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31 Jan 2013

The apparently joyous faces are at odds with the reality. Both birds want control of the perch to the peanuts out of frame to the left.

Ref: D3B_20130102_1150_122_FB3 Robin in flight threatening Great Tit on perch.jpg

30 Jan 2013

A rabbit as you don't normally see one with the eye fully dilated - at least until just after the flashgun fired. But it stayed about for several more shots.

Ref: D5C_20121231_2243_115_FB2 Rabbit (eye fully dilated).jpg

29 Jan 2013

Greenfinches generally win territorial disputes against robins, but being airborne gives the robin some advantage. Just about even then - both birds decide the other one should be ignored (for now).

Ref: D45_20121227_1531_071_FB1 Robin flying by Greenfinch on stone (crop 2).jpg

28 Jan 2013

A Tawny Owl made a 10 minute visit to the meadow post.

Ref: D01_20121221_1841_004-1851_033 Tawny Owl on Meadow post for 10 minutes (montage).jpg

About 2 hours later a Tawny Owl (we can't see any identification differences to make us think a different individual) took this photo as it came in to land by the peanut feeder.

Ref: D3B_20121221_2039_067_FB3 Tawny Owl flying in to land (crop 2).jpg

27 Jan 2013

There are legends about Starlings being Strawberry thieves.
This is our version - a Blackbird not stealing but accepting the offering.

Ref: D36_20121221_0840_020_FB4 Blackbird with strawberry.jpg

26 Jan 2013

Grey Squirrels, along with everything else, makes the most of the food it can find during the cold and wet of winter.

Ref: D3B_20121223_1129_156_FB3 Grey Squirrel with mouth open.jpg

Grey Squirrel in heaven?
Grey Squirrels, along with everything else, makes the most of the food it can find during the cold and wet of winter.

Ref: D36_20121226_1435_056_FB4 Grey Squirrel at pile of mixed foods.jpg

"How to eat from the log without getting your feet wet"
Frequent heavy rains have been flooding the feeding sites. Grey Squirrel fur is not water resistant, so it wants the food without soaking itself.

Ref: D5C_20121224_1515_010_FB2 Grey Squirrel stretching over puddle to reach food on log.jpg

25 Jan 2013

A corn grain makes a whole meal for a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).

Ref: D45_20121221_1645_093_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) eating oat dust mixed into corn.jpg

The shadow was only there for 1/1000 second, but the field mouse looks like she is framing herself.

Ref: D45_20121221_1711_099_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) mostly in shadow of stone.jpg

2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) 'Formation feeding'.

Ref: D45_20121221_1726_102_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) eating oat dust mixed into corn.jpg

24 Jan 2013

Frequent heavy rain floods the photo sites and creates some interesting behaviour.
"What do I do about this?"

Ref: D5C_20121220_1802_007_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspecting puddle from top of log.jpg

Frequent heavy rain floods the photo sites and creates some interesting behaviour.
"Have a drink?"

Ref: D45_20121224_1654_073_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) drinking (q).jpg

Frequent heavy rain floods the photo sites and creates some interesting behaviour.
"Try to leap over?"

Ref: D45_20121224_1658_074_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping horizontally from stone over puddle.jpg

23 Jan 2013

A Greenfinch arriving at the stone as smaller birds flee.

Ref: D45_20121224_1513_048_FB1 Greenfinch arriving at stone (crop).jpg

22 Jan 2013

A Greenfinch sees off a male Chaffinch.
The pecking order of our common visitors at the moment seems to be:-

  1. Grey Squirrel (not exactly 'pecking' - more bite)
  2. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  3. Starling
  4. Blackbird
  5. Greenfinch
  6. Robin
  7. Chaffinch
  8. Great Tit
  9. Bluetit

Ref: D45_20121224_1522_051_FB1 Greenfinch seeing off Chaffinch male (crop 2).jpg

21 Jan 2013

No idea where the fieldmouse (wood mouse) 'in flight' came from, where it is going, nor 'what happened next'. Genuine single frame.

Ref: D45_20121225_1649_152_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) upright in mid-leap (crop 1).jpg

The fieldmouse (wood mouse) 'in flight' is unusually clear - here is some detail.

Ref: D45_20121225_1649_152_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) upright in mid-leap (crop 2).jpg

20 Jan 2013

A chaffinch flying by.
Note the green back you only see in flight.

Ref: D3B_20121210_1444_057_FB3 Chaffinch male in flight.jpg

19 Jan 2013

A good view of the male pheasant's leg including the conical spur they use with effect for fighting. This is what gets artificially augmented in illegal & disgusting 'cock fighting' because the bird already has an instinct to use it.

Ref: D45_20121211_1511_085_FB1 Pheasant male with good view of leg spur (crop 2).jpg

18 Jan 2013

A fox visiting the woodland site and obviously creeping up on some unsuspecting creature (until the flash fired!).

Ref: D5C_20121206_2111_051_FB2 Fox (crop).jpg

17 Jan 2013

Not many buzzards are about in the winter, but when they do appear the rooks make it feel as unwelcome as they can. Here the Rook didn't seem to be having much effect, but the buzzard did react to the Rook's claws being shown by lowering it's own in the last pair (left). Both birds were flying towards and slightly right of us, but a strong north wind meant that they actually travelled South! We had enough reference points to make an accurate montage, but the images overlapped so we have spread them out to the right.

Ref: DF1_20121210_1014_038-043 Rook Harassing buzzard in strong North (right to left) wind 1-6 of 6 (spread montage).jpg

16 Jan 2013

The beautiful white-breasted barn owl spent a few minutes hunting from the post in the meadow.

Ref: D01_20121215_2148_002+007+2150_015 Barn Owl (white breast) on meadow post (montage).jpg

15 Jan 2013

3 days later another Barn owl visit but for only a minute two. This is probably the same bird but are not sure.

Ref: D01_20121218_2119_009+2118_004+008 Barn Owl on meadow post (montage).jpg

14 Jan 2013

We take berries from the autumn bushes and freeze some to give back to the wildlife in the winter. We often see gigantic rook beaks with some tiny morsel at the tip. The feathers make sense of the saying "as glossy as a raven's wing"

Ref: D45_20121215_1539_141_FB1 Rook with single yellow berry in beak.jpg

13 Jan 2013

An elegant male chaffinch touching down on a fir cone. An unexpectedly large proportion of landings are on these rather than the ground.

Ref: D45_20121203_1539_039_FB1 Chaffinch male landing on fir cone (crop).jpg

12 Jan 2013

All 3 of our 'regular' Owl species appeared in one week!
The new setup for photographing birds using the meadow post overnight has produced this montage of a lovely Barn Owl visit. This was over 7 minutes. We could not see the bird in the dark except on CCTV & in these photographs.

Ref: D01_20121209_0537_004-0545_025 Barn Owl on Meadow post 1-4 of 5 (montage).jpg

11 Jan 2013

All 3 of our 'regular' Owl species appeared in one week!
We haven't had a sighting of the Tawny owl at the kitchen feeder/perch for many weeks. This doesn't mean there are no visits - just that the bird doesn't normally break the beam. We saw this visit on the CCTV and triggered the camera remotely. This is the only image we got - the bird seems to be staring at a wall mounted trellis with a yet to be cut-back Virginia creeper on it.

Ref: D3B_20121208_2050_182_FB3 Tawny Owl perched on top of peanut feeder (crop).jpg

All 3 of our 'regular' Owl species appeared in one week!
This Little Owl appeared as a dull smudge with it's back to us in the CCTV (eyes glow in the IR illumination when visible from the camera - its like flashgun red-eye) but by the time we got to the camera it was scanning the ground on the camera facing side. 3 samples here.

Ref: D01_20121213_1640_005+002+1641_008 Little Owl on Meadow Post (3 image montage).jpg

10 Jan 2013

A Song thrush announcing it's presence.

Ref: D45_20121209_1620_180_FB1 Song Thrush with beak wide open (crop).jpg

09 Jan 2013

The strong north wind created the fluffed up bird on the ridge. Unusually the bird took off 'with' the strong wind.

Ref: DF1_20121210_1236_054-055 Pied Wagtail feathers fluffed by wind from rear takes off 1+2 of 2 (adjusted montage).jpg

08 Jan 2013

Fieldfares are usually only momentary visitors to our feeding sites, but this one appeared about 10 times over half an hour. This is an accurate montage of three images selected and ordered for effect.

Ref: D5C_20121212_0802_151+0752_147+0814_156_FB2 Fieldfare visiting log (acc montage).jpg

A much closer look at the Fieldfare in the middle of the previous montage, caught in a beautiful position. Fieldfares are about the size of the Blackbird

Ref: D5C_20121212_0752_147_FB2 Fieldfare with tail splayed (crop).jpg

07 Jan 2013

A really cold night (-4C) with a high humidity and slight breeze created a Hoar frost on just about everything. This Fieldfare provides some scale.

Ref: df1_20121212_1018_006 Fieldfare in hoar frosted tree (crop).jpg

A really cold night (-4C) with a high humidity and slight breeze created a Hoar frost on just about everything, making these Silver Birch trees silver in every way.

Ref: P34_20121212_1042_569 Silver Birch trees covered in Hoar frost (orig).jpg

A really cold night (-4C) with a high humidity and slight breeze created a Hoar frost on just about everything. A view over the field to a copse to the North East.

Ref: DF1_20121212_1051_060 Copse to NE Seq (crop).jpg

06 Jan 2013

We occasionally see a wonderful Bullfinch glowing in the foliage. This one was standing on this dead stem, flying off a metre or two and returning, often to exactly the same position - top and bottom left have top right between them. Bottom right was a return further down the stem.

Ref: D01_20121130_1335_019-1336_035 Bullfinch male hunting from dead weed stem (montage).jpg

05 Jan 2013

Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) practicing looking twee - not that it needs to practice

Ref: D45_20121130_1702_144_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on hind legs.jpg

Yum - yum - yum - yum
We enjoy these 'corn kebabs' and the animals enjoy picking over the bits we miss.

Ref: D45_20121130_1743_154_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) holding sweetcorn cob while eating it.jpg


Ref: D45_20121201_1950_240_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) mid leap.jpg

04 Jan 2013

Fruit is a useful sugary food for birds in the winter. The top 2 frames of this male Blackbird are in the same minute, the last looks like a return 25 minutes later for some more apple. We don't know what moved the apple.

Ref: D45_20121202_0755_261+262+0819_273_FB1 Blackbird male eating flesh of apple 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

03 Jan 2013

We first spotted this sundog from inside the woodland and wondered what it was - the sun was clouded over and we thought it was a strangely coloured sun. But it was the most intense sundog we have ever seen .

Ref: DF1_20121129_1447_089 Sundog left of sun very intense (crop).jpg

A close-up of the sundog only taken a minute before.

Ref: DF1_20121129_1446_077 Sundog left of sun very intense (crop).jpg

02 Jan 2013

Kestrel sightings are unusual at the moment. We sometimes see a male on the 11kV wires to the North, but it usually goes west from there. We saw this one make a landing as he worked his way down the wire.

Ref: DF1_20121202_1217_021 Kestrel male landing on 11kV wires 06 of 12 (crop).jpg

Atypically (and for no reason we could see) he came back our way (not that close but near enough to enjoy).

Ref: DF1_20121202_1218_043-045 Kestrel male flying by 09-11 of 25 (Arb montage).jpg

He took up hovering over a hedge to the South and worked his way further south and vanished over the slope.

Ref: DF1_20121202_1219_088 Kestrel male hovering.jpg

01 Jan 2013

Our first sighting in 2012 of a Little Owl (actual species common name) did not occur until December. It is on the meadow post providing an opportunity to try at the newly installed flashgun. From about 30 metres away the flash doesn't bother the owl (nor does one from 6 metres at the kitchen window bother a Tawny Owl). A little noise at the house drew the birds attention momentarily for the top right image.

Ref: D01_20121205_1640_008+1641_010+013+1644_022 Little Owl on Meadow Post (first visit in 2012) (montage).jpg



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