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30 Apr 2013

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.

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29 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: D5C_20130323_1605_074_FB2 Pheasant male in snow with icy back and tail (crop).jpg

6 minutes later 2 of the male Pheasant 'girls' pick up their supper. He is undoubtedly just out of frame somewhere.

Ref: D5C_20130323_1611_076_FB2 2 Pheasant females (crop).jpg

28 Apr 2013

Between snow-showers, a Robin tries out poses for the next Christmas card.

Ref: D45_20130324_0531_128_FB1 Robin landing on snowy stone (crop 1).jpg

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!

Ref: D3B_20130324_1245_280_FB3 2 Robins in snow possibly squabbling (crop).jpg

27 Apr 2013

Robin and Tree sparrows are forever competing for access to the nuts

Ref: D3B_20130322_0745_054_FB3 Robin attacking tree sparrow both in flight (crop).jpg

Robin and Dunnock continue to fight over a bare tree-stump.
Although Amber status we are delighted to see Dunnock all over our plot.

Ref: D36_20130328_0558_065_FB4 Robin and Dunnock fighting above tree stump (crop).jpg

Robin this time getting some resistance from a Great Tit. We expect the Robin 'won' anyway

Ref: D3B_20130326_1425_215_FB3 Great Tit on perch defending from robin in flight (crop).jpg

26 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: D5C_20130319_1628_054_FB2 2 Rooks beak to beak courtship feeding (q) (crop 1).jpg

25 Apr 2013

A male Blackbird surveying his territory from the log, the curves nicely echoing one another.

Ref: D5C_20130319_1659_062_FB2 Blackbird male on curve of log.jpg

24 Apr 2013

'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!

Ref: D5C_20130321_0620_113_FB2 Pheasant male displaying (crop 2).jpg

23 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: D3B_20130318_2014_038+039+2015_040_FB3 Tawny Owl landing on perch and staying briefly (montage).jpg

22 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: D3B_20130318_1239_012_FB3 3 Tree Sparrows lined up into east wind.jpg

21 Apr 2013

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

Ref: DF1_20130314_1226_023 Mallard Duck pair in flight 06 of 10 (crop).jpg

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).

Ref: DF1_20130314_1226_024-027 Mallard Duck pair in flight 07-10 of 10 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

20 Apr 2013

"When did you say Spring starts?"
4 days to go and counting to 21 March when this was taken!

Ref: D3B_20130317_0907_205_FB3 Jackdaw standing vertical on perch in sleet (crop).jpg

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!

Ref: D5C_20130315_1646_052_FB2 Rook with soaking wet feathers.jpg

19 Apr 2013

Female and male Blackbirds identically cropped in images taken near midday on consecutive days. This is the female.

Ref: D3B_20130315_1123_088_FB3 Blackbird female on perch.jpg

Female and male Blackbirds identically cropped in images taken near midday on consecutive days. This is the male.

Ref: D3B_20130316_1351_161_FB3 Blackbird male on perch.jpg

18 Apr 2013

A couple of distant buzzards having a bit of a set-to. These are at 7 fps but without knowledge of the relative positions

Ref: DF1_20130313_1041_319-322 2 Buzzards squabbling in flight 01-04 of 38 (montage).jpg

Ref: DF1_20130313_1041_336 2 Buzzards squabbling in flight 18 of 38 (crop 1).jpg

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.

Ref: DF1_20130313_1041_347-350 2 Buzzards squabbling in flight 29-32 of 38 (Vertically accurate montage).jpg

17 Apr 2013

A breeze and sunshine brought out the local 3 buzzards and one of them came close enough to us for some portraits

Ref: DF1_20130313_1039_244 Buzzard soaring overhead.jpg

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.

Ref: DF1_20130313_1039_252-277 Buzzard turning in updraft 01+06+11+16+21+26 of 28 (compressed montage).jpg

16 Apr 2013

The Dunnock (bottom left) looks less than delighted by the imminent arrival of a Robin and decides on a preemptive departure.

Ref: D5C_20130314_0612_144_FB2 Robin arrives as Dunnock make hurried exit (crop).jpg

15 Apr 2013

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'

Ref: D45_20130308_1657_131_FB1 Chaffinch male showing partly grown blue beak.jpg

Another male Chaffinch has already chipped the coating on the bottom of the beak. We don't know whether it will re-grow.

Ref: D45_20130309_1626_187_FB1 Chaffinch male showing partly grown blue beak.jpg

14 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: DC1_20130312_1508_001 Barn Owl on IR sender pole & shaking out feathers 01 of 17 (crop).jpg

The Barn Owl decided to have a shake out and preen. Enjoy the feathers and in the bottom right image the nearly inverted head!

Ref: DC1_20130312_1508_005+007+009+016 Barn Owl on IR sender pole & shaking out feathers 05+07+09+16 of 17 (montage).jpg

13 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: D01_20130311_1739_017-021 Barn Owl slipping on smooth new meadow post flapping wings for balance 1-5 of 5 (montage 2).jpg

12 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: DF1_20130304_1527_058 Pheasant male dust bathing in vegetable patch (crop).jpg

Here the Pheasant is shaking out the dust and detritus making a cloud of particles.

Ref: DF1_20130304_1527_071 Pheasant male dust bathing in vegetable patch - shaking out cloud of soil (crop).jpg

A final shake out giving us an unusual view of the feathers on the Pheasant's back, and off he went.

Ref: DF1_20130304_1527_090 Pheasant male dust bathing in vegetable patch (crop).jpg

11 Apr 2013

We have a variety of different willow trees many of them covered in 'pussies'

Ref: DF1_20130304_1615_111 Pussy Willow.jpg

10 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: DF1_20130304_1106_049 Hazel Catkins & flower (crop 1).jpg

Catkins make the wind-borne pollen, and the tiny red flowers (a detail from the previous image) receives the pollen and develop into nuts.

Ref: DF1_20130304_1106_049 Hazel Catkins & flower (crop 2).jpg

09 Apr 2013

Jack in the box?
The Grey squirrel jumps up the tree-stump to see if there is anything left to eat.

Ref: D36_20130304_1642_014_FB4 Grey Squirrel leaping on to top of tree-stump (crop 2).jpg

08 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: DF1_20130302_1551_407 Snowdrops on west bank of main pond (crop).jpg

07 Apr 2013

Brock the Badger pays a call.

Ref: D5C_20130304_0047_137_FB2 Badger (crop).jpg

06 Apr 2013

There are pairs of courting blackbird all over the site. This male proudly dominates the surroundings from a log some 10cm high.

Ref: D5C_20130224_1432_216_FB2 Blackbird male standing erect.jpg

05 Apr 2013

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 direction.
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)

Ref: DF1_20130227_1603_107+109 Buzzard in flight with alternate wings lit 1+2 of 2 (arbitrary montage).jpg

A pair of images a few seconds apart as the Buzzard circled showing the top and then bottom of the bird.

Ref: DF1_20130227_1602_036+039 Buzzard in flight showing bottom and then top of wings 1+2 of 2 (arbitrary montage).jpg

04 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: D45_20130227_1630_145_FB1 Thrush watching pair of Robins (adjusted crop).jpg

03 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: D45_20130225_1615_036_FB1 Chaffinch male arriving at stone (crop 3).jpg

An unusually plumped up Dunnock sits quietly on the stone in the cold, possible aware that our food scattering visit is overdue.

Ref: D45_20130222_1615_068_FB1 Dunnock with feathers plumped.jpg

02 Apr 2013

Round table conference?
(Genuine single image)

Ref: D36_20130221_1107_016_FB4 2 Great tits and 1 Bluetit standing round edge of Tree-stump.jpg

01 Apr 2013

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.

Ref: D45_20130216_1758_168_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) dropping vertically over another (crop 2).jpg



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