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31 Aug 2014

This seem to be our male Yellowhammer definitely NOT pleased to see the Dunnock that seems to have just landed! Note the lovely brown rump of the Yellowhammer.

Ref: E63_20140619_1953_046_FB1 Yellowhammer male in flight attacking Dunnock on ground (crop).jpg

As dusk falls a Song Thrush stands among the closing buttercups

Ref: E62_20140620_2110_072_FB5 Song Thrush in buttercups.jpg

30 Aug 2014

An early morning outing disturbed this Hare that Lolloped down the bank of the farm track. This is alternate frames so the Hare was not that bothered by us.

Ref: DF2_20140622_0658_328-334 Hare Lolloping down trackside bank @ 7fps 1+3+5+7 of 7 (accurate montage of alternate frames).jpg

29 Aug 2014

Another Moth trap regular - the Buff Ermine moth. These two images are from separate flights, montaged for effect

Ref: DA1_20140622_1458_361+1452_328+_1334_136_FT1 Buff Ermine Moth in flight (2 flights) with Privet flower head (montage).jpg

This Yellow Shell moth is a day flying moth shown with a small sample of Orange Hawkweed

Ref: DA1_20140622_1129_062+1324_093_FT1 Yellow Shell moth in flight with Orange Hawkweed (montage).jpg

28 Aug 2014

A regular in the Moth trap - the Burnished Brass moth.
The polished metal look only works with lighting and angles right. and rarely appears in photographs in flight. This was the only frame of the session to show some of the wing as 'burnished'.
The insect is flying upwards showing us the top of the wing.

Ref: DA1_20140622_1354_188+1334_133_FT1 Burnished Brass Moth in flight with Privet leaves (montage).jpg

This is a clouded border moth. Here you see the bottom of the wing.

Ref: DA1_20140622_1349_178+1450_320_FT1 Clouded Border Moth in flight with hawthorn twig (montage).jpg

27 Aug 2014

We found this male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly at the North boundary where we had been finding Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies a couples of weeks before.

Ref: DA1_20140622_1246_090+1525_387_FT1 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male in flight with cow parsley (montage).jpg

26 Aug 2014

In a patch of sunshine in the woodland where we have been seeing them for year, we found a few freshly emerged Speckled Wood butterflies (even if this one already has a bird peck).

Ref: DA1_20140622_1521_368+1525_386_FT1 Speckled Wood butterfly in flight with Cow Parsley (montage).jpg

Ringlet Butterflies have just emerged and were fluttering around the flowers of a privet hedge.

Ref: DA1_20140622_1121_026+1326_103_FT1 Ringlet Butterfly in flight with Privet flower head (montage).jpg

25 Aug 2014

We have seen this flower for the last couple of years, and the stunning colour is not exaggerated. It's most common name seems to be Fox-and-Cubs (related to fur colours?) but it is also know as 'Orange Hawkweed' which for us fits the plant much better. These flowers are about 2.5cm (1 inch) diameter.

Ref: P10_20140613_1041_081 Orange Hawkweed (aka Fox-and-Cubs) flowers (crop).jpg

This flower is called Herb Robert along with its seed case. The flower is about 1.3 cm diameter (about half an inch). We didn't arrange this layout - this is what grew 'naturally'.

Ref: P10_20140613_1040_075 Herb Robert flower & seed case (crop).jpg

This flower was growing in the old garden when we arrived, and has propagated itself into various sunny spots every since. The bark at the left is an old natural wood post.
It is a native of Africa - we can't imagine why it likes it in the UK!

Ref: DF2_20140622_1507_053 Rose of Sharon (Hypericum calycinum) flowers.jpg

24 Aug 2014

In the minutes before midnight this fieldmouse (wood mouse) walks along the log through a sea of buttercups.

Ref: E62_20140616_2356_047_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in Buttercups.jpg

23 Aug 2014

The parent Dunnock on the ground lower right doesn't seem to be enthusing at the prospect of the ever-open beak

Ref: E63_20140616_1857_053_FB1 Dunnock youngster begging from adult (crop 1).jpg

22 Aug 2014

A male Large Skipper Butterfly, sex identified by the black streak on the wing which is some sort of olfactory device.

Ref: DF2_20140617_1236_552 Large Skipper Butterfly male (crop).jpg

Years ago we saw these Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in hundreds down our young Hawthorn hedges. Nowadays we are delighted to see even one, and here it is feeding on some just opened Privet flowers.

Ref: DF2_20140617_1631_559 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly feeding on Privet flowers (crop).jpg

21 Aug 2014

A stroll down the disused track at 7 a.m. found us and this Muntjac deer equally surprised by this encounter. At first he didn't notice us and ambled left toward the Oil-seed rape crop. Notice the horns 'In Velvet' and the little white 'fang' at the mouth with his tongue hanging out. You can clearly see the tiny hooves which always seem to us to be too small for the animals bulk. In wet weather we often see deep slots made by them in the clay.

Ref: DF2_20140613_0703_034 Muntjac Deer male crossing disused concrete track (crop).jpg

He suddenly noticed us standing still watching him, pause a moment, but ambled on his way.

Ref: DF2_20140613_0703_059 Muntjac Deer male walking over grass to edge of crop 16 of 20 (crop).jpg

When he had disappeared behind the crop we hurried up to see where he went. This was not welcomed by the deer who ran down the weed-killed boarder of the crop and vanished into the crop on the left.

Ref: DF2_20140613_0704_088+090+092+094 Muntjac Deer male fleeing alongside crop then into it 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage).jpg

20 Aug 2014

Moorhen with chicks build several 'Brood Platforms' around their territory to keep the chicks dry and safe. They can build them remarkably fast - this bird spent 7 hours doing nearly nothing else in view of the house windows. The whole family (parents + 2 chicks) spent Saturday-Sunday night on it and have used it on-and-off ever since.

Ref: DF1_20140614_1120_034+1222_068+1804_120 Moorhen building brood platform West end of main pond island 1+3+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

A closer view of the industrious bird while the sun lifted the view. This fits in between the first and second images in the montage

Ref: DF1_20140614_1222_067 Moorhen building brood platform at West end of main pond island 2 of 6 (crop).jpg

4 days later the platform has grown a bit and a parent is busy doing a bit of 'bed making'. A chick on the right is watching.

Ref: D5C_20140618_1339_015 Moorhen building up Brood platform with chick waiting.jpg

2 days on, with 2 surviving chicks doing nicely, it is time for another clutch. Here they are mating on the bank of the main pond at 6 a.m. These industrious bird just keep breeding until the weather packs up!

Ref: P02_20140620_0602_423 Moorhen pair mating at bank of main pond (crop 2).jpg

19 Aug 2014

We do like this moorhen with a Daisy 'in' its plumage. Here you get an unusually good look at the huge feet they use for walking about on pond weed. The green specks on the plumage are Duckweed carried from one of the ponds

Ref: E62_20140612_0605_102_FB5 Moorhen + Daisy + buttercups.jpg

18 Aug 2014

This Jackdaw is particularly aggressive / confident / stupid / Testosterone driven (you choose!) and launches itself at anything in its way including the normally dominant Grey Squirrels.
Here the Jackdaw is trying to chase away a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker who may have wished it had launched half a second earlier!

Ref: E60_20140611_0953_143_FB3 Jackdaw landing on perch as Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile hangs under perch (crop).jpg

17 Aug 2014

This is an accurate montage (based on cloud pattern) of a heron flapping its way overhead in a strong crosswind. Even we are surprised by the offsets of a each frame but checked carefully. This is about two thirds of a second of flight.

Ref: DF2_20140610_1529_274-277 Heron in flight in strong wind 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage).jpg

The first frame of the Heron flying over as a more detailed view.

Ref: DF2_20140610_1529_274 Heron in flight 1 of 4 (crop).jpg

16 Aug 2014

The trouble with making interesting montages is that when the animals do it for real you have to say 'THIS IS A GENUINE SINGLE IMAGE'! We have the whole approach and departure in the 14 frame sequence but this single frame seems to catch the feel of the whole incident.

Ref: DF2_20140609_1227_116 2 Moorhen adults feeding a chick each in synchrony 03 of 14 (crop 1).jpg

15 Aug 2014

A young Great Spotted Woodpecker (red top to head) being fed by it's Dad (Red nape to neck). We could have filled many pages with images like this - begging, approaching, lining up (and sometimes missing!) beak in beak, withdrawing - of these two birds in multiple feeding sessions.

Ref: D5C_20140610_1136_161 Great Spotted Woodpecker male feeding juvenile 04 of 11 (crop).jpg

14 Aug 2014

This is the beak of a rook showing something we have not noticed before - the off-white beak is a coating over a basically black beak, where the coating here has been abraded or chipped away.

Ref: E63_20140607_1846_125_FB1 Rook with beak white covered chipped away near tip (crop).jpg

13 Aug 2014

A single visit by a Red Kite, as usual pursued by one or more Rooks, flew around the area in a zig-zag over the fields and then finally looped right over us at the North hedge, and vanished behind our trees.

Ref: DF2_20140607_1228_145 Red Kite gliding by @ 7fps 03 of 21 (crop).jpg

There are between 1000 and 1600 pairs of Red Kites in the whole UK (depending on who you listen to) so we feel quite privileged to see even one at all visiting our little patch several times a year.

Ref: DF2_20140607_1228_199 Red Kite flying low overhead 3 of 4 (crop).jpg

12 Aug 2014

We have not seen a Red-legged Partridge on these new kerb stones before. The camera could only just see over the hedge so it was probably providing a good masking of the human from the nervous bird only about 15 metres away.

Ref: DF2_20140603_1742_173 Red-legged partridge standing on kerbing of farm track bend (crop).jpg

11 Aug 2014

About 100 juvenile starlings can be seen moving in a flock all over the area. Here they are perched on the 11KV cables over some Bullocks in one of the fields to our south. Perhaps the flies that accompany cattle can be simply picked out of the air - NOT.

Ref: DF2_20140606_1813_189 100 Starlings (mostly juveniles) perched on 11kV lines over lying down Bullocks (crop).jpg

The 100 juvenile starling (and a few adults) flying over the Oil-seed rape crop and then diving down into it en-mass to feed.

Ref: DF2_20140606_1528_134 100 Starlings (mostly juveniles) in flight while feeding in Oil-seed Rape crop (crop 2).jpg

We think a family group of Starlings invading the peanut feeder. Their fine pointed beak are able to break the nuts and extract pieces once the parents have shown them how. The two on the right looks like two teenagers shouting at each other - which is what in effect they are.

Ref: E60_20140604_0938_137_FB3 6 Starling juveniles and 2 adults (crop 1).jpg

10 Aug 2014

Our 2 regular full-sized pigeons (i.e. excluding the smaller Collared Dove) tolerating each other. On the left is the Stock Dove with all Black eye. On the right is the Wood Pigeon with yellow Iris and always keyhole shaped pupil we see in other photos of Wood Pigeons, but not in drawings in older ID books. Maybe it is a recent evolution (but worldwide?), or the artist in our old books thought they had a rogue specimen and painted the Iris as round. Can anybody tell us?

Ref: E62_20140601_1836_283_FB5 Stock Dove and Wood Pigeon together.jpg

We 'see' an owl perhaps once a week at the moment, so were pleased to see 2 species of Owl in one night. Only 40 minutes apart, a several minutes stay by the Tawny Owl, and a single frame of one of the Barn owls. We see the different stances - Tawny owl sort of hanging from the edge and the Barn Owl standing vertically on the top.

Ref: D01_20140603_0106_006+0147_008_FB6 Tawny Owl on meadow post & brief visit by Barn Owl 40 mins later (montage).jpg

09 Aug 2014

An unusually quiet Monday on the farm track allowed the 6 Hares to tear around like mad things. The 6th in this frame is mostly hidden by a tree just out of crop on the right.

Ref: DF2_20140602_0706_038 5 of 6 Hares running around on Grass inside farm track bend 11 of 26 (adjusted crop 2).jpg

One hare had a comparatively un-panicked run down the concrete track, and then jumped down to the grass and headed off into the crop.

Ref: DF2_20140602_0706_068 Hare running from farm track into Oil-seed Rape crop 01 of 24 (crop).jpg

This a montage of the hare running comparatively slowly. The montage is almost accurate (very slight adjustments to avoid overlaps) at probably about 7 fps, so about 1 second of action here.

Ref: DF2_20140602_0706_073-078 Hare running from farm track into Oil-seed Rape crop 06-11 of 24 (minor adjustments montage).jpg

08 Aug 2014

Parent birds are everywhere looking harassed, and sometimes very tatty. This Tree Sparrow is in decent condition as it picks between the 2 demanding gapes to stuff in whatever it has for them.

Ref: DF2_20140601_1008_244+246 Tree Sparrow adult feeding 1 of 2 youngsters 04+06 of 11 (montage @ 7fps).jpg

07 Aug 2014

We can reasonably call ourselves the 'Moorhen' site again!
On Friday 6 June this lone moorhen chick paddled without panic into the Hop Sedge when it saw the photographer grabbing a few excited frames. We have not seen any Moorhen chicks for some years.
Later in the day we saw 5 chicks and 2 adults in the open water, making a hasty exit under 'orders' from the parents.

Ref: DF2_20140606_1521_103 Moorhen chick - first sighting 2014 of at least 5 chicks and 2 adults seen later at Duck Pond (crop).jpg

Moorhen can build a 'brood platform' like this in a few hours, and use it to keep the chicks dry when resting and overnight. This one appeared overnight at the edge of the Duck-shaped pond island. We are fairly sure the nest itself is on the island.

Ref: DF2_20140606_1522_112 Moorhen Brood platform by Duck Pond island (crop).jpg

06 Aug 2014

This regular night flying moth here is the Elephant Hawk-moth. Despite the name it is about two-third the linear size of the Poplar Hawk-moth. We haven't 'wound up' the colour - this is what they really look like and it amazes us afresh every year

Ref: DA1_20140601_1058_089+1245_209_FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth in flight + grass head (montage).jpg

This is the Poplar Hawk-moth showing off the orange patches you don't see in the resting insect - the insect hides them by moving the rear wings so that they stick out in front of the forewings in an atypical position. See how the wings bend under the stress of flight.

Ref: DA1_20140601_1052_056+1248_220_FT1 Poplar Hawk-moth in flight with Hawthorn (montage).jpg

05 Aug 2014

If looks could kill ...
Pigeons and jackdaws actually tolerate each other well, but the apparent expression on the Jackdaw cracks us up each time we see this image.

Ref: E62_20140526_1736_008_FB5 Wood pigeon watched by Jackdaw.jpg

04 Aug 2014

What a mess!
Apparently Great Spotted Woodpeckers stop collecting faecal sacs about halfway through the feeding weeks, and the nest hole then fills with guano and becomes disgusting by humans standards. This bird looks like it needs a really good bath!

Ref: E60_20140528_1428_148_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker wet and filthy.jpg

03 Aug 2014

Probably a 'pair' of Great Spotted Woodpeckers from the lack of angst. Even this peanut feeder with smaller holes barely lasts a couple of days! Outside the study window a male and female fight over access to another peanut feeder - obviously one each from two families.

Ref: E60_20140524_1306_091_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker female flying to male by peanut feeder.jpg

Before we actually saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker we imagined from the name and noise they make that they would be a much bigger bird. Here you can see the size relative to the much larger Jackdaw.

Ref: E60_20140524_1515_095_FB3 Jackdaw landing on perch as Great Spotted Woodpecker male watches from peanut feeder.jpg

02 Aug 2014

It looks like this Wren is carrying 4 insects at once to one of the nests in the Ivy outside our living room window.

Ref: DF2_20140523_0640_077 Wren carrying insects to nest 2 of 3 (crop).jpg

As the feeding intensity increases the Wrens now mostly fly straight to the nest, but sometimes one stops in the top of the hedge first giving us a chance to catch a few more frames. These 4 images represent about half a second.

Ref: DF2_20140523_0704_135-138 Wren carrying insect to nest 1-4 of 4 (accurate adjusted montage @ 7fps).jpg

01 Aug 2014

A Grey Squirrel squabble on the ground shows the claws out really meaning to do some damage to the opponent.

Ref: E64_20140527_1348_035_FB2 Grey Squirrel attacking another with claws (crop).jpg

"Ouch" - these Grey Squirrel squabbles are fun to watch but obviously its not 'fun' for them.

Ref: D5C_20140525_1059_020 Grey Squirrels squabbling for peanut feeder.jpg



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