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31 Dec 2013

This White Wagtail (along with a less obliging Pied) spent some time on the warm roof hunting insects that come out from under the slates. This montage of (right to left) is very close to accurate for the first 3 frames (the middle bird is raised slightly over reality) while the 4th is moved left so you can see it swallowing the catch. All in half a second!

Ref: DF1_20131110_1231_094-097 White Wagtail landing on roof-ridge with insect in beak 1-4 of 4 (adjusted montage @ 7fps).jpg

30 Dec 2013

A sweet moment in the dusk.
At this distance apart their whiskers must be entwining!

Ref: D50_20131107_1723_050_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) nose to nose (crop 2).jpg

"Clear the landing pad!"

Ref: D50_20131110_1809_058_FB1 5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) with 2 leaping.jpg

29 Dec 2013

We remember this amazing cloud pattern, but even so our first reaction on seeing this photo was 'what a load of camera shake'. But its not - we have several of this formation in both Landscape and Portrait format, and they are all similar!

Ref: A77_20131105_1541_126 Clouds with intricate ripples (crop).jpg

6 Gigantic geese made of water mist winging through the dawn sky.

Ref: DF1_20131108_0726_009 Clouds shaped like skein of geese (crop).jpg

28 Dec 2013

We had been watching this male kestrel hunting over the hedge when we lost sight of him behind a hedge about 150m away. He suddenly reappeared but only when we saw these photos did we realise he was carrying off a rodent in his talons. He was fighting a losing battle with the left to right gale so the order is left to right, NOT right to left!

Ref: A77_20131104_0937_013-016 Kestrel male flying with prey in claws (left to right in strong wind @ 4fps) 1-4 of 7 (spread montage).jpg

This is probably the same male Kestrel 2 days earlier when it swooped by us twice. On this swoop obviously giving US a close look!

Ref: DF1_20131112_1220_025 Kestrel male in flight (crop).jpg

27 Dec 2013

Goldfinches recently started their Winter residence here, and this one obviously considers himself 'King of the Castle Tree'.

Ref: A77_20131104_1210_108 Goldfinch perched on vertical stem.jpg

This is one of a pair of Carrion Crows that we frequently see in our patch. If you look carefully above the bird you will see a cloud of midges!

Ref: A77_20131104_1513_122 Carrion Crow on top of conifer surrounded by midges (crop).jpg

26 Dec 2013

That's a whole (if smallish) apple being carried away by this optimistic Grey Squirrel. The paths and undergrowth are littered with partly eaten apples nowhere near an apple tree.

Ref: D5C_20131107_0649_214_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying off windfall apple.jpg

25 Dec 2013

A Christmas Day Greeting ...
We spotted this juvenile Heron land on the grass outside the kitchen and we crept into the dark kitchen to see what images we could get.

Ref: DF1_20131106_0926_017 Heron juvenile on grass by main pond (crop).jpg

When it started to launch we expected it to disappear, but instead it fluttered into the edge of the pond. The camera was struggling with light and focus and the frame rate was only 2 or 3 fps.

Ref: DF1_20131106_0926_019-026 Heron juvenile flying from grass into main pond 1-8 of 8 (montage).jpg

But he finally spotted humans altogether uncomfortably close (Herons don't understand glass!) and departed.

Ref: DF1_20131106_0926_035-037 Heron juvenile flying away from main pond 2-4 of 4 (slightly stretched montage).jpg

24 Dec 2013

A clear view of the golden corn fragment about to be nibbled to fuel this Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) during the cold night.

Ref: D50_20131105_1717_233_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) eating corn grain held in paws.jpg

Synchronised Diving?

Ref: D5C_20131106_0421_146_FB2 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) making synchronised leaps.jpg

23 Dec 2013

The Grey squirrels are feeding and caching (hiding) food in earnest ready for the cold weather. 1.4C overnight 4 November already feels cold to us.

Ref: D5C_20131102_1605_086_FB2 Grey Squirrel nibbling food in paws.jpg

We are not quite sure what this squirrels has selected to eat, but it looks like it tastes OK!

Ref: D5C_20131103_0716_120_FB2 Grey Squirrel picking up food waste.jpg

22 Dec 2013

This Tawny Owl made this catch at about 9:25 p.m. (in the talons without triggering the camera) and here triggered the camera as it flew away with the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) now transferred to the beak. The newly fallen dead twig behind the log changed the routes the mice use around the log, and may have led to a mouse exposing itself more than normal.

Ref: D5C_20131101_2125_059_FB2 Tawny Owl carrying off Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in Beak (crop 1).jpg

21 Dec 2013

Bedding for the Drey?
"Oh darn - its a double and I wanted a single."
It left it behind!

Ref: D36_20131030_0916_093_FB4 Grey Squirrel with large autumn leaf in mouth that it later dropped (crop).jpg

Perhaps Squirrels are more dextrous than we think ...

Ref: D36_20131029_1148_069_FB4 Grey Squirrel holding peanut in one paw.jpg

20 Dec 2013

We haven't recorded a T-Moth (a type of plume moth) for 3 years, and spotted this one perched in a miniature evergreen outside the house.

Ref: A77_20131027_1021_012 T-Moth Plume Moth in Conifer (crop).jpg

19 Dec 2013

This prominent teats on this female squirrel suggest that she might still be feeding youngsters. Its past the 'normal' time of year, but changing climate makes a lot of such dates 'wrong'.

Ref: D5C_20131026_1657_067_FB2 Grey Squirrel female.jpg

Aren't I a handsome fellow?

Ref: D5C_20131029_1637_134_FB2 Grey Squirrel male posing in upright posture.jpg

18 Dec 2013

Aren't I sweet as I leap?

Ref: D50_20131024_2131_067_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping.jpg

Did the Leopard slug make a sudden move that startled the fieldmouse (wood mouse)? We think NOT.

Ref: D5C_20131024_2350_022_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping with Leopard slug on log.jpg

17 Dec 2013

The Long-tailed Tits have finally arrived at our site (after being heard in surrounding hedges for a few days). Here one was landing on an overhead mains wire as another hung underneath the same wire.
This is about half a second of action top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right.

Ref: DF1_20131023_1632_031-033+035 Long-tailed Tit landing on wires beside another hanging from the wire 04-06+08 of 11 (montage @ 7fps).jpg

A Long-Tailed Tit making it's twittering call before following it's companions - a group of about 7.

Ref: DF1_20131023_1632_046 Long-tailed Tit on wires with beak open.jpg

16 Dec 2013

"Can I have a little nibble?"

Ref: D50_20131022_1902_264_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) approaching another eating corn grain in paws.jpg

This leaping mouse just makes us laugh ...

Ref: D50_20131023_1900_391_FB1 3 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) (one leaping) + Cranefly (crop).jpg

15 Dec 2013

Ear - Ear
(Look below the mouse's whiskers for the ears of a hidden mouse)

Ref: D50_20131019_2242_279_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) and ears only of another hidden behind rock.jpg

Our images of mice mislead about their size - even a tiny sweet chestnut husk is large enough to hide one

Ref: D50_20131020_0217_301_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nibbling food in paws mostly hidden by small sweet chestnut husk.jpg

How do YOU eat a corn on the cob?
At this scale a piece of fruit demands the same technique from a fieldmouse (wood mouse).

Ref: D50_20131021_0436_446_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nibbling fruit held in paws (crop).jpg

14 Dec 2013

No manners these young rabbits!

Ref: D50_20131018_0657_104_FB1 Rabbit youngster sticking out tongue.jpg

That's better - 2 young rabbits formation feeding.

Ref: D5C_20131018_0421_025_FB2 2 Rabbits young and younger.jpg

The Rabbit decides that the leaf high above is better than any near the ground.

Ref: D50_20131021_1746_077_FB1 Great Tit on stone while rabbit in background reaches up (adjusted crop).jpg

13 Dec 2013

A handsome male Chaffinch seems to be flying over the food on the tree-stump - landing birds usually have a far more upright posture as they aerobrake.

Ref: D36_20131018_1738_044_FB4 Chaffinch male flying over (q) tree stump.jpg

A striking spread of wings from a departing male Chaffinch. We just love the green back you don't normally see clearly.

Ref: D50_20131018_1734_141_FB1 Chaffinch male in flight (crop).jpg

12 Dec 2013

Our first sighting of any Wagtails since May 2013 included 2 (of the 3 species we see here) within 3 minutes. This is a 'White Wagtail" - with an - err - Grey back!

Ref: P02_20131014_1324_909 White Wagtail on roof slates (crop).jpg

Our first sighting of any Wagtails since May 2013 included 2 (of the 3 species we see here) within 3 minutes. This is the more common 'Pied Wagtail' with a black back.

Ref: P02_20131014_1327_917 Pied Wagtail on conservatory roof.jpg

11 Dec 2013

Happenings in the Night: A field mouse jump downs from the log surrounded by various slugs and autumn debris

Ref: D5C_20131014_2157_009_FB2 Slugs + berries + fieldmouse (wood mouse) jumping down + leopard slugs.jpg

Happenings in the Night: Whee!

Ref: D5C_20131016_0458_039_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on log and another leaping.jpg

Happenings in the Night: Only the camera 'saw' these leaves blowing about near midnight.
For you Quantum physicists - did the leaves only blow about when we saw the image on our PC screen - The Copenhagen interpretation?

Ref: D5C_20131016_2321_079_FB2 Leaves blowing about near midnight.jpg

10 Dec 2013

The Stock dove chick (In the broken Owl box) has been changing visibly each day. Here for a change it was setting facing to our right on a different piece of it's own horrendous dung heap!

Ref: P10_20131011_0832_285 Stock Dove Chick in Broken Barn Owl box (crop).jpg

2 days later backs to it's preferred position.
Next day, and thereafter the box was empty in what we assume was a successful fledging of the Stock Dove.

Ref: P10_20131013_1407_288 Stock Dove Chick in Broken Barn Owl box (crop).jpg

09 Dec 2013

A first sighting ever for us - Brambling.

Ref: D50_20131015_1729_156_FB1 Brambling.jpg

Another of the 4 brambling we have started to see for the first time.

Ref: D50_20131015_1733_158_FB1 Brambling.jpg

We have only ever seen 4 brambling at once - so maybe this is a little 'family' group.

Ref: D50_20131015_0734_126_FB1 4 Bramblings.jpg

This was first image in which we spotted Bramblings along with an assortment of other birds (See image line).
Can't see them all? - the 4th Chaffinch top left and 2nd Bluetit just a tail tip left edge of stone.

Ref: D50_20131011_1609_112_FB1 2 Bramblings + 4 Chaffinches + 2 Bluetit + Dunnock (crop).jpg

08 Dec 2013

A slightly half-hearted defence of the stone by the female chaffinch on the left by the Great Tit coming in to land.

Ref: D50_20131010_1509_012_FB1 Chaffinch female warning landing Great tit.jpg

07 Dec 2013

This single stock Dove chick in a broken Owl nest box is now mostly feathered, but a couple of tail feathers are still in pin (sheathed). This is also known as a Blood Feather which provides a blood supply to the growing feather.

Ref: P10_20131008_1238_246 Stock Dove Chick in Broken Barn Owl box (crop 1).jpg

A detail of the Stock Dove chick showing two remaining tail feathers 'in pin'.

Ref: P10_20131008_1238_246 Stock Dove Chick in Broken Barn Owl box (crop 2 tail detail).jpg

06 Dec 2013

"I see You"
(c) James Cameron from 'Avatar'?

Ref: D50_20131009_2302_219_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) looking round side of stone (crop).jpg

05 Dec 2013

This juvenile Heron (no yellow upper beak or crest) made a flyover in gentle sunlight.

Ref: A77_20131005_1608_088 Heron in flight (crop).jpg

This juvenile Heron (no yellow upper beak or crest) made a flyover in gentle sunlight. In this montage at 4 fps (spaced more closely than reality) the bird moved from a glide to flapping flight.

Ref: A77_20131005_1608_098-102 Heron in flight from glide to flapping 1-5 of 6 (arbitrary montage).jpg

This juvenile Heron (no yellow upper beak or crest) made a flyover in gentle sunlight.

Ref: A77_20131005_1608_103 Heron in flight 6 of 6 (crop).jpg

04 Dec 2013

This spider has this Cranefly caught in its 'invisible' web at the edge of a pond. We never really could get a good angle but this should give you an idea. The Cranefly has the long body and the much smaller spider is attacking the cranefly's head end.

Ref: A77_20131005_1047_039 Spider attacking Cranefly caught in its (invisible) web (crop).jpg

03 Dec 2013

Moi - vermin?
Yes - Grey Squirrels can be a major problem but for us they not (yet) and they are fun to watch.

Ref: D5C_20131001_1625_029_FB2 Grey Squirrel.jpg

02 Dec 2013

An old female Common Darter dragonfly using a teasel as a perch. This image shows the hairy body rather well.

Ref: A77_20130929_1510_006 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on teasel head (crop 2 detail).jpg

01 Dec 2013

Courting, Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) style?

Ref: D50_20130927_2124_211_FB1 2 (of 3) Fieldmice (Wood Mice) (crop).jpg



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