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30 Nov 2012

Magpies (and the occasional Jackdaw) perform 'undertaker' duties for the mice in the house that won't go into a live trap. This Magpie found the mouse less than an hour after it was put out.

Ref: D5C_20121031_0708_080_FB2 Magpie picking up dead fieldmouse (wood mouse).jpg

29 Nov 2012

The male Kestrel was hunting from this branch of an autumn coloured Oak. He soon spotted the photographer 50 metres away and quietly left.

Ref: DF1_20121030_1405_075 Kestrel male in autumn oak tree (crop).jpg

28 Nov 2012

The Robins and chaffinches still skirmish for the sake of it, but a little half-heartedly after the pressures of breeding have passed!

Ref: D45_20121023_1736_135_FB1 Chaffinch male & robin in-flight skirmish (crop 2).jpg

27 Nov 2012

We tend to see the odd rats in the Autumn but so far they have only been about for a few days a year. This Rat had it's foot on a slug, but nevertheless did NOT eat it. Wonderful whiskers on this despised creature.

Ref: D45_20121024_1930_256_FB1 Rat treading on small slug.jpg

This Rat seems a much lighter brown than the one at site 1 seen the next day.

Ref: D5C_20121023_2222_042_FB2 Rat.jpg

26 Nov 2012

We never get to eat ANY of our sweet chestnuts. This is where they go - into the Grey Squirrels maw or it's buried cache.

Ref: D5C_20121024_0836_052_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying away Sweet chestnut in husk (crop).jpg

25 Nov 2012

Half an hour after a Tawny owl landed here with it's back to the camera, we assume that this is a return visit with feathers spread and a nicely lit profile!

Ref: D36_20121015_0347_080_FB4 Tawny Owl (crop 1).jpg

24 Nov 2012

What's going on down there?
A freshly moulted male Great Spotted Woodpecker peers downwards flapping his wings for balance.

Ref: D3B_20121013_1346_071_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker male (crop).jpg

23 Nov 2012

A Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) caught at the top of an enormous leap.

Ref: D45_20121014_1856_301_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) mid-leap (crop 1).jpg

A Zoom-in to appreciate the sharp details of the leaping mouse.

Ref: D45_20121014_1856_301_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) mid-leap (crop 2).jpg

22 Nov 2012

"What - no whole apples? Oh well - this slice will have to do."

Ref: D5C_20121012_1936_042_FB2 Fox picking up slice of apple (crop).jpg

21 Nov 2012

This Sycamore has managed to encompass the complete green leaves (bottom) through to dried out and ready to fall leaves (top) in a single multi-stemmed tree. It was the only tree this far advanced. The tree to the right is an oak of the same age - oaks do very well here - the land used to be called 'Oak Hill Furlong'.

Ref: DF1_20121014_1536_100 Sycamore tree multi branched with green to autumn leaves (crop).jpg

20 Nov 2012

A rather nice Blue tit coming in to land. For once no angst from either party.

Ref: D45_20121015_1558_029_FB1 Bluetit flying in to land (crop).jpg

Not such a peaceful encounter for this Robin and Great Tit.

Ref: D45_20121015_1630_042_FB1 Robin threatening Great Tit (crop).jpg

19 Nov 2012

Make up your own caption!

Ref: D45_20121016_1849_186_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) chasing another holding berry (crop).jpg

18 Nov 2012

On a rainy night this fieldmouse (wood mouse) goes for a stroll over the slugs and snails that have also climbed up the metre high tree stump.

Ref: D36_20121005_2227_027_FB4 3 Leopard slugs + snail + Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

Fieldmice (Wood Mice) tend to treat slugs and snails as furniture - here we think this one may be 'perched' on the Leopard Slug

Ref: D45_20121007_2050_260_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) sitting on (q) Leopard slug.jpg

17 Nov 2012

Grey Squirrels having a romp in the afternoon sun. They can just about wheedle nuts out of the peanut feeder on the left without being able to damage it.

Ref: D3B_20121007_1640_121_FB3 2 Grey Squirrels scrambling on perch.jpg

16 Nov 2012

2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) mingle whiskers in what seems to be one of their courtship behaviours. And very sweet it is too.

Ref: D45_20121007_2312_277_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) mingling whiskers (crop).jpg

15 Nov 2012

During the moult the robins have been very retiring, but we walk round the perimeter one will appear in a 'hopeful' approach for a food offering, the individual bird changing as we move across their territorial boundaries.

Ref: DF1_20121007_1300_096 Robin partly hidden in Hawthorn hedge (crop).jpg

14 Nov 2012

The work on harvested fields attracts hundreds of gulls. This is a single Black Headed Gull in eclipse (winter plumage with just the black smudge behind the eye) montaged much too close for reality for you to enjoy the different wing positions.

Ref: DF1_20121010_1252_144-146 Black Headed Gull in eclipse flying by 1-3 of 3 (arb montage).jpg

13 Nov 2012

The foxes are picking up all the small crop of windfall apples long before they become soft enough for the Comma Butterflies to drink from. So we are only seeing them in hedges this atypical year.

Ref: DF1_20121010_1639_285 Comma Butterfly on autumn leaf (crop).jpg

This female Southern Hawker Dragonfly individual has frequented a sunny and sheltered section of the meadow for several October days. We know her from her torn wing and tatty wing tips, but she can fly well.

Ref: DF1_20121010_1318_175+185 Souther Hawker dragonfly female with torn wing near dandelion flower 1+2 of 2 (montage for focus).jpg

12 Nov 2012

An unexpected splash of colour as the Jay pays a short visit to the kitchen window perch. We don't recall seeing a Jay at the kitchen window before.

Ref: D3B_20120927_1553_055_FB3 Jay (crop).jpg

11 Nov 2012

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"
These are 2 minutes apart.

Ref: D45_20120928_1950_125+1952_126_FB1 Fox eating quarter of apple in 2 minutes 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

Foxes don't seem to eat slugs or snails! This fox is more interested in something on the ground.

Ref: D5C_20120928_0154_027_FB2 Fox not interested in Leopard slugs (crop).jpg

10 Nov 2012

Its a long time since a domestic cat visited one of our photo sites. Cats are not really welcome here, but you have to admire the wonderful white whiskers against the dark fur, and the fully dilated eyes in the 3 a.m. darkness.

Ref: D5C_20120930_0252_076_FB2 Domestic Cat - black face with white whiskers.jpg

09 Nov 2012

Not MANY insects this atypical year, but those we have are staying about longer than usual. Here a Small White Butterfly enjoying nectar from the last few Water Mint flowers.

Ref: DF1_20120929_1028_009 Small White Butterfly on Water Mint Flower (crop).jpg

The male Southern Hawker Dragonflies continue to patrol the pond in search of females. Here one is taking a rest in the sunshine on an otherwise cold day, hanging from the seed heads of one of the types of Mallow.

Ref: DF1_20120929_1310_064 Southern Hawker male Dragonfly hanging from Mallow seed head (crop).jpg

08 Nov 2012

What seemed to the eye to be a momentary interaction between these two buzzards turns out to have been a rather more serious attack. These 3 montages show the action at about 5 fps (frames per second) of little more than 2 seconds of action. Read the montages left to right in the order presented.

Ref: DF1_20120930_1228_045-048 2 Buzzards in flight skirmishing 01-04 of 15 (montage).jpg

The middle of the attack and the lower birds avoidance.

Ref: DF1_20120930_1228_049-052 2 Buzzards in flight skirmishing 05-08 of 15 (montage).jpg

Here is the lower bird fleeing.
Frames 9 & 10 were poor & best omitted.

Ref: DF1_20120930_1229_055-057 2 Buzzards in flight skirmishing 11-13 of 15 (montage).jpg

07 Nov 2012

Would YOU want to be at the focus of those eyes?

Ref: D5C_20121003_1951_066_FB2 Fox with nose to ground (crop 2).jpg

06 Nov 2012

AH! there is the Little Egret, a speck in the distance, back from months of apparent absence. Ooh - look - its coming this way!
The strong wind means what looks like ordinary flight become a vertical climb accurately montaged using cloud edges cropped from this image.

Ref: DF1_20121002_1237_131-133 Little Egret flying by 14-16 of 32 (accurate montage bottom to top @ 5fps).jpg

The uniform grey sky on this montage of the egret means we can make this 'impression' undoubtedly too closely spaced.

Ref: DF1_20121002_1237_143-145 Little Egret flying by 26-28 of 32 (arbitrary montage @ 5fps).jpg

Its right overhead!
The uniform grey sky on this montage of the egret means we can make this 'impression' undoubtedly too closely spaced.

Ref: DF1_20121002_1238_188-190 Little Egret flying overhead 1-3 of 4 (arb montage).jpg

05 Nov 2012

This is a Tawny Owl landing on the tree stump. We don't have CCTV at this site so have no idea how long the bird stayed, nor whether he ate the slug and snails (the next image is 9 hours later meaning nothing)

Ref: D36_20121002_0137_020_FB4 Tawny Owl on Tree-stump with 2 slugs and snail (crop 2).jpg

04 Nov 2012

This little Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) stands on a sliver of carrot while nibbling a corn grain

Ref: D36_20120921_2330_111_FB4 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) standing on slice of carrot while eating corn (crop).jpg

A demure fieldmouse (wood mouse) clambers up the side of the stone.

Ref: D45_20120924_2054_062_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) clambering up stone.jpg

03 Nov 2012

The Autumn fruits are fast disappearing. Here is one of the guilty parties - a Grey Squirrel tucking in to Hawthorn Berries (Haws).

Ref: DF1_20120921_1727_016+020+011 Grey Squirrel eating Hawthorn fruits (montage).jpg

There are rather too many Grey Squirrels - here is one nibbling something held in the paws.

Ref: D45_20120925_1506_096_FB1 Grey Squirrel nibbling food in paws (crop).jpg

02 Nov 2012

After months with no sightings, the Barn owl for 2 successive days perched for a minute or two on the 'meadow post' just after dark. On the IR CCTV we see him dive down onto something to the left, and then fly off to the right on both occasions. The first day is lit by the reflected light of Milton Keynes, and the second by the much brighter light of the nearly full moon. No further sighting for at least 4 more days - that is a hunting birds behaviour - the prey must not be able to predict when you will appear.

Ref: D01_20120926_1948_073+20120927_1952_023 Barn Owl hunting from meadow post - cloudlight & moonlight (montage).jpg

01 Nov 2012

A Song Thrush no doubt hoping to find some snails to take off and smash. Meanwhile a Great Tit takes off for reasons we can only guess.
Genuine single frame - no fiddles

Ref: D45_20120925_1638_113_FB1 Song Thrush on stone as Great Tit flies off (crop).jpg



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