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31 Aug 2012

A female Emperor Dragonfly facing us as she lays eggs on the underwater vegetation. Who is watching who?

Ref: DF1_20120722_1535_059 Emperor Dragonfly female laying (crop).jpg

Here we accidentally caught a moment of flight between patches of the pond weeds where she was laying.

Ref: DF1_20120722_1536_081 Emperor Dragonfly female flying between laying (crop).jpg

30 Aug 2012

We had about 5 minutes watching this Emperor Dragonfly placing her eggs on to sub-surface vegetation before she unexpectedly flew off. In this image you can see the last few abdominal segments under water along with her Claspers (Anal Appendages).

Ref: DF1_20120722_1539_164 Emperor Dragonfly female laying (crop).jpg

29 Aug 2012

A couple of rooks look like are having a 'disagreement'. (This is the whole camera frame)

Ref: D45_20120724_1915_110_FB1 2 Rooks squabbling (processed).jpg

28 Aug 2012

The same bird about 1 second apart - it is amazing how incident light changes appearance.

Ref: DF1_20120723_1512_092+100 Kestrel male flying by (montage about 1 second apart).jpg

5 minutes later it had caught something in the wheat crop and took it to the top of a now disused concrete electricity pole to consume. It took about 5 minutes to eat whatever it was.

Ref: DF1_20120723_1517_133+1519_156 Kestrel male eating prey item on distant disused mains power pole (montage 2 minutes apart).jpg

27 Aug 2012

Shortly after midnight on 2 successive nights a Short-tailed Field Vole and then a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspects a slug.

Ref: D45_20120721_0023_180+20120722_0111_237_FB1 Field Vole and Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspecting slugs at successive midnights (montage).jpg

An hour before the Field Vole visited the stone there was quite a variety of slugs 'radulating' their way through whatever was smeared on the stone.

Ref: D45_20120722_2349_322_FB1 8 slugs on and around stone (crop).jpg

26 Aug 2012

A pair of female Great Spotted Woodpeckers disputing access to the feeder. This is a single exposure - no tricks.

Ref: D3B_20120713_0716_017_FB3 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker females squabbling (crop).jpg

The symmetry tickled our fancy enough to see what it looked like inverted. So here it is - the Iris fronds in the background and the lighting are 'wrong', but would you have noticed if we only presented this one?

Ref: D3B_20120713_0716_017_FB3 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker females squabbling (inverted crop).jpg

25 Aug 2012

Our first Comma butterfly this year. Until recent years we only saw these in the Autumn feasting on the juice of squashed windfall apples.

Ref: DF1_20120715_1242_049 Comma Butterfly on leaf (crop).jpg

24 Aug 2012

A Black headed gull starting to moult back from a single black mark on his cheek into the plumage that gives him his name.

Ref: DF1_20120715_1807_054 Black Headed Gull coming out of eclipse.jpg

6 days later several hundred Black headed gulls flew over in about 15 minutes in all stages of moult. This bird with fully developed head plumage (actually 'chocolate' colour rather than black) was too busy scratching the side of his beak with his left foot to notice the photographer. This is just before the foot reached the beak.

Ref: DF1_20120721_1510_171 Black headed gull in flight wiping beak with foot 1 of 5 (crop).jpg

23 Aug 2012

"I've got 2 red feathers!"
One of this years more advanced young Robins from this year bumper 'crop'.

Ref: D35_20120719_0635_068_FB4 Young robin developing red breast feathers.jpg

22 Aug 2012

'Reynard' pays another evening call as the day turns to night.

Ref: D45_20120717_2109_305_FB1 Fox (crop).jpg

21 Aug 2012

The damp plumage on this lovely male pheasant helps show up the individual feathers.

Ref: D5C_20120716_0740_001_FB2 Pheasant male walking away (crop).jpg

20 Aug 2012

The birds don't care what an eyesore the overhead 11kV electrics have become - to them it is just a convenient place to perch.

Ref: DF1_20120714_1303_037 23 Wood pigeons & others on wires near transformer (crop).jpg

19 Aug 2012

A single frame showing the visitors who climb up the metre to the top of the tree-stump after a shower on a mild night. There is probably a feast of food particles and peanut butter caught in the cracks.

Ref: D35_20120707_2355_085_FB4 2 snails + 5 slugs + assorted on tree-stump top (crop).jpg

18 Aug 2012

The juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker seems determined to see off the squirrel, but it won't succeed.

Ref: D3B_20120705_1319_005_FB3 Grey Squirrel and Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile conflict (crop).jpg

The Squirrel is not always there, and all of the juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers have learned how to use this tough but accessible peanut feeder.

Ref: FJ1_20120627_1211_016 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile arriving at the peanut feeder.jpg

17 Aug 2012

We think this must be our unusual male Kestrel (with lightly barred tail) finally moulting to proper male colours as you can see from his messy tail.

Ref: DF1_20120705_1744_178-180 Kestrel in moult flying by glancing at camera 1-3 of 3 (horizontally compressed montage).jpg

We photograph lots of insect catchers in flight, and sometimes get lucky with an insect capture. The dot in the front of the middle bird is an insect that appeared in the first 2 images, but not in the last (on the left). Positioned as accurately as is possible.

Ref: DF1_20120705_1033_039-041 Swift catching insect 1-3 of 3 (approx montage).jpg

16 Aug 2012

Male chaffinches seem incapable of meeting without squabbling. This is one of the birds fluttering over his rival.

Ref: D45_20120710_1822_064_FB1 Chaffinch male in flight attacking another on ground (crop 2).jpg

This is a wider angle including the second bird cowering on the ground but calling anyway.

Ref: D45_20120710_1822_064_FB1 Chaffinch male in flight attacking another on ground (crop 3).jpg

15 Aug 2012

One of 'our' foxes produced this one-off image nicely side on and fitting in the frame apart from an ear tip.

Ref: D45_20120711_0039_108_FB1 Fox (whole length crop).jpg

14 Aug 2012

We first spotted this male pheasant crouching in the grass along the edge of the wheat crop, but it soon realised we were not going away, so he walked along the edge of the crop to one of the sprayer tractor's wheel ruts, and 'vanished' into the crop.

Ref: DF1_20120711_1154_058 Pheasant male on edge of wheat crop (crop).jpg

13 Aug 2012

"Woodpeckers - The Face-off"
We have 2 families of Great Spotted Woodpecker that both consider this perch and associated peanut feeders to belong to them!

Ref: D3B_20120628_0714_006_FB3 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers confronting each other.jpg

A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker still thinks it can outwit the Grey Squirrel - the adults long ago learned better.

Ref: D3B_20120630_0544_051_FB3 Grey Squirrel seeing off Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile.jpg

12 Aug 2012

A male chaffinch launches from the stone, probably unrelated to the Dunnock shouting at him.

Ref: D45_20120701_1854_302_FB1 Chaffinch male taking off as Dunnock on ground calls at him.jpg

11 Aug 2012

Our 'tree-rats' (Grey Squirrels) look so cuddly.

Ref: D5C_20120629_1841_066_FB2 Grey Squirrel nibbling peel.jpg

Periods of quiet feeding often erupt into endless chases.

Ref: D5C_20120630_1727_100+1852_125_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels chasing (montage).jpg

10 Aug 2012

A sequence of a Wren singing near the house taken over about 1 minute. Start bottom left.

Ref: DF1_20120628_1454_014+015+021+1455_022 Wren singing from top of evergreen (mirror montage).jpg

09 Aug 2012

The photo sites have only recorded Bullfinches in the last couple of years. This is a male who put in a partial appearance 2 days before.

Ref: D45_20120703_1913_094_FB1 Bullfinch male (crop).jpg

08 Aug 2012

At about 10 p.m. (& again a few hours later during the same night) this Fox, with crystal-clear eyes, was gazing at the ground.

Ref: D45_20120704_2153_223_FB1 Fox (crop 2).jpg

07 Aug 2012

Dragonfly species change dramatically during their lives - you really need a whole book on the subject to work out what is what. Despite the colour this is a young male Common Blue damselfly. You don't need a book to enjoy them though!

Ref: DF1_20120628_1735_051 Common Blue Damselfly male juvenile (crop).jpg

06 Aug 2012

A buzzing in the grass led us to this little encounter between what we thought was two rather slim bumble-bees. But one of our weekly assortment readers quickly told us that these are Hover-flies Volucella bombylans which mimic and parasitise bumble-bees. The yellow specks are pollen grains.

Ref: df1_20120625_1600_148 hover-flies volucella bombylans (bumble-bee mimic & parasite) mating (crop).jpg

05 Aug 2012

A Wood Pigeon assessing the apple?
"Is it worth a peck?"

Ref: D45_20120627_1907_123_FB1 Woodpigeon looking at apple (q) (crop).jpg

04 Aug 2012

A young fox visiting site 2, gazing upwards at what looks like roughly the direction to the flashgun. Maybe it can hear a miniscule hum or (ultrasonic) whistle.

Ref: D5C_20120624_0431_085_FB2 Fox (crop 2).jpg

To put it in context, here is the untouched (except reduced size) camera original.

Ref: D5C_20120624_0431_085_FB2 Fox (orig).jpg

03 Aug 2012

Left to right 13 minutes and then 12 hours apart, despite what the background sky might indicate. Grey Squirrels keep visiting known 'good' sites many times a day.

Ref: D5C_20120624_1914_129+1927_130+20120625_0732_168_FB2 Grey Squirrel at feeding site 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

A less angelic side of Grey Squirrel behaviour. We hope juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker stops these close encounters before it gets one of those sharp claws somewhere vital.

Ref: D3B_20120626_0802_036_FB3 Grey Squirrel lunging at passing Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile (crop).jpg

"How do you get into this damn thing?"
The Grey Squirrel spent several minutes swinging about before giving up and using another feeder he can wheedle fragments from.

Ref: FJ1_20120622_1354_020 Grey Squirrel trying to access nuts in caged feeder (crop).jpg

02 Aug 2012

Wandering around the plot we often startle a pheasant. Here the dominant male saw us well in advance, and a slow approach led to an orderly withdrawal without loss of dignity. These birds don't seem to have much sense 'what happens next' - if we are walking towards them and they move behind a hedge where they can't see us, they stop, and then panic when we arrive.

Ref: DF1_20120621_1234_008 Pheasant male at end of path.jpg

About 6 mallard ducks (including 1 drake in eclipse) are still frequenting the ponds and the paths between them. Here was a chance encounter while out walking.

Ref: DF1_20120625_1607_170 3 Mallard duck juveniles on path through long grass.jpg

01 Aug 2012

At the end of April 2012 we first spotted Jackdaw eggs in the nest intended for Tawny Owls.
It reached 4 eggs, after 20 days we have some chicks but the chicks reduced to one that grew to adult size before departing 56 days (2 months) after there were just 2 eggs.
Image 3 shows one of the adults guarding the nest incubated by the other sitting on eggs inside. Where the bedding went during last 4 images we don't know - maybe the jackdaw was VERY hungry!
We strongly suspect that the final chick ate his siblings during cold and wet weather. We are surprised how fully developed the bird was before fledging.
There is a lot more detail before reduction to fit here - if you want it just ask & we will email it (file is about 11MB).

Ref: P34_20120430_1030_473-20120625_0730_956 Jackdaw nest in tawny owl box (day counts montage).jpg



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