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30 Sep 2015

A mid-afternoon visit caught out this Hare hiding in the crop edge. He/she streaked along the edge of the crop, turned first left onto the farm road, and ran down the road to disappear behind the weeds. This is alternate frames (the odd numbers) at about 6 fps

Ref: DF3_20150730_1546_059-069 Hare running along edge of wheat crop 01+03+05+07+09_+11 of 12 (accurate montage).jpg

A different montage, just as accurate, from the even numbered frames, happening to catch more of the Hare in mid-leap.

Ref: DF3_20150730_1546_060-070 Hare running along edge of wheat crop 02+04+06+08+10+12 of 12 (accurate montage).jpg

Here is the Hare after turning left onto the concrete road bounding along. The camera is now running much more slowly and irregularly as it has to save the photos already taken.
The obvious colour discontinuity between the two on the right is NOT the join but a genuine discontinuity of real life junction of new and 15 year old concrete!

Ref: DF3_20150730_1546_085-089 Hare running along farm road beside kerb (irregular frame rate) 01-05 of 20 (impression montage).jpg

After the last frame above frames 6 to 10 were excessively random, but the frame rate then became more regular and allowed this approximately accurate montage of the hare disappearing from view.

Ref: DF3_20150730_1546_095-104 Hare running along farm road beside kerb (irregular frame rate) 11-20 of 20 (approx montage).jpg

29 Sep 2015

This hungry Fox just after 4 a.m. after a very similar visit 6 hour earlier.

Ref: E64_20150728_0414_048_FB2 Fox hunting visits 6 hours apart 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

28 Sep 2015

We first thought this huge insect (22mm body - almost an inch long) must be some sort of Hornet. Finding no matches in our Dog-eared ID books an expert came good with the ID of a 'Hornet Hoverfly', not a Hornet but the largest member of those little creatures that hover in front of you in the sunshine. It was obviously feeding on the Teasel flowers, but was a little torpid in the early morning chill.

Ref: DF3_20150729_0821_033 Hornet Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) with 22mm body length on Teasel flowers (crop 2).jpg

The Hornet Hoverfly made short little flights around the teasel head to find fresh florets to feed from.

Ref: DF3_20150729_0821_027+030 Hornet Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) (22mm body) taking off from Teasel flowers (accurate montage).jpg

27 Sep 2015

The tree stump is about 20m from the nearest of the corn crop which has suffered from lack of rain and has already turned gold. Either the Grey Squirrel brought this corn head here to eat it, or it found one that something else has dropped. Our whole perimeter is littered with part eaten corn heads and piles of chaff left by squirrels, Rabbits, small birds & no doubt many other creatures.

Ref: D36_20150729_1622_059_FB4 Grey Squirrel stripping wheat head on tree-stump 20m from nearest crop (crop).jpg

26 Sep 2015

A young Rabbit stepping over the log.
We shall be looking out for the Silver Blaise white spot on the forehead.

Ref: E64_20150724_0058_053_FB2 Rabbit juvenile with white mark on forehead reaching over log.jpg

25 Sep 2015

A pair of Small heath butterflies mating on a grass stem. They often fly about in this configuration - we had to wait for them to land to get this image.

Ref: DF3_20150725_1227_019 Small Heath Butterflies mating.jpg

This Peacock Butterfly has it's proboscis clearly inside the solitary remaining flower at the top of this teasel head.

Ref: DF3_20150730_1753_120 Peacock butterfly with Proboscis in solitary Teasel Flower (crop).jpg

24 Sep 2015

A fox on the hunt at the bottom of hedge site. We have views of a similar (possibly the same) Fox at both of the other ground level sites on the same night.

Ref: E63_20150721_2235_147_FB1 Fox (crop).jpg

We got 3 Sequential images in silent Infra-Red (separated by a few seconds) of this fox crouched nearly motionless - waiting for his supper to walk by :-(

Ref: SW5_20150720_2217_027_SC2 Fox crouched in hunt 2 of 2 (IR).jpg

23 Sep 2015

A glorious show of feather colour as the young Magpie misjudges his landing spot and probably fell off the front and went round to try again or go somewhere else.

Ref: D36_20150722_2023_089_FB4 Magpie with iridescent feathers making awkward landing (crop 2).jpg

22 Sep 2015

We have seen a few Harlequin Ladybirds in the last few years, but this year there are hundreds. They come in a bewildering range of appearances - here are 25 of our own pics showing only some of the variety including some still shedding their larval skins. Note: Not to scale.
The best identification page we know of is at
Click on the pictorial table of insects to see them in larger size. They are an invasive species, and some people think it is right to kill them on sight - we don't. If you take this approach though, be very careful that they ARE harlequins and not some unusual UK species as others have unfortunately managed.

Ref: P10_20150719_1227_599-20150721_1107_666 Harlequin Ladybirds in north hedge assortment (montage not to scale).jpg

21 Sep 2015

This image of Mr and Mrs Blackbird is a genuine unadjusted frame. Parental duties finished for the year, they spend some time feeding together.

Ref: E63_20150717_1746_106_FB1 Blackbird male and female at the site simultaneously (crop).jpg

This sunbathing male Blackbird wasn't pleased to see us, and soon disappeared into the hedge behind.

Ref: DF3_20150722_1638_018 Blackbird male basking in vegetable garden.jpg

Standing on the edge of a flat roof over this male Blackbird has found a probably slightly under-ripe Sloe (the Blackthorn berry) in the adjacent hedge.

Ref: DF3_20150717_1253_010 Blackbird male with Blackthorn fruit (Sloe) in beak (crop).jpg

20 Sep 2015

A capricious cloud of midges caught by this female Chaffinch triggering the camera as she aerobraked to land

Ref: E60_20150719_1823_087_FB3 Chaffinch female landing next to another + cloud of Midges (crop 1).jpg

Here is the cloud of midges in more detail.
When you are trying to stop them getting into your mouth or biting, you think of them as formless nuisances, but you can just see here that they are properly formed little insects.

Ref: E60_20150719_1823_087_FB3 Chaffinch female landing next to another + cloud of Midges (crop 3 - midge detail).jpg

19 Sep 2015

We think this Brown Hawker must have been hunting something we can't see - they use their legs as a sort of 'net' to snare insects in flight. Read the sequence from left to right - this stuff is all too quick for our eyes to catch the detail.

Ref: DF3_20150719_1538_210-212 Brown Hawker Dragonfly maneuvering in flight 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage @ 7fps left to right).jpg

This Brown Hawker Dragonfly was flying into the strong wind giving us a much closer spacing in this accurate montage. The flight appeared level to the eye, but you can see it wasn't!

Ref: DF3_20150719_1543_393-399 Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight into headwind 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

Flying across the wind keeping approximately the same distance from us before turning towards us. Here is part 1 of the sequence.

Ref: DF3_20150719_1534_137-142 Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight 01-06 of 11 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

Flying across the wind keeping approximately the same distance from us before turning towards us. Here is part 2 of the sequence.

Ref: DF3_20150719_1534_143-147 Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight 07-11 of 11 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

18 Sep 2015

A walk down the edge of the crop to our north where humans rarely go (expect disguised in tractors), this Dunnock may never have seen a close-up human on foot before, and didn't know that it was supposed to be frightened of us. We stood still while it sang only a couple of metres away at a high pitch right at the top edge of our aging hearing range.

Ref: DF3_20150718_0724_048 Dunnock in crop side of hedge along road north of bridleway (crop).jpg

17 Sep 2015

Here is a Comma Butterfly enjoying a feed on the a Buddleia flower spike. You can see both sides of the wing - on the left the underside with the white 'comma', and on the right the brighter top side.
If you want to buy a Buddleia our experience is that then paler the colour the more attractive to the insects when they have a choice - white being our best, but latest to flower.

Ref: DF3_20150717_1255_019 Comma Butterfly feeding on Purple Buddleia.jpg

Green-veined white Butterflies are fairly uncommon here, so we were pleased to see this pair mating. More next year maybe!

Ref: DF3_20150718_1033_098 Green-veined White butterflies mating (crop).jpg

16 Sep 2015

A pristine Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nibbling a corn grain in the small hours of the morning. Just how twee can you get?

Ref: E63_20150716_0322_401_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on hind legs holding corn grain (crop).jpg

15 Sep 2015

We identify this as a Harlequin ladybird still shedding it's larval skin. There were several such insects grouped in a couple of metres of hedge which next day was alive with yellow and black adult Harlequins.

Ref: DF3_20150716_1333_006 Harlequin Ladybird finishing moult (crop).jpg

Here is one of the 'finished' Harlequins in all her smooth and glossy glory. The spot pattern is undoubtedly different - Harlequin Ladybird are unbelievably varied for a single species.

Ref: P10_20150718_1023_575 Harlequin Ladybird in hedge where ladybirds finishing moult seen (mirrored crop).jpg

14 Sep 2015

Who would be a Corvid parent?
Your offspring is bigger than you are and are still demanding food.
Sounds like human teenagers?

Ref: E63_20150709_0749_008_FB1 Magpie juvenile begging from parent.jpg

Who would be a Corvid parent?
Your offspring is bigger than you are and are still demanding food.
Sounds like human teenagers?

Ref: E64_20150709_1848_033_FB2 Jackdaw juvenile begging from parent.jpg

13 Sep 2015

This female Kestrel made a nice circle of the house probably using the heat from the dark slates as a mini-thermal.

Ref: DF3_20150711_0927_132-192 Kestrel female circling (selected) 01+03+06+08+11+17+20 of 20 (impression montage).jpg

12 Sep 2015

This Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly (an immature male judging by details visible in the original images, and our first sighting of this species on our patch) appeared before us, flew around the pond edge and reappeared on this Iris leaf with mandibles full of an unfortunate moth. A few minutes later we spotted the Dragonfly on a spent Buddleia flower head across the pond, and we moved round to the other side for the final image (hence different lighting). Blended into the right of the bottom image is an approximately camera resolution detail from the top right image.
Times are Top left 09:22, Right 09:24, Bottom 09:31

Ref: DF3_20150711_0922_105+0924_115+0931_224 black-tailed skimmer male immature dragonfly who caught and ate moth at main pond 01+03+10 of 10 (montage with detail).jpg

11 Sep 2015

A Marbled White Butterfly feeding on a thistle flower.

Ref: DF3_20150710_1549_068 Marbled White Butterfly feeding on Thistle flower (crop).jpg

Here this Skipper, a type of small butterfly, and two different hoverflies gorge on the nectar of a Thistle flower.

Ref: DF3_20150712_1307_001 Small Skipper Butterfly + Hoverfly (Syrphus Ribesii) + Marmalade Hoverfly on Thistle flower (crop).jpg

5 Hoverflies make a Halo around this Thistle flower.

Ref: DF3_20150712_1308_004 5 assorted Hoverflies around thistle flower.jpg

10 Sep 2015

An unusual sequence over 3 minutes with the Wood Pigeon showing the threat posture to a distinctly unimpressed Jackdaw.

Ref: E63_20150707_1857_109+1858_110_1900_111_FB1 Wood Pigeon raising wings against Jackdaw over 3 minutes 3 of 3 (montage).jpg

09 Sep 2015

An early morning walk sometimes catches some Hares before they get scared off by the first vehicle of the day. This sequence at a slightly variable 5 fps is an accurate montage as this one lolloped diagonally away upon the rumble of the first lorry.

Ref: DF3_20150709_0708_031-041 Hare running over grass area between farm road bend and crop 01-11 of 11 (accurate montage).jpg

08 Sep 2015

The Grey Squirrels seated position and those front paws make this uncomfortably like a human would eat something of the same relative scale.

Ref: E63_20150704_1814_155_FB1 Grey Squirrel nibbling slice of apple.jpg

Very heavy downpours usually send creatures scuttling for cover. This Grey Squirrel looks like it was getting soaked, and used its flexible body to shake the fur dry (well a bit less wet anyway). All those peanuts without having to fight off other squirrels for them must be worth the soaking.

Ref: E60_20150705_1448_052_FB3 Grey Squirrel shaking off raindrops during heavy shower (crop).jpg

07 Sep 2015

This Blackbird wasn't too happy to have his hunting expedition interrupted by us pesky humans, but we kept still so he carried on his hunt. When first spotted he had in his beak this Yellow Underwing Moth.

Ref: DF3_20150705_1610_073 Blackbird male collecting Yellow Underwing Moth & then another insect to take to nest 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

It seems the Yellow Underwing Moth wasn't enough, and male Blackbird carried on searching the grass and suddenly an extra insect appeared in his beak - it might be a Cranefly. A good meal for hungry youngsters no doubt.

Ref: DF3_20150705_1611_084 Blackbird male collecting Yellow Underwing Moth & then another insect to take to nest 3 of 3 (crop).jpg

06 Sep 2015

On the stem of an Iris at the main pond was perched this attractive Spotted Cranefly.

Ref: DF3_20150703_1252_212 Spotted Cranefly on Iris leaf.jpg

A Poplar Hawk Moth flying upwards.
The crop of the wing at the bottom is the bottom of the original frame.

Ref: DA1_20150706_1017_006+1233_285_FT1 Poplar Hawk Moth + Hawthorn Twig (montage).jpg

05 Sep 2015

A Ringlet Butterfly, a delicate butterfly even by butterfly standards, is easily recognised by the distinctive rings pattern.

Ref: DA1_20150706_1315_351+1328_393_FT1 Ringlet Butterfly in flight + Clover flowers (montage).jpg

There are two types of Burnet Moth in the UK (5 and 6 spot) where you count the spots on one side only. This is a 5 spot.
Should you find a similar coloured moth without all the spots check out the Cinnabar Moth instead.

Ref: DF3_20150702_1419_091 5 Spot Burnet Moth feeding on Thistle flower (crop).jpg

04 Sep 2015

At the beginning of June we photographed this large Drinker Moth caterpillar on a not very attractive garden pot - the first we have spotted one for 9 years.

Ref: p10_20150603_1454_533 drinker moth caterpillar about 4cm long + 2 greenfly (crop).jpg

A month later in the moth trap we were delighted to find our first ever adult Drinker Moths, a mix of 3 males and 2 females (moth traps normally catch mainly the exploratory males of moth species). Neither female would fly in the 'tunnel', so here is one hanging from a hawthorn twig. Note the absence of frilled antennae that is the male equipment for finding a female.

Ref: DA1_20150706_1031_062_FT1 Drinker Moth female on Hawthorn twig (crop).jpg

A male Drinker Moth in flight. He has his underside and legs turned towards the camera - moths can do amazing aerial acrobatics!

Ref: DA1_20150706_1106_151+1243_291_FT1 Drinker Moth male in flight (bottom view) + Musk Mallow flowers (montage).jpg

Another male (note the Antennae) Drinker Moth in the more conventional flight orientation.

Ref: DA1_20150706_1034_069+1243_295_FT1 Drinker Moth male in flight + Blackberry flowers (montage).jpg

03 Sep 2015

Our first ever sighting of a Small Elephant Hawk Moth, along with a (non-small) Elephant Hawk Moth, gave us a chance to compare them.
The Small Elephant Hawk Moth is on the left, and the Elephant Hawk Moth is on the right.
This is a photo-montage but at exactly the same scale. They are not just different sizes of the same insect, but distinct species with similar colour palette but different colour patterns. Both are quite small 'for hawk moths' - you might imagine that anything called 'Elephant' was at the large end, but it is the appearance of the caterpillar as a brown 'trunk' that gives them their name.

Ref: DA1_20150706_1040_088+1116_183_FT1 Small Elephant Hawk Moth + Elephant Hawk Moth (identical scale montage).jpg

This Small Elephant Hawk Moth was unusually caught twice in a single photo sequence. The camera fires 3 times at about 7fps to try to catch the insect somewhere in the frame. We have moved the top insect and duplicated the leaf by moving it upwards to avoid overlap.

Ref: DA1_20150706_1041_093+094_FT1 Small Elephant Hawk Moth flying from Hawthorn twig @7fps 1+2 of 2 (vertically spread montage).jpg

The is the Elephant Hawk Moth flying downwards from it's perch.

Ref: DA1_20150706_1123_209+1246_304_FT1 Elephant Hawk Moth in flight + Clover Flowers (montage).jpg

02 Sep 2015

For some reason - nature, farming practice or our observance - we are noticing more moths startled from the hedges in daylight and hiding as we walk along. This is a Silver-ground Carpet Moth hiding on a leaf.

Ref: DF3_20150702_1629_146 Silver-ground Carpet Moth hiding in hedge.jpg

From our archive of 6 years ago, here is an image of a Silver-ground Carpet Moth in flight with a Red Campion flower.

Ref: DA1_20090624_1558_212+1516_187 FT1 Silver-ground Carpet Moth in flight with Red Campion flower (montage).jpg

01 Sep 2015

The Grey squirrel seems to have gone into an attacking frenzy against this poor innocent female Mallard duck just looking for a 'bite' to eat.

Ref: E64_20150630_1803_052_FB2 Grey Squirrel attacking Mallard Duck Female (crop).jpg

"I said F O O D"
Are 'teenagers' the same regardless of species?

Ref: E62_20150630_1752_082_FB5 Magpie juvenile demanding food from parent (crop).jpg



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