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31 Oct 2014

Fieldmice (Wood Mice) apparently understand that rabbits are not a threat to them.

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Fieldmice (Wood Mice) apparently understand that rabbits are not a threat to them. This chance moment caught the fieldmouse (wood mouse) leaping by the oblivious rabbit.

Ref: E62_20140817_2207_277_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping alongside rabbit (crop).jpg

30 Oct 2014

Now the Dragonflies are about, so is the Hobby - a specialist Dragonfly predator. We love the gentle twist of this unbroken sequence. With no clouds to accurately space the images they are undoubtedly much too close.

Ref: DF2_20140819_1330_693-698 Hobby in flight 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg

A better view of the second image from montage of the hobby in flight.

Ref: DF2_20140819_1330_694 Hobby in flight 2 of 6 (crop).jpg

A Common Darter (on the menu for the Hobby!) flying close to the water. Horizontally spread for clarity.

Ref: DF2_20140820_1207_028-030 Common Darter Dragonfly flying close to water surface @ 7fps 1-3 of 3 (Spread montage).jpg

29 Oct 2014

Now there's what we find a spectacular sight - Magpie with feathers spread out to enjoy patterning and colours on the 'black and white' bird.

Ref: D36_20140818_1948_047_FB4 Magpie reaching down tree-stump (crop).jpg

28 Oct 2014

Enjoy the spread of tail feather as this juvenile blackbird regains balance after landing.

Ref: E63_20140817_0617_304_FB1 Blackbird juvenile landed with tail still spread.jpg

A male Blackbird with a black beak. We have seen a few of these in the last couple of years as they arrive around August-September.

Ref: E63_20140816_1928_287_FB1 Blackbird male with black beak.jpg

27 Oct 2014

Whee! - are there style marks for leg positions during the fieldmouse (wood mouse) leaping championships like there are in Ski Jumping?

Ref: E62_20140816_0051_121_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping toward camera with front paws touching.jpg

"Mine - all Mine!"

Ref: E62_20140816_2137_158_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping away dragging large chunk of carrot.jpg

After a couple of years mostly free of domestic cats, this Black cat has started regular hunting here. In this case a successful catch of a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) we would rather have been caught by an Owl or Fox.

Ref: E63_20140819_2145_177_FB1 Domestic cat with caught Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in mouth (crop).jpg

26 Oct 2014

Out in the sunshine this Southern Hawker seemed at the time to be making a sharp turn in flight as appears here. But we were surprised when building this montage that all 3 images overlaid one another when aligned against the background. So it was in fact turning in a hover - probably against the North-West breeze that has been dominating the last few days. So we considered 3 separated frames but decided to show you what we thought we saw!

Ref: DF2_20140815_1405_137-139 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male turning in flight 1-3 of 4 (impression montage).jpg

A Common Darter Dragonfly landing on a pondweed encrusted twig. The right hand image is moved right - it was making a more vertical landing than appears here.

Ref: DF2_20140818_1245_487+489- Common Darter Dragonfly male landing on stick 1+3 of 3 (adjusted montage).jpg

25 Oct 2014

A pair of large White Butterflies mating on some dead foliage.

Ref: DF2_20140814_1416_037 Large White Butterflies mating (crop).jpg

24 Oct 2014

The male Brown Argus is a small Butterfly here enjoying some nectar from a clover flower.

Ref: DF2_20140814_1417_056 Brown Argus Butterfly male feeding on Clover (crop).jpg

Another view of the same Brown Argus butterfly, this time with his wings more open and you can see his blacked curved proboscis searching out the sweetness.

Ref: DF2_20140814_1418_073 Brown Argus Butterfly male feeding on Clover (crop).jpg

23 Oct 2014

We have stopped deliberately photographing bats at night with flash, but if they fly through a static beam break in the middle of a wood we are not going to waste the image.
This might be a Natterer's Bat, but we are not known for our skill in these matters!

Ref: D36_20140817_0442_117_FB4 Natterers (q) Bat in flight by tree-stump (crop).jpg

22 Oct 2014

This stretch of concrete is a frequent haunt of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies, and the just cut back hedge provides some well lit perching places in the morning. This is a male.

Ref: DF2_20140813_1048_126 migrant Hawker Dragonfly male perched on freshly cut Hawthorn.jpg

Another view of the same male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly on the same perch.

Ref: DF2_20140813_1049_134 migrant Hawker Dragonfly male perched on freshly cut Hawthorn.jpg

A couple of hours later a female Migrant Hawker dragonfly was hunting back and forth over the warm concrete, and we got this unexpectedly sharp image as she glided by.

Ref: DF2_20140813_1231_215 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female immature in flight 1 of 5 (crop).jpg

21 Oct 2014

After a fortnights absence this Tawny Owl spent about 15 minutes surveying the world from the top of the post in the 'wee small hours'. These are sequenced for effect rather than time ordered.

Ref: D01_20140815_0324_010+0328_014+0321_007+0318_004 Tawny Owl on post top for 15 minutes (montage).jpg

20 Oct 2014

A somewhat atypical Southern Hawker Dragonfly that was patrolling this pond from mostly in the shade, turning as each end of his flight took him out into the sunshine. Except in very hot weather (which this wasn't) dragonflies here normally stick to the sunny patches. This first is 1 second of flight. The visual impression of 'instant' change of direction reflects the reality!

Ref: DF2_20140809_1554_382-386+388-390 Southern Hawker Dragonfly in flight turning & flying back 1-5+7-9 of 9 (approx montage).jpg

The Southern Hawker Dragonfly making another quick turn - all this in half a second.

Ref: DF2_20140809_1555_430-433 Southern Hawker Dragonfly in flight turning & flying back 01-04 of 11 (montage @ 7fps).jpg

This Southern Hawker Dragonfly landed in a hedge close to us where we grabbed this image before it flew on.

Ref: DF2_20140811_1446_004 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male hanging from hawthorn.jpg

19 Oct 2014

This is the Common Darter dragonfly, perched above a Hop sedge cluster of seed heads. Look at the subtle colouration.

Ref: DF2_20140808_1019_165 Common Darter Dragonfly perched on hop sedge (crop 2).jpg

18 Oct 2014

We love the colour of Dock seed heads, and we suspect that Migrant Hawker Dragonflies may be attracted to brown to perch on, being a good camouflage colour for them.

Ref: DF2_20140808_1014_132 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male hanging from Dock seed head (crop).jpg

Next day we saw this female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly land on the now spent flower of the Buddleia.

Ref: DF2_20140809_1540_334 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female hanging on Buddleia seed head (crop).jpg

17 Oct 2014

For a couple of weeks this Buzzard spent a lot of time perched on the Crossbars of the 11KV overhead cable. On this afternoon the bird flew from this nearer crossbar down into the stubble of the recently harvested Oil-seed.

Ref: DF2_20140807_1522_005-014 Buzzard take-off from 11KV pole crossbar @7fps 01+02+04+06-10 of 11 (montage).jpg

The bird stayed on the stubble for about a minute, not obviously catching anything (but we may have missed it), and then took off back towards the high voltage poles.

Ref: DF2_20140807_1523_070-081 Buzzard take-off from stubble of Oil-seed rape in field to East 01-02+04+06+08+10_12 of 13 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

The bird landed on the crossbar of the pole next one down (say 100m further from us) but his head was hidden by the nearer wire. When paying more attention the head came up and we got this shot 8 minutes later. We never see Buzzards perching even on the heavy gauge cables - we guess that the birds are just too heavy and feet too big to comfortably grip a cable.

Ref: DF2_20140807_1531_117 Buzzard on more distant crossbar after flying from ground.jpg

16 Oct 2014

There are now many sites where we find scattered remains of snail shells broken on slabs of stone, drain covers and corrugated iron. We must have quite a few young Song Thrushes - and possibly now not so many slugs and snails!

Ref: E64_20140805_0558_052_FB2 Song Thrush juvenile landing on log.jpg

15 Oct 2014

Mother Mallard is now shepherding around 6 of her original 8 youngsters. Here they are plunging to feed on weed and corn while mother stands motionless on the bank. The 2 moorhen juveniles are partly hidden bottom right - too many ducks to chase away!

Ref: D5C_20140806_1326_073 Mallard duck mother and 6 juveniles + 2 Moorhen juveniles in main pond.jpg

3 Hours later we happened to be at the right place to see the Mallard family being marched back to the pond on the other side of the brook where they must be spending most of their time.

Ref: DF2_20140806_1619_038 Mallard duck mother and 6 juveniles crossing Farm track entrance (crop).jpg

14 Oct 2014

Nothing half-hearted here between these squabbling fieldmice (wood mice).

Ref: E62_20140802_2214_124_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) fighting.jpg

This may LOOK like one of our montages of a single mouse, but this was 3 very similar looking individuals leaving the site with some urgency.

Ref: E62_20140803_0247_173_FB5 3 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) running and leaping left.jpg

After the fighting and running - some time for affection.

Ref: E62_20140803_0334_190_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) canoodling (q).jpg

13 Oct 2014

The Rabbit may be the farmer scourge, but we can't help but admire the mobile ears independently 'focussing' on sounds from different directions.

Ref: P02_20140804_1134_539+1335_545+548 Rabbit juvenile with various ear positions (montage).jpg

12 Oct 2014

When we walk down the meadow path little flakes of sky (thank you Magritte for popularising the notion) flutter away from us, never reaching higher than about a metre from the ground. Only the male Common Blue butterfly has the blue top to the wings.

Ref: DF2_20140730_1231_011 Common Blue butterfly male feeding on clover flower.jpg

The female Common Blue butterfly has brown tops to her wings with a 'dashing' orange border the male does without. As you can see the species is very fond of feeding on ground level clover flowers that spring up after mowing.

Ref: DF2_20140730_1111_002 Common Blue butterfly female feeding on clover flower.jpg

11 Oct 2014

"Clang - Clang - Clang"
"What on earths that" we said.
Through a gap in the trees we saw this Song Thrush beating a snail against the corrugated iron (placed to attract amphibians and snakes). Of well over 60 frames taken these 2 seem to catch the moment. On the left the top of the arc before swinging the snail down onto the metal, and 50 frames later (so maybe 10 seconds later) the now destroyed shell and the bird extracting the 'good bit'.

Ref: DF2_20140729_1241_082+131 Song Thrush Breaking open snail on corrugated iron sheet (selected) 2+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

When the bird has gone we found the remains of the shell middle right, and a few fragments on the edge of the corrugated iron.

Ref: DF2_20140729_1242_175 Snail shell just opened by Song Thrush.jpg

10 Oct 2014

Ouch - Ouch - Ouch.
By tactic or accident the right hand squirrel is on it's back making good use of the claws for defence. This is no love-in but a serious punch-up scratch-up.
We don't really know which Squirrel is winning - the upright one is more stable but the one on its back has 4 sets of claws plus teeth it can use :-(

Ref: E64_20140930_1831_056_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels fighting with one on its back.jpg

09 Oct 2014

The Muntjac Deer Fawn at the 'woodland' site.

Ref: E64_20140726_2131_109_FB2 Muntjac Deer mother and Fawn 2 of 3 (crop).jpg

1 minute later it has walked around and now mother can be seen in attendance.

Ref: E64_20140726_2132_110_FB2 Muntjac Deer mother and Fawn 3 of 3 (crop).jpg

The Muntjac Fawn looks rather wet, and this detail from the above shows the Fawn's chin splattered with Duckweed. We did see it slip into the water of the main pond on the CCTV one night, but can't definitely tie up the dates.

Ref: E64_20140726_2132_110_FB2 Muntjac Deer mother and Fawn 3 of 3 (detail of Duckweed).jpg

A Muntjac Deer, otherwise mostly out of frame, gives us an unusually clear view of the divided rear hoof. The Hoof prints Muntjac Deer leave in soft ground are very distinctive

Ref: E63_20140724_2029_066_FB1 Muntjac Deer showing detail of hoof (crop).jpg

08 Oct 2014

This young fox we call 'Scarface' for a now fading minor injury on the fox's muzzle. This fox made about 6 visit over 4 days

Ref: E62_20140725_0358_082_FB5 Fox (Scarface) (crop).jpg

This is an older animal than 'Scarface', and has more scars and a nick out of the right ear. This is the only pic of it - maybe the flash puts it off. The eyes are not as glossy, and it fits the 'cunning old fox' saying.

Ref: E62_20140727_2209_408_FB5 Fox (crop 1).jpg

07 Oct 2014

Hundreds of Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) images this week (mostly not very interesting as usual) they have started their huge show-off leaps again.

Ref: E62_20140724_2345_042_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) mid-leap over another.jpg

Showing off done - time for a little affection

Ref: E62_20140728_0142_477_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) Nuzzling (crop 1).jpg

06 Oct 2014

A Sparrowhawk made this (assumed) landing on the perch - the Talons don't look like they are preparing to grab something.

Ref: E60_20140725_0908_071_FB3 Sparrowhawk about to land on perch (crop 1).jpg

05 Oct 2014

A rather pretty, if parasitic, fly on Ragwort flowers.
Oh dear - we find flies pretty :-(

Ref: DF2_20140727_1218_174 Eriothrix rufomacilatas (q) parasitic flies on Ragwort.jpg

A painted Lady Butterfly feeding on a Teasel flower head.
"We didn't see one of those last year" we said.
We looked in our database and we found that it has been not 1 but 4 years - last recorded in 2009.

Ref: DF2_20140727_1242_199 Painted Lady Butterfly feeding on Teasel Flowers (1st of 2014 - not seen since 2009) (crop).jpg

04 Oct 2014

Our pond side Dragonfly perch was knocked downward by some visitor - maybe a bird trying to land on it - and we reinstalled it (i.e. pushed in into a fresh bit of pond side mud). Almost immediately this male Common Darter Dragonfly changed his lookout post to make use of the new facility.
If you have a pond, try it yourself - a stick 45cm to 60cm long stuck in the edge sloping up over the water. It will mostly likely be adopted quickly by any Darter Dragonfly that visits your pond. If you don't have a pond - make even a tiny one!

Ref: DF2_20140729_1214_015 Common Darter Dragonfly male on pond side twig (crop).jpg

03 Oct 2014

The young Bluetits often hang from thistle and other flowers to feed on them. This one was enjoying itself outside the conservatory, and we caught the moment of departure complete with a right claw full of thistle down it carries away.
"Great seed dispersal" the plant might say, if it could think.

Ref: DF2_20140726_1537_043+045+047 Bluetit juvenile hanging from thistle & leaving 1+3+5 of 6 (montage).jpg

02 Oct 2014

A 'lucky' couple of frames (where luck = 100s of frames trying!) of a migrant male Migrant Hawker flying by above us. The spacing is arbitrary.

Ref: DF2_20140726_1553_101+102 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

Another Migrant hawker sucking the juices from a prey item on the wing as they usually do, discarding the husk and wings when done.

Ref: DF2_20140726_1551_070+071 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly flying with prey in mouth 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

01 Oct 2014

Following the Tawny owl catching a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) the Tawny Owl visited in the 'early hours' of the following 2 nights, but without any repeat of the mouse catching moment in front of the camera ground level camera. The whole area is alive with mice and voles so it has plenty of choice. The second visit was actually a series of arrivals and departures over about an hour, taking 44 frames of which we like these the best ...

Ref: D01_20140730_0225_015-0327_055 Tawny Owl (Brown facial disc) selected from 44 frames over 1 hour (montage).jpg



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