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31 Jul 2014

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

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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.

Ref: DF2_20140524_1557_223 Grey Squirrel using tail as umbrella under gate bar (crop).jpg

30 Jul 2014

The short nights of summer reduce the chance of an owl visit. This Tawny owl stayed less than 2 minutes

Ref: D01_20140522_2219_004+2220_005 Tawny Owl short visit 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

29 Jul 2014

"Look Mum - No Paws. Ouch!"
We don't even know whether this was the same squirrel, but you get the idea.

Ref: E64_20140521_1906_128+1837_124_FB2 Grey Squirrels leaping and making poor landing 30mins apart (montage).jpg

28 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DF2_20140522_0630_005-008 Wren flying directly to nest with insect in beak 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

27 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DF2_20140521_1605_546+548-557 Kestrel male in hover dropping down to grass 01+3-12 of 12 (accurate montage drop @ 7fps).jpg

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.

Ref: DF2_20140521_1739_679 Kestrel male flying with rodent in claws 1 of 6 (crop).jpg

26 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DF2_20140521_1558_378 Kestrel male flyby 2 of 7 (crop).jpg

The male Kestrel skimmed fast over the treetops - less than second of flight here.

Ref: DF2_20140521_1558_379-383 Kestrel male flyby 3-7 of 7 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

25 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DF2_20140521_1217_340 Large Red Damselflies laying in Duck shaped pond (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: DF2_20140521_1218_351 Azure Damselflies laying in Duck shaped pond (crop).jpg

24 Jul 2014

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!

Ref: DF2_20140519_1743_227 Beautiful Demoiselle female.jpg

Here is one of the male Beautiful Demoiselles living up to his name.

Ref: DF2_20140521_1047_275 Beautiful Demoiselle male (crop).jpg

23 Jul 2014

A pair of Orange-tip butterflies courting in the evening sunshine.
A mostly accurate montage to convey the action as they spiraled upwards.

Ref: DF2_20140519_1727_175+187-189 Orange-tip Butterfly pair courting in rising flight selected 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

22 Jul 2014

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!)

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21 Jul 2014

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

Ref: DF2_20140517_1252_360 Honey Bee visiting Flag Iris flower 2 of 4 (crop).jpg

20 Jul 2014

This Red Kite made a couple of circles overhead

Ref: DF2_20140518_1513_031 Red Kite flying overhead 6 of 6 (crop).jpg

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'.

Ref: DF2_20140518_1513_046-051 Red Kite flapping wings to climb 09-14 of 14 (arbitrary montage).jpg

19 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DF2_20140516_1742_100-103 2 Hares chasing in curve 07-10 of 11 (double width montage).jpg

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.

Ref: DF2_20140516_1742_101 2 Hares chasing in curve 08 of 11 (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: DF2_20140516_1742_123-125 hare Lolloping 1-3 of 3 (3 x horizontal stretched montage).jpg

18 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: E64_20140515_2353_047_FB2 2 Fox cubs feeding at log (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: E63_20140518_2225_243+20140519_0024_245_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) & Fox cub 2 hours apart (fantasy montage).jpg

17 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DA1_20140518_1508_290+1616_349_FT1 Blue-tailed Damselfly female and Pond grass (montage 2).jpg

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

Ref: DF2_20140517_1012_225 Large Red Damselfly male on horizontal stick.jpg

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!

Ref: DF2_20140517_1016_230 Large Red Damselfly female (fulvipes variant) on leaf.jpg

16 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DA1_20140518_1416_256+1421_273_FT1 Orange-tip Butterfly female with radish flower (montage 1).jpg

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.

Ref: DA1_20140518_1418_265+1540_338+1529+332_FT1 Orange-tip Butterfly female & male in flight with Garlic Mustard (montage).jpg

15 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DA1_20140518_1339_190+1346_204_FT1 Cockchafer beetle in flight with Hawthorn leaves (montage).jpg

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.

Ref: DF2_20140518_1340_023 Cockchafer Beetle male on bush.jpg

14 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DA1_20140518_1308_095+1341_195_FT1 Poplar Hawk-Moth in flight (montage).jpg

13 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DA1_20140518_1250_028+1248_019_FT1 White Ermine Moth in flight (arbitrary montage).jpg

A Brimstone moth with the characteristic colour and brown marks at the edge of the wings.

Ref: DA1_20140518_1259_056+1346_205_FT1 Brimstone Moth in flight with Hawthorn twig (montage).jpg

12 Jul 2014

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

Ref: DF2_20140511_1451_168 Heron catching & swallowing Newt in main pond and flying off (selected) 16 of 35 (crop).jpg

The Newt now 'Down the hatch', is the bird now licking 'his chops' in satisfaction?

Ref: DF2_20140511_1451_214 Heron catching & swallowing Newt in main pond and flying off (selected) 29 of 35 (crop).jpg

The Heron finally spots the human at the window and makes a near vertical departure.

Ref: DF2_20140511_1452_228+230+232 Heron flying from main pond after eating Newt 31+33+35 of 35 (acc montage alt frames @7fps).jpg

11 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: E64_20140514_2334_119_FB2 Fox cub biting on end of log (crop 1).jpg

A detail from the fuller frame of the Fox cub biting a the log.

Ref: E64_20140514_2334_119_FB2 Fox cub biting on end of log (crop 2).jpg

2 weeks later the Fox cubs are now more 'young foxes', no longer chewing at the wood but licking off the delicious peanut butter.

Ref: E64_20140601_2130_182_FB2 Fox youngster licking end of log.jpg

10 Jul 2014

The Wrens obviously have youngsters to feed.
This bird seem to have at least 8 Greenfly to feed the chicks.

Ref: DF2_20140515_0623_317 Wren with several Greenfly in beak.jpg

09 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DF2_20140514_0824_066-087 Hare lolloping in sparse edge of crop selected 01-22 of 22 (accurate montage with skips).jpg

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.

Ref: DF2_20140514_0824_049-052 Hare running along edge of crop 1-4 of 10 (montage about 4fps).jpg

08 Jul 2014

Our first Wild Rose (Dog Rose) of the year, the date duly entered at

Ref: DF2_20140513_1544_343 Wild Rose - first of 2014.jpg

07 Jul 2014

Looks to us like a young Dunnock - there are young birds all over the site - an annual delight!

Ref: E63_20140512_0551_398_FB1 Dunnock Juvenile.jpg

A young Robin who doesn't yet know about the red front!

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06 Jul 2014

We think this must be a pair of blackbirds about to mate ...

Ref: E60_20140511_0434_082_FB3 Blackbird pair about to mate (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: D36_20140515_0527_109_FB4 Blackbird male with tail up after landing.jpg

05 Jul 2014

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.

Ref: DF2_20140510_0930_090-092 Jackdaw leaving nest in broken owl box 2-4 of 4 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

Enjoy the spread tail as the Jackdaw finished aerobraking to land on the perch.

Ref: E60_20140509_2008_044_FB3 Jackdaw landing on perch head on with tail spread.jpg

A Jackdaw collecting material for the nest - a 'top-up' or 'comfort' selection judging by the small pieces

Ref: E64_20140514_0649_077_FB2 Jackdaw carrying nesting material in beak.jpg

04 Jul 2014

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!

Ref: DF2_20140506_1032_064-069 Starling taking food to hole to nest in loft (1 of 6 is RHS shadow) 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage).jpg

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!

Ref: DF2_20140506_1029_057-059 Starling leaving hole to nest in loft 2-4 of 4 (accurate montage).jpg

03 Jul 2014

Our Lilac bushes are flowering well this year. A week later the whole head is the lightest pink you see here.

Ref: DF2_20140504_1739_045 Lilac Flowers (crop).jpg

The Horse-Chestnut trees are also flowering well.

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Hawthorn blossom is lovely. Spectacularly white at a distance, it is surprisingly colourful close up.

Ref: P10_20140506_1009_949 Hawthorn Blossom (crop).jpg

02 Jul 2014

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!

Ref: DF2_20140505_0630_103-109 Hare running across farm track 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage at variable 4fps).jpg

01 Jul 2014

Grey Herons have made a number of reasonably close fly-bys lately in their majestic style.

Ref: DF2_20140503_0753_143-147 Heron in Flight @4fps(q) 3-7 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg

Grey Herons have made a number of reasonably close fly-bys lately in their majestic style.

Ref: DF2_20140503_1606_330-335 Heron Flying by 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

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.

Ref: DF2_20140503_1607_351-354 Heron flying over flowering Oil-seed Rape 3-6 of 6 (accurate montage @7fp).jpg



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