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31 Mar 2012

This may a pair of robins, but might also be rivals skirmishing.

Ref: D45_20120229_1630_108_FB1 2 Robin in-flight skirmish (q) (crop).jpg

30 Mar 2012

This pair of mallard ducks found this site during frozen weather, and turned up on most evenings in the following weeks.

Ref: D5C_20120229_1617_086_FB2 Pair of mallard ducks feeding (crop).jpg

29 Mar 2012

This pair of Mallard ducks were circling the plot (waiting for us to leave) and for a moment flew atypically close together. This montage (at ether 5 to 7 fps) has each unmodified image of the pair arbitrarily spaced.

Ref: DF1_20120301_1632_103-105 Pair of mallard ducks flying close together 1-3 of 4 (arb montage).jpg

The pair had another male 'tagging along' - here a moment with all 3 close together.

Ref: DF1_20120301_1633_115 2 mallard duck males and 1 female flying together.jpg

28 Mar 2012

A buzzard made this lovely flyby along the line of the brook, just staying line-of-site above the high voltage cables.
This is part 1 of the flight ...

Ref: DF1_20120224_1211_049-059 Buzzard skimming along high voltage wires to North @ 7fps 01-11 of 18 (acc montage 1).jpg

A buzzard made this lovely flyby along the line of the brook, just staying line-of-site above the high voltage cables.
This is part 2 with the last image from the previous montage repeated.

Ref: DF1_20120224_1211_059-066 Buzzard skimming along high voltage wires to North @ 7fps 11-18 of 18 (acc montage 1).jpg

A detail from the second montage

Ref: DF1_20120224_1211_062 Buzzard skimming along high voltage wires to North 14 of 18 (crop).jpg

27 Mar 2012

Rook descending from the mains wires - accurately spaced at 7fps. The white space is where the panning camera did not cover the background.

Ref: DF1_20120225_1637_246-250 Rook flying from mains wires 2-6 of 7 (acc montage @ 7fps).jpg

26 Mar 2012

A pair of Long-tailed Tits have arrived to breed again this year (we hope). We have only spotted one pair for the moment but they are so quick at everything they do there is a good chance we have missed others.

Ref: DF1_20120226_1234_034 Long-tailed Tit in willow branches (crop).jpg

25 Mar 2012

Just after dawn the whistle of wings turned our eyes skywards just in time to enjoy this juvenile Mute Swan flying over our patch, swinging round in a circle and then flying on. The montage below had no reference points to make the spacings accurate.

Ref: DF1_20120225_0727_128+130+132 Mute Swan juvenile flying overhead (eff 3 fps) 1-3 of 4 (arb montage).jpg

As this majestic juvenile Mute Swan departed we felt as always that the feet belong on a different creature!

Ref: DF1_20120225_0727_135 Mute Swan juvenile flying overhead 4 of 4 (crop).jpg

24 Mar 2012

The starlings and woodpeckers really don't get on - here the female woodpecker.

Ref: D3B_20120216_0850_010_FB3 Starling on top of perch and Great Spotted Woodpecker female hanging underneath (crop).jpg

5 days later we have an almost identical situation but with the male woodpecker and a starling.

Ref: D3B_20120221_0742_054_FB3 Starling on top of perch and Great Spotted Woodpecker male hanging underneath (crop).jpg

20 minutes later the female woodpecker is being rather more assertive?

Ref: D3B_20120221_0801_055_FB3 Starling and Great Spotted Woodpecker female squabbling as male chaffinch flies in (crop).jpg

23 Mar 2012

One of the Grey Squirrel drays (where they sleep) is visible in a bare deciduous tree, but here must be others hidden in the evergreens. Anyway, after a cold night we see this squirrel is laying in some extra bedding from the extensive leaf litter. Why it popped up the tree stump when already fully loaded we have no idea.

Ref: D35_20120222_0852_053_FB4 Grey Squirrel with mouth overflowing with dead leaves (crop).jpg

22 Mar 2012

Male Chaffinch with his beak gradually turning blue ready for the breeding season flying low across the photo site. It was chasing another bird you just catch on the right edge on the frame.

Ref: D45_20120220_0803_004_FB1 Chaffinch male in flight (chasing bird off right edge) (crop).jpg

21 Mar 2012

The Mallard drakes (males) have now taken to squabbling over the females at the various ponds.
Male mallards have a quiet little quack.
The female (here with beak open) produces a raucous racket - lungs of brass!

Ref: D5C_20120222_1529_087_FB2 Mallard Duck pair feeding beside log (crop).jpg

This view of the underside of the female mallard ducks beak shows how it fits inside the upper beak. The serrated edges combine to form a strainer for extracting food when dabbling.

Ref: D5C_20120220_0831_010_FB2 Mallard duck female with view of beak from below (beak detail crop).jpg

20 Mar 2012

Around sunset a lovely crisp image of the a male chaffinch taking off. Note the beak has a slight tinge of blue as he starts changing into breeding condition.

Ref: D45_20120214_1632_077_FB1 Chaffinch male taking off (crop).jpg

An hour after sunset a frolicking mouse possibly showing off to the one on the ground.

Ref: D45_20120214_1803_092_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping above another (crop).jpg

19 Mar 2012

First badger at a high quality image site for months, and a beauty. Take a look at the heavy claws they need for digging.

Ref: D5C_20120215_0523_085_FB2 Badger (crop 1).jpg

18 Mar 2012

Treecreeper behaviour we have glimpsed a few times over the years, but never photographed. These 3 images were taken over a few seconds as the bird moved left to right moving down and up again - literally creeping over the tree before disappearing round the back and magically vanishing.

Ref: DF1_20120215_1425_087+089+091 Treecreeper on willow trunk by orchard pond (left to right over a few seconds) (acc montage).jpg

A new species for us - a flock of Linnets in a hedge top just off our patch.

Ref: DF1_20120216_1534_089 19 Linnets (some cropped out) in hedge south of track gate (crop).jpg

17 Mar 2012

Much more detail of the second image (from the right) of yesterday montage

Ref: DF1_20120218_1621_162 Mallard duck pair taking off from bank of Duck Pond 08 of 17 (crop).jpg

A few frames further on as the male chasing the female mallard gains height.

Ref: DF1_20120218_1621_167-169 Mallard duck male taking off from bank of Duck Pond 13-15 of 17 (acc montage 2).jpg

16 Mar 2012

A pair of mallard ducks were on the edge of the duck shaped pond. The female to his left flew first, and then he took off after her. At 7 fps here is his nearly vertical launch spread out into 3 sections.

Ref: DF1_20120218_1621_152-154 Mallard duck male launching from bank of Duck Pond 04-06 of 17 (montage 1).jpg

Flying past the pond's island foliage a few frames later, accurately positioned. Its rather bizarre that the bird looks almost identically posed in each instance. It is just chance - each bird includes some background twigs that lined up perfectly. If you look carefully each is different.

Ref: DF1_20120218_1621_161-164 Mallard duck male taking off from bank of Duck Pond 07-10 of 17 (acc montage).jpg

15 Mar 2012

Spring in sight, and Robins start seeking partners for the breeding season. Here a little Robin togetherness in this chance single frame.

Ref: D45_20120220_0657_218_FB1 Robin pair aligned on stone.jpg

Another pair of 'loving' robins at the other ground level site.

Ref: D5C_20120217_1740_065_FB2 Robin pair on and beside log.jpg

14 Mar 2012

For a few months at the start of most years we are graced by a few mallard ducks. Normally they stick to feeding at the ponds and waddling along the paths, but when the ponds are frozen they seek out other sources of food.

Ref: D5C_20120206_1650_046_FB2 2 mallard males and 1 female (crop).jpg

A beautiful male mallard steps elegantly through the site.

Ref: D5C_20120212_1453_262_FB2 Mallard duck male walking towards camera.jpg

13 Mar 2012

We rarely see Tree Sparrows at either ground level site. Snow changes a lot of behaviour.

Ref: D45_20120211_1614_149_FB1 Tree Sparrow on snow covered ground.jpg

Ref: D45_20120211_1642_159_FB1 Tree Sparrow on stone against snow (crop).jpg

12 Mar 2012

We have had fleeting eyeball sightings of this lovely jay, and now the classic portrait on the tree-stump top from the automatic camera.

Ref: D35_20120209_0815_011_FB4 Jay (crop).jpg

11 Mar 2012

Robin preening in the heavily frosted vegetation. Birds are STILL finding seeds in these old teasel heads.

Ref: DF1_20120211_0945_072 Robin preening in frosty teasels 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

10 Mar 2012

For once a small flock of Lapwing came close enough for some good images of a single bird in flight. Spacing is arbitrary.

Ref: DF1_20120211_1250_089-092 Lapwing in flight @ 7fps 1-4 of 6 (arbitrary montage).jpg

A 'Closer' view of a Lapwing in flight.

Ref: DF1_20120211_1250_121 Lapwing in flight @ 7fps 1 of 5 (crop).jpg

09 Mar 2012

We used to see a few Hares cavorting in the fields, but we haven't seen ANY for at least 15 years. To our delight this beauty ran in an approximately straight line from the Bridleway to the North right past us over the brow of the land to the south, with the camera following most of it's journey.
This first image is an accurate montage at about 7fps.

Ref: DF1_20120211_1306_244-248 Hare running South on snowy crop by track in field to East 02-06 of 16 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

From a few frames later, a couple of 'action portraits'. The missing fur on the Hare's flank suggests it has been fighting.

Ref: DF1_20120211_1306_256 Hare running South on snowy winter crop parallel to track in field to East 14 of 16 (crop).jpg

Ref: DF1_20120211_1306_264 Hare running South on snowy winter crop parallel to track in field to East 03 of 19 (crop).jpg

08 Mar 2012

This pair of egrets landed in a distant snowy field and 'vanished' against the snow. A walk down the road got us nearer for this white on white study

Ref: DF1_20120211_1333_351 2 Little Egrets standing in snow covered field to North (adjusted crop).jpg

The birds finally departed together, but never close for a satisfactory 'two bird in flight' image. So here is a montage of one of them approximately correctly spaced, the rightmost pair are correct, the left 2 estimated

Ref: DF1_20120211_1334_366-369 Little Egret in flight (one of pair) in flight from field to North 1-4 of 6 (approx montage).jpg

A better look from the end of the sequence

Ref: DF1_20120211_1334_371 Little Egret in flight (one of pair) in flight from field to North 6 of 6 (crop).jpg

07 Mar 2012

We don't know what the heron might hope to find in this frozen pond and we didn't see anything caught. But we did catch it's launch when disturbed by a tall lorry on the track about 25 metres behind.

Ref: D01_20120201_1522_137-141 Heron juvenile takeoff from within Duck Pond 04-08 of 11 (montage @ 5 fps).jpg

06 Mar 2012

Robins rule the kitchen window perch ... if there isn't something bigger that wants access!

Ref: D3B_20120201_1403_140_FB3 Robin chasing away Great Tit (crop).jpg

Another squabble over access to the peanut feeder in the freezing weather. Not that there isn't plenty for them all.

Ref: D3B_20120201_1520_154_FB3 Great Tit and Chaffinch male fighting in flight (crop).jpg

05 Mar 2012

This montage of images separated by 15 minutes (but at exactly the same scale) makes an unusual contrast. Grey Squirrels are bigger than you think, and Bluetits are smaller.

Ref: D45_20120130_1635_036+1619_028_FB1 Squirrel with Hazelnut and Bluetit behind Walnut (adjusted montage).jpg

04 Mar 2012

The only shot we got of the fox at this camera that night, and it looks to be on a serious hunt.

Ref: D45_20120130_1842_049_FB1 Fox hunting (crop 1).jpg

03 Mar 2012

No idea what was going on here. Enjoy the whiskers on both, and the nonchalant expression on the upper mouse!

Ref: D5C_20120131_1726_060_FB2 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) leaping (crop).jpg

02 Mar 2012

The iced-over ponds have been cleared of corn grain, so these Mallard ducks are having a look for some more grub at this nearby feeding site and stayed for about 10 minutes.

Ref: D5C_20120201_1641_105_FB2 Mallard duck pair feeding (crop).jpg

The iced-over ponds have been cleared of corn grain, so these Mallard ducks are having a look for some more grub at this nearby feeding site. This edge-of-frame image was the last over about 10 minutes.

Ref: D5C_20120201_1651_108_FB2 Mallard duck pair feeding (crop).jpg

01 Mar 2012

Bluetits particularly enjoy eating Silver birch catkins. The final (rightmost) image includes a tiny morsel in the tip of the beak.

Ref: DF1_20120201_1231_036+1232_090+12_33_122 Bluetit feeding on silver birch catkins 1+4 +6 of 6 (montage).jpg



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