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31 Oct 2015

The Ringed barn Owl has returned after months of absence, making a few minutes visit and moving around on the post top more than we are used to seeing.

Ref: D01_20150829_2315_018+2319_023+2317_021+2316_019_FB6 Barn Owl (right leg ring) visit for 6 mins (montage).jpg

30 Oct 2015

A Woody Nightshade with blossoms suggesting to us Japanese lanterns.
Looks delightful, but all parts of this plant are poisonous.

Ref: DA1_20150822_1407_375_FT1 Woody Nightshade with buds and open flowers (crop 1).jpg

This tiny moth only about a quarter of an inch long is on a Verbascum stem. This is a 'Micro-moth' of which there are over 1000 species in the UK along with almost that many normal (macro) sized moths.

Ref: DF3_20150828_1103_106 Moth Pyrausta aurata (typically 8mm long) on leaf of Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus).jpg

29 Oct 2015

A little friendly moment here we think between two fieldmice (wood mice) at around midnight.

Ref: E62_20150823_2327_323_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) face to face in clover.jpg

Just after midnight 3 days later a rather sweet series of Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) assignations over the log.

Ref: E62_20150827_0108_250+0436_298+0142_262_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) courting (montage).jpg

28 Oct 2015

The Hobby appeared again and gave us the chance of some more portraits. This is close to an accurate montage at 6 fps based on hazy clouds that don't show in this crop.

Ref: DF4_20150826_1517_170-173 Hobby in flight 02-05 of 18 (approx accurate montage).jpg

3 images of the Hobby in flight picked from a sequence.

Ref: DF4_20150826_1517_207+210+212 Hobby in flight (selected) 9+12+14 of 18 (montage).jpg

Images about 2/3 seconds apart closely spaced. The blurred small birds were the House Martins that happened to be hunting higher in the sky.

Ref: DF4_20150826_1517_225+229+233+237 Hobby in flight 04+08+12+16 of 16 (montage).jpg

27 Oct 2015

Our first House Martin sighting this year. The spacing is a third of the true flight speed at about 5fps.

Ref: DF4_20150826_1515_049+051+053+054 House Martin in flight 1+3+5+6 of 7 (close spaced montage).jpg

An unusual view (for us) of a Swallow showing the beautiful shimmer from the top of the wings.

Ref: DF4_20150826_1515_039+040 Swallow in flight showing top of wing 1-2 of 2 (close spaced montage).jpg

A Swift in flight climbing gracefully.

Ref: DF4_20150826_1516_092-097 Swift in flight 1-6 of 6 (close montage).jpg

26 Oct 2015

Sparrowhawk visits are normally ' whoosh by and gone'. But out on the disused farm track this one circled quite slowly a couple of times and gave us a chance for some photos.

Ref: DF3_20150827_1614_240+243+249+250 Sparrowhawk in flight turning head left and right 02+05+11+12 of 30 (compact montage).jpg

A single frame of the Sparrowhawk as it winged overhead

Ref: DF3_20150827_1614_274 Sparrowhawk in flight (crop).jpg

The Sparrowhawk flying into the a diagonal wind from the bird's front right. Based on the clouds this is an accurate montage.

Ref: DF3_20150827_1614_338-344 Sparrowhawk in flight 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg

25 Oct 2015

The summer invasion of young rabbits is upon us, all looking so innocent. This one has to be named 'Buttercup'.

Ref: E62_20150823_0026_226_FB5 Young Rabbit with Buttercup.jpg

Silly one to show you, but the chance symmetry of the Robin between the ears of the Rabbit tickled our fancy.

Ref: E63_20150821_0619_065_FB1 Rabbit youngster nibbling apple with robin visible between ears.jpg

24 Oct 2015

We have not seen many Tortoiseshell butterflies this year, but it was all we COULD find in the middle of this day. Here is a montage of two flights arranged to show both sides of the wings.

Ref: DA1_20150822_1306_332+1307_335+1331_356_FT1 Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in 2 flights + Water Mint (montage).jpg

23 Oct 2015

Perseverance sometimes brings its own 'luck' - here we caught this moment of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly just failing to catch an insect. Read the montage left to right, all of this taking about half a second:-

  1. Dragonfly starts the swerve toward the insect.
  2. Dragonfly starts to lower it's legs to make a catch net.
  3. Insect almost caught in net.
  4. Missed it. Oh well, there are thousands more to try for!

Ref: DF4_20150822_1811_407-410 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly circles to catch but drop insect 4-7 of 8 (accurate montage mirrored).jpg

The Dragonflies have arrived, and so predictably does the Hobby - a dragonfly catching specialist.

Ref: DF3_20150821_1537_028-030 Hobby in flight 1-3 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg

22 Oct 2015

This male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is one of the smaller Hawker Dragonflies (though still impressive perching on your hand) and is a delight to watch hunting.

Ref: DA1_20150822_1233_252_FT1 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight (crop).jpg

The Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is only interested in the flower as somewhere to perch while hunting over the pond!

Ref: DA1_20150822_1237_272+1331_357_FT1 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight + Water Mint (montage).jpg

21 Oct 2015

This is a male Southern Hawker viewed from below (i.e. flying vertically upwards). They often perch in a sun-warmed Blackberry hedge to warm up before starting their patrols over the ponds.

Ref: DA1_20150822_1212_201+1326_345_FT1 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male in flight from below + blackberry leaves (montage).jpg

The Southern Hawker Dragonfly nearly head on to camera. The maneuverability of these insects is amazing.

Ref: DA1_20150822_1216_227_FT1 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male in flight (crop).jpg

20 Oct 2015

This tiny (1.3cm long) very attractive Green Carpet Moth on our screen appears 3 or 4 times life size!

Ref: DA1_20150822_1046_116_FT1 Green Carpet Moth (13mm) moth in box (crop).jpg

A new sighting for us is this Pebble Prominent moth. This is two views of the same moth in different collecting boxes. In the second it was fluttering wings to warm up the flight muscles and we hoped for a launch, but it was content to out-stare us. Upon release it flew fine into a bush to wait in safety for the next night.

Ref: DA1_20150822_1053_128+1054_132_FT1 Pebble Prominent Moth in Box resting and with wings spread (montage).jpg

19 Oct 2015

The Blood-vein Moth doesn't really have a vein in the wing which is 'dead' tissue pumped up and then de-hydrated during the final emergence as a moth. But it is none the less striking for that. Read this sequence right to left.
The 2nd and 3rd images where taken about 150mS apart and accurately placed. The first image was another flight positioned for effect.

Ref: DA1_20150822_1019_046+1023_053-054_FT1 Blood-vein Moth in flight single+1-2 of 2 (montage).jpg

Here is the another Blood-vein individual. This one wouldn't fly until we released it, when it flew away just fine!

Ref: DA1_20150822_1035_079_FT1 Blood-vein Moth on Hawthorn twig (crop).jpg

18 Oct 2015

One of the more distinctive moths is this Magpie moth, also to be found hiding in hedges in the day. This is the view of the moth from the underside.

Ref: DA1_20150822_1001_022+1038_089_FT1 Magpie Moth in flight + Thistle flower (montage).jpg

Here you see the top of the Magpie moth - the markings are similar to those on the bottom of the wings, but the yellow streak only appears on the top.

Ref: DA1_20150822_1009_037+1039_098_FT1 Magpie Moth in flight + Great Willow Herb (montage).jpg

17 Oct 2015

Our first image of a Song Thrush for some time is this unusual moment of one of this year wild cherries looking like it will choke the bird, but is obviously completely normal fare.

Ref: E63_20150815_1815_307_FB1 Song Thrush with whole windfall cherry in beak (crop).jpg

90 minutes later at the same site what looks like the same Song Thrush with more traditional fare - a snail to smash open on the stone.

Ref: E63_20150815_1951_331_FB1 Song Thrush with snail in beak (crop).jpg

We found this smashed snail shell on the ground by the stone. Evidence found at the scene of the Song Thrush's 'crime'.

Ref: DF3_20150817_1748_021 Snail Shell broken by Song Thrush at FB1.jpg

16 Oct 2015

The male Brimstone butterfly feeding on a Teasel flower head.

Ref: DF3_20150816_1536_191 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding from teasel (crop).jpg

A Common Blue butterfly giving us a look at the top and bottom surfaces of all 4 wings.

Ref: DF3_20150816_1600_227 Common Blue Butterfly male on Teasel (crop).jpg

The markings on the bottom of the wings of the Common Blue butterfly are very intricate, and vary somewhat between the sexes.

Ref: DF3_20150816_1601_234 Common Blue Butterfly male on Teasel (crop).jpg

A Holly Blue butterfly resting on a leaf.

Ref: DF3_20150819_1108_066 Holly Blue Butterfly female.jpg

15 Oct 2015

This Bluetit had what looked like a wonderful time for a few minutes bathing in a Plant pot saucer kept fresh and including a variety of stones at one end that small birds can adjust their depth. Here the bird is flapping like mad producing a spray reaching several inches around.
In case you are 'lost' the birds beak is at the left just above the water.

Ref: DF3_20150816_1210_123 Bluetit bathing in Plant Saucer (selected) 04 of 13 (crop).jpg

A better view of the Bluetit shaking itself dry.

Ref: DF3_20150816_1210_143 Bluetit bathing in Plant Saucer (selected) 08 of 13 (crop).jpg

14 Oct 2015

A long flight well above the horizon and gradually losing height brought this Heron down to the pond across the brook. You can see the legs moving relative to the tail as landing becomes more imminent.

Ref: DF3_20150811_1628_092-101 Heron flying and aerobraking towards pond north of brook 01-10 of 10 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

13 Oct 2015

A female Blackbird not appreciating the arrival of a Dunnock.

Ref: E63_20150810_1923_086_FB1 Blackbird female threatening landing Dunnock.jpg

A slightly startled looking Rabbit on his hind legs

Ref: E63_20150808_0340_156_FB1 Rabbit on alert on hind legs.jpg

12 Oct 2015

We are seeing vastly more than usual numbers of Wrens this year all over the site. This one photographed through the conservatory windows had a good bath in a large plant saucer arranged with stones to provide a good footing for little birds, and one minute later moved to the edge of slabs under another window (the windows reach the ground) and proceeded to enjoy a dust bath.
If we tried this we would end up in a sticky muddy mess!

Ref: DF3_20150809_1753_025+028+1754_120+138 Wren bathing in water bowl & immediately dust bathing 2+3+7+9 of 9 (montage).jpg

11 Oct 2015

A Southern Hawker Dragonfly has at last made an appearance - as usual over the main pond. At 7 fps we caught this moment as this male was rising almost vertically.

Ref: DF3_20150808_1058_360-362 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male rising in flight @ 7fps 1-3 of 3 (adjusted montage).jpg

10 Oct 2015

Proboscis maneuvering to a new flower on this nearly spent Teasel, a painted Lady Butterfly replenishes the overnight fast.

Ref: DF3_20150807_0953_026 Painted Lady Butterfly moving proboscis between Teasel flowers.jpg

Not that common here (no rows of Brassicas for the 'girls' to lay on), is this Large White butterfly on one of the remaining thistle flowers.

Ref: DF3_20150808_1053_326 Large White Butterfly feeding on Thistle flower.jpg

A Holly Blue butterfly in a ramshackle bit of hedge. The inset shows the insect fluttering - the only time we could see the top of the wing beyond the edges. Only an occasional visitor here - once or twice some years, not at all others

Ref: DF3_20150809_1252_021+1251_012 Holly Blue Butterfly on Hawthorn leaf + insert in flight showing top of wing (montage).jpg

09 Oct 2015

A Fox looking for Supper ...
The preferred entrance is from the path on the other side of this hedge, and the way though has been trodden flat.

Ref: E63_20150731_0134_068_FB1 Fox (crop 1).jpg

08 Oct 2015

A wonderful bit of luck with the flyover of this Buzzard. Here are two close spaced celebration of the single flight.

Ref: DF3_20150803_1608_016-019 Buzzard Flyby (selected groups) 08-11 of 23 (contracted montage).jpg

We had hoped to use the vague cloud edges to make this an accurate montage, but just couldn't work out which edges were which, so made another 'impression' of the Buzzard flyover

Ref: DF3_20150803_1608_030-033 Buzzard Flyby 14-17 of 23 (contracted montage).jpg

07 Oct 2015

After a few weeks absence the Tawny Owl landed back to camera and stayed that way for 30 minutes, went away for 20 minutes, then returned for just 3 minutes for which this was the moment of re-arrival. The vegetation to the right is green teasel heads with their characteristic rings of florets.

Ref: D01_20150806_0319_060_FB6 Tawny Owl visit of 30m and this return after 20m for 3m (crop).jpg

We don't often see a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the ground level sites. This is a juvenile learning where to find food it likes, and where not. Judging by the red stain under the beak the bird may have been sampling fruits or berries from the site

Ref: E63_20150802_1801_299_FB1 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile.jpg

06 Oct 2015

A rather 'worn' Red admiral Butterfly could nevertheless fly well.

Ref: DA1_20150802_1413_512+1241_289_FT1 Red Admiral Butterfly in flight + Teasel head (montage).jpg

Here are images from 2 flights of a Comma Butterfly merged into an almost believable pair.
We take 3 frames in quick succession in this setup in the hope of at least one having something in it. Sometimes we get 2 successive frames we know are only about 200mS part and even we find it hard to believe the maneuverability.

Ref: DA1_20150802_1517_554+557_FT1 Comma Butterfly in 2 flights (montage).jpg

05 Oct 2015

A Ringlet Butterfly is a subtly beautiful creature we see a few of in most years.
tiny slit of wing was missing & it really spoilt the effect, so 'photoshopped' a small 'repair'.

Ref: DA1_20150802_1337_421+1241_284_FT1 Ringlet Butterfly in flight (wing damage patched) bottom view + Teasel head (montage).jpg

Our first sighting of a Painted Lady Butterfly this year, and in fact our first record at all since a large influx in 2009.

Ref: DA1_20150802_1352_467+1240+273_FT1 Painted Lady Butterfly in flight + Thistle flower (montage).jpg

04 Oct 2015

This male Brimstone Butterfly made several flights for us, but his tendency to fly very fast upwards made portraits difficult. Here we montage 2 flights to make an impression. The cut at the top was not an artistic choice!

Ref: DA1_20150802_1254_321+1255_324+1240_282_FT1 Brimstone butterfly male in 2 flights + Thistle flower (montage).jpg

We have always found Peacock butterflies really hard to photograph well - they always look brighter in real life than in a photo (film or digital). Certainly the bottom of the wing is very dark. Here is an in-flight impression, both images showing the colourful top side of the wings, and the almost black bottom

Ref: DA1_20150802_1314_390+1317_399_FT1 Peacock Butterfly in 2 flights (montage).jpg

03 Oct 2015

A plain Wave moth, we think, dwarfed by even this quite small teasel flower head.

Ref: DA1_20150802_1108_148+1236_262_FT1 Plain Wave (q) Moth in flight + Teasel head (montage).jpg

Another regular visitor is the Peppered moth - a study in the beauty of Black and White. An average sized moth, but stands out as we empty the moth trap.

Ref: DA1_20150802_1124_218+1235_246_FT1 Peppered Moth in flight + Great Willow Herb flowers (montage).jpg

While he rests between flights in a collecting box, we enjoyed this unusually good view of the male Peppered Moth's antennae he uses to 'sniff out' the girls.

Ref: DA1_20150802_1124_221_FT1 Peppered Moth in Box with clear view of male antennae (ID crop).jpg

02 Oct 2015

An 'underwing' moth - a type of moth with bright colours on the rear wing which are hidden when at rest by the forewing. The scheme is assumed to startle any attacker by the sudden flash of colour. We don't remember seeing this species before

Ref: DA1_20150802_1058_105+1235_256_FT1 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Moth in flight + Hawthorn twig (montage).jpg

The Large Yellow Underwing Moth is a regular visitor but usually a reluctant flyer. But this one made a few flights for us & here we montage moments from 2 flights.

Ref: DA1_20150802_1050_079+1051_085_FT1 Large Yellow Underwing Moth in flight (montage of 2 flights).jpg

A Lesser Yellow Underwing moth in flight

Ref: DA1_20150802_1116_172+1235_251_FT1 Lesser Yellow Underwing Moth in flight + Great Willow Herb flowers (montage).jpg

01 Oct 2015

The Poplar Hawk Moth is a BIG moth (wingspan about 70mm) that we see most years. Normally reluctant flyers, this one made a few decent flights of which this is the 'best' (from a photos point of view anyway).

Ref: DA1_20150802_1055_096+1235_255_FT1 Poplar Hawk Moth in flight showing bottom of wing + Hawthorn twig (montage).jpg

This is a Snout Moth (exact species not certain) with subtle but interesting wing pattern and scalloped edges.

Ref: DA1_20150802_1039_028+1237_266_FT1 Snout Moth (prob Hypena proboscidalis) in flight + Thistle Flower (montage).jpg



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