to have this rock lowered'.

Ref: D3B_20100104_1843_048_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) taking huge stride to get up stone.jpg

05 Feb 2010

Not much hovering in the cold weather - easier to sit on the wires and wait!

Ref: DB1_20100105_1018_064 Kestrel on high voltage cable staring downwards.jpg

OK - lets try further along the wires. This bird made several stops over 10 minutes or so but didn't catch anything on the snowy ground.

Ref: DB1_20100105_1028_094 Kestrel female taking off from high voltage cables 02 of 16 (crop).jpg

04 Feb 2010

The frost has been so severe it doesn't have much sparkle. But we have had a try ..

Ref: P34_20100104_1024_269 Hogweed seed head covered in frost (orig).jpg

Ref: P34_20100104_1025_272 Hazel catkins covered in frost (crop).jpg

03 Feb 2010

A slightly mad looking Jackdaw taking off from the site.

Ref: D3A_20100106_1451_014_FB2 Jackdaw on snow.jpg

02 Feb 2010

Rowan berries (stored in the freezer since autumn) seem to be a last choice of what we are putting out but the mice either like them, or its all that's left and they are glad to have them. The RH edge isn't our choice - its where the mouse was.

Ref: D3B_20100109_2027_151_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) holding Rowan berry to eat it (adjusted crop).jpg

01 Feb 2010

From 4 months ago and found in a cameras 2nd memory card slot were some images of a moorhen using one of it's summertime favourite perches on folded over Iris fronds. We still often see it there overnight on the CCTV.

Ref: DC1_20090827_0842_016 Moorhen standing on buckled iris fronds.jpg

Christmas day 4 months later a couple of moorhen are frequenting all of the ponds. The main pond is shaded by the house in the winter and stays frozen longer than the others, but a bit of mixed corn sprinkled on the ice keeps just about everything walking on the ice - Moorhen, corvids, robins, blackbirds and even Pheasants.

Ref: FJ1_20091225_1057_008 Moorhen on Frozen Dragon Pond.jpg



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