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31 Jan 2014

We don't often catch slugs rearing up like this. We think fieldmice (wood mice) like to lick the sweet slime - don't worry - it wont bite it!

Ref: D50_20131213_1958_103_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) + small slug with head raised.jpg

"I forgot my umbrella"
In the 'small hours' a wet fieldmouse (wood mouse) stands in the rain with a huge drop about to run down into the nose.

Ref: D50_20131217_0348_094_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in rain with water drop between eyes.jpg

30 Jan 2014

We just love this - Carrot tops seems to be more popular than the root, and this Grey Squirrel eats it like we do celery.

Ref: D5C_20131216_1345_016_FB2 Grey Squirrel holding carrot end in paw eating down the length.jpg

Is this the Grey Squirrel version of a 'Fairisle' jumper?
We often see interesting patterns in animal fur caused by how it lays rather actual colouration, but this is rather striking

Ref: D5C_20131218_0833_139_FB2 Grey Squirrel with fur pattern.jpg

29 Jan 2014

Just a little jump over the crevasse!
The second image from the left is about half the birds body height higher than accuracy requires in order to avoid smothering the bird on the left, but the up-down-up pattern is real.

Ref: DF1_20131217_1120_055-58 Grey Wagtail wing assisted jump over roof gulley 1-4 of 4 (acc montage @7fps 2nd image raised slightly).jpg

Bye-bye says the Grey Wagtail

Ref: DF1_20131217_1221_136 Grey Wagtail diving down from roof ridge (crop).jpg

28 Jan 2014

This Grey Squirrel had a fine old time in an Ash tree finding the winged seeds and eating the good bit!

Ref: P02_20131212_1317_014+015 Grey Squirrel eating Ash tree seeds 1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg

27 Jan 2014

Our Infra-Red Stealth cameras have caught appearances of both female and male (with tiny antlers and tusks) in the last few weeks. This is the female picking over the windfall apples at about 4 a.m.

Ref: SW4_20131217_0409_042_SC2 Muntjac Deer female inspecting windfall apples (crop).jpg

Just after dawn on the same day you can see the underside of the female Muntjac deer's left rear hoof. The little double slot tracks in the mud are a sure sign that 'a Muntjac was here'.

Ref: SW1_20131217_0812_042_SC1 Muntjac Deer female showing underside of hoof (orig).jpg

Just after the next midnight a lovely SURPRISE - she is taking her Fawn through the magical lands. Although the cameras take 3 images in 'quick' (a few seconds at night) succession, this was the only image we got of the fawn.

Ref: SW1_20131218_0032_073_SC1 Muntjac Deer and Fawn (crop).jpg

26 Jan 2014

Only a few days to official Winter, and the Grey Squirrels seem to be even more boisterous than usual.

Ref: D5C_20131205_1434_062_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels squabbling.jpg

Only a few days to official Winter, and the Grey Squirrels seem to be even more boisterous than usual.

Ref: D50_20131206_1551_155_FB1 2 Grey Squirrels romping.jpg

Only a few days to official Winter, and the Grey Squirrels seem to be even more boisterous than usual. This one is chasing off a Magpie whose edge of feather is all the camera caught.

Ref: D50_20131207_1459_201_FB1 Grey Squirrel chasing away Magpie.jpg

Only a few days to official Winter, and the Grey Squirrels seem to be even more boisterous than usual. The lower squirrel is facing us as the upper one leaps away.

Ref: D5C_20131208_0859_277_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels squabbling (crop 2).jpg

25 Jan 2014

We first saw (and bought) a Romanesco Cauliflower in our local Tesco a few years ago, and haven't seen once since until one appeared on the Ocado supermarket site. They taste a little different to the standard varieties, but the Fractal pattern is so attractive we can't resist buying one!
Wikipedia tells us the fractal dimension is about 2.8 - look it up if interested.

Ref: P10_20131205_1034_344 Romanesco Cauliflower (aka Romanesco broccoli) (crop).jpg

24 Jan 2014

Make up your own caption ...
We think fieldmice (wood mice) enjoy licking the (said to be sweet) mucus from slugs.

Ref: D50_20131209_1821_056_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) and Slug.jpg

23 Jan 2014

A male chaffinch 'dropping in' to see what food in on offer. You get here the unusual view including the green back.

Ref: D50_20131210_1510_120_FB1 Chaffinch male landing on edge of stone (crop 2).jpg

22 Jan 2014

Welcome back, if only for about a minute as we see on the CCTV of the same event. This tawny owl flew low over the pond at the back of this photograph, swooping up to land on the perch. The bird had a brief look around at the ground, and then flew off.
Maximum pupil dilation for night vision in these large eyes (that can barely move in their sockets) seems to have evolved to the point where the Iris completely withdraws from the visible cornea. Compare with the Tabby cat image

Ref: E60_20131212_0445_050_FB3 Tawny Owl landing on perch from low over pond behind (CCTV) staying for 1 minute (crop 2).jpg

A Tabby as his 'owner' never sees him, with iris reduced to narrow bands in the near blackness. See a contrasting comment for the Tawny owl whose Iris can 'vanish'.

Ref: D5C_20131208_1704_299_FB2 Cat domestic Tabby (crop 1).jpg

21 Jan 2014

Turning in mid-flight, this female Chaffinch gives us a lovely view of her face.

Ref: E60_20131204_1223_045_FB3 Chaffinch female turning in flight (crop).jpg

20 Jan 2014

The way this Grey Squirrel is holding and eating the remains of the apple looks so 'human' we find it almost unnerving.

Ref: D5C_20131203_1601_074_FB2 Grey Squirrel nibbling end of apple core (crop).jpg

19 Jan 2014

This Pied Wagtail tried to catch the insect you can see near the bottom right of centre (complete with it's own shadow), but missed it!

Ref: DF1_20131130_1026_036 Pied Wagtail diving down on insect lower on roof but missed it 7fps 3 of 4 (crop).jpg

Here the Pied Wagtail tried to land on the surface of one of the smoother slates, and slid down flapping wings to retain balance until its claws caught on the rough stuff at the edge.

Ref: DF1_20131130_1026_054 Pied Wagtail slipping on smooth slate until reaching a rougher slate 7fps 3 of 5 (crop).jpg

18 Jan 2014

Grey Squirrels don't hibernate!
But we don't have much idea what these 2 are up to.

Ref: D5C_20131128_0811_026_FB2 Grey Squirrel leaping beside another (crop).jpg

The flying debris suggests that these Grey squirrels are having a rough-house or a love-in!

Ref: D5C_20131129_0743_080_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels fighting or mating (crop).jpg

17 Jan 2014

The current local female Kestrel seems to tolerate us a little better than average (i.e. doesn't fly off at a sighting hundreds of metres away!). We were watching her on the 11kV overhead cables and she unexpectedly flew down to the hedge immediately below and spent a couple of minutes staring at the ground and momentarily, us. The bird was on a substantial chamfer on the hedge top (cut this way to stop snow build-up breaking the branches) and we have maintained the angle in this montage.

Ref: A77_20131129_0954_016+029+022+023 Kestrel female moved from overhead 11kv cables to hunt from hedge (selected) 1+5+3+4 of 5 (montage).jpg

She then flew back to the high voltage cables (shown here), and shortly after moved away when the postman's red van sped up our track.

Ref: A77_20131129_1003_145 Kestrel female on 11kv wires (crop).jpg

16 Jan 2014

A male great spotted Woodpecker poised nicely for a picture as he Wheedles peanuts from the feeder.

Ref: E60_20131117_1413_137_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker male with one foot on feeder.jpg

15 Jan 2014

A Great Tit Poised on the edge of the stone providing a good view of the claws.

Ref: D50_20131121_1601_042_FB1 Great Tit poised on downslope of rock.jpg

14 Jan 2014

We have 2 frames of this Squirrel spending a few minutes 'licking it's way along the log' for the peanut butter that is streaked along the top of the log each evening.

Ref: D5C_20131125_1621_041_FB2 Grey Squirrel walking along top of log licking off peanut butter 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

13 Jan 2014

Grey Squirrel vs. Male pheasant.
Grey squirrel teeth and claws will see off most other creatures, but to our surprise the pheasant 'wins' most of these encounters - at least the next image shows the pheasant still at the site with the squirrel gone or just feeding. The same thing happened the following morning.

Ref: D5C_20131123_0744_098_FB2 Grey Squirrel leaping towards (q) pheasant male.jpg

What may be this years dominant male pheasant still at the site after the grey squirrel tried to chase it away.

Ref: D5C_20131123_0749_099_FB2 Pheasant male.jpg

12 Jan 2014

We often see this always scruffy Bluetit at this site, and here it is face to face with an immaculate male Chaffinch. The Chaffinch male is much more laissez-faire than others around the site, and is content to feed in peace with the Bluetit.

Ref: D50_20131124_1600_232_FB1 Chaffinch male + Bluetit with scruffy plumage (often seen).jpg

11 Jan 2014

On our first record this autumn of a black-beaked male Blackbird we searched our database to find out when we last saw one, and it turns out our first ever sighting was exactly 1 year ago exactly to the day!

Ref: D50_20131123_0813_203_FB1 Blackbird male with black beak (exactly 1 year after first ever recording).jpg

10 Jan 2014

After 8 months of absence, we at last have an owl again visiting our new Meadow Post (at a time when we can spot it on the IR CCTV). This Tawny Owl spent several minutes peering down to the left, but provides a better portrait when it spent half a minute looking to the right.

Ref: D01_20131123_1757_033 Tawny Owl hunting from meadow post (crop).jpg

One often hears of the 'Facial Disc' and see photos from the front, but here this side-on view shows how amazingly flat the face is.

Ref: D01_20131123_1752_017 Tawny Owl hunting from meadow post side on showing flat facial disc (crop).jpg

09 Jan 2014

"Hi-ya chic"

Ref: D50_20131119_1911_182_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg

This 'Speedy Gonzales' Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) was behind the one on the stone but is probably showing off!

Ref: D50_20131114_2120_063_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping behind another.jpg

08 Jan 2014

This beautiful little bird is a Grey Wagtail - for us an altogether too colourful bird for its name. Over the winter sunny days bring several species of Wagtail to our slate roof to capture insects drawn out from under the slates by their warming in the sun even on cold days.

Ref: P02_20131115_1129_961 Grey Wagtail juvenile on slates above utility room (crop).jpg

This White wagtail spent 15 minutes or so catching fly like insects emerging from under the slates. At 7 frames per second all the images are accurately montaged, but the left-most one is about 1 second after the one before - the bird made a gently touchdown that didn't work out well as a montage.

Ref: DF1_20131119_1034_104-106+112 White Wagtail flying over slates with insect in beak 1-3+9 of 9 (accurate montage).jpg

07 Jan 2014

A squirrel version of "3 little maids from School" - is this squirrel called Yum-Yum we wonder?
We put out the husks from enjoying Tesco chestnuts (the squirrels always eating all of ours before they are ready for us) and these 3 images are over 12 minutes as the Squirrel worked its way along the stone nibbling out the bits we missed.

Ref: D50_20131114_1525_024+1531_026+1537_030_FB1 Grey Squirrel nibbling remains of kernel from sweet chestnut half shells over 12 minutes 1-3 of 3 (montage 2).jpg

06 Jan 2014

Birds with their heads facing away are not normally the stuff of interesting images, but the wonderful spread of feather on this landing Tawny owl is irresistible.

Ref: D36_20131117_2241_132_FB4 Tawny Owl Landing (back to camera) (crop).jpg

05 Jan 2014

Another dry insulating leaf for the Drey - wherever it might be.
As autumn progresses we get to see a couple of Dreys in deciduous trees, but think most of them are sensibly in evergreen trees.

Ref: D36_20131117_1501_112_FB4 Grey Squirrel collecting dry leaves for Drey.jpg

"What do you mean by ROTTEN apple in my title! Its nicely Mature."

Ref: D36_20131120_1601_100_FB4 Grey squirrel carrying off part of rotten apple.jpg

04 Jan 2014

Here a Buzzard started to stretch down his talons to defend against the mobbing Rook, but (or perhaps in response) the rook flew off.
All in only about half a second.

Ref: DF1_20131110_1250_374-377 Buzzard harassed by Rook 1-4 of 6 (mirrored montage).jpg

03 Jan 2014

Here the White Wagtail flew between the roof ridges.
We love the turn at the end to land facing the sun-warmed slates. Yesterday we showed the left 6 in greater detail

Ref: DF1_20131110_1243_236-246 White Wagtail flying between roof ridges 01-11 of 12 (montage @ 7fps).jpg

02 Jan 2014

The last 6 frames of a White Wagtail flying between roof ridges. We have spread out the bird landing. The rightmost bird had the wing missing from the original frame. Tomorrow we show the whole sequence.

Ref: DF1_20131110_1243_241-246 White Wagtail flying between roof ridges 06-11 of 12 (montage @ 7fps).jpg

01 Jan 2014

The Tawny Owl's tail (upper left) suggests that it flew in towards the camera and twisted at the last moment to catch something on the camera side of the log. Zooming in and adjusting the exposure histogram still doesn't tell what is going on under the bird's talons - anything in them is hidden by the wing. A mouse is fleeing the site at the bottom right but it may not have been the target judging from the direction of leap.

Ref: D5C_20131111_0415_028_FB2 Tawny Owl Hunting (crop 2).jpg



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