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31 Oct 2012

The male chaffinch on the tree stump is not going to let that pesky robin come and have any of the pile of food bigger than he is!

Ref: D36_20120926_1713_147_FB4 Chaffinch male and Robin in flight Skirmish (crop).jpg

30 Oct 2012

Lightning romance in the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) world!

Ref: D36_20120915_0157_093_FB4 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) nuzzling (crop).jpg


Ref: D45_20120915_0159_126_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping.jpg

29 Oct 2012

That was yummy! Foxes visiting this sites always try to get the last little bit of peanut butter out of the hole in the log.

Ref: D5C_20120913_2027_031_FB2 Fox licking peanut butter.jpg

Some Hopes! This image was taken after the fox had licked out the hole in the log, and it settled down to see what it could find.

Ref: D5C_20120913_2027_032_FB2 Fox sitting down to inspect site.jpg

28 Oct 2012

Despite air temperatures reaching only about 18C the Hawker dragonflies are still about whenever the sun comes out. This is a male Migrant Hawker hanging from a bramble stem to warm up in the sun.

Ref: DF1_20120914_1109_075 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male (crop).jpg

A side view of the same Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

Ref: DF1_20120914_1110_082 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male side view (crop).jpg

27 Oct 2012

A couple of Hobbies still have not migrated yet (middle day of September) and are still harassing the local buzzards. Here is one of them really getting a reaction from the buzzard. View as 4 pairs of birds top to bottom at about 7 fps - this is half a second of action.

Ref: DF1_20120915_1450_483-486 Buzzard being attacked by 1 of 2 Hobbies (q) (about 7fps) 1-4 of 5 (vertical montage).jpg

26 Oct 2012

Hawker dragonflies need to warm themselves in the sunshine to fly in lower air temperatures. You have to see them land to spot them as they align themselves with the stems

Ref: DF1_20120918_1105_041 Southern Hawker dragonfly male with tatty wing perched on foliage (crop).jpg

Hawker dragonflies are very territorial. This is the same insect as above (judging from the wing damage) next day patrolling over the pond. The image has been rearranged and the spacings slightly stretched to illustrate the almost hover.

Ref: DF1_20120919_1314_266+264+265 Southern Hawker Dragonfly flying over pond 3+1+2 of 3 (re-ordered & spread montage).jpg

25 Oct 2012

This year we have had a lovely and atypical show of 10 or 20 at once of Red Admiral butterflies. We normally see them on our Yellow Buddleia, but this one was basking on a River Birch tree (Betula nigra) which is apparently a USA native. Anyway, we were taken by the colour contrasts.

Ref: DF1_20120918_1613_127 Red Admiral butterfly on River Birch tree trunk (crop).jpg

24 Oct 2012

We are convinced this whisker mingling is the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) equivalent of a snog!

Ref: D36_20120907_2204_093_FB4 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) touching whiskers (crop).jpg

A little sweetie fieldmouse (wood mouse)

Ref: D36_20120908_0401_118_FB4 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on hind legs.jpg

Another sweetie fieldmouse (wood mouse), undoubtedly on the lookout for danger.

Ref: D5C_20120910_0346_178_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on hind legs.jpg

23 Oct 2012

There are far fewer of these Speckled Wood Butterflies this year than usual, but this one provided a couple of separate in-flight portraits we decided to show as a single image.

Ref: DA1_20120907_1408_035+1409_044+1534_127_FT1 Speckled Wood Butterfly in flight showing both sides of wing with buddleia (montage).jpg

22 Oct 2012

Out on a warm evening with the flash camera found a few dozen insects on our trusty yellow buddleia. This is a cranefly - we have no way being sure which of 290 or so British species it might be - our best guess is Tipula Maxima as being big with similar markings!

Ref: DB1_20120907_2030_003 Cranefly on Buddleia leaf (crop).jpg

21 Oct 2012

Not the more common Hebrew Character moth, but the 'Setaceous' (means 'hairy') variant on a yellow Buddleia.

Ref: DB1_20120907_2032_012 Setaceous Hebrew Character Moth feeding on Buddleia (crop).jpg

Lacewings are very commonly seen in the daytime as well as here in the dark on Buddleia.

Ref: DB1_20120907_2037_021+024 Green Lacewing - Chrysoperla carnea (montage for focus).jpg

Lacewings are very commonly seen in the daytime as well as here in the dark on Buddleia. This detail of the eye is fascinating. The orange oval definitely belongs to the insect (also known as Golden-Eyes). The circle of green blobs is most likely reflections of the foliage from the eye.

Ref: DB1_20120907_2037_021+024 Green Lacewing - Chrysoperla carnea (eye detail montage).jpg

20 Oct 2012

A Comma Butterfly feeding on a Yellow Buddleia. This shows the lower surface of the wing with the 'comma' marking, rather than the orange upper surface.

Ref: DF1_20120909_1242_646 Comma butterfly on Yellow Buddleia.jpg

19 Oct 2012

The Tawny owl made a visit at the end of our day. It unusually flew from the kitchen perch via somewhere we don't have an IR CCTV camera, then onto the meadow post where there it was too dark to get more than 'ID' images.

Ref: D3B_20120913_2147_031_FB3 Tawny Owl on kitchen feeder perch (crop).jpg

18 Oct 2012

What does Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) do with a slug in the way?
Walk on it.

Ref: D45_20120912_2354_241_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) walking over 2 Leopard slugs.jpg

2 Leopard slugs end-to-end and a fieldmouse (wood mouse) behind them created this fun juxtaposition in this chance single frame.

Ref: D45_20120912_2356_242_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) watches 2 Leopard slugs moving by head to tail.jpg

17 Oct 2012

This 'stealth' camera caught 12 frames over 4 minutes of these two foxes having what we can only describe as a 'energetic' romp between bouts of feeding. The pair on the right is the first frame we got, that on the left 4 minutes later is the clearest we have of some sort of trial of strength side by side head to tail pushing at each other. Teenagers (fox equivalent)!

Ref: LT1_20120911_1910_085+1914_095_SC2 2 Foxes romping over 4 minutes 01(right)+11 of 12 (montage).jpg

16 Oct 2012

While the neighbouring farm harvested the wheat crop at least 6 buzzards, a male kestrel and 2 Hobbies turned up to take advantage of the disturbance.
The buzzards found catching displaced rodents very easy. Here one has caught one in its talons, along with quite a bit of straw.
First get rid of the straw (right then left) ...

Ref: DF1_20120831_1618_104+1619_128 Buzzard with rodent in talons discarding straw (montage).jpg

... and then eat it in flight.

Ref: DF1_20120831_1619_152-167 Buzzard eating rodent in claws while in flight 1+2+10+12+14+15 of 15 (montage).jpg

15 Oct 2012

This micro-moth about 10mm long (wingspan about 20mm =0.8 inch) was feeding on the pond edge Water mint.

Ref: P10_20120823_1220_026 Pyralid moth Pyrausta aurata (10mm long) on Water Mint flower (crop).jpg

14 Oct 2012

"Who do you think you are staring at."

Ref: D45_20120830_1855_036_FB1 Fox staring at camera (crop).jpg

13 Oct 2012

This year two regularly visiting foxes have been eating most of the meagre crop of apple windfalls. Here one goes 'down the hatch' in 5 minutes.
(The apple on the right was there in both original frames)

Ref: D45_20120831_1958_118+2003_119_FB1 Fox picking up whole apple and eating it in 5 minutes 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

After several looks over the site a couple of hours earlier, the fox runs through the site possibly chasing some prey.

Ref: D5C_20120904_2227_070_FB2 Fox running across site (crop).jpg

12 Oct 2012

The Polecat has reappeared in 4 separate events in a week (2 at this site and 2 at a 'stealth' camera.')

Ref: D45_20120904_2033_142_FB1 Polecat (crop).jpg

11 Oct 2012

A bit of sunshine on not too-cold days bring the dragonflies out - mostly on feeding hunts over the long grass.

Ref: DF1_20120831_1335_355 Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight (crop).jpg

A bit of sunshine on not too-cold days bring the dragonflies out - mostly on feeding hunts over the long grass.

Ref: DF1_20120831_1337_434 Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight (crop).jpg

10 Oct 2012

The 2 pigeons in a ivy covered Lilac bush are doing well - these two fledged the next evening. There are probably many other pairs we know nothing about.

Ref: DF1_20120831_1326_270 2 young pigeons on nest in ivy covered lilac bush by garage.jpg

09 Oct 2012

This lovely Tawny Owl stayed for 20 minutes (on CCTV recording) but blocked the beam so took no more photos.

Ref: D3B_20120822_0022_115_FB3 Tawny Owl arriving on perch (stayed 20mins on CCTV) (crop 1).jpg

A different crop from the same frame - more drama but less owl!

Ref: D3B_20120822_0022_115_FB3 Tawny Owl arriving on perch (stayed 20mins on CCTV) (crop 2).jpg

08 Oct 2012

This heron was photographed through the kitchen window. Takeoff was more nearly vertical than appears in this stretched montage.

Ref: DF1_20120818_0814_079-0815_083 Heron taking off from main pond 1-5 of 5 (horizontally stretched montage).jpg

07 Oct 2012

A common Footman Moth with eyes glowing in the camera flash. Up and down doesn't seem to mean much to many small insects.

Ref: DB1_20120818_2136_019 Common Footman Moth on yellow Buddleia (crop).jpg

This Lesser Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing is a new moth for us - it will have a bright underwing that flashes in flight, but we never got to see it

Ref: DB1_20120818_2137_022 Lesser Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing on Yellow Buddleia (crop).jpg

06 Oct 2012

Female Southern hawker dragonflies don't systematically patrol ponds like the males do, but hunt around the hedges and rank grass. Here she is hung up on a dead stem.

Ref: DF1_20120823_1213_004 Southern Hawker Dragonfly female hanging from dead stem (crop).jpg

This female Southern Hawker dragonfly was flying into a strong wind allowing an unusual 3 images in succession to be in reasonable focus. You can see from the difficulty of seeing the wings against complex background the reason we use a simple 'blue sky' background in the indoor 'flight tunnel'

Ref: DF1_20120823_1216_060-062 Southern Hawker Dragonfly female in flight @ 7fps 1-3 of 3 (horizontal spread montage).jpg

05 Oct 2012

A single male kestrel frequents the surrounding wheat crop where he seems to find rodents quite easily. Here he is pulling apart his latest catch to eat it.

Ref: DF1_20120825_1735_186+1736_190+196 Kestrel male eating prey on disused electricity pole (discontinuous) 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

04 Oct 2012

2 Hobbies took it turns to see off a much larger buzzard over a couple of minutes.
Here one of the Hobbies made a Swoop at the Buzzard, who defecated (standard practice for bird about to take off or maneuver) which are the blobs in the left to right 3 frame montage. Vertical positions are accurate but the montaged images are spread left to right.

Ref: DF1_20120826_1650_272-274 2 Hobbies harassing Buzzard defecating 03-05 of 56 (Hor stretched vert accurate montage).jpg

2 Hobbies took it turns to see off a much larger buzzard over a couple of minutes.
A head on view of one of the attacks.

Ref: DF1_20120826_1650_304 2 Hobbies harassing Buzzard 30 of 56 (crop).jpg

2 Hobbies took it turns to see off a much larger buzzard over a couple of minutes.
The best (from the photographers point of view of position and lighting) was this sweep with claws extended as the Buzzard veered away. Read this montage top to bottom with arbitrary positions of accurate pairs of birds

Ref: DF1_20120826_1650_315-317 2 Hobbies harassing Buzzard 39-41 of 56 (montage).jpg

03 Oct 2012

Caught in the act!
PROOF (well 'confirmatory evidence') that it's the fox taking the apples.

Ref: D5C_20120829_0525_019_FB2 Fox eating apple 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

02 Oct 2012

We have always enjoyed clouds (and get a nearly full sky to view them) but we have started looking more intently for 'clouds that look like things'. To us this look like the head of the giant bird, beak to left complete with eye and long neck.

Ref: P34_20120711_1802_968 Cloud formation - huge bird head flying left (crop).jpg

Sundogs are coloured patches in certain types of clouds, left and right of the sun. Here the sun is on the left, Sundog on the right. We don't know which of the other patches are atmospheric or camera optics effects.

Ref: DF1_20120826_1656_362 Sundog (cleaned).jpg

01 Oct 2012

At site 2 this is one fox visiting for 3 hours, or maybe repeatedly returning.

Ref: D5C_20120817_2041_039-2322_044_FB2 Fox visiting site for 3 hours 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg

A few days later we think this is the same fox very intent on something not visible from the viewpoint of the camera.

Ref: D5C_20120822_2043_099_FB2 Fox (crop).jpg



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