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30 Apr 2016

This looks like a pair of HOUSE Sparrows - a rare sighting here. We so hope that this pair can create a new local population.

Ref: E62_20160325_0657_099_FB5 House Sparrow pair at log (crop selectively sharpened).jpg

A better view of the male House Sparrow

Ref: E63_20160324_0745_011_FB1 House Sparrow male.jpg

29 Apr 2016

This Heron was flying low over the arable farm land so we could build these accurate montages. Bird spacings vary according to the wind direction.

Ref: DF3_20160325_1529_383-386 Heron in flight 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

This Heron was flying low over the arable farm land so we could build these accurate montages. Bird spacings vary according to the wind direction.

Ref: DF3_20160325_1529_399-411 Heron in flight appearing low over hedge 05-17 of 21 (accurate montage).jpg

This Heron was flying low over the arable farm land so we could build these accurate montages. Bird spacings vary according to the wind direction.

Ref: DF3_20160325_1529_403-407 Heron in flight appearing low over hedge 09-13 of 21 (accurate montage).jpg

28 Apr 2016

What we think is the first Comma butterfly we have seen this year. It is perched on a broken stem of a teasel and you can see the characteristic white mark on the bottom of the wing that gives the species it's name.

Ref: DF3_20160325_1218_185 Comma Butterfly perched on broken teasel stem.jpg

Here the same Comma Butterfly has moved on to a daffodil flower for a sunbathe. At low air temperatures the sun is needed to bring them up to 'operating temperature'. Unfortunately they can't feed on Daffodils, but there are plenty of Primroses, Snowdrops and May flowers for them to feed on.

Ref: DF3_20160325_1220_192 Comma Butterfly on outside of Daffodil flower.jpg

27 Apr 2016

Buzzards appear on some sunny days with 'puffy' clouds - one of the conditions that creates Thermals. This is an impression of a Buzzard turning in a thermal nearly above us.

Ref: DF3_20160325_0844_052-086 Buzzard in flight 01+08+15+22+29+35 of 35 (close spaced montage).jpg

A few hours after the Buzzards found a nearby thermal, this glider spirals up in a thermal on the sun-facing slope to our south.

Ref: DF3_20160325_1231_340-354 Glider G-CHPX 693 circling through clouds 07-19+21 of 23 (impression montage at about 1 fps).jpg

26 Apr 2016

This intricate looking flower is actually just a Dead Nettle growing up through a crack in a concrete track. The flowers are about 1cm wide.

Ref: DF3_20160321_1057_006 Purple Dead-nettle flower in crack of concrete track (crop).jpg

25 Apr 2016

An opportunity to show you 2 different members of the Thrush family at identical scales. Thrushes include Redwing and Blackbird shown here, as well as Fieldfare, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush - all of this sort of size.

Ref: E63_20160323_1218_118+1243_119_FB1 Redwing + Blackbird female (montage at identical scale).jpg

24 Apr 2016

Rooks come with built in 'Sabres!

Ref: E62_20160321_1523_021_FB5 2 Rooks looking ready for fencing contest (referee Jackdaw hiding behind right hand Rook).jpg

This doesn't look like a very friendly encounter between these two Rooks.

Ref: E64_20160318_1558_068_FB2 2 Rooks squabbling above log (crop).jpg

23 Apr 2016

The female Mallard duck (right) still with 'duckweed' on her back looks for food at the log, guarded by 'her' male. It looks like they were too early for the 'teatime' delivery of food.

Ref: E62_20160317_1634_011_FB5 Mallard duck pair feeding at meadow site.jpg

An hour after her previous visit, this female Mallard duck gets first choice from the just replenished buffet.

Ref: E62_20160317_1747_025_FB5 Mallard female feeding at meadow site (crop).jpg

22 Apr 2016

The 'Night' Shift - a Tawny Owl makes an elegant arrival.

Ref: E60_20160318_2225_113_FB3 Tawny Owl landing on Kitchen feeder perch (crop).jpg

The 'Day' shift - on a really gloomy morning a Grey squirrel arrives to wait for the peanut feeder to appear.

Ref: E60_20160318_0656_050_FB3 Grey Squirrel scrambling along Kitchen feeder perch (crop).jpg

21 Apr 2016

As the sun gains some warmth we have started seeing Buzzards using the local thermals to gain height. Usually single birds as here, but so far up to 3 in a single shaft of rising air.

Ref: DF3_20160320_1115_053-058 Buzzard turning in flight 02-07 of 12 (close spaced montage).jpg

As the sun gains some warmth we have started seeing Buzzards using the local thermals to gain height. Here Buzzards circling 'lazily' to gain height before setting off on a hunt.

Ref: DF3_20160320_1124_108-110 2 Buzzards circling in thermal 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg

20 Apr 2016

A 13 minute visit by a Tawny Owl mostly showed us the birds back, but the camera did catch this moment of the bird gazing up at we know-not-what.

Ref: D01_20160318_2221_042_FB6 Tawny Owl 13 minute visit 5 of 5 (crop).jpg

Just this one image of a Barn Owl making an attractive landing.
Notice the clear Alula feathers raised half way along the top of each wing that provide the same effect as 'flaps' on aeroplanes.

Ref: D01_20160321_0508_044_FB6 Barn Owl landing (crop).jpg

19 Apr 2016

A Grey Squirrel shows his bad temper against this rook which must be at least half a metre from him.

Ref: E63_20160314_1557_032_FB1 Grey Squirrel attacks Rook (crop).jpg

We think this Rook adjusting position with it's wings has startled the male Pheasant into 'levitating' ...

Ref: E63_20160314_1603_033_FB1 Pheasant male startled by Rook wing-flapping.jpg

... but within the same minute all is calm again. Corvids and Pheasants usually coexist in peace!

Ref: E63_20160314_1603_034_FB1 Pheasant male feeding with Rook after being startled.jpg

18 Apr 2016

This is an adult Green Woodpecker (we can't tell which sex) in all it's colourful glory.
We have not 'wound up' the colours.

Ref: E62_20160316_0800_088_FB5 Green Woodpecker.jpg

4 different small bird species (and a white feather) make a pleasing composition without any changes from the original frame.
This sort of layout is usually the result of photoshopping in bird seed adverts!

Ref: E63_20160316_1647_115_FB1 Robin + white downy feather + Dunnock + Chaffinch male + Bluetit around stone.jpg

17 Apr 2016

What we think is the same Badger makes several visits a week, mostly at the Infra-Red Trail cams, but sometimes at the high-resolution photo sites.

Ref: E64_20160317_0204_091_FB2 Badger (crop).jpg

16 Apr 2016

We are now seeing a Moorhen on the main pond for brief periods on many days. It doesn't seem particularly bothered by our moving by the windows but we never get to see it when we visit the pond. When feeding the basic techniques is to lift lumps of pond weed and turn them over to expose edible morsels hiding beneath.

Ref: D5C_20160316_1038_005 Moorhen turning over Pond Weed to find food.jpg

15 Apr 2016

Here are some unexpectedly regular visitors for us in mid March - Redwings spread through the week. In previous years a single sighting in all of March is the norm.

Ref: E63_20160310_1521_050_FB1 Redwing.jpg

Here are some unexpectedly regular visitors for us in mid March - Redwings spread through the week. In previous years a single sighting in all of March is the norm.

Ref: E63_20160317_0619_138_FB1 Redwing.jpg

Here are some unexpectedly regular visitors for us in mid March - Redwings spread through the week. In previous years a single sighting in all of March is the norm.
This seems to be a different individual to other sighting in the week.

Ref: E64_20160315_0717_054_FB2 Redwing.jpg

14 Apr 2016

A Rook picking up recently scattered corn. Just look at the colours in the feathers - we find it almost miraculous!
We have not artificially intensified them.

Ref: E62_20160311_1548_065_FB5 Rook eating corn grains while showing iridescent feathers.jpg

A pair of Rooks looking at we know-not-what to the left. Does the Jackdaw (rightmost bird) wonder if it can nip in for a feed?

Ref: E62_20160314_1600_016_FB5 2 Rooks with Jackdaw behind.jpg

13 Apr 2016

A Jackdaw making final approach adjustments to land on the perch.

Ref: E60_20160312_1119_037_FB3 Jackdaw aerobraking to land on perch (crop).jpg

12 Apr 2016

Under a sun warmed corrugated Iron sheet at the edge of the meadow we used to surprise Grass Snakes, but more recently we are lucky to even spot a Rodent. Here a probably terrified Shrew (probably the Common) ran in a circle before disappearing beneath the leaf litter. Notice the small Snail shell next to the Shrew.

Ref: DF3_20160311_1310_018 Shrew under corrugated Iron sheet (crop).jpg

11 Apr 2016

Very heavy rain (38mm in 12 hours) doesn't stop the male Great Spotted Woodpecker (right) visiting the peanut feeder. The Woodpecker looks quite pristine, but the Tree Sparrow on the left looks really bedraggled.

Ref: E60_20160309_0932_156_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker male + Tree Sparrow at peanut feeder in heavy rain.jpg

A 'soggy' squirrel out in the rain to make the most of access to the easy to access peanut feeder.

Ref: E60_20160302_1122_289_FB3 Grey Squirrel and Great Tit at peanut feeder in heavy rain (crop 2).jpg

10 Apr 2016

Its been a few weeks since we last saw any Tawny Owl - this visit lasted 10 minutes.

Ref: D01_20160307_2217_002-2226_014_FB6 Tawny Owl 10 minute visit to meadow post 1-3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

Barn owl without leg ring graces us with a few minutes visit

Ref: D01_20160309_0109_001+0111_004+0113_006_FB6 Barn Owl (no leg ring) 5 minute visit as rain starts 1+4+2 of 4 (montage).jpg

In the pouring rain this Barn Owl visit that stayed for over an hour, the rain soaking the bird and the East facing window through which this camera takes it's pictures.
This is as good as the images got - a whole unprocessed frame - we can't even guess which of our regular Barn Owls it is.
Which 'authority' says Owls seek shelter in the rain?

Ref: D01_20160309_0535_074_FB6 Barn Owl arriving for over 60 minute stay in heavy rain 2 of 2 (orig).jpg

09 Apr 2016

This Barn Owl arrives before the camera has 'turned itself on' for the night. We saw it on the CCTV and stampeded to the camera to grab just this one useable image before the Rooks took exception and chased it away. Rooks mobbing Owls in the twilight is standard behaviour we have seen many times in the past elsewhere around the farmland.

Ref: D01_20160309_1747_002_FB6 Barn Owl (natural light).jpg

08 Apr 2016

A very neat male Great Spotted Woodpecker propping himself at 45 degrees with his tail.

Ref: E60_20160306_1221_199_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker male hanging from peanut feeder table with tail as prop.jpg

This male Chaffinch now has his full blue beak coating, and wonderful crisp feather pattern at his throat.

Ref: E63_20160305_1527_126_FB1 Chaffinch male with blue beak coating.jpg

07 Apr 2016

The weather forecast for heavy snow fortunately skimmed north of us leaving a light overnight snow shower that melted before sundown.
These small birds don't have the reserves to stop for a bit of snow.

Ref: E60_20160305_0740_105_FB3 2 Great Tits + Bluetit + Tree Sparrow (q) at peanut feeder in snow shower.jpg

We can't help feeling that this Blackbird is surveying the change of scenery that any snow temporarily produces.

Ref: E62_20160305_0659_074_FB5 Blackbird in snow shower.jpg

06 Apr 2016

The female Kestrel was out early hunting, gradually moving east away from us in her usual hunting pattern whether she can see us or not.
The gold colour is from early morning sunshine.

Ref: DF3_20160307_0659_117-120 Kestrel female in flight soon after sunrise 1-4 of 4 (close spaced montage).jpg

05 Apr 2016

Our returned Moorhen appeared for part of another day. Here he/she is stepping down the Iris fronds to pick up some water weed to eat.

Ref: D5C_20160304_1333_005+1334_007+009+010 Moorhen stepping down to feed on water weed 1+3+5+6 of 8 (horizontal spread montage).jpg

04 Apr 2016

This is the whole camera frame that happens to just neatly frame the whole badger.
It really is 'pot-luck' how to adjust the camera in these fixed automatic setups to get detailed images without missing too much out of frame

Ref: E63_20160308_2114_081_FB1 Badger in heavy rain (full frame).jpg

The next night (the later side of midnight) a less-well framed image but a lovely view of the face of this badger.
We know Badgers are reputed to be 'grumpy' but maybe only when being messed about.

Ref: E63_20160310_0130_140_FB1 Badger approaching stone (crop).jpg

03 Apr 2016

This Great Tit has probably just finished the last of the corn grains on the top of the stone, and is about to make a little 'wing assisted' jump down to start on the offerings at ground level.

Ref: E63_20160302_1431_068_FB1 Great Tit about to make wing assisted hop down from log.jpg

02 Apr 2016

Robins are paired up all over the site.

Ref: E64_20160301_1759_072_FB2 Robin pair feeding together.jpg

Robins are paired up all over the site.

Ref: E63_20160229_1545_019_FB1 Robin pair feeding together.jpg

Robins are paired up all over the site.

Ref: DF3_20160303_0715_032 Robin pair on south side of blocked gate in early morning sunshine.jpg

01 Apr 2016

Ghost Bird!
Some unidentified small bird so close to the camera and flash that we get this hopelessly overexposed image with this strange photo-bomb.
Genuine un-fudged single frame - not an 'April Fool' joke!

Ref: E60_20160222_0859_008_FB3 Ghost bird effect (overlit by flashgun) against assorted birds around peanut feeder (crop).jpg

Out in the rain, this male Great Spotted Woodpecker poses at the feeder. The tips of the tail feathers get quite a beating being used as a prop on vertical surfaces. We don't know where this one got the brown tip on one tail feather.

Ref: E60_20160301_1040_228_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker male on peanut feeder.jpg



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