Return to moorhen home page
Archived & Upcoming Images of the Day
A thermal had these 2 buzzards climbing, but before they disappeared to specks they came close enough for this little talons-out skirmish. It took them perhaps a minute to regain the height that they lost!
This female Mallard Duck was ignoring us a few metres away, and enjoying a bath. She will approach up to about 5 metres from us to collect corn we have thrown down for her.
This female Mallard has taken to sunbathing in the as yet unplanted vegetable bed. The first time we saw her 'frozen' in position like this we were alarmed, but her gleaming eye was watching us and we left her in peace.
The male Mallard Duck is nowhere near as habituated to humans as his mate and he can't work out why she doesn't flee at our approach like he does!
A ghostly regatta in the sky ...
A Grub as grub for the youngsters back in the nest.
This male Blackbird gives us a view down his gape as he sings his territorial song.
There are several juvenile Blackbirds about - this female seems to have decided it is time for a second brood!
A Mallard duck pair had been mating in the main pond This is what you typically see of the female - the top of her head! At least she only has the one male on top & not a fighting melee.
This pair of Mallard ducks are feeding at a site between their 2 favourite ponds, watched by a Jackdaw.
A hole deliberately leaving bird access to our loft space is this year occupied by a single family of Starlings. This parent paused on the TV aerial and then flew down to deliver it's load of wiggling protein along with a strand of grass. The other parent would not enter the hole while we were visible
We found this freshly dead rabbit on a path and moved it to this photo site, expecting to photograph a fox carrying it off. On each of the 3 nights we left it, this fox appeared, though it didn't drag it away as we expected. We have 5 images, 3 like the top image, and 2 like the bottom. We think it was probably disturbed by the flash and camera noise each time - some individuals don't like it, and others couldn't care less.
A detail of the foxes head.
Many of the apple trees are covered in blossom. This one is on a transplant from the Farm when their orchard was ripped out - they are on dwarfing root stocks so they are not too high to photograph close up. A sunny spell on a basically rainy day - you can see the water drops.
It had been raining for hours and the day started to lighten when
we spotted this Snail climbing UP the bars of a peanut feeder cage
(as used by Sparrowhawks to hang on to as they grab the bird 'protected'
We like the water drop hanging from the shell that is imaging the world behind but upside down. The insert was a wide angle from the next frame - how and why did the snail end up climbing up?
Female and male Yellowhammers (morning and wet evening) for you to compare. These are at the same scale and similar lighting.
The adult Robin on the right has an insect in its beak on the far side drooping down near the base of the beak, undoubtedly about to go down the youngster's ever open 'hatch'.
The Blackbird chicks favourites - assorted wiggly worms.
We put out our old 'Barbecue' corn cobs, and many creatures enjoy picking them over. But they are not very attractive so we hide them behind the stone or log. This one has been dragged out and here a short-tail field vole spent several minutes going over this one.
A couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frolicking in the fading twilight
Long-tailed Tits usually seem to have some bit of tree or bush between themselves and the annoying humans, so we were lucky to get this moment of moderately uncluttered bird flying straight at the camera, with tail fanned behind, from the glorious blossom.
A Jackdaw carrying a load of nesting material to its nest hidden in
one of the conifers. Accurate montage at probably about 4 fps.
We can locate the hidden nests from the heap of discarded twigs on the ground beneath!
A pair of Jackdaws flying together to the same nest, both loaded with more nest building 'stuff'. Unaltered crop - its unusual to see a mated pair flying in to the nest together.
A Blackbird youngster probably very recently out of the nest. The adult male is half in the left edge of the original frame, so the youngster is pointing the right way for the next delivery!
Food for this male Blackbird's chicks.
Buzzards appears on suitable days, sunny with clouds with warm and cold patches to create thermals. This unbroken sequence is alternate frames at 7 fps so this is about 4 seconds of flight. The wind was from the 'right' and you can see how it effects the speed of the bird (hopefully ignoring cloud movement).
A Greenbottle (said not to often invade houses like the Bluebottle) sunning itself in a Lodgepole pine.
A pair of Wrens continue to bring in material for their nest in the ivy on the wall just outside our living room window. This is a little impression.
The 'Moorhen' site has been 'moorhen deprived' for about 2 years following a drought, so we are delighted that this bird has turned up and seems to be staying. We first saw it standing on the hedge outside the living room window. This image shows the white feathers at the rear as the bird is watching either us or it's reflection in the window. We have no idea whether this is male or female. About a week later there were 2 moorhen following each other on and around the pond. Fingers crossed!
We are very impressed by this gorgeous male Yellowhammer!
We can't get over the colour of this male Yellowhammer.
Does it glow in the dark?
Our bright Yellowhammer male looks like he swooped over the site towards camera (no sign of legs not yet retracted from a launch).
This Barn Owl visited the post for about 10 minutes from. Unexpectedly the owl left and returned within a minute (we have a frame of the empty post) and because we never see the right legs before the break are not SURE that it wasn't a change over between the two Barn Owls, but it was probably the same owl.
We include this view because we don't remember ever having seen the Barn Owl's double barred tail quite so clearly.
This looks like the Barn Owl is about to launch - it is the last of the set. The feathers are nicely separated and the tail is also spread.
A male Mallard duck drops down into the Round pond, disappearing for us behind the trees.
The male Mallard ducks now hang around in small groups, probably in the hope of waylaying a female. Here they watched us approaching the pond and almost simultaneously decided to leave.
Its the colour of the tail of this Bluetit that caught our attention, but the top of the head is similar. Colours as found - not enhanced.
We keep seeing this vivid Bluetit at various ground level sites. Colours as found - not enhanced.
We only occasionally see Blackcaps, so are particularly pleased to see
what is probably a 'pair' on adjacent twigs.
Although this is a montage of two frames (each with 1 bird properly sharp) this is what we saw and the spacing is accurate .
This buzzard was flying low over a pasture to our south, with a Rook harassing the Buzzard enough for it to show beak and claws for a moment.
The same buzzard now leaving the rook behind wings its way over a tapestry of golden flower (Oil-seed Rape) with a pair of sprayer tractor ruts cutting through the field.
The male of this pair of Mallard ducks was following (or chasing!) the female on the right. We can't determine the accurate movement per frame, but read the action top left to bottom right.
A Song thrush with a worm - its is not eating it so it must be for the brood.
A female Blackbird with another worm - it is not eating it so it must be for her brood.
A Female chaffinch blurring her wings to attractive effect.
Robin and Dunnock disputing the right to occupy the site!
A Great Tit with a beakful of hair.
Its a long story, but we had a dead badger (Road kill) at this site for a few days hoping to see what came to take it away, but whatever moved it didn't break the camera trigger beam, & dragged it about 15 metres before leaving it. We think the Great Tit has found some of the poor things fur stuck to the ground.
Return to image of the day
Newer page of archive Older page of archive