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30 Nov 2015

Each year since 2012 this black-billed variant of the resident yellow-billed male Blackbird arrives to swell our population. This is the first we have noticed this year.

Ref: E63_20150928_0719_001_FB1 Blackbird male with black beak (first sighting this season).jpg

29 Nov 2015

Lily seed heads make a fascinating pattern full of small 'pills' of the seeds in little stacks amid the tangled dehydrated pods

Ref: DF3_20150929_1230_045 Lily seed head (crop).jpg

28 Nov 2015

The height of the sun and the ice clouds made a lovely bright and colourful Sundog to the right of the evening sun

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The height of the sun and the ice clouds made a lovely bright and colourful Sundog to the right of the evening sun As the ice clouds slowly move through the sky position required for sundog, the pattern changes. Only a very faint Sundog appeared symmetrically to the left of the sun.

Ref: DF3_20150928_1754_040 Sundog with vivid colours to right of sun (crop).jpg

27 Nov 2015

24 hours apart to the minute, a male (right) and then female (left) Chaffinch landed at almost identical places on the left of the tree-stump. The male 'volunteered' to be mirror imaged for artistic effect and he appears on the right.

Ref: D36_20150929_1347_061+20150928_1347_009_FB4 Chaffinch female and male (mirror image) (montage).jpg

26 Nov 2015

We struggled out of bed in the early hours for these images of the total eclipse of the moon at perigee (called the 'Blood Moon' in the press). By 6 a.m. fog had descended.
Top left to right, Bottom left to right:-

  1. DF4_20150927_1912_008 Sunday 19:12 Shortly after Moonrise
  2. DF4_20150927_2013_016 Sunday 20:13 Higher in sky at normal colour
  3. DF4_20150928_0215_031 Monday 02:15 Start of Eclipse Shadow
  4. DF4_20150928_0250_057 Monday 02:50 Moon mostly in shadow
  5. DF4_20150928_0302_089 Monday 03:02 Moon mostly in shadow (higher sensitivity)
  6. DF4_20150928_0318_110 Monday 03:18 Totality (at much higher sensitivity)

Ref: DF4_20150927_1912_008-20150928_0318_110 Moon total eclipse at perigee 28Sep2015 02+05+08+12+14+17 of 18 (montage).jpg

25 Nov 2015

On a cold mid-day these two Comma butterflies were almost torpid on this blackberry clump. The insect on the left is facing us, and the one on the right is showing the wings lit from the underside.

Ref: DF3_20150926_1352_205 2 Comma Butterflies largely torpid on Blackberry cluster (crop).jpg

On a cold mid-day these two Comma butterflies were almost torpid on this blackberry clump. This is the insect with it's wings closed, and even though apparently torpid, the proboscis was in the fruit looking for juice.

Ref: DF3_20150926_1353_214 2 Comma Butterflies largely torpid on Blackberry cluster (crop 1).jpg

24 Nov 2015

Just a large plant pot saucer and a few stones has made this 'bird bath' a great hit with the smaller birds and the Squirrels. With so many ponds with graded edges there are plenty of places for birds of all sizes to bathe when not frozen. This trough just brings them close to camera. In the winter we put out an electrically heated tray but it is not very photogenic - just important for birds feather care on frozen days.

Ref: DF3_20150924_1201_042 Bluetit bathing in Plant Saucer (crop 1).jpg

23 Nov 2015

"Be my Love?"

Ref: E62_20150922_1929_100_FB5 2 Rabbit juveniles nose to nose.jpg

"This is MY carrot".
Note the broken whiskers on the left side (as we view it)

Ref: E62_20150923_1935_199_FB5 Rabbit youngster with some broken whiskers.jpg

A young rabbit nibbling at a piece of windfall Apple - leaving it white where the rest is still brown.

Ref: E62_20150918_2018_098_FB5 Rabbit youngster eating windfall apple.jpg

22 Nov 2015

A male Muntjac Deer chomping away at an early fallen Maple leaf. This image was taken using Infra-Red light by a 'Trail Cam'.

Ref: SW5_20150919_1725_104_SC2 Muntjac Deer male eating leaves.jpg

A few days later a better look at the male Muntjac Deer. You can see the left antler 'in velvet' partly hidden by the left ear, and the white speck along his mouth line is his tiny tusk which only the male of the species sports on each side.

Ref: E62_20150924_0330_217_FB5 Muntjac Deer male with antler in velvet.jpg

21 Nov 2015

After several attempt this Jackdaw finally sees off the Kestrel. We notice the Kestrel's claw lowering in the last 2 frames, but have no idea why.

Ref: DF3_20150920_1249_195-202 Kestrel and Jackdaw in flight 1-8 of 8 (close spaced montage).jpg

About 400m from us this Kestrel made a characteristic hunting hover, dropping down in stages on some hapless prey. We never saw what happened once below the hedge.

Ref: DF3_20150923_1101_026+032+040+043+049 Kestrel hovering and dropping down in stages against trees 01+02+04+07+12 of 12 (accurate montage).jpg

20 Nov 2015

The Swallows are now mostly simply passing over, rather than stopping for a feed, as they make their way back to Africa.

Ref: DF3_20150922_1742_090-095 Swallow in flight 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage).jpg

After hearing and glimpsing the departure of the Green Woodpecker for months we have finally caught an image of a juvenile lurking in a Lichen encrusted stem of a Willow tree.

Ref: DF3_20150922_1556_070 Green Woodpecker on vertical Willow stem (crop).jpg

19 Nov 2015

As the summer draws to a close, a dearth of Badgers is replaced by regular visits to 'fatten up' for the Winter's 'Sleep'. First on this comfortable dry night.

Ref: E64_20150917_2148_027_FB2 Badger (crop 1).jpg

As the summer draws to a close, a dearth of Badgers is replaced by regular visits to 'fatten up' for the Winter's 'Sleep'. This visit was on a wet night - we hope the fur isn't as uncomfortable as it looks.

Ref: E63_20150923_0356_190_FB1 Badger.jpg

18 Nov 2015

Not quite as dangerous as it looks, but similar focus for both Chaffinches suggests that they are only centimetres apart.

Ref: E63_20150919_1659_228_FB1 Chaffinch male on ground harassed by another diving by it (crop).jpg

17 Nov 2015

A few late Butterflies are gracing the plot - this one was by the side of the main pond enjoying the nectar from a Water Mint flower.

Ref: DF3_20150917_0945_011 Small White Butterfly feeding from Water Mint flower (crop).jpg

16 Nov 2015

2 visits by the leg-ringed Barn owl 10 minutes apart.
Birds normally land into the wind, so the night must have been particularly still to get 2 close spaced landing in opposite directions.

Ref: D01_20150922_0445_015_FB6 Barn Owl (right ring) 8m visit +10m absence + 2m visit (selected) 5 of 7 (crop landing face on).jpg

2 visits by the leg-ringed Barn owl 10 minutes apart.
Birds normally land into the wind, so the night must have been particularly still to get 2 close spaced landing in opposite directions.

Ref: D01_20150922_0428_004_FB6 Barn Owl (right ring) 8m visit+10m absence+2m visit (selected) 1 of 7 (crop of rear view landing).jpg

15 Nov 2015

Friday Saturday night saw 2 visits from the ringed Barn Owl - a few minutes, a quarter of an hour gap and then a quarter of an hour stay. This was the first arrival.

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This montage shows the second arrival at the top, with some sort of twig caught up in the feathers which it must have picked up between the visits. Bottom left is the last frame from the first visit, and bottom right is the last frame from the second visit, still caught up with the twig. We don't see any images of the bird struggling to get rid of the debris. We have just cut back the developing scrub and it seems likely that the Owl pursued some prey into the heaped debris a few metres from this post.

Ref: D01_20150919_0450_021+0506_023+0521_043_FB6 Barn owl (right ring) visits 6m then 16m with twig caught in feathers 05+04+12 of 12 (montage).jpg

14 Nov 2015

This cat making more unwelcome visits taking at least 2 prey items in one night. First it caught this fieldmouse (wood mouse) in one claw at the woodland site.

Ref: E64_20150915_0140_018_FB2 Cat domestic catching Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) (crop).jpg

20 minutes later cat was carrying away more prey at the hedge site. We have trouble identifying the prey. Although it is 2 a.m. it looks like a bird, and size and shape suggest a Wren. But it is 2 a.m.when the Wren should be safely tucked asleep.

Ref: E63_20150915_0158_057_FB1 Cat domestic with prey (Wren (q) at 0200 (q)) in mouth (crop).jpg

13 Nov 2015

An unusually broad contrail almost the width of the aircraft wings but with no emissions appearing from the engines. Pressure changes over and under the aerofoil and vortices behind it, mean the wings and tail (which produces a re-enforcing band in the centre) are undoubtedly responsible for the delayed effects half a plane length behind the wings, but life is too short for a thorough investigation.

Ref: DF3_20150913_1233_007 Airliner with unusual wing wide contrail & no stream from engines (crop).jpg

12 Nov 2015

The Indian Rope Tail Trick?
The tail does genuinely seem to be touching the clover leaf!

Ref: E62_20150910_2333_028_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping with tail vertically down to ground.jpg

11 Nov 2015

The Greenfinches have suddenly returned after the summer, this one making a not very accurate landing on the perch (dropping a bit short)

Ref: E60_20150910_1312_022_FB3 Greenfinch landing on perch.jpg

10 Nov 2015

An unusually clear image of a Robin flying to the peanut feeder. Robins are not very good at hanging feeders, but manage just fine at the big one sitting on the flat table just to the right of the frame.

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Our first sighting for months of a Greenfinch. We love the little 'trousers'.

Ref: E63_20150907_1834_022_FB1 Greenfinch.jpg

The same bird about minute later, the beakful now consumed but the feet not moved at all.

Ref: E63_20150907_1835_023_FB1 Greenfinch.jpg

09 Nov 2015

A few days after our first recent sighting of the cat under the hedge on the South boundary, here is hunting at 1:30 a.m. at the woodland site.
When we first saw this in thumbnail form we thought the potato and leaf stalk near bottom right was a mouse the cat was hunting!

Ref: E64_20150907_0133_126_FB2 Cat domestic.jpg

The mouse that got away (from the cat 2.5 hours earlier) nervously scanning the surroundings on hind legs.

Ref: E64_20150907_0411_130_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on hind legs looking over site.jpg

A Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on the lookout for the Owl / Cat / Fox?
The single light source flash makes an interesting shadow there for only a fleeting thousandth of a second or so.

Ref: E64_20150908_0419_030_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) upright to see over rotting wood (crop).jpg

08 Nov 2015

This year the Swallows chose our roof ridge as the preferred Swallow youngster feeding perch. This first montage (read this one Left to Right) shows an awkward delivery where the adult flew round and fed the youngster from over it's back.

Ref: DF3_20150906_1515_364-369 Swallow adult feeding youngster on roof ridge 1-6 of 7 (montage).jpg

As well as the roof ridge, the TV aerial got used once or twice as a Swallow feeding perch.

Ref: DF3_20150906_1517_399 Swallow adult feeding youngster on TV aerial 4 of 8 (crop).jpg

07 Nov 2015

Read this montage Right to Left.
The Swallow at the left edge is the disappointed sibling of the one that is fed.

Ref: DF3_20150906_1535_890-892 Swallow adult feeding youngster on roof ridge @7fps2-4 of 5 (montage).jpg

A hungry Swallow youngster on the roof ridge about to get a very direct meal from Mum or Dad.

Ref: DF3_20150906_1537_956 Swallow adult feeding youngster on roof ridge 4 of 8 (crop).jpg

06 Nov 2015

"Open Wide"
Don't both parent and chick have to trust one-another during feeding.

Ref: DF3_20150906_1545_086 Swallow adult feeding youngster on roof ridge 3 of 7 (crop).jpg

It looks like a Cranefly makes a meal in it's own right.
Read this montage Right to Left. The juvenile on the left is about 1 second after the feed and has closed its beak over the cranefly with the insects wings sticking out of either side of the beak.

Ref: DF3_20150906_1549_188+189+194 Swallow adult feeding youngster on roof ridge 3+4+9 of 9 (montage).jpg

05 Nov 2015

A Migrant Hawker Dragonfly insect catch in a last moment sweep upwards with legs formed into the 'net' they employ.
We started out assuming that the prey was fairly stationary in the air, and intending to montage as 3 images with separating bars, but it turned out that the wind was blowing them both along, so this is an accurate montage.

Ref: DF3_20150911_1456_504-406 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly veering upwards to catch insect 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage at 7fps).jpg

A Migrant Hawker Dragonfly warming himself in the weak sunshine. We love the light blue colour (Turquoise or Cyan according to taste).

Ref: DF3_20150910_1027_013 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male.jpg

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly turning in the air at just the distance that the camera was pre-set to.

Ref: DF3_20150911_1457_554-558 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female turning in flight 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

04 Nov 2015

A bit of sunshine and air temperature of about 19C or more bring out the Dragonflies. This male Southern Hawker was warming itself on a hedge.

Ref: DF3_20150906_1236_005 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male on Hedge.jpg

What seems to be a mint Leaf Beetle on a, err, Mint leaf.
It is about the size of a typical Ladybird.

Ref: DF3_20150906_1528_644 Mint Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina herbacea) on Mint leaf.jpg

03 Nov 2015

A Tawny Owl visited again, and this time the prize was a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse). The Owl spent about 9 minutes on the post, mostly looking at the FB5 photo site as we see here on the right.

Ref: D01_20150906_0431_011+0437+018_FB6 Tawny Owl on Meadow post for 9 mins before catching Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) at FB5 1+4 of 5 (montage).jpg

The Tawny Owl grabbing the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in a single foot.
He didn't return to the post this time to eat it. He may have eaten it right there (this camera doesn't repeat while the beam is blocked) or flown off with it.

Ref: E62_20150906_0439_165_FB5 Tawny Owl catching fieldmouse (wood mouse) (crop).jpg

02 Nov 2015

A Pair of Canada geese made a lovely pass to our North flying East, and then turned south to fly down our East boundary.

Ref: DF3_20150829_1047_144-146 Canada Goose pair flying low to NE 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg

Left to right each two birds are from a single frame, all accurately montaged. The birds mostly flew with their wings in synchrony.

Ref: DF3_20150829_1047_166-171 Canada Goose pair flying low to east 1-6 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg

This is an accurate montage of adjoining frames keeping just the birds right and left of the successive images so that one bird is shown wings up, and the other wings down to provide some detail

Ref: DF3_20150829_1047_169+170 Canada Goose pair flying low to east 4+5 of 7 (accurate montage to show both wing positions).jpg

01 Nov 2015

One of 'our' Tawny owls appeared first for just these 2 frames at the meadow post. The heap of food was unusually left unfinished by the evening diners. In the second frame the bird is staring intensely at the log of ground level site 5 (FB5) ...

Ref: D01_20150903_0154_018+0155_019_FB6 Tawny Owl catches & eats Vole (see catch at E62_20150903_0158_300) 1+2 of 11 (montage).jpg

The Tawny Owl swooped down from the post top onto this hapless Vole which has here just been caught in the Owl's talons.
The Owl's eyes look strange because many hunting birds cover their eyes with their Nictitating Membranes at moments when things 'might go wrong' in the same way that humans screw up their eyes when something nasty could happen. ...

Ref: E62_20150903_0158_300_FB5 Tawny Owl catching Vole (see also D01_20150903_0154_018-028_FB6) (crop).jpg

The Tawny Owl immediately flew back to the post and arrived back in the same minute with the prize. The post top is probably a more solid dining table than the rain soaked earth by the log. The bird spent the next 5 minutes or so ripping the Vole to pieces and swallowing the parts, leaving nothing of the vole to find next day.

Ref: D01_20150903_0155_020-0201_028_FB6 Tawny Owl catches & eats Vole (see E62_20150903_0158_300) 3-5+8+10+11 of 11 (montage).jpg



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