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This male muntjac, frequently seen in Infra-Red 'trail' cameras, found something to nibble in daylight & where we could get one of the tripod mounted long lenses on him.
A glow of warmth in the cold landscape, this male pheasant struts over the site. His wonderful feathers let the snow and ice remain un-thawed on his back.
6 minutes later 2 of the male Pheasant 'girls' pick up their supper. He is undoubtedly just out of frame somewhere.
Between snow-showers, a Robin tries out poses for the next Christmas card.
The next bout of snow caught these 2 Robins out in the fall. We are not sure of the relationship between these individuals - 3 pairs of Robin each think they 'own' the feeder!
Robin and Tree sparrows are forever competing for access to the nuts
Robin and Dunnock continue to fight over a bare tree-stump.
Although Amber status we are delighted to see Dunnock all over our plot.
Robin this time getting some resistance from a Great Tit. We expect the Robin 'won' anyway
We can't help thinking that this is some sort of courtship behaviour. Is that piece of Peanut going to be gifted to the other bird? We see this affectionate pair of rooks a lot at the two sites near each other.
A male Blackbird surveying his territory from the log, the curves nicely echoing one another.
'His Lordship' Pheasant displaying to one of the female pheasants at 06:20 a.m. She is walking out of frame showing the usual disdain females show to displaying males of all species - but they oblige when they are ready!
The Tawny owl has put in an appearance after weeks of absence, nicely landing in his new preferred place at the left of the perch (rather than on the top of the feeder) for which we changed the camera trigger setup. The bird only stayed for a couple of minutes but long enough for these 3 images.
A chance alignment of 3 Tree Sparrows all head on into the cold Easterly wind. The characteristic patch on the cheeks is different in each individual.
We currently have 2 pairs of Mallard Ducks feeding in our ponds. Here one pair circled the site a couple of times before choosing the pond furthest from us. Here is a one frame close-up
This pair of Mallard ducks were photographed at about 7 fps. Ducks really do fly fast - this is half a second of flight in an accurate montage (based on cloud perceived motion being MUCH slower).
"When did you say Spring starts?"
4 days to go and counting to 21 March when this was taken!
This Rook is certainly not looking his best!
There was no rain on this day so we assume this rook has been bathing or fighting in one of the two nearby ponds to get THIS wet!
Female and male Blackbirds identically cropped in images taken near midday on consecutive days. This is the female.
Female and male Blackbirds identically cropped in images taken near midday on consecutive days. This is the male.
A couple of distant buzzards having a bit of a set-to. These are at 7 fps but without knowledge of the relative positions
Further along our sequence the Buzzards' plummet to earth started to include some power lines (well out of the crop we show) which let us show the rate of drop (but not enough info to get the left-right positions correct). These are spaced at about 140mS intervals and the interaction stopped as they reached about 10 metres up.
A breeze and sunshine brought out the local 3 buzzards and one of them came close enough to us for some portraits
This buzzard did a lovely loop in front of us. Here are six evenly spaced images (about 1 second apart). We don't know the true relative positions which would be at least 10 times these separations, but we think this looks a lovely representation. Start at the bottom and go anticlockwise.
The Dunnock (bottom left) looks less than delighted by the imminent arrival of a Robin and decides on a preemptive departure.
Here you can see how the blue covering on the male Chaffinch beak grows from the base of the beak - the tip of the beak is still 'bare'
Another male Chaffinch has already chipped the coating on the bottom of the beak. We don't know whether it will re-grow.
For a couple of days the Barn Owl made about 8 appearances (that we noticed) and at times in decent light. This pole behind the main pond holds an IR transmitter for an automatic camera near the house & we sometime see a blurry dark image of the Barn Owl flying to it. But here the Owl appeared during the afternoon providing a good photo opportunity.
The Barn Owl decided to have a shake out and preen. Enjoy the feathers and in the bottom right image the nearly inverted head!
For a couple of days the Barn Owl made about 8 appearances (that we noticed) and at times in decent light. The top of this pole is smooth for sawing and the bird slipped off the edge and flapped to regain balance. This is about 1 second of action.
Nearly a fortnight without heavy rain has rendered the surface dry enough for pheasants to 'dust' bathe. Here is the male as we first noticed him.
Here the Pheasant is shaking out the dust and detritus making a cloud of particles.
A final shake out giving us an unusual view of the feathers on the Pheasant's back, and off he went.
We have a variety of different willow trees many of them covered in 'pussies'
Springtime events include this Hazel catkin of which many of the trees are decked. A red female flower is at the top - see next frame for detail.
Catkins make the wind-borne pollen, and the tiny red flowers (a detail from the previous image) receives the pollen and develop into nuts.
Jack in the box?
The Grey squirrel jumps up the tree-stump to see if there is anything left to eat.
The short patch of sunlight making shafts of light through the surrounding trees lit up this patch of Snowdrops on the bank of the main pond - the best show of snowdrops anywhere on our patch.
Brock the Badger pays a call.
There are pairs of courting blackbird all over the site. This male proudly dominates the surroundings from a log some 10cm high.
After weeks of absence in the dull weather 3 Buzzards made an
unexpected appearance. 2 flew off but the third bird did a few
loops a few hundred metres away before flying off in another
First a pair of a single wing flap with alternate wings lit by the lowering sun (2 images about 300mS apart but correct spacing unknown)
A pair of images a few seconds apart as the Buzzard circled showing the top and then bottom of the bird.
The Robins around the plot are busy courting and are now often seen as non-aggressive companions. Here such a pair get a quizzical look from the Thrush.
A male chaffinch fluttering up the edge of the stone. There is a mostly hidden robin out of frame to the left that it has probably just seen.
An unusually plumped up Dunnock sits quietly on the stone in the cold, possible aware that our food scattering visit is overdue.
Round table conference?
(Genuine single image)
A little fun for April Fools day - but a genuine un-fudged single frame
The Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on the ground looks like it is taking evading action to avoid the incredible stretched out nest mate about to land.
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