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30 Jun 2015

Mass Blossom never seems to impress in stills photos, so we have concentrated on a variety of blossoms on the same fruit tree after a rain shower.

Ref: P10_20150501_0940_451 Apple Blossoms opening.jpg

Mass Blossom never seems to impress in stills photos, so we have concentrated on a variety of blossoms on the same fruit tree after a rain shower.

Ref: P10_20150501_0940_462 Apple Blossoms (tight crop).jpg

Mass Blossom never seems to impress in stills photos, so we have concentrated on a variety of blossoms on the same fruit tree after a rain shower.

Ref: P10_20150506_1212_472 Apple Blossoms after short rain shower.jpg

Mass Blossom never seems to impress in stills photos, so we have concentrated on a variety of blossoms on the same fruit tree after a rain shower.

Ref: P10_20150506_1213_482 Apple Blossoms after short rain shower.jpg

29 Jun 2015

The Dunnock (near the camera) is the object of an attack by the Robin who has the Dunnocks left (near camera) wing in its beak and a claw across it's back, so the Dunnock is being pulled over towards the Robin. No sign of the struggle next day (no feathers scattered about) so we guess the Dunnock made a safe getaway and won't get so close to the robin next time.

Ref: E63_20150504_1842_025_FB1 Robin attacking Dunnock on ground with wing in beak and claw over back (crop).jpg

Intercept Course?
We think this Robin was giving the male Chaffinch a very definite 'go away' signal. We don't know what happened next.

Ref: E60_20150502_0939_072_FB3 Robin and Chaffinch male in-flight confrontation (crop).jpg

28 Jun 2015

We see Orange-tip butterflies on most outings at the moment when the sun is out. It is usually the males we see because they are out 'hunting' for females and only they have the bright orange tips. But we see the odd female so the males are presumably not left disappointed.

Ref: DF3_20150505_1213_080 Orange-tip Butterfly male on Nettle leaf.jpg

Orange-tip butterflies are restless little souls who hardly ever stop their erratic flight. But they do need to refuel sometimes - this one on the Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower). The red wing tip appear only on the males, but the intricate green tracery (you can't see here) on the other side of the wing decorates both sexes.

Ref: DF3_20150501_1240_165 Orange-tip Butterfly male on Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flower.jpg

27 Jun 2015

The posts supporting about 100 Lombardy Poplars along the farm road are starting to get used by the wildlife. We caught this robin stopping off for a moment presumably on his way back to the nest. Talk about 'overloaded'.

Ref: DF3_20150504_0944_009 Robin on tree stake with 3 different caterpillars held by beak (crop 2).jpg

A Robin with a caterpillar in the beak. We are seeing Robins all round the site collecting insects & grubs.
Youngsters to feed already we think.

Ref: E62_20150504_1741_017_FB5 Robin with caterpillar in beak.jpg

26 Jun 2015

This Bluetit landed in a pool of sunlight that the cameraman couldn't resist!

Ref: DF3_20150501_1803_245 Bluetit on side of vertical hedge stem (crop).jpg

25 Jun 2015

A Sparrowhawk appearing quickly drew the attention of 2 Jackdaws who made the bird feel really unwelcome. Read this as sets of 3 birds, top left across to the right, and then bottom left across to the right. By the end of the sequence the Sparrowhawk is flying straight up. Each row is constant elevation but spread out to the right.

Ref: DF3_20150501_1754_198-205 Sparrowhawk being attacked by 2 Jackdaws 1-8 of 8 (Top left to right + bottom left to right vertically accurate mirrored montage @7fps).jpg

24 Jun 2015

This Red Kite flew by quite close to us and we captured these 4 images about a half second apart. The bland sky gives us no way to recreate the positions accurately so they are much too close.

Ref: DF3_20150501_1218_069+072+075+076 Red Kite circling quite low (discontinuous) 01-04 of 18 (montage).jpg

As the Red Kite circled it moved against some cloud edges, allowing us an accurate montage at 5 fps giving a better idea of flight speed.

Ref: DF3_20150501_1218_117-119 Red Kite circling quite low (discontinuous) 15-17 of 18 (accurate montage @5fps).jpg

23 Jun 2015

After several weeks absence of any owls, this Tawny owl made at least 3 visits over about 30 minutes. We were lucky enough to get an image of the bird departing.
And it is only luck - the IR sensors don't react fast enough on re-acquisition of signal to use as a trigger. We take a photo every 45 seconds while the beam stays broken, and we just got lucky.

Ref: D01_20150502_0105_008+0031_007+0106_010_FB6 Tawny Owl visiting 3 times in an hour 4+3+6 of 7 (montage).jpg

22 Jun 2015

Stomp - stomp - stomp.
A Moorhen's big feet don't make for elegance on land! The sound of the stomp is all in our imagination.

Ref: E63_20150429_1735_086_FB1 Moorhen.jpg

21 Jun 2015

"I want your catch!"
Arriving at our South boundary we immediately spotted 2 distant Kestrels swooping around each other at high speed. The bird behind was shrieking at the bird in front, who we only later discovered was carrying a rodent clutched in it's claws pulled tightly to the bird's body.

Ref: DF3_20150428_1216_311 2 Kestrels in flight skirmishing for prey one has in claws 14 of 47 (crop).jpg

The chasing bird eventually gave up the chase, and the other flew our way which gave us the chance of a image showing the bird and prey more clearly, even if against the bright sky towards the sun.

Ref: DF3_20150428_1218_371 2 Kestrels in flight skirmishing for prey one has in claws 19 of 47 (crop).jpg

20 Jun 2015

About a minute later the bird appeared from nowhere (i.e. we were not watching the right place!) and crashed down onto the top of the hedge along the bridleway. Several Jackdaws promptly surrounded the Kestrel and the whole scene went static for a minute or two before one of the Jackdaws flew at the Kestrel which made a vertical Ascent. The bottom of this montage is of the static scene with 4 of the Jackdaws on the hedge, and then the kestrel rising and twisting to face the camera. We have not managed to include all of the Jackdaws in flight which overlapped each other and the Kestrel.

Ref: DF3_20150428_1212_141+148-154 Kestrel on hedge top after attack is mobbed by several Jackdaws and flies away 08+13-19 of 47 (accurate montage).jpg

The kestrel then gained speed by diving down to skim along the bridleway path, persued by a hoard of Jackdaws who soon gave up the unequal chase.

Ref: DF3_20150428_1212_167-175 Kestrel on hedge top after attack is mobbed by several Jackdaws and flies away 32-40 of 47 alternate frames (accurate montage).jpg

19 Jun 2015

After a week of two with hardly a sighting of a Kestrel, we had one 8 minute frenzy with at least 2 Kestrels to North and South.
We first spotted this kestrel on the crossbar of the power poles leaning forward in expectation. It suddenly launched downwards and left to start hovering much near the ground. Here is a distant view of the whole swoop down and slowing to hover before the bird vanished behind trees.

Ref: DF3_20150428_1210_099-118 Kestrel launching from 11kV crossbar and dropping down into hover 02-20 of 20 (accurate montage).jpg

A closer look at the start of the montage.

Ref: DF3_20150428_1210_099-106 Kestrel launching from 11kV crossbar and dropping down into hover 02-09 of 20 (accurate montage crop 1).jpg

A closer look at the end of the montage.

Ref: DF3_20150428_1210_099-118 Kestrel launching from 11kV crossbar and dropping down into hover 02-20 of 20 (accurate montage crop 2).jpg

18 Jun 2015

The hole into the loft space used each year by Starlings is again in use. We have not worked out whether one or two families have taken the Penthouse apartment this year, and the birds seem atypically intolerant of our presence even 30 metres away. This bird did not seem to be carrying any load this time, spotted us and left without going through the hole. So we are mostly leaving them to 'do their thing' un-disturbed this year.

Ref: DF3_20150428_0940_043-045 Starling flying to hole into loft 1-3 of 4 (accurate montage).jpg

17 Jun 2015

We don't see many Green-veined White Butterflies. This one was by the edge of our concrete access track on the inevitable nettles.

Ref: DF3_20150427_1037_009 Green-veined White Butterfly on Nettle Leaf.jpg

16 Jun 2015

If this leap was from the tree branch about 3 metres above the image would be movement blurred even in the 1/1000 sec flash. So this must be the end of a more moderate leap from the ground.

Ref: E64_20150423_2256_024_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) about to land from leap (crop).jpg

15 Jun 2015

We can only guess why this Blue tit spent several minutes fluttering it's wings in the hedge outside the living room window. We couldn't hear any calling (although through double glazing) or see any other bird. At one point the bird landed on the Windowsill and pecked the glass, so perhaps it was displaying to it's reflection.

Ref: DF3_20150425_1235_517 Bluetit fluttering wings in hedge outside living room window for several minutes 1 of 5 (crop).jpg

4 more images from the Bluetit's excited behaviour outside our living room window.

Ref: DF3_20150425_1235_520-1238_581 Bluetit fluttering wings in hedge outside living room window for several minutes 2-5 of 5 (montage).jpg

14 Jun 2015

The Blackthorn blossom has been exceptionally gorgeous this year. This is the overgrowth of the boundary hedge to our west.

Ref: DF3_20150423_1813_157 Blackthorn Blossom (crop 2).jpg

13 Jun 2015

An unusual juxtaposition of Robin and Bluetit.
The legs of the Bluetit are well spread as if it was climbing up the side of the trunk.
We have no idea what happened next!

Ref: D36_20150424_1122_058_FB4 Robin on top of tree-stump with Bluetit hanging on side (crop).jpg

12 Jun 2015

The first nest in the ivy by a pair of wrens was completely smothered by a pair of Blackbirds building their own nest on top of it.
Now a pair of Wrens (maybe the same pair) have built a nest just visible from inside the house at the top corner of the living room window in the same overhanging ivy. During the build the birds sometimes paused in the hedge outside long enough for us to grab an image in the early morning sunshine. Here a wad of moss from the edge of the pond is joining many other beakfuls already delivered.

Ref: DF3_20150422_0853_349 Wren carrying moss to nest by living-room window (crop).jpg

11 Jun 2015

Our old friend the gap-winged Buzzard had a brief fly-by, of which this is an impression

Ref: DF3_20150421_1518_301-305 Buzzard circling overhead 1-5 of 5 (close spaced impression montage).jpg

We were thrilled to get a continuous unbroken sequence of 67 images of buzzard circling in front of us & then flying away. But trying to turn this into an accurate representation turned out to be a frustrating and argumentative session when image overlaps and alignments just didn't work against areas of bland sky. So here are 2 segments of the action - the fist 10 of these are accurately montaged at 5 fps, but the remainder are mostly guesswork and memory.

Ref: DF3_20150422_1742_442-459 Buzzard flying nearly complete circle & flying away @5fps 31-48 of 67 (first 10 accurate montage).jpg

The featureless background of this twisting and turning Buzzard means we just show you the twists and turns as it turned to depart. The gaps between the images of the bird is about half what it probably was.

Ref: DF3_20150422_1742_465-472 Buzzard flying nearly complete circle & flying away @5fps 54-61 of 67 (compact montage).jpg

10 Jun 2015

Several badger appearances this week, along with a series of badger latrines along our East inner boundary path we have to step round as we walk along. This Badger was at the open site.

Ref: E62_20150416_2332_040_FB5 Badger.jpg

Several badger appearances this week, along with a series of badger latrines along our East inner boundary path we have to step round as we walk along. This Badger was at the woodland site, and markings suggest that it is a different individual.

Ref: E64_20150420_0037_112_FB2 Badger.jpg

09 Jun 2015

Our first Speckled Wood Butterfly of the year. They overwinter in Chrysalis form to emerge in Spring, unlike Peacock, Tortoiseshell & Brimstone butterflies that overwinter as adults, and can wake up very tatty and bleached.

Ref: DF3_20150418_1454_295 Speckled Wood Butterfly recently emerged from Chrysalis.jpg

An unusually tidy Tortoiseshell butterfly, for an over-wintered individual, on a piece of rotting wood. The wings are at about a right angle to one another so look foreshortened in this top view. We have been surprised by how much dead wood we get from such a young wood - several trees have died for no easily determined reason (and others from known 'plagues') though most are fine. Unless there is risk to creatures, fences, ponds or adjacent plants we tend to leave them as they become 'insect cafes' for many species. If we have to cut them we add them to wood-piles all over the site for the same purpose.

Ref: DF3_20150421_1213_232 Tortoiseshell Butterfly perched on dead wood with wings at about 45 degrees.jpg

08 Jun 2015

We think we have 2 or 3 Song thrush territories, one around the house, another around our South boundary, and a third at the south edge of the woodland. This one is singing in a conifer by the garage both 'inherited' with the house.

Ref: DF3_20150417_0717_169+170 Song Thrush singing in Conifer 4+5 of 7 (montage).jpg

The same Song Thrush showing us the inside of his open beak as he sings his little heart out.

Ref: DF3_20150417_0717_177 Song Thrush singing in Conifer 7 of 7 (crop).jpg

07 Jun 2015

A female Kestrel was hunting by hovering in a moderate wind. Here we caught her diving on some prey on the other side of the hedge. We waited a few minutes but did not see her again, so don't know whether the stoop was successful. The speed up indicated by the widening gaps is accurate, but the proper gap between the top bird and the stoop is unknown.

Ref: DF3_20150420_1347_020+026-031 Kestrel female diving behind hedge @7fps 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg

This male Kestrel has taken to sometimes hunting in a circuit with our patch in it. As usual such birds like posts as convenient hunting perches. Here on the remaining concrete electricity pole quite close to the house while we were only 15 metres away or so.

Ref: DF3_20150416_1543_114 Kestrel male on top of concrete electricity pole (crop).jpg

06 Jun 2015

Skylark rising - 3 frames at 7 fps shows the little guy climbing into the blue. There seem to be several pairs in the crop to our east.

Ref: DF3_20150416_1054_041-043 Skylark climbing in flight 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Skylarks were chasing around in pairs over the crop. This is a single frame, the only sharp one of this activity. The bird behind has his beak open so may be calling, but we didn't hear anything.

Ref: DF3_20150421_0857_145 Skylark pair flying low over crop (single frame adjusted crop).jpg

For once an ACCURATE montage of a Skylark where we have the distant trees to use for alignment. Here he is taken at about 7 fps and drifting in the wind.

Ref: DF3_20150421_0902_189-194 Skylark flying against distant treetops 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage 2).jpg

05 Jun 2015

A Heron made a 300 metre flight over the farmers crop at low level - perhaps 1 to 2 metres above the crop. The majesty of the birds progress particularly impressed us. This is an accurate montage at 7fps

Ref: DF3_20150415_1505_350-354 Heron in flight over crop 03-07 of 16 (accurate montage).jpg

With the focus locked at the first exposure it is necessary to pause and re-focus regularly when the birds distance changes. This picks up the flight as the Heron moves past.

Ref: DF3_20150415_1505_367-373 Heron in flight over crop 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

This is a closer view of the 3rd image from the right in the previous montage. All of the originals are of similar quality. Individual frames or the montage at camera resolution are available for the asking.

Ref: DF3_20150415_1505_369 Heron in flight over crop 3 of 7 (crop 1).jpg

04 Jun 2015

The pair of Robins at this site billing and cooing (or whatever Robins do) photo-bombed by the much closer Wood Pigeon. Genuine unaltered frame.

Ref: E62_20150413_1805_016_FB5 Courting Robins photo-bombed by Wood Pigeon (crop).jpg

A pleasing juxtaposition of Robin and Cherry Blossom.
We are sure the Robin is indifferent to the beauty, but we are not.

Ref: DF3_20150416_0727_485 Robin with Cherry Blossom.jpg

03 Jun 2015

The rabbits have missed this Snake-head Fritillary! The camera is near the ground looking up into the flower on the bank of a pond.

Ref: P10_20150415_1534_400 Snakes-head fritillary on bank of Duck shaped pond (crop).jpg

Cherry Blossom is beautiful en-masse on the trees, and a closer look at the individual flowers does not disappoint.

Ref: P10_20150406_1557_366 Cherry Blossom NE of Duck shaped pond (crop 1).jpg

02 Jun 2015

A Bee-fly with characteristic long straight Proboscis hovering perhaps 2.5 metres up over the rough meadow grass. The brown pattern on the wings almost looks 'painted' on with brush streaks, but has not been 'fiddled' with.
Manual exposure 1/4000Sec F7 170mm (not allowing for 1.4x teleconverter) 2500 ISO

Ref: DF3_20150415_1501_331 Bee-fly hovering 3 of 3 (crop).jpg

01 Jun 2015

A Little Egret flew around the brook and eventually came to land in a field occupied by Ewes and their lambs. Unfortunately the bird landed a bit to the left at a place hidden by trees.
The bird is accurately montaged at about 7 fps but the 3 sheep bottom right have been moved left a little for a better effect.

Ref: DF3_20150413_1741_057-062 Little Egret flying over field of Sheep & Lambs 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage adjusted).jpg



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