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30 Jun 2011

Swifts are the fly-catching bird of the moment. Here is a little celebration. At left the beak is open and it is either about to catch or has just caught an insect.

Ref: DF1_20110531_1310_337+1312_394+397 3 views of Swift in flight (arbitrary montage).jpg

A new behaviour in Swifts for us. We are used to larger birds spilling air to lose height, but this swift seemed to be doing the same. With about 1 second of action here this bird tumbled chaotically down and then regained control. The positions are as accurate as we can determine from the cloud moving through the panning camera frame.

Ref: DF1_20110531_1320_745-751 Swallow tumbling to lose height (about 7fps) 1-7 of 9 (accurate montage).jpg

29 Jun 2011

After a mid-air argument with a Rook, this Buzzard did a circle round and flew right by the camerman at low level. For once the camera was set up just right. This is two successive frames arbitrarily spaced.

Ref: DF1_20110531_1316_610+611 Buzzard Flyover 11+12 of 14 (arbitrary montage).jpg

Couldn't resist this detail from another frame.

Ref: DF1_20110531_1316_612 Buzzard Flyover (Selected) 13 of 14 (detail crop).jpg

28 Jun 2011

"Don't you dare!"

Ref: DF1_20110502_0702_158 Greenfinch on wire looking up at Goldfinch on wire directly above.jpg

Grey Squirrel trying to catch his shadow?

Ref: D5C_20110521_0650_038_FB2 Grey squirrel leaping.jpg

Poof ... the magicians Rabbit Pheasant female appears.
The dry weather has many birds making the most of ash to bathe in. This taken over 'a few' seconds in a steady wind blowing away the dust cloud.

Ref: SG2_20110522_1317_162-164_SC2 Pheasant female dust bathing with male attending 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

It then moved onto the ash tree on 'Dragon Pond' island and did a bit of half-hearted pecking.

Ref: DC1_20110518_1122_021 Green woodpecker on side of ash tree (crop).jpg

26 Jun 2011

We relocated this camera about 30m and immediately started seeing juvenile robins (at least 2) in this new territory.

Ref: D45_20110523_1617_151_FB1 Robin Juvenile standing on pine cone (crop).jpg

Mum or dad Robin flying in to the site's rock which we used to replace the log which the rooks threw aside with great ease.

Ref: D45_20110524_1637_016_FB1 Robin landing on stone.jpg

25 Jun 2011

When it is warm we have loads of these appear from 'nowhere'. They are called the 'Noon Fly' possibly because they only appear when it is warm. They are wonderfully intricate and the yellow patches on the wings is quite startling. None of our ID books do it justice, and perhaps neither does this.

Ref: DB1_20110525_1406_010 Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridiana) (crop).jpg

24 Jun 2011

Yellow Flag Iris is designed to use bees for pollination. The sexual organs are beneath the upper petal which presses down on the bee as it enters leaving or picking up pollen on its back that you can see as yellow specks on the last image. Bees always go in the 'front' pushing up the upper petal, but exit out of the side.

Ref: DB1_20110525_1409_042+047+051 Bee entering Yellow Flag Iris flower and exiting through side 03+08+12 of 13 (montage).jpg

23 Jun 2011

4 (of at least 5) Juvenile Starlings forming a very 'English' queue with one of the adults at the left.

Ref: D3B_20110525_0541_121_FB3 4 Juvenile starlings spaced along perch + 1 adult.jpg

22 Jun 2011

We have been seeing fresh broken snail shells in more places than usual, and here is one of the culprits!

Ref: D5C_20110526_1028_087_FB2 Song Thrush with snail in beak (crop).jpg

21 Jun 2011

The Robin wants exactly the place the male chaffinch is occupying - of course!

Ref: D5C_20110526_1919_112_FB2 Robin in flight threatening Chaffinch male on log (crop 1).jpg

The Robin is unusually sharp, so lets enjoy a close-up

Ref: D5C_20110526_1919_112_FB2 Robin in flight threatening Chaffinch male on log (crop 2).jpg

20 Jun 2011

Something has obviously gone wrong for this female mallard, who has been accompanying this male and showing none of the frantic 'feed and get back' behaviour. This slope is SUPPOSED to be underwater but only a few millimetres of rain in two months just can't keep up with evaporation.

Ref: DF1_20110525_1637_002 Mallard duck pair walking up dried up side of Round pond (crop).jpg

19 Jun 2011

In the distance to the North this Little Egret was having a really hard time trying to make progress into a strong NE wind, at times going backwards. We expected it to give up and land but instead it dropped in height into the shelter of trees & made straight for us, giving an opportunity for flyover shots.

Ref: DF1_20110512_1343_352 Little egret in flight against blue sky & white clouds 3 of 6 (crop).jpg

18 Jun 2011

A Bullfinch male carrying insects in his beak - certainly the first such sighting here. At the same site we saw him again next day and the day after that we glimpsed a female, so we so hope they are breeding somewhere on our patch.

Ref: D45_20110515_0716_111_FB1 Bullfinch male (crop).jpg

17 Jun 2011

Now the female mallard ducks are mostly incubating eggs or shepherding chicks, the males hang about in mournful little groups, or as here, alone & feeling lonely.

Ref: DC1_20110510_1313_003 Mallard duck male in sunshine with buttercups.jpg

Incubating females leave their nests only for a hurried feed. Here she is dabbling, feet paddling like mad and pushing up a ridge of water ahead of her.

Ref: DF1_20110517_1754_111 Mallard duck female dabbling in Round pond (crop).jpg

16 Jun 2011

This bluetit looks really tatty because of a strong wind blowing up the head feathers from behind. He has an insect for the chicks. We have LOTS of tit nest boxes and can't say where this one went.

Ref: DF1_20110514_1539_122 Bluetit with caterpillar in beak (crop).jpg

15 Jun 2011

The Great Spotted Woodpecker and Starling continue their animosity.

Ref: D3B_20110518_1430_144_FB3 Great spotted woodpecker male on peanut feeder & Starling male threatening each other.jpg

14 Jun 2011

Young starlings are in abundance. This family has at least 3 youngsters being fed at feeders, in bushes & on the ground.

Ref: D3B_20110518_1749_193_FB3 Starling juvenile landing on perch.jpg


Ref: D3B_20110519_0811_261_FB3 Starling Juvenile begging from adult out of crop to left.jpg

Looks like a piece of peanut being stuffed down the ever-open craw, but it is more usually insects and worms. Avoid putting out whole peanuts in Spring/early summer - it is said that chicks can choke on them. But the adults find peanut feeders useful as a quick feed for themselves giving them more time to hunt for live prey for the youngsters.

Ref: DF1_20110519_0900_136 Starling adult feeding chick in bush 2 of 3 (crop).jpg

13 Jun 2011

2 young mice adventure out for supper

Ref: D45_20110517_2136_131_FB1 2 young fieldmice (wood mice).jpg

Leaping from where to where we have little idea ...

Ref: D45_20110519_2314_269_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping (crop).jpg

12 Jun 2011

A couple of young Robins - always demanding more food.

Ref: D5C_20110518_0553_071_FB2 2 Young Robins (crop).jpg

11 Jun 2011

Following an unusually good showing of Holly Blue butterflies in April, we now have the Common Blue butterfly - here the male which actually does have a blue top to the wings (unlike the females brown).

Ref: DF1_20110516_1623_015 Common Blue butterfly male on buttercup (crop).jpg

10 Jun 2011

We don't ever remember such a good numbers or duration of Orange-tip butterflies. Now the Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) has finished this now slightly tatty individual is feeding mainly on the Ground Elder.

Ref: DB1_20110506_1444_009 Orange-tip butterfly male (a bit tatty) feeding on Ground Ivy flower.jpg

09 Jun 2011

Our first Dragonfly (as opposed to Damselfly) sighting this year is a Broad-Bodied Chaser female (actually seen briefly on 9 May 2011). We think this is the first sighting in Buckinghamshire this year

Ref: DB1_20110510_1507_010 Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly female hanging from Blackthorn (crop).jpg

A few minutes earlier 'grabbing' an image before going back to the house for the 'macro' kit, we caught this view of the abdomen's translucence.

Ref: DF1_20110510_1501_056 Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly female underside backlit showing abdominal translucence (crop).jpg

08 Jun 2011

The Long-tailed tits continue to catch tiny caterpillars and 'show them to us' outside the living room window. This one looks like it has just spotted the camera. We have no idea where the nest is.

Ref: DF1_20110506_1124_015 Long-tailed Tit with caterpillar in beak (crop).jpg

07 Jun 2011

We have a few sheet of corrugated iron laying on the ground to attract snakes and lizards where they can warm up. Lifting this one exposed a small grass snake. Look for the forked tongue caught in just this one frame of several!

Ref: DF1_20110509_1056_030 small grass snake under corrugated iron (crop).jpg

Also under the corrugated iron sheet was this Bee-Fly which came out rather reluctantly, hovering very low to the ground giving us opportunities to capture this unusual view of it hovering over the ground with a lovely shadow.

Ref: DF1_20110509_1058_056 Bee-fly flying just above ground with shadow (crop).jpg

06 Jun 2011

Day Shift:A single frame catching the Chaffinch pair together at the site for once.

Ref: D45_20110510_1908_073_FB1 Chaffinch pair feeding together.jpg

Night Shift:Write your own caption!

Ref: D45_20110510_2215_108_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) facing each other by cherry.jpg

05 Jun 2011

A midnight fox can probably smell the remains of the food put out, now mostly taken by the birds and mice, and the tempting smell of the mice themselves if only it can catch one out.

Ref: D45_20110512_0018_181_FB1 Fox (crop).jpg

04 Jun 2011

Strong North winds have brought a number of birds close over our patch giving us the chance of some in-flight portraits. This Heron did a particularly nice turn over the house.

Ref: DF1_20110511_1547_098 Heron making overhead flight in strong wind (selected frames) 04 of 16 (crop).jpg

Ref: DF1_20110511_1548_110 Heron making overhead flight in strong wind (selected frames) 10 of 16 (crop).jpg

Ref: DF1_20110511_1548_116 Heron making overhead flight in strong wind (selected frames) 11 of 16 (crop).jpg

03 Jun 2011

Green Woodpeckers are more commonly seen on the ground probing the soil for things to eat. So you don't usually see the tongue in action as here.

Ref: D01_20110430_0723_029 Green Woodpecker on Meadow post using tongue to pick up food fragments 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

On the ground they use an almost kangaroo hop style of gait as they move about looking for a likely spot to sink that powerful bill into the ground.

Ref: D01_20110430_0724_078 Green Woodpecker bounding across mown path (crop).jpg

02 Jun 2011

This year we have managed to photograph an unusual variety of birds collecting insects for their young.

Ref: D5C_20110505_1843_119_FB2 Robin with insect in beak.jpg

Why is the starling flying away from the hole leading to the nest in the loft?
Well he turned up, found his 'wife' already inside, flew off and perched on a nearby pipe, the lady departed and he then went in with this food

Ref: DB1_20110430_1056_109+112+113 Starling male with caterpillar flies to hole & back + female exits + male returns 07-09 of 14 (accurate montage).jpg

Ref: D45_20110503_1853_104_FB1 Chaffinch female collecting insects.jpg

Ref: DF1_20110503_0819_082 Long-tailed Tit with caterpillar in beak (crop).jpg

01 Jun 2011

The first damselflies of the year have made their appearance

Ref: DA1_20110501_1434_037+1459_103_FT1 Azure Damselfly Female in flight with Hop Sedge (montage).jpg

Ref: DA1_20110501_1438_056+1451_108_FT1 Large Red Damselfly Male in flight with Hop Sedge (montage).jpg



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