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Grey Squirrels use their tail as an umbrella! During a rainy week we saw this Grey Squirrel on our dilapidated gate quietly turn his tail into an umbrella as it started to rain
The rain became harder and the Grey Squirrel vanished into the adjoining hedge, only to emerge a minute later, now choosing to use the same umbrella trick but in a corner of the gate with some overhead shelter.
The short nights of summer reduce the chance of an owl visit. This Tawny owl stayed less than 2 minutes
"Look Mum - No Paws. Ouch!"
We don't even know whether this was the same squirrel, but you get the idea.
There are 2 Wren nests on the edge of our living room window, one a bit less than a metre below the one just above the window that this bird is visiting with a beakload of insects for the growing chicks.
Over a distant pasture this male Kestrel's hover (top bird) suddenly became an accelerating drop to the ground. The drop of the hovering bird was picked up after about half a second. The drop lasted only about 1.5 seconds. He disappeared into the long grass.
The rodent gripped in this male Kestrel's claws is lined up in the direction of
flight for Aerodynamic efficiency.
We would love to say this visit of the male Kestrel was him taking away something he caught after his fast descent, but this is an hour later.
Our first close view of a Kestrel for weeks turns out to be an immaculate male having a serious hunt over our patch and the surrounding fields where not planted with Oil-seed rape.
The male Kestrel skimmed fast over the treetops - less than second of flight here.
The warmest pond had a scattering of Large Red Damselflies ('Large' being a relative term!) laying eggs in the pond weed. The female is on the leaf. The segments of the abdomen hinge without any ill-effects.
The warmest pond had a scattering of Azure Damselflies laying eggs in the pond weed. The female is on the floating fibre. The segments of the abdomen hinge without any ill-effects.
Our North boundary hedge has for a few years yielded the delight
of fluttering Demoiselle Damselflies as you walk down it for a
week or two each year. The Banded Demoiselle has been the
mainstay for a few years, but this year the Beautiful Demoiselle
is so far the only arrival - and beautiful fits the creature.
This is the female - we see far less of these than the girl-hunting males!
Here is one of the male Beautiful Demoiselles living up to his name.
A pair of Orange-tip butterflies courting in the evening sunshine.
A mostly accurate montage to convey the action as they spiraled upwards.
We 'inherited' these Aquilegia plants with the house 2 decades ago and don't know whether this is the wild flower or a cultivar. You have to get down on your knees to really appreciate it (or look at these photos from somebody who did!)
On one of the few Flag Iris flowers yet open, a Honey bee
collects his golden trophy.
We see perhaps only 10% of the number of honey bees now than we did 10 years ago
This Red Kite made a couple of circles overhead
The Red Kite didn't seem to be able to find much by way of a thermal, and eventually powered away with wings rather than 'Sun power'.
The grass area inside the bend of the farm track make a lovely run-around for the hares
where we can photograph them over the hedge - a built-in 'hide'.
We have about doubled the horizontal spacing between frames, but otherwise accurate.
Detail of the second frame (from the right) from the above. We love the way the front legs go right between the rear legs when they are really running at speed.
At low speeds hares don't really 'walk' - we call it lolloping in a very awkward looking gait with such unequal leg lengths. These 3 images are about 3 times more horizontally spread than reality.
This is a GENUINE single frame.
We have about 10 images of a fox cub over a few days, but this is the only image with 2 cubs in it. Think 'Cat' size when looking at these.
OK - OK - this didn't happen!
As we worked through the images these came up next to each other & we couldn't resist it! We suspect the fox cub can still smell the mouse from a couple of hours before.
Saturday saw the first Damselflies appear. We haven't seen one of these Blue-tail Damselflies for several years, and that time it was a male.
This was our first sighting this year of a male Large Red Damselfly. The stick was a horizontal perch for Darter Dragonflies to hunt from
This was our first sighting this year of a female Large Red Damselfly just a few minutes after seeing a male. We hope they found each other!
This is a female Orange-tip Butterfly, who lacks the orange tip! This one has been bird pecked, but you can enjoy the intricate pattern on the rear wing underside (only) and the patch of the same pattern on underside edge of the forewings so that the disguise with wings vertical is complete.
Top right is the Male Orange-tip butterfly, together with an image of the female and a flowering Garlic Mustard - one of their favourite plants for egg laying which we encourage down our trackway edge. We would love to have caught this setup 'for real' but it's hard enough getting a decent image of one insect in flight at a time, so this is a montage of 3 images to illustrate what we see in the wild.
We found 4 male Cockchafer beetles in the moth trap, but only this one would fly for us. Beetles have 2-wings (the transparent lobe lower left and right) with the other pair of wings evolved into the protective wing case upper left and right.
We found 4 male Cockchafer beetles in the moth trap, but this is one of those that would not fly for us. We released them all into a bush near the house. According to 'the book' the powdery wing case indicates a recent emergence.
Hawk-moths are as big as UK moths get. With the 100 or so Poplar trees planted along the farm track we have hopes of being inundated with these Poplar Hawk-moths. For now we just enjoyed just this one.
This is a white Ermine moth as a view from each of 2 different flights montaged to show top and bottom in what we think is an attractive way.
A Brimstone moth with the characteristic colour and brown marks at the edge of the wings.
This year a heron has been finding Newts in the pond near the house, we think not Great Crested Newts this time. With care not to move suddenly or into the light we can photograph this through the Kitchen window
The Newt now 'Down the hatch', is the bird now licking 'his chops' in satisfaction?
The Heron finally spots the human at the window and makes a near vertical departure.
This looks like the youngest fox we have ever seen here. It doesn't have any worthwhile front 'milk' teeth yet, and we suspect it may be using the log as a 'teething' aid.
A detail from the fuller frame of the Fox cub biting a the log.
2 weeks later the Fox cubs are now more 'young foxes', no longer chewing at the wood but licking off the delicious peanut butter.
The Wrens obviously have youngsters to feed.
This bird seem to have at least 8 Greenfly to feed the chicks.
A Hare running into the Oil-seed Rape crop.
The sequence is a bit offset as it changes direction, and it is roughly alternate frames as it lollops to the right, but it is as an accurate representation as we can manage.
Part of a Hare running along the farm track grass boarder. When running at speed both front legs move behind the rear legs as you see in the second image from the right.
Our first Wild Rose (Dog Rose) of the year, the date duly entered at http://www.phenology.org.uk/
Looks to us like a young Dunnock - there are young birds all over the site - an annual delight!
A young Robin who doesn't yet know about the red front!
We think this must be a pair of blackbirds about to mate ...
If you watch a Blackbird land on the solid surface, over the next few of seconds the bird raise it's tail almost vertical and then lowers it. The whole procedure seems too slow to be for regaining balance.
The Jackdaw on the nest in this broken owl box leaves as soon as she hears us anywhere on the site. We had to exit the house quietly and creep up to the box to get this image.
Enjoy the spread tail as the Jackdaw finished aerobraking to land on the perch.
A Jackdaw collecting material for the nest - a 'top-up' or 'comfort' selection judging by the small pieces
The Starling family in the loft are sounding noisy and healthy.
They make a visit every few minutes from Dawn till Dusk day in
day out. What a weight of worms they must carry in!
The first of the 6 images used is just the shadow lower right!
The exit of this starling from the hole giving it access to the nest in the loft is much faster than approach - you drive from a parking slot faster than you enter it!
Our Lilac bushes are flowering well this year. A week later the whole head is the lightest pink you see here.
The Horse-Chestnut trees are also flowering well.
Hawthorn blossom is lovely. Spectacularly white at a distance, it is surprisingly colourful close up.
In the atypical quiet of a public Holiday early morning the lack of traffic along the business centre track tempted out the hares. This hare running across the track was photographed at about 4 fps (so about 1.5 seconds here) though the frame rate was slightly irregular because the camera wasn't set up for it - these creatures just won't wait until you are ready!
Grey Herons have made a number of reasonably close fly-bys lately in their majestic style.
Grey Herons have made a number of reasonably close fly-bys lately in their majestic style.
A Grey Heron flies low over the Oil-seed Rape flowers that are just beginning to wilt after 5 weeks of lurid backdrop, along with sometimes thick heads & runny noses for even those not normally afflicted with hay-fever.
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