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30 Sep 2010

Cricket & Grasshopper are broadly differentiated by the former having very long antennae. This is a Long-winged Conehead Cricket female.
The book description "antennae longer than the body" does not even begin to express the staggering length!

Ref: DB1_20100816_1436_016 Long-winged Conehead Cricket female including whole antennae (montaged with detail insert).jpg

Grasshoppers are very hard to ID accurately - they are amazingly varied at various stages of their lives & their calls can also be important.

Ref: DB1_20100816_1436_010 Meadow (or poss Lesser Marsh) grasshopper (crop).jpg

29 Sep 2010

This wonderful fly came to our attention. It is about 15mm long, looks wonderful, but is parasitic (lays eggs inside other creatures) so not very endearing.

Ref: DB1_20100820_1216_104 Tachina fera parasitic fly on unripe blackberry fruit (crop).jpg

28 Sep 2010

Here you can see this female Common Blue butterfly reaching to the bottom of the flower rather than the more visible anthers it is standing on.

Ref: DB1_20100820_1219_203 Common Blue butterfly female side view on blackberry flower.jpg

This one suddenly uncoiled her proboscis to reach into the nectaries of a bramble flower. We have never noticed one reaching out sideways like this before from one flower to reach another

Ref: DB1_20100820_1217_170+172+173 Common Blue butterfly female uncoiling proboscis to reach across to flower 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

27 Sep 2010

The main image is a lucky (if spending an hour trying is 'luck') single frame of a male Common blue butterfly spotting a female and coming over to try his luck! The bottom 2 show her turning round, and then him trying to couple with her. They flew off in a blur without coupling (but may have elsewhere).

Ref: DB1_20100820_1235_269+272+280 Common Blue butterfly male flies to female on Blackberry flower & attempts to mate 01+04+12 of 17 (montage).jpg

The female common blues do not usually display there brown upper wing surface in the way that the males do. Here we see her basking for a moment.

Ref: DB1_20100820_1216_113 Common Blue butterfly female top view on blackberry flower (crop).jpg

26 Sep 2010

A male Emerald Damselfly brought to us for some technical photos of the blue 'pruinescence' (a powdery substance that rubs off) & went on to provide some delightful images before release. The Hop sedge looks a bit strange but that is how it goes - there were hundreds like this with very similar strips sticking up and down.

Ref: DA1_20100808_1439_028_FT1 Emerald damselfly male on Hop Sedge (crop).jpg

And taking a final fly before going back to the waterside

Ref: DA1_20100808_1443_037+1436_016_FT1 Emerald damselfly male in flight with Hop sedge (montage).jpg

25 Sep 2010

This Southern Hawker dragonfly landed on a Cypreses (from which this frond was cut) in a small cloud of pollen. We brought it in for a few pics in flight, of which this actually has the whole insect in view. One of the 4 wings is pointing straight at the camera - a useful illustration of the total independence of each wing in flight.

Ref: DA1_20100808_1505_067+1601_154_FT1 Southern Hawker dragonfly male in flight with conifer frond it landed on (montage).jpg

I see you!
A week later another individual came in for a few in flight images. Like all our guests they get released unharmed near where we netted them

Ref: DA1_20100816_1242_028_FT1 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male in Flight (crop).jpg

24 Sep 2010

We put the moth trap out Sunday-Monday night and caught something like 1000 insects! Many wouldn't oblige in our flight kit, but some did. Here is a Red Underwing Moth, a large moth we have not seen before that looks just mottled grey when at rest.

Ref: DA1_20100809_1106_048+1102_017_FT1 Red Underwing Moth in flight (artistic montage).jpg

23 Sep 2010

We put the moth trap out Sunday-Monday night and caught something like 1000 insects! Many wouldn't oblige in our flight kit, but some did. This lovely little 'Orange swift moth' obliged with just this one image.

Ref: DA1_20100809_1118_101+1231_228_FT1 Orange Swift Moth in flight with hawthorn twig (montage).jpg

This 'Ruby Tiger Moth' fits the description but is much redder than any illustrations or other photos but it varies a lot with geography.

Ref: DA1_20100809_1137_189+1400_236_FT1 Ruby Tiger moth (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) in flight with grass seed head (montage).jpg

22 Sep 2010

A week before we wondered whether this fieldmouse (wood mouse) was eating the earwig on the tree-trunk top.

Ref: D35_20100805_2139_058_FB4 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) investigating (or eating) earwigs (q) (@432).jpg

This time we can see no other explanation.

Ref: D35_20100810_0155_059_FB4 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) eating earwig (@576).jpg

21 Sep 2010

"I see You"
Whatever it saw probably wasn't around much longer.

Ref: D3A_20100811_2122_105_FB2 Fox (crop 2).jpg

"What are you?"
A young mouse possibly having its first encounter with a leopard slug.

Ref: D3A_20100811_2141_107_FB2 Young fieldmouse (wood mouse) inspecting leopard slug.jpg

20 Sep 2010

The local male kestrel did a flyby giving the cameraman a good stare. This is an accurately positioned montage at about 7 fps.

Ref: DF1_20100811_1005_217-219 Kestrel male flying by glancing at camera 1-3 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg

19 Sep 2010

One buzzard (particularly given to calling repeatedly in flight) started frequenting fields to our north giving us some photo opportunities. This sequence is of it flying against a cut crop field 'underneath' local landmark Hanslope Church 1 montage shown in ever increasing detail of the bird as it started to call. Camera frame rate about 7 fps

Ref: DF1_20100811_1534_683-691 Buzzard calling in flight against field below hanslope church 6-14 of 16 (accurate montage 1).jpg

Ref: DF1_20100811_1534_683-691 Buzzard calling in flight against field below hanslope church 6-14 of 16 (accurate montage 2).jpg

Ref: DF1_20100811_1534_686-689 Buzzard calling in flight against field below hanslope church 9-12 of 16 (accurate montage 3).jpg

18 Sep 2010

On the left of the original frame was a starling on the nut feeder squawking back, but this seems to be the most satisfying crop from the frame.

Ref: D3B_20100812_1855_015_FB3 Starling and Great spotted woodpecker juvenile squawking at each other (crop 2).jpg

17 Sep 2010

Common Blue butterflies are, for the moment, almost 'common' - a nice change from previous years. Here one is on a thistle flower with a chance water drop on the grass stem magnifying stem detail.

Ref: DF1_20100814_1647_004 Common Blue butterfly male on thistle flower with grass stem magnified by water drop.jpg

16 Sep 2010

Our grass snake is not as 'reliable' as last year, but last year he/she didn't show off the forked tongue so clearly.

Ref: DF1_20100815_1046_034 Grass snake with tongue out (crop).jpg

15 Sep 2010

We delight at these delicate youngsters - the first one a young great tit.

Ref: D35_20100730_0840_037_FB4 Young Great tit.jpg

Next a young robin - "Hey - look at my new red feathers"

Ref: D35_20100731_0912_004_FB4 Young robin on tree stump top (crop).jpg

And an adult female Blackbird showing the camera what she thinks is a good meal - none of this vegan stuff!

Ref: D35_20100801_0531_046_FB4 Blackbird with worm on tree stump top (crop).jpg

14 Sep 2010

Various stony places are littered with broken snail shells. Here is the culprit - a Song Thrush. We think this is a youngish one - it has certainly taken the snail to where there is no convenient stone.

Ref: D3A_20100802_0557_131_FB2 young (q) Song Thrush with snail in beak (crop).jpg

13 Sep 2010

Badgers and foxes are suddenly regular visitors again.

Ref: D3A_20100730_2210_072_FB2 Badger.jpg

This is the first time we have seen a young fox at this site this year.

Ref: D45_20100730_2349_144_FB1 Young fox (crop).jpg

12 Sep 2010

We couldn't resist this montage at exactly the same scale of these 3 visitors over two nights. All three species are currently regular visitors at this site.

Ref: D45_20100801_2101_161+0005_079+20100731_2133_066_FB1 Field Vole + Shrew + Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) (Exact scale montage).jpg

11 Sep 2010

These Long-winged Conehead Cricket are quite hard to spot on the Hop Sedge. The antenna on the left is about 20% out of crop, whilst the apparently short vertical one is full length but foreshortened by pointing at the camera. Don't be conned by the short wings - this is an immature insect and the wings are not yet fully developed - the telling detail is at the tail end.

Ref: df1_20100801_1353_025 long-winged conehead cricket (straight cerci with wings undeveloped) on hop sedge (crop).jpg

10 Sep 2010

A freshly emerged male Blue-tailed Damselfly not yet in adult colour.

Ref: DF1_20100801_1356_058 Blue-tailed Damselfly teneral male (crop).jpg

09 Sep 2010

A couple of chaffinch males appeared over about 10 minutes obviously not appreciating each other's presence and diving on each other. No one image seemed to tell the story so we have montaged 3 together to provide the flavour.

Ref: D3A_20100803_1929_101+1931_102+1936_104_FB2 2 Chaffinch males sparring 1-3 of 3 (interpretation montage).jpg

08 Sep 2010

Change over at the tree-stump - the arriving magpie has his claws rather more threatening than needed for just a landing. The iridescent green sheen on the tail feathers is an optical interference effect (real - not a photographic effect).

Ref: D35_20100805_1803_044_FB4 Magpie landing in tree stump as another (with iridescent tail) leaves (crop).jpg

07 Sep 2010

We very rarely see Wrens at the photo sites, so when we DO get one why does it look like it is falling over backwards?

Ref: D45_20100805_1958_124_FB1 Wren leaning backwards (crop).jpg

06 Sep 2010

The Common Blue butterflies are seen over our 'meadow' intermittently during the year Here are two views of an individual that stayed for a few minutes before doing the 'vanishing trick'.

Ref: DF1_20100806_0841_017 Common Blue butterfly male bottom side (crop).jpg

The view of the grass stems through the wing is real - the wings are semi-transparent.

Ref: DF1_20100806_0846_082 Common Blue Butterfly Top view on grass stem (crop).jpg

05 Sep 2010

This juvenile Green woodpecker often spends a while on top edge of the meadow post. We have montaged in the bird flying off a minute after the main image - it was very blurred (selectively sharpened here) but shows off the lovely colours (not enhanced).

Ref: D01_20100727_1615_018+1616_042 Green Woodpecker juvenile on meadow post & flying away (montage).jpg

04 Sep 2010

Genuine single frame (the bluetit at the left selectively sharpened) of a couple of the new inhabitants of our patch. Tits sometimes produce second or late broods - this year both Bluetits and Great tit have done just that.

Ref: D35_20100728_1002_040_FB4 Young Bluetit landing on tree stump with young great tit already standing on it (crop).jpg

03 Sep 2010

Female chaffinch looking like she couldn't be sweeter.

Ref: D45_20100727_0751_011_FB1 Chaffinch female with single corn grain in tip of beak.jpg

Maybe not ...

Ref: D45_20100727_0755_012_FB1 female chaffinch seeing off male.jpg

02 Sep 2010

Just a fieldmouse (wood mouse) - but how twee can you get?

Ref: D45_20100727_2340_074_FB1 Twee fieldmouse (wood mouse) (crop).jpg

01 Sep 2010

Whoosh ... - a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) makes a hasty exit.

Ref: D45_20100714_0059_047_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) scampering.jpg

Going the opposite way at more sedate pace is a shrew. We rather like the snail in the background NOT taking part in a race. From being a very unusual sighting we have seen a shrew a few times now at this site so it may be becoming a regular.

Ref: D45_20100714_0216_050_FB1 Shrew in front of snail.jpg



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