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30 Jun 2012

"The Thinker" - a squirrel in quiet mode suggests the famous sculpture.

Ref: D5C_20120527_1907_201_FB2 Grey Squirrel studying top of log.jpg

Pheasants tend to look startled regardless, but this one has good cause as this squirrel streaks by.

Ref: D5C_20120529_1803_055_FB2 Pheasant male startled by leaping Grey Squirrel.jpg

Plenty of fallen leaves still about from last year being taken off' to be built into the Dray.

Ref: D5C_20120530_0742_109_FB2 Grey Squirrel with mouth full of bedding.jpg

29 Jun 2012

A patch of warm weather at the end of May brought out the first dragonflies of the year.
First a Common Blue Damselfly - actually not very common here

Ref: DF1_20120526_1758_209 Common Blue Damselfly female (crop).jpg

Here is our much more numerous blue damselfly - the Azure Damselfly.

Ref: DF1_20120528_1323_408 Azure Damselfly on Iris frond (crop).jpg

28 Jun 2012

The Large Red Damselfly is only large compared to the 'small ...'

Ref: DF1_20120530_1228_113 Large Red Damselfly female (crop).jpg

More detail of the intricately coloured thorax.

Ref: DF1_20120529_1732_041 Large Red Damselfly (detail crop).jpg

A pair of Large Red Damselflies 'in tandem' laying eggs in the duck-shaped pond. The male is at the top.

Ref: DF1_20120528_1315_367 Large Red Damselflies laying in Duck pond (crop).jpg

27 Jun 2012

The Broad Bodied Chaser, a much larger Darter dragonfly. The male has a blue abdomen - we haven't seen one yet this year.

Ref: DF1_20120529_1751_100 Broad-bodied Chaser female (crop).jpg

A Hairy Dragonfly (species name) having a very successful hunt over a sun warmed hedge line This was our first ever identification of this species here.

Ref: DF1_20120528_1253_042 Hairy Dragonfly about to catch prey insect (crop).jpg

26 Jun 2012

This is a joining of 4 images panning along this rabble of Starling perched on the 11kV high voltage cables that pass by our house. Moving about to get them in view means the joins are imperfect.

Ref: DF1_20120528_0709_369-372 160+ Starlings (mostly juveniles) on high voltage wires 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

A 'zoom' in on the top two wires part way along. The top row is slightly out of focus despite being less than a metre nearer.

Ref: DF1_20120528_0709_373 Starlings (mostly juveniles) on high voltage wires (part of 160+) (crop with top row sharpened).jpg

25 Jun 2012

The Wild Roses having erupted drenching parts of the hedges with their sweet fragrance. Its nice to see a honey bee enjoying the pollen.

Ref: P10_20120527_1041_582 Honey Bee in Wild Rose flower (crop).jpg

This huge (undoubtedly cultivar) poppy has appeared each of the 20 years we have been here.

Ref: P34_20120530_1020_822 Large Poppy near Tawny owl Box (crop).jpg

24 Jun 2012

An un-fudged single frame of a Brown Long-eared bat flying away from us, with a moon in the corner and our telephone pole in the middle.

Ref: DB1_20120528_2202_034 Brown Long-eared Bat & moon (crop).jpg

23 Jun 2012

Bluetits have found a nice nesting hole in a corner of the eaves over our utility (boiler) room. Here an adult has a tasty insect for it's brood pauses on the overhead mains electricity wires.

Ref: DF1_20120518_0905_021 Bluetit with insect in beak.jpg

Delivery of food to the Bluetit chicks in the hole in the wall as an accurate montage. Don't miss the bird half into the hole.

Ref: DF1_20120518_0905_035-037+040 Bluetit arriving with food for chicks over utility room 01-03+06 of 10 (acc montage).jpg

And here a bird exiting, pausing for a moment on the TV aerial lead when he realised we have appeared while he was inside.

Ref: DF1_20120522_0635_036 Bluetit perched on cable as it leaves nest hole over utility room (crop).jpg

22 Jun 2012

The pheasants have dug out a scrape in the vegetable bed and use it for dust/soil 'bathing'. The spreading of the head feathers in the lower image looks quite remarkable - we didn't know that they had that much control.

Ref: DF1_20120518_1342_068+093 Pheasant female dust bathing in vegetable bed (discontinuous) 3+5 of 7 (montage).jpg

21 Jun 2012

The only freshly emerged butterflies at the moment are orange tips. They don't seem to feed to on buttercups but fly over them on the way to their regular food plants.

Ref: DA1_20120523_1245_032+1311_054_FT1 Orange-tip Butterfly female in flight with buttercup (montage).jpg

20 Jun 2012

We found this impressive (30mm long) Cockchafer Beetle (also called the May Bug) in the moth trap (along with a poor catch of only about 100 moths). Here he is in flight. When not flying the slightly blurred wings lay along the body under the wing cases of which his right is clearly visible and the left is edge-on to the camera.

Ref: DA1_20120523_1341_110+1344_114 FT1 Cockchafer in flight with Hawthorn leaves (montage).jpg

Here the Cockchafer Beetle is creeping over hawthorn foliage, wings neatly hidden and protected under the cases.

Ref: DA1_20120523_1344_117_FT1 Cockchafer beetle on Hawthorn twig (crop).jpg

19 Jun 2012

The green upon the upper wing of this Green Carpet moth is more noticeable when the insects is 'perched', and fades over the few weeks of it's life

Ref: DA1_20120523_1354_128+1504_197_FT1 Green Carpet Moth in flight with Hawthorn twig (montage).jpg

18 Jun 2012

This is the very common Angle Shades Moth. Note the common colours between the moth and dead leaf spots.

Ref: DA1_20120523_1436_189+1504_202_FT1 Angle shades moth in flight with Hawthorn leaf (montage).jpg

17 Jun 2012

Do animals even notice things are 'out of season', like this frozen cherry from last year's crop?
We very much doubt it - yummy - what's next.

Ref: D5C_20120508_1823_048_FB2 Grey Squirrel eating stored cherry.jpg

16 Jun 2012

Robins everywhere, mostly as pristine as this one, but a few looking very much the losers of the many fights they engage in.

Ref: DF1_20120512_1801_222 Robin on tip of broken teasel stem (crop).jpg

15 Jun 2012

An Unusual moment of ascent caught by the tail tip going through the sense beam just above the top of the tree-stump

Ref: D35_20120507_1438_009_FB4 Grey Squirrel spread-eagled on side of tree-stump (crop).jpg

Next evening a Grey squirrel watching us watching him as we approach to bait the tree-stump top.

Ref: DF1_20120508_1748_068 Grey squirrel watching us from top of wood pile.jpg

Next morning it was raining (you can just see some of the drops) and we expect that this Grey Squirrel was shaking wet out of it's fur using the twisting action well documented for dogs after leaving water. The flash lasts about 1mS (1/1000 sec) so to blur the image in the morning gloom the action is really fast.

Ref: D35_20120509_0808_084_FB4 Grey Squirrel twisting quickly (crop).jpg

14 Jun 2012

2 Grey Squirrels frolic or squabble (choose according to taste)

Ref: D3B_20120510_1114_001_FB3 Grey Squirrel chasing away another (crop).jpg

A chase in progress - these 2 Grey Squirrels are obviously destined for the ground below. We have seen these pairs chasing round and round up the pole, along the perch, & jumping to the ground in repeated cycles.

Ref: D3B_20120511_0948_026_FB3 Grey Squirrel chasing away another.jpg

Another Grey Squirrel chase - this time round the 90 year old black poplar at the entrance to the farm track.

Ref: DF1_20120513_0833_359 2 Grey Squirrels chasing each other round Black Poplar trunk (North of track entrance) (crop).jpg

13 Jun 2012

A few weeks of noise and Starling parents delivering food to the chicks in the loft has been replaced by scrummaging heaps of fledgeling starlings perching around the peanut feeder demanding to be fed.
The parent is feeding a mostly obscured bird on the left while one on the right shows the yellow gape.

Ref: DF1_20120513_1122_475 Adult starling (back to us) feeding fledgling on left while fledgling on right begs (crop).jpg

The parents know to bring 'fresh' food as well.

Ref: D3B_20120514_0620_095_FB3 3 Starling fledglings with 1 parent with worms in beak (crop).jpg

12 Jun 2012

A few weeks of noise and Starling parents delivering food to the chicks in the loft has been replaced by scrummaging heaps of fledgeling starlings perching around the peanut feeder demanding to be fed.

Ref: D3B_20120513_1301_077_FB3 4 Starling fledglings with 1 parent (crop).jpg

Presumably 3 fledgling starling siblings.

Ref: D3B_20120513_1907_083_FB3 3 Starling fledglings (crop).jpg

11 Jun 2012

A Rook harassing a buzzard too near the Rook's territory. Read left to right - the last image was partially obscured by a tree

Ref: DF1_20120513_1114_431-435 Rook Harassing Buzzard 2-6 of 6 (arbitrary montage @ 7fps).jpg

10 Jun 2012

The Kestrel male with lightly striped tail is being forced to do rather more hovering than in the past because the adjacent farm has had many overhead wires removed. These 2 images are 150mS apart and originally at the same place in the sky.

Ref: DF1_20120513_1232_701-702 Kestrel male hovering (vertically offset montage 1).jpg

09 Jun 2012

Eyes 'shut' for protection, 2 female Great Spotted Woodpeckers squabble. Every year we seem to get 2 pairs of these birds but don't know where they nest.

Ref: D3B_20120515_0713_024_FB3 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker females squabbling on perch (crop).jpg

A male Great Spotted Woodpecker chasing away a female chaffinch just vanishing off the edge of frame well past the left of this crop.

Ref: D3B_20120515_1811_042_FB3 Great Spotted woodpecker male chasing off chaffinch female well to left.jpg

08 Jun 2012

This singing Skylark montage contains 10 sequential images all taken in just over a second and laid in two rows starting top left

Ref: DF1_20120516_1742_141-150 Skylark hovering and singing 01-10 of 10 (left to right spread @ 7fps montage).jpg

07 Jun 2012

Robin and Great Tit having a Gossip over tea - NOT.

Ref: D45_20120503_1649_013_FB1 Robin and Great Tit disputing heap of food.jpg

06 Jun 2012

Supper together.
This male (with dark ear tufts) has 3 ladies following him around. At times he makes his characteristic call every 2 or 3 minutes.

Ref: D5C_20120504_1752_101_FB2 Pheasant male & female feeding together (full width crop).jpg

05 Jun 2012

The racket from the loft is matched by a seemingly endless flow of worms and insects through the hole to feed the brood(s).

Ref: DB1_20120505_0900_030-034 Starling taking insects to hole in eaves 1-5 of 9 (accurate montage).jpg

And here the departure - this time without a fecal sack.

Ref: DB1_20120505_0900_040-042 Starling leaving hole in eaves 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg

04 Jun 2012

The racket from the loft is matched by a seemingly endless flow of worms and insects through the hole to feed the brood(s).

Ref: DB1_20120505_0909_068-071 Starling taking food to hole in eaves 1-4 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

Here is a different viewpoint giving better idea of the layout.

Ref: DF1_20120508_0943_033-039 Starling delivering several worms to hole in eaves 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage + insert).jpg

03 Jun 2012

An extended encounter with one of the several hares normally only glimpsed in the corn crop or bottom of hedge. These 3 accurately positioned images were sequential in a set of 37 images at about 7 fps.

Ref: DF1_20120506_1810_225-227 Hare running out of crop over hedge to South over track onto bare ground to SE 12-14 of 37 (accurate montage).jpg

These 4 accurately positioned images were sequential in a set of 37 images at about 7 fps.

Ref: DF1_20120506_1810_231-234 Hare running out of crop over hedge to South over track onto bare ground to SE 18-21 of 37 (accurate montage).jpg

Long crops seem to be handled by leaping over the top. This individual turned after the next leap to follow the easier path made by the farmers sprayer wheels sinking into the mud.

Ref: DF1_20120506_1810_257-260 Hare leaping through crop in field to East 01-04 of 12 (horizontally stretched montage).jpg

02 Jun 2012

Another opportunity for a lick? Fieldmice (Wood Mice) seem to find the mucus on slugs tasty!

Ref: D5C_20120501_2348_085_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) looking at leopard slug (adjusted crop 2).jpg

01 Jun 2012

We love the view of the marvelous grippy pads on the feet of this Grey Squirrel as it dives down behind the log.

Ref: D45_20120426_0741_013_FB1 Grey Squirrel diving onto ground showing rear food pads (crop).jpg



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