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31 Jul 2010

Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in an unusual and appealing position - possibly surprised by something in the night and then even more surprised by the camera click and flash.

Ref: D35_20100621_2156_015_FB4 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) twisting.jpg

30 Jul 2010

The two moorhen chicks seem to be doing fine, and the parents are starting another brood hidden from our view behind the main pond island.

Ref: DC1_20100622_1101_044 Moorhen carrying nesting material to nest out of view behind island.jpg

Flag Iris is the dominant marginal plant at this pond in which moorhen are building their nest. Many stems now look very tatty as the Sawfly Larvae use them as green salad, but the plants thrive anyway.

Ref: DF1_20100625_1646_113 Sawfly Larvae on Flag Iris leaves (crop).jpg

29 Jul 2010

This Red Kite made a momentary flyover.

Ref: DF1_20100617_1212_137 Red Kite in flight (crop @ 768).jpg

It soon wandered off and a pair of carrion crows really took exception to its presence and harassed it until we lost sight of the group in the haze.

Ref: DF1_20100617_1213_223 Red kite Defending against 2 Carrion Crows 3 of 3 (crop).jpg

28 Jul 2010

An unusually visible flyby of this orange-yellow eyed Sparrowhawk gave a chance for a few shots. The spacing etc of these is arbitrary - we have no positional reference in the bland sky. Since we took these we have glimpsed it twice in the next few days trying to grab birds near the house - the more normal whizz - what was that - gone.

Ref: DF1_20100613_0938_013-015 Sparrowhawk in flight 3-5 of 8 (arbitrary montage).jpg

27 Jul 2010

The two juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker seem to be doing fine, feeding themselves at the peanut feeders and also being fed by the parents. Here a juvenile is waiting on a vertical post complete with a chance insect.

Ref: DC1_20100614_1813_035 Great spotted woodpecker juvenile on vertical raptor post with chance flying insect.jpg

It stops for a brief preen.

Ref: DC1_20100614_1810_010 Great spotted woodpecker juvenile preening on vertical raptor post.jpg

Next it tries out his beak and strengthening muscles by trying to demolish the post. It wasn't doing badly - the odd bit of wood went flying.

Ref: DC1_20100614_1820_097 Great spotted woodpecker juvenile pecking top of raptor post (crop).jpg

26 Jul 2010

Red eyes - but NOT a red eyed damselfly - a Large Red Damselfly.

Ref: DB1_20100617_1250_008 Large Red Damselfly male on vertical stem (crop 1).jpg

A better look at the intricate head and thorax

Ref: DB1_20100617_1250_008 Large Red Damselfly male on vertical stem (crop 2).jpg

25 Jul 2010

A pretty medium sized beetle called a Rustic Sailor Beetle.

Ref: DB1_20100617_1252_039 Rustic Sailor Beetle (Cantharis Rustica).jpg

Female scorpion fly, which doesn't have the curled up tail of the male. There are a pair of pics in flight in the Archive for 8 June 2009 about 2/3 down.

Ref: DB1_20100617_1258_069 Scorpion Fly female.jpg

24 Jul 2010

The male kestrel doesn't normally put on a good show when we are about, but was very intent on a hunt. He hovered for several minutes over the pasture.

Ref: DF1_20100617_1335_465 Kestrel hovering in hunt (crop).jpg

He suddenly stoops, ripping through the air and disappearing straight into the long grass where we saw nothing & missed his takeoff!

Ref: DF1_20100617_1336_519 Kestrel male in stoop (crop).jpg

He flew off to one of the black poplar trees nearby and you can see he is carrying a rodent in his talons. He spent several minutes concealed in the tree before flying off away from us - we don't know whether he ate the prey or took it off to a nest.

Ref: DF1_20100617_1337_571 Kestrel male flying with rodent in talons (crop).jpg

23 Jul 2010

This adult and juvenile Great Spotted woodpecker still have a strand of saliva between their beaks after a feed - undoubtedly of peanuts from the feeder out of crop on the left. They quickly learn to feed themselves from the feeder.

Ref: D3B_20100607_0651_005_FB3 Great spotted woodpecker male just after feeding youngster (note saliva strand).jpg

A blurry mess of another GSW has been cropped off the left.

Ref: D3B_20100608_1823_055_FB3 Great spotted woodpecker male threatening another unidentified GSW out of crop (crop).jpg

22 Jul 2010

'If I kiss you will you turn into a mouse, or me into a slug?'
(Genuine single frame).

Ref: D45_20100608_2319_143_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nose-to-nose with slug (crop).jpg

And a short tailed field vole checking over a slug a few days later.
(Genuine single frame).

Ref: D45_20100613_0019_170_FB1 Field vole and slug.jpg

21 Jul 2010

We know Yellowhammers nest near our South East corner but its nice to get it confirmed by this adult female collecting caterpillars.

Ref: D45_20100609_0535_213_FB1 Yellowhammer with caterpillar in beak (crop).jpg

Yellowhammer male in all his glory.

Ref: D45_20100611_2040_033_FB1 Yellowhammer male.jpg

20 Jul 2010

This banded Demoiselle male sometimes returned to the same spot providing an opportunity for a photo alighting on a the Hop Sedge.

Ref: DF1_20100612_1600_291 Banded Demoiselle damselfly male alighting on Hop Sedge (crop).jpg

From a few days earlier, probably a different male from a different pond taking a flight through our 'flight tunnel' before being returned to where we caught him.

Ref: DA1_20100605_1337_028_FT1 Banded Demoiselle damselfly male in flight (crop).jpg

19 Jul 2010

An Eyed hawk moth photographed in flight viewed from underneath with some attractive but unspectacular markings.

Ref: DA1_20100604_1419_058+1558_321_FT1 Eyed Hawk-moth in flight with Thistle leaf (montage).jpg

in flight from the top it's another story altogether! The eye spots do not show when the insect is at rest.

Ref: DA1_20100604_1417_040_FT1 Eyed Hawk-moth in flight (crop).jpg

And how you might normally see him - the feathered antenna identify him as a male.

Ref: DF1_20100604_1434_065 Eyed Hawk-moth on thistle (crop).jpg

18 Jul 2010

A first photograph we have taken here of Lime Hawk Moth, taken in flight after capture in a moth trap. We have included a bit of Large Leaf Lime twig, although the leaves here are atypically small to fit into our little photographic 'stage'.

Ref: DA1_20100604_1452_214+20100606_1252_006_FT1 Lime Hawk Moth in flight with small twig of Large Leaf Lime (montage).jpg

17 Jul 2010

A red-eyed damselfly without red eyes!
Many damselflies and dragonflies change colour hugely during their lives and this the form of the immature male - yet to develop red eyes and blue colouration on the last 2 tail segments. Thanks to Alan Nelson of the BDS for the ID.

Ref: DA1_20100604_1607_359+20100606_1040_001_FT1 Red-eyed Damselfly imm male in flight with Hop Sedge (Carex pseudocyperus) (montage 1).jpg

9 days later we spotted this female Red-eyed damselfly this time with - wait for it - Red eyes - in a weedy patch 100m from any pond.

Ref: DF1_20100613_0952_055 Red-eyed Damselfly female (crop).jpg

16 Jul 2010

We caught both White and Buff Ermine moths in the moth trap on the same night which suggested a simple montage to allow comparison of size, colour and markings.

Ref: DA1_20100604_1507_291+1413_022_FT1 Buff Ermine Moth + White Ermine Moth in Flight (exact scale montage).jpg

15 Jul 2010

We often see Lacewings as an almost ghostly blue haze slowly flying in and out of hedges. So here is a good look at one of the larger one. One ID book says are 14 species in the UK, of which we can find photos or drawings of about 5 altogether. None of them include the wing spots this one has, so are not even going to guess at further identification.

Ref: DA1_20100605_1435_059+20100604_1627_370_FT1 unident Lacewing (24mm span & dark head & wing spots) in flight with Blackberry leaf (montage).jpg

14 Jul 2010

This Brimstone butterfly is in surprisingly good condition for June. This image in flight shows the top of the wing (brightest yellow), bottom of wing (greeny-yellow) and body all in one 'lucky' image.

Ref: DA1_20100605_1650_194+1657_223_FT1 Brimstone Butterfly male in flight with Ground Ivy Flowers (montage).jpg

13 Jul 2010

Azure damselflies are mating and laying in all the warm ponds. Here a pair 'in wheel' on an Flag iris frond - the dominant marginal plant in the main pond.

Ref: DF1_20100604_1232_010 Azure Damselflies mating on Flag Iris Frond (crop).jpg

But mating is a dangerous time where the insects are more intent on what they are doing than looking out for danger. Sad for the insect, but this sort of thing goes unseen all summer long.

Ref: DC1_20100603_1245_067+070+095 Moorhen adult catching mating Azure Damselflies & feeding to chick 01+04+29 of 30 (montage).jpg

12 Jul 2010

This beautiful Broad-Bodied Chaser Dragonfly was using the withering flag iris as a vantage point - it has no interest in pollen or nectar. Shortly afterward an orange female flew by and he flew off after her.
The blue back (on the males only) is powdery and bright in Ultraviolet. If you are interested see Dragonflies in Ultraviolet from part way down & the top item on the page that follows. They are NOT dead - just cold, and like all the others flew off fine after warming in the sunshine.

Ref: DF1_20100604_1233_015 Broad-Bodied Chaser Dragonfly male on withering Flag Iris Flower (crop).jpg

11 Jul 2010

Soon after we have replenished the photo site 'bait' the rooks and jackdaws come wheeling in to feed. In this case a strong wind (left to right here) gave some opportunities for flight studies. Here the top left image is moved a little up and left to fit but the remaining three are accurately placed at about 7 fps.

Ref: DF1_20100530_1810_005-008 Rook diving between branches to feeding site 1-4 of 4 (Approx montage).jpg

10 Jul 2010

So far we know that one pair of adult moorhen are raising 2 chicks. Here the passing of some item of pond fauna has been passed to one of the chicks

Ref: DC1_20100528_1040_033 Moorhen adult passing food item to chick 3 of 6 (crop 2).jpg

Although each parent seems concentrate on just one chick each (actually chasing off the other) the chicks get on fine and are often seen lurking together. Here is a portrait of the little 'punks'.

Ref: DC1_20100602_1203_007 2 Moorhen chicks.jpg

09 Jul 2010

A specially erected post in the meadow got a couple of all day on-off visits by the one-eyed little owl.

Ref: D01_20100531_1239_055 Little Owl spotting potential prey.jpg

Accurate montage of two frames of him flying up from the ground after a successful catch make this rather surreal montage a bit reminiscent of a totem pole.

Ref: D01_20100531_1314_134+135 Little owl flying from behind Meadow post to post top facing camera 2+3 of 7 (montage).jpg

08 Jul 2010

BBC Springwatch tells us all flycatchers are late this year. For us the number of Swifts has soared and the usual good show of Swallows plus the odd Martin has reduced to the odd flyover. So we make the most of the Swifts this year.

Ref: DF1_20100531_1603_035 Swift in flight (crop).jpg

We are trying to catch the moment of an insect about to go into a flycatchers beak. During this attempt we got this unusual sequence of what we think is a swallow reaching way up to catch an insect. Probably about 200mS between images with arbitrary positions.
We guess that the insect was hidden by the right wing of the first image, and inside the beak by the second!

Ref: DF1_20100531_1605_088-090 Swift in flight arching back & opening beak to catch insect (q) 1-3 of 3 (arbitrary montage).jpg

07 Jul 2010

Even though this fox saw us it continued hunting some creature hidden from us in the long grass, doing a lovely pounce and only then bounding off away from us jinking as it went. as if to avoid attack. This montage is a fairly accurate portrayal of the events over about half a minute.

Ref: DF1_20100526_1750_012+1751_015+016+018+030_ Fox pouncing on prey in long grass & then bounding off (approx montage).jpg

06 Jul 2010

A Little Owl with a defective left eye has been using a post in the meadow as a hunting perch - on some days for hours spread through the day. Here he opened his beak wide and we expected, but didn't see, a pellet to be expelled, so maybe just a Y-A-W-N.

Ref: D01_20100526_0823_065 Little owl with beak wide open on Meadow post.jpg

And here caught launching itself onto some unfortunate morsel (normally a worm or insect).

Ref: D01_20100525_0808_034+0803_018 Little owl taking off from post (montage with extended background to right).jpg

05 Jul 2010

A first for us - a Goldcrest photographed by an automatic camera.

Ref: D35_20100527_1353_016_FB4 Goldcrest (crop).jpg

Although taken about 3 hours earlier, we didn't see automatic cameras image until the next day, meanwhile having spotted the little beauty hunting in the oak tree 10m from the tree trunk top. This is a 'wren size' bird and moves just as quickly!

Ref: DF1_20100527_1638_039 Goldcrest on oak twig (adjusted crop).jpg

04 Jul 2010

Very gymnastic position balanced (or at least moving slowly) on the back feet over a gully.

Ref: D45_20100526_0121_082_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

Next frame was a badger, but an hour later so we guess this snail made it to safety even at their speed.

Ref: D45_20100525_0229_045_FB1 Snail.jpg

03 Jul 2010

Another first for us. After some internal and external debate we conclude that this is a Lesser Whitethroat. This one would appear to have a nest nearby & it is collecting breakfast for some youngsters.

Ref: D45_20100526_0613_093_FB1 Lesser Whitethroat with caterpillar (crop).jpg

02 Jul 2010

The Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) suddenly appeared on Sat 22nd May so out came the insects in flight kit for some pics. This is an Azure Damselfly immature (weak coloured) male.

Ref: DA1_20100522_1618_046+1629_062_FT1 Azure damselfly imm male in flight with pond frond (montage).jpg

One sweep of the net over these frond produced both the damselfly and this spider. Our quickly acquired Spider field guide indicates the ID.

Ref: DA1_20100522_1639_095_FT1 Spider Tetragnatha extensa (q) in fronds from Duck Pond (crop).jpg

01 Jul 2010

Great tits and Bluetits have been feeding youngsters every minute or so during the day. The food supply has been mostly small green caterpillars. The Great Tit nest box is the one on the dead elm featuring just right of centre in the majority of the animated sequence The field through 16 years.

Ref: DB1_20100528_1358_374 Great Tit flying to nest box hole with caterpillar 2 of 3 (crop).jpg

Here the parents met at the hole. The bird outside has moved to it's right to let its partner fly out.

Ref: DB1_20100528_1357_296 Great Tit parents cross over at nest box hole 2 of 5 (crop).jpg

And an opportunity for this nice bird in flight - for once without a fecal sack as it leaves the box.

Ref: DB1_20100528_1347_070 Great tit in flight.jpg



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