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31 May 2013

A Dunnock in flight chasing off a confused merging of 2 birds hurriedly leaving the log.

Ref: D5C_20130419_2003_056_FB2 Dunnock in flight chasing others from the log (crop).jpg

30 May 2013

"Over the Rainbow" A swallow made a couple of runs down our boundary and by chance crossed over a rainbow just starting to form. We have colour enhanced this a bit to make it more like we remember it.

Ref: DF1_20130418_1750_014 Swallow against weak rainbow (enhanced crop).jpg

3 minutes later no colour or other enhancement is needed for this really intense rainbow fragment. The second bow passes through the top right corner but is washed out.

Ref: DF1_20130418_1753_021 Rainbow very intense double (crop only).jpg

29 May 2013

A clump of Primroses shines in the evening sun on the North facing bank of one of our pond spoil heaps we use to provide variation.

Ref: DF1_20130417_1532_062 Primrose flowering on Duck Pond Mound (crop).jpg

28 May 2013

We have just one 'Christmas Tree' on the plot, probably now 25 years old and producing scores of long thin cones. The Grey squirrels chew at these to get out the seeds.

Ref: D5C_20130416_1826_042_FB2 Grey Squirrel chewing fir cone for seeds (crop).jpg

27 May 2013

A pristine magpie shows us that the bird is far from just 'Black and White'

Ref: D3B_20130417_1040_110_FB3 magpie on perch.jpg

26 May 2013

This male Muntjac deer was sampling all sorts of 'green stuffs' as it wandered round the pond, and here eat a single Blackberry (bramble) leaf, taking nearly half a minute between first and last images. Perhaps avoiding the prickles requires care! We love his 'vampire' fang!

Ref: DF1_20130415_1437_030+036+042 Muntjac deer male eating Blackberry leaf 4+6+8 of 9 (montage).jpg

Pausing during the wrecking of our pond surround, this male Muntjac deer had a groom with his huge tongue.

Ref: DF1_20130415_1440_053+054 Muntjac deer male using tongue to groom 2+3 of 4 (montage).jpg

25 May 2013

The male Muntjac deer made morning and evening visits to the pond in one day. We think he looks lovely in the daffodils, which show just how small they are.

Ref: DF1_20130415_1436_013 Muntjac deer male in daffodils(crop).jpg

24 May 2013

A starling carrying along a piece of weed twice the bird's length

Ref: DF1_20130414_0725_090 Starling flying to nest with long straw in break (crop).jpg

The hole leads into a closed section of loft space used annually by starlings to build nests.

Ref: DF1_20130414_0726_111 Starling flying hole to nest with nesting material 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

23 May 2013

A jackdaw collecting dead twigs and strips of bark for the nest

Ref: D5C_20130413_0636_094_FB2 Jackdaw carrying twigs and bark strips in beak (crop).jpg

A bit more stuff for the nest.
We have to trim back the bottom of conifers as they grow across paths and we use the fronds to re-enforce muddy section of walks. This Jackdaw has obviously found a small one and pulled it up

Ref: D36_20130416_0908_033_FB4 Jackdaw with conifer frond in beak (crop).jpg

22 May 2013

Not a rare bird, but our first sighting ever of a Redpoll. A few were in the hedge by the now soggy haystack left near our boundary. Not seen since this sighting.

Ref: A77_20130415_1747_079 Redpoll on Budburst Hawthorn (crop).jpg

The small group of Redpolls were there to feed on the Hawthorn buds

Ref: A77_20130415_1748_089+090 Redpoll pecking at Hawthorn Bud 1_2 of 2 (montage).jpg

21 May 2013

We are getting rather 'fond' of our rooks.

Ref: D36_20130414_1803_071_FB4 Rook landing on tree stump (crop).jpg

20 May 2013

Elegant male chaffinch

Ref: D45_20130408_1839_062_FB1 Chaffinch male.jpg

19 May 2013

For a couple of weeks twice a year this site enjoys a view of the setting sun. Enjoy this moment with the female pheasant who is finding her supper as the light will soon be gone!

Ref: D5C_20130406_1930_099_FB2 Sunset with Pheasant female.jpg

For a couple of weeks twice a year this site enjoys a view of the setting sun. Enjoy this moment with the female pheasant feeding in the dimming light as the male guards her.

Ref: D5C_20130416_1946_050_FB2 Pheasant pair with sunset (crop).jpg

18 May 2013

These 3 female Pheasant were feeding around the bottom of the tree stump when the one on the left started walking towards the male stomping in across the meadow from the left ...

Ref: D01_20130408_1833_003+002 Pheasant male mating with female on meadow stubble 02+01 of 37 (montage for focus).jpg

So we assume that this was consensual if a bit rough on the top of the female pheasant's head. He spent about 5 seconds 'doing his thing'.

Ref: D01_20130408_1833_011 Pheasant male mating with female on meadow stubble 09 of 37 (crop).jpg

17 May 2013

Over several hours this Jackdaw stopped off at the tree stump with these 3 pieces of twig. We have not found a nest in this area, but we already know pairs are using one of 2 little Owl boxes and the Barn Owl box, and 2 pairs are fighting over the Tawny Owl box! C'est La Vie

Ref: D36_20130410_0912_060+1123_063+1208_065_FB4 Jackdaw with various twigs in beak 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

16 May 2013

Goldfinches have unusually stayed here for the whole winter. Beautiful.
We don't remember catching one with open beak towards the camera before

Ref: A77_20130410_1621_113+116 Goldfinch on twig with head on view of open beak (montage).jpg

15 May 2013

The now warm slates have brought out the insects from underneath and this pied Wagtail catches some sort of fly for the camera. The 2 images at the right are only about one fifth of a second apart, the last about 1 second later

Ref: DF1_20130407_0913_281+282+288 Pied Wagtail catching insect in flight over roof 1+2+8 of 8 (montage).jpg

14 May 2013

This Badger unusually appeared at the bottom-of-hedge site in a position where you can see it all.

Ref: D45_20130404_2215_079_FB1 Badger (crop).jpg

13 May 2013

The Grey squirrels continue their competitive antics. If the upper squirrel had jumped from a tree branch it would be much more blurred, so it jumped this high from the perch.

Ref: D3B_20130406_0813_065_FB3 2 Grey Squirrels squabbling one really high over perch (crop).jpg

12 May 2013

This male Mallard duck gave up harassing a pair in flight and did a rather nice sweep to land on the bank of the duck-shaped pond. This is an accurate montage at about 7 fps at the start (top right) for 5 frames then alternate frames for the next 3 and then 3 frames skipped for the last.

Ref: DF1_20130402_1745_172-186 Mallard duck male landing on bank of duck pond 01-05+07+09+11+15 of 20 (accurate montage).jpg

The landing, though, was a bit heavy - ducks landing on land often are. The thump will have been taken by the strong breastbone (called the 'keel') that provides attachments for the powerful wing muscles. The back end bounces up showing the legs.

Ref: DF1_20130402_1745_189 Mallard duck male landing on bank of duck pond 18 of 20 (crop for heavy landing).jpg

11 May 2013

A couple of fox portraits this week, one at each ground level sites.
First an adult in the bottom of hedge site.

Ref: D45_20130403_2002_152_FB1 Fox (crop 1).jpg

A couple of fox portraits this week, one at each ground level sites.
Second, at the 'woodland' site this appears to be a juvenile fox.

Ref: D5C_20130404_0121_104_FB2 Fox (crop 1).jpg

10 May 2013

Dear oh dear - who needs a preen after his bath then?
The bird probably rushed over when he saw a human - an opportunity for an easy meal!

Ref: A77_20130403_1746_045 Robin disturbed from bath by opportunity for food (crop).jpg

A male Great Spotted woodpecker in an unusual and not very elegant position, possibly looking down to see where more food has been pushed into bark.

Ref: DF1_20130401_1736_002 Great Spotted Woodpecker male hanging on meadow post looking down.jpg

09 May 2013

This female Mallard duck, unusually not being shadowed by a male, saw us approaching and did this take off, only to land on a path about 20 metres further away. The montage is about 20% longer than 'accurate' in order not to overlap the birds images. Images where at about 4 fps - this is 1.25 seconds of action.

Ref: A77_20130403_1221_009-014 Mallard Duck female taking off from bank of Duck pond 1-6 of 6 (montage slight horizontal stretch).jpg

08 May 2013

In the same sunshine this pair of Mallard ducks decided to move to another pond as we approached. Before our approach ...

Ref: DF1_20130330_1311_007 Mallard duck pair taking off from duck pond 01 of 11 (crop mirrored).jpg

And us a few metres closer. This montage was of a nearly vertical takeoff spread out so you can enjoy the action. Taken at about 7 fps.

Ref: DF1_20130330_1311_012-015 Mallard duck pair taking off from duck pond 06-09 of 11 (stretched mirrored montage).jpg

07 May 2013

A little glory of colour - bird and sky.
A pair of pheasants (not that he has only the one 'girl') collecting their supper.

Ref: D5C_20130329_1818_063_FB2 Pheasant pair at sunset (processed uncropped).jpg

06 May 2013

The late start to the season has the farmer out harrowing, seed sowing and rolling in an intense week of ground disturbance. This heron also liked the opportunity for some easy to catch protein from the freshly turned soil, and didn't seem the least bit fazed by being surrounded by black-headed gulls.
No sign of any Frogs or Newts for us at all this year, and the Herons have not had their usual feast. Ponds have been frozen for just about every night for many weeks.

Ref: A77_20130329_1302_153 Heron hunting freshly harrowed soil among flock of Black-headed Gulls (crop).jpg

Before the field was harrowed we sighted this Hare at least 50 metres away in the stubble. It took a look at us and ambled away showing us only it's rear end!

Ref: DF1_20130329_0952_066 Hare on stubble in field to East.jpg

05 May 2013

Long-tailed tits are appearing at all the peanut feeders and generally around the site in larger numbers than previous years.

Ref: A77_20130328_1242_003+004 Long-tailed Tit taking off from vertical stem 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

04 May 2013

This is one pair of Mallard ducks regularly seen at on and moving between the ponds. Here in an atypical moment of bright sunshine in a gloomy and cold Spring.

Ref: FJ1_20130314_1245_012+009 Mallard duck pair (montage for framing).jpg

In the Spring we often see pairs of Mallard ducks feeding in the ponds, with the more hungry female (building herself for egg-production) diving completely underwater to grab sunken food.
In this sequence she went down with a splash & stayed underwater for about 3 seconds and popped back up roughly where she submerged. The guarding male often dabbles at items her plunge brings to the surface. Sometimes an angled dive with little splash is followed by her swimming up to 2 metres underwater before re-appearing - on one occasion surfacing right under the male!
Unless you have an 'HD' screen you will have to scroll down to see the 5 slices of images that we chose.

Ref: DF1_20130326_1047_020-047 Mallard female plunge diving to feed in main pond as male guards (about 7fps) 01+04+20+24+28 of 28 (montage).jpg

03 May 2013

Quite a find in the snow - a whole peanut that this Great Tit can just about grip in it's beak to carry off.

Ref: D5C_20130324_1553_003_FB2 Great Tit just able to grip a whole peanut in snow (crop 2).jpg

02 May 2013

We used to see Red-legged Partridge quite regularly, but now its an 'event' We saw one in the daytime walking up one of the farm's hedge side without realising that it has already photographed itself in our own hedge bottom.

Ref: D45_20130325_0656_061_FB1 Red-legged Partridge (crop).jpg

01 May 2013

One of our at least 2 fox visitors probably enjoying the smell of 'mouse' as it looks for a 1:30 a.m. feed ('lunch' for a fox?)

Ref: D45_20130325_0136_054_FB1 Fox walking through site (crop).jpg



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