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31 Aug 2016

A montage of 3 frames to catch an unusual pattern of clouds without a proper wide angle lens. We may have identified the spots and streaks as Cirrus castellanus, but whatever it was a really arresting sight.


Ref: E65_20160718_0713_075-077 Cloud specks with streamers (poss Cirrus castellanus) 1-3 of 3 (acc montage).jpg

A wonderfully chaotic sky.


Ref: DF3_20160716_1801_035 Chaotic clouds.jpg

30 Aug 2016

A Meadow Brown butterfly enjoying the nectar from a thistle.


Ref: DF3_20160713_0931_094 Meadow Brown Butterfly feeding on thistle flower.jpg

A female Common Blue damselfly aligned along a grass blade. Female common Blue Damselflies come in several forms, this one nearest approximates what is called the 'Drab' form. This hunting insect has no interest in Flowers as a food source.


Ref: DF3_20160708_1513_003 Common Blue Damselfly female (drab form).jpg

29 Aug 2016

Why do we (sort of) love these little Vermin
A montage of them on their best behaviour


Ref: E63_20160710_1835_195+20160709_1735_142_FB1 Grey squirrel nibbling Carrot and Apple Peel on successive days (montage).jpg

Why do we (sort of) love these little Vermin
A montage of them on their best behaviour


Ref: E64_20160708_1802_091+20160710_1706_175_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying away Carrot nibbling apple (montage).jpg

But here definitely NOT on good behaviour.
The left squirrel is on it's back turned toward us at the front. while the other seem to be biting the top of the other's front leg while lying on it's side.


Ref: E64_20160710_1846_193_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels rolling on ground.jpg

28 Aug 2016

Lots of birds lay their beak flat to 'hoover up' lose scraps on hard surfaces, but this is the first time we remember seeing a fox using the same trick.


Ref: E63_20160708_2021_109_FB1 Fox feeding with muzzle flat along stone (crop).jpg

27 Aug 2016

A male Chaffinch, still in full breeding colours, with an atypical quizzical look.


Ref: E62_20160709_1923_126_FB5 Chaffinch male with head tilted (crop 1).jpg

Deep in a pond-side tree a Great tit has captured this moth we can't ID. It is too big to swallow whole, so here it is dismembering it to swallow the bits.


Ref: D5C_20160713_1245_009 Great Tit dismembering a moth to eat it 2 of 3 (crop 1).jpg

26 Aug 2016

Stereophonic Screeching?
We assume that the two begging Magpies are making their 'Feed Me' demand to the poor overworked parent in the middle.


Ref: E63_20160711_0727_003_FB1 2 Magpie Juveniles begging from (presumably) adult between them (crop).jpg

A magpie providing a good show of feathers as it lands on the kitchen window perch.


Ref: E60_20160707_1142_004_FB3 Magpie landing on perch rear view (crop).jpg

25 Aug 2016

Sunrise over the round pond deep in the woodland sees just a few streaks of light finding their way though chance alignments of gaps in tree-trunks and foliage.


Ref: SW1_20160702_0514_070_SC1 Sunrise streaking across Round Pond (crop).jpg

24 Aug 2016

A young Magpie in the clover with the partially developed tail feathers spread out at the rear.


Ref: E62_20160705_0526_059_FB5 Magpie juvenile with short tail feathers spread.jpg

Probably the young Rook equivalent of the Teenager shouting "Food".


Ref: E62_20160704_1635_016_FB5 Rook juvenile calling.jpg

23 Aug 2016

A pair of Carrion Crows sitting quietly together on the 11KV wires didn't like our arrival, and we expected them to fly off together. But only one of them decided to fly off. Read this as pairs of bird from the bottom upwards.


Ref: DF3_20160705_1739_044-047 Pair of Carrion Crows on 11kV wire with one flying off 1-4 of 4 (spread montage bland sky).jpg

The remaining Carrion Crow turned round on the wire and gave us a look as we walked beneath.


Ref: DF3_20160705_1740_076 Carrion Crow on 11kV cable.jpg

22 Aug 2016

Ouch!
Fighting male Grey squirrels apparently try to bite each other's genitals :-(


Ref: E64_20160702_1628_127_FB2 Grey Squirrels fighting.jpg

21 Aug 2016

Fox cub perhaps seeing a glow from the indicator lamps inside the camera box at the meadow site.


Ref: E62_20160707_0411_141_FB5 Fox Cub staring at camera (crop 2).jpg

Our (probably just the one regular visitor) Fox cub slinking through just after midnight at the Woodland site.


Ref: E64_20160703_0059_159_FB2 Fox Cub.jpg

The Fox cub is growing fast. Here it makes two visits about an hour apart to the hedge-bottom site


Ref: E63_20160703_2004_168+2115_174_FB1 Fox Cub visiting several times in an hour 2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

20 Aug 2016

The Comma Butterfly overwinters as an adult and emerges to mate in the Spring. After a period with no sightings, this is the first of the newly emerged batch glowing in the afternoon sun.


Ref: DF3_20160706_1557_127 Comma Butterfly (first new adult of 2016) on Hop sedge at Duck Pond.jpg

Our first Red Admiral Butterfly this year, warming itself on the afternoon sun-warmed wall of our garage.


Ref: DF3_20160703_1544_149 Red Admiral Butterfly on garage wall (1st of 2016) (adjusted crop).jpg

19 Aug 2016

Modern Motor Gliders mostly seem to sport pop-up motors behind the pilot, but this one flew silently overhead with the front propeller idling in the wind and found the same up-draft that the male Kestrel was using 10 minutes earlier.
A web search finds it was built in 1974 (that's 42 years ago!) of a German manufactured type ASK16. We find mention of it in UK yearbooks back to 1986. 'Google' the string G-BCTI for images of the wildly out of date instrument panel and controls burnished by years of use, plus a (has to be modern-ish) GPS box.
This sequence starts bottom middle and goes clockwise.


Ref: DF3_20160703_1537_132-140 Motor Glider G-BCTI climbing in thermal selected 04-12 of 13 (impression montage).jpg

18 Aug 2016

The Kestrel made a sweep over the 11kV power lines in a strong wind. This is an accurate montage over just under 2 seconds.
Read this action from bottom to top.


Ref: DF3_20160703_1529_078-087 Kestrel male in flight over power cable 01-10 of 10 (accurate montage @ 6fps).jpg

This is another accurate montage of the male Kestrel's flight, but this time leaving out the even numbered frames to avoid the image getting too crowded. So just over 2 seconds of flight here.


Ref: DF3_20160703_1529_105-117 Kestrel male turning in flight against clouds 01-13 of 14 (accurate montage alt frames @ 6fps).jpg

17 Aug 2016

Alarmingly few Swifts, Swallows and Martin so far this year.
Here is a passing Swift.


Ref: DF3_20160702_1750_054-065 Swift in flight (selected) 1-5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg

16 Aug 2016

A collection of insect life on a Cow Parsley flower head.
The bulbous green legs of the Thick-Legged Flower Beetle only appear on the male.
It is almost unusual to see a single Red Soldier Beetle - they are usually seen as a riot of mating pairs!


Ref: DF3_20160702_1332_034 Thick-Legged Flower Beetle male + Red Soldier Beetle + ants (crop).jpg

The Oxeye daisies are doing well this year, and are suddenly scattered with Flea Beetles. Last year we assumed that this sudden influx was of Corn Flea Beetles (with a (q) after the Corn to indicate a query - you can't put '?' symbols in filenames) because the surrounding crop was wheat, but these look the same and we are surrounded by Oil-seed rape. So from now on - just Flea Beetle will have to do!


Ref: DF3_20160703_1241_030 Oxeye Daisy with Flea Beetles (crop).jpg

15 Aug 2016

Lots of Small Skipper Butterflies about at the moment.


Ref: DF3_20160701_1446_022 Small Skipper Butterfly on Clover leaf.jpg

Lots of Small Skipper Butterflies about at the moment.


Ref: DF3_20160701_1753_030 Small Skipper Butterfly on Blackberry flower.jpg

14 Aug 2016

A juvenile Song Thrush (note the yellow beak edge) flies low over the site probably incidentally scaring away a smaller bird.


Ref: E64_20160630_0555_165_FB2 Song Thrush juvenile flying low over log (crop).jpg

13 Aug 2016

A Robin shows off its first Red breast feather.
Well - just!


Ref: E63_20160630_0434_169_FB1 Robin juvenile with first red breast feather.jpg

12 Aug 2016

Half an hour after sunrise this Magpie is already out and about with wings and tail looking like a geometric puzzle.


Ref: E62_20160628_0529_034_FB5 Magpie landing in Clover and Buttercup meadow (crop).jpg

At sunrise a juvenile Magpie arrives for his pick of the invertebrates hidden under the clover.


Ref: E62_20160630_0502_115_FB5 Magpie youngster landing in Clover & Buttercups.jpg

11 Aug 2016

A Dunnock outside the living room window - we assume it was singing it's little heart out, but silent for us indoors.


Ref: DF1_20160627_1005_002+003+005 Dunnock singing in top of hedge (montage).jpg

A detail from the middle image above to show the intricate detail of the eye and plumage.


Ref: DF1_20160627_1005_003 Dunnock singing in top of hedge (detail crop).jpg

10 Aug 2016

Our one and only (and first that we know of) Common Spotted Orchid.
The spots appear on the leaves but we could not find even one. A web search suggests that the spots are very variable - from none to smothered even within a group of plants.
Maybe the spots are like Blackspot on Sycamore leaves - a infection that we don't have enough plants to have attracted yet. We will let this flower seed, transfer some of it (Orchid seed is apparently as fine as dust) & see what happens next year.


Ref: P10_20160627_1506_884 Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) only plant very few leaf spots near weather pole (crop1).jpg

The detail on the petals is very intricate and quite variable.
The grainy image reflects the use of a Panasonic FZ100 as we didn't want to flatten the surroundings to get access by a 'better' camera.


Ref: P10_20160627_1506_884 Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) only plant very few leaf spots near weather pole (crop2).jpg

3 weeks from the orchid in full flower we now have just a last handful of petals at the top, here it is making seed.


Ref: DF3_20160716_1808_042 Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) making seed.jpg

09 Aug 2016

Tea time contentment for 2 Grey squirrels.
Makes a change from endless fights!


Ref: E64_20160626_1655_185_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels feeding behind log (adjusted crop).jpg

08 Aug 2016

An unusual 'peer over the log' moment, except that we are quite sure the Fox's eyes are focussed on something we can't see behind the log.


Ref: E64_20160626_0127_177_FB2 Fox with eyes just visible above log (crop 1).jpg

An unusual 'peer over the log' moment, except that we are quite sure the Fox's eyes are focussed on something we can't see behind the log.


Ref: E64_20160626_0127_177_FB2 Fox with eyes just visible above log (crop 2).jpg

07 Aug 2016

How can we have been enjoying Oxeye daisies for 30 years and never realised that the centre flowers in rings that insects can feed on as they provide pollination.


Ref: DF3_20160624_1049_030 Oxeye Daisy with ring of opening flowers with feeding unidentified fly (q) (crop 1).jpg

Here you can see the outer pollinated flowers, a ring of more intense yellow 'open' flowers, and the centre 'flowers to come'.


Ref: DF3_20160624_1049_030 Oxeye Daisy with ring of opening flowers with feeding unidentified fly (q) (crop 2).jpg

Here a Small Heath Butterfly sips his fill.


Ref: DF3_20160628_0929_027 Small Heath Butterfly (1st of 2016) feeding on Oxeye Daisy (crop).jpg

06 Aug 2016

Rooks are long-lived birds - some references cite 6 years average, while others 15 to 20 years in the wild, and in one case over 60 years in captivity. This bird looks like it has seen many years, and with luck will see some more.


Ref: E64_20160619_1650_011_FB2 Rook showing signs of age (detail crop).jpg

05 Aug 2016

For a couple of days Wrens have been providing a delightful show at the living room window.


Ref: DF1_20160621_1425_006+001+013 Wren in hedge outside living room (montage).jpg

For a couple of days Wrens have been providing a delightful show at the living room window.


Ref: DF1_20160621_1426_022-024 Wren fluttering between twigs in hedge outside living room 1-3 of 3 (impression montage).jpg

For a couple of days Wrens have been providing a delightful show at the living room window.
A combination of double glazing, and loss of the high range in our hearing means that we couldn't hear a thing of this beautiful performance :-(


Ref: DF1_20160622_1157_039+047+061 Wren singing from top of stick 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

04 Aug 2016

This Heron made this elegant flyby, slightly spoiled by the high voltage cable which nevertheless allowed us to make an accurate montage.


Ref: DF3_20160620_1809_232-235 Heron flying over 11kV cables 2-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

The second from the left of the montage of the overflying Heron.


Ref: DF3_20160620_1809_233 Heron flying over 11kV cables 3 of 5 (crop).jpg

03 Aug 2016

This Hare gradually become more uneasy at the arrival of the photographer and finally lolloped off and hid in the crop.


Ref: DF3_20160620_1801_189-191+193 Hare becoming uneasy at sight of human and deciding to run off 01-03+05 of 11 (montage).jpg

02 Aug 2016

A Red Kite spent just a minute or two circling quite close to us while hitching a ride on a nearby thermal. Red Kites fly rather slowly - this accurate montage is of alternate frames to avoid overlap.


Ref: DF3_20160620_1635_016+018+020 Red Kite gliding 1+3+5 of 5 (accurate montage alternate frames).jpg

A Red Kite spent just a minute or two circling quite close to us while hitching a ride on a nearby thermal.


Ref: DF3_20160620_1635_027 Red Kite gliding 6 of 7 (crop).jpg

A Red Kite spent just a minute or two circling quite close to us while hitching a ride on a nearby thermal.


Ref: DF3_20160620_1635_079+080 Red Kite gliding by 5+6 of 6 (close spaced montage).jpg

Our description of a three-quarter turn here is almost accurate but we had not realised the Red Kite changed direction and flew off. This is about 1 frame in 4 (a bit less than a second per image) compacted to keep the whole design at a reasonable size.


Ref: DF3_20160620_1635_089-132 Red Kite in flight making three-quarter turn 01+05(in 4s)-44 of 44 (impression montage).jpg

01 Aug 2016

A Hare inside the Woodland is very unusual - away from the long grass and cover. This is the only image we got.


Ref: E64_20160615_1908_169_FB2 Hare at Woodland site.jpg

"Raindrops keep falling on my head ..."


Ref: E63_20160614_1625_078_FB1 Grey Squirrel shaking off raindrops from fur.jpg

 


 

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