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31 Mar 2016

An hour after midnight a badger manages to trigger the camera for a lovely full length shot with beautifully dry and nicely groomed fur.

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What looks like the same badger 2 days later, but this time with wet fur, takes his portrait at the woodland site.

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30 Mar 2016

Is this Jackdaw taking advantage of the pre-occupied Grey Squirrel for a little revenge for how often bird can't get near the nuts?
A few minutes later it looked like the Squirrel was still 'in possession'.

Ref: E60_20160228_1348_279_FB3 Jackdaw attacking (q) unsuspecting Grey squirrel.jpg

A Rook looking not at all pleased with the corvid mostly out of frame to the right.

Ref: E64_20160228_1547_129_FB2 Rooks Squabbling.jpg

29 Mar 2016

After spending a few minutes hunting from a Black Poplar by the roadside this female Kestrel was hovering to our east facing into biting north wind.

Ref: DF3_20160225_1243_034+051+064 Kestrel female hovering in strong wind (selected) (montage impression).jpg

Suddenly the female Kestrel made a controlled dive straight to the ground at the base of this hedge. This is at about 6 fps, so this is just under 2 seconds of motion.

Ref: DF3_20160225_1243_078-087 Kestrel female diving on prey past tree into base of hedge 07-16 of 16 (accurate montage @ 6fps).jpg

Some more detail from the middle of the female Kestrel's dive.
What a fabulous bird!

Ref: DF3_20160225_1243_082-084 Kestrel female diving on prey past tree into base of hedge 11-13 of 16 (accurate montage @ 6fps).jpg

28 Mar 2016

Our first sighting of a Moorhen on the main pond for months was a relaxed bath and then preen on the bank 23 metres from the house.

Ref: DF3_20160228_1053_068-070+096 Moorhen bathing in main pond 1-3+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

Our first sighting of a Moorhen on the main pond for months was a relaxed bath and then preen on the bank 23 metres from the house.

Ref: DF3_20160228_1214_119+126 Moorhen preening on dead Iris fronds at edge of main pond 1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg

27 Mar 2016

Two visits from the pristine barn owl without leg ring on successive nights. The first visit was an active hunt for 11 minutes

Ref: D01_20160227_2339_011-2348_023_FB6 Barn Owl (no leg ring) 11 minute visit (selected) 2+4+7+9 of 9 (montage).jpg

This visit was a most unusual stay for over two and half hours. The still camera controller stopped photographing after the first hour (assuming a fault) but a look at the CCTV showed that it stayed for 160 minutes of apparently staggering inactivity!
These 4 images are the arrival (right) and then typical images from the first hour. We are fairly sure that the bird arrived fully 'tanked up' with voles and/or mice and just quietly dozed on our post digesting his fill. No sign of any owl cast next day :-(

Ref: D01_20160228_0256_024-0356_103_FB6 Barn Owl (no leg ring) 162 min (CCTV check) visit (selected) 01+08+09+15 of 16 (montage).jpg

26 Mar 2016

2 different Fieldmice (Wood Mice) 2 days apart on a (slightly stretched) stone.
Sorry - couldn't resist this twee montage.

Ref: E63_20160222_1825_096+20160224_2055_169_FB1 2 different Fieldmice (Wood Mice) 2 days apart (montage).jpg

25 Mar 2016

A Dunnock watches us expectantly hoping for corn to magically land on the ground!

Ref: DF3_20160224_1547_001 Dunnock on hedge top (orig).jpg

24 Mar 2016

What we assume is a family of 4 Buzzards in a thermal moved near to our patch (but mostly rather high). One of them was much lower than the others but still circling. Just an impression here.

Ref: DF3_20160224_1118_166+173+180 Buzzard in flight (selected) 1+2+5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg

23 Mar 2016

After a prolonged absence we were delighted by this early morning Hare running towards us as we paused on a disused farm track. After a few seconds the animal stopped to give us a look over.

Ref: DF3_20160223_0719_037+040 Hare on bend of concrete Farm road 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg

The Hare finally decided to lollop down the slope of the oil-seed rape crop.

Ref: DF3_20160223_0719_050-055 Hare running through Oil Seed Rape crop 1-6 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg

22 Mar 2016

Quite a lot of snowdrops are on the Pond bank now that everything that might eat them thinks they taste awful or give you a tummy ache.

Ref: DF3_20160222_1542_018 Snowdrops on West bank of main pond (crop).jpg

21 Mar 2016

Grey Squirrels move about in trees with so little apparent difficulty that it is unusual to catch one having to put some effort into climbing back up this thin branch after eating the buds and catkins further down.

Ref: D5C_20160223_0755_023 Green Squirrel climbing thin vertical twig after eating catkins 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

20 Mar 2016

Some of the smaller daytime visitors making the most of the corn and other seeds.

Ref: E63_20160218_1638_086_FB1 Tree Sparrow and Bluetit feeding on corn grains.jpg

Some of the smaller daytime visitors making the most of the corn and other seeds.

Ref: E63_20160220_1124_199_FB1 Great Tit with seed in beak + Chaffinch male with blueing beak (adjusted crop).jpg

19 Mar 2016

These two creatures were photographed just 4 minutes apart, and we often see Rabbits and Fieldmice (Wood Mice) coexisting in peace. So here is a fun but accurate montage that also contrasts the difference in size.

Ref: E63_20160215_1811_032+1807_031_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on stone + Rabbit with pear stalk in mouth (montage).jpg

A little Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) soon after Sunset.
The camera flash (mounted separately and off to one side and higher than the camera) is casting a shadow of the Mouse's tail, which is sticking out towards the camera, on the mouse's body.

Ref: E63_20160212_1816_058_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on stone with shadow of tail on body.jpg

18 Mar 2016

These next 3 images of the Barn Owl was for a visit of exactly 90 seconds - the camera cycles at 45 seconds and caught the landing and (by luck) the departure.

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A 5 minute stay by the Barn Owl.

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A very short stay by the Barn Owl, or maybe just a flyby.
The red colour at the base of the beak is clearly fresh blood when viewed at camera resolution. Owls are elegant and beautiful creatures, but they live by killing.

Ref: D01_20160218_0023_010_FB6 Barn Owl (no leg ring) less than 1 minute visit (only frame) (crop).jpg

17 Mar 2016

After weeks without a sighting of Barn Owl, one of the locals made regularly nightly visits for 4 days, always the 'pristine' Barn Owl without a leg ring. We have built each visit into it's own montage annotated with the length of the visit.

Ref: D01_20160215_2231_002+2233_005+2236_009_FB6 Barn Owl (no leg ring) 6 minute visit 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

After weeks without a sighting of Barn Owl, one of the locals made regularly nightly visits for 4 days, always the 'pristine' Barn Owl without a leg ring. We have built each visit into it's own montage annotated with the length of the visit.

Ref: D01_20160216_0215_010-0235_036_FB6 Barn Owl (no leg ring) 26 minute visit 1+7+5+3+4 of 8 (montage).jpg

16 Mar 2016

In a few minutes in the middle of the day the fast moving clouds, weather front and other events gave us some unusual cloud events. First some Cirrus cloud with an unexpected band of colours in horizontal stripes like a section snipped from a Rainbow, but entirely wrongly positioned for a rainbow.

Ref: DF3_20160212_1240_021 Cirrus clouds with horizontally layered rainbow colours 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

Here we have the shadow of a Airliner Contrail falling on the cirrus clouds. We had always assumed that Cirrus was so high this couldn't happen, but a little research (c/o Google/Wikipedia) finds that:-

Ref: DF3_20160212_1245_032 Shadow of Aeroplane Contrail on Cirrus Cloud (q) (orig).jpg

The detail of a Sundog to the left of the sun which was hidden behind cloud. Unusually, we can just see the Green and Blue tinged to the left.

Ref: DF3_20160212_1247_040 Sundog left of sun hidden in cloud 1 of 4 (crop).jpg

This Sundog was changing quickly - here is a view including the position of the sun at a similar mirror position to the Sundog but hidden by the cloud on the RIGHT side of the frame.
Marie sees this as a cloud with it's light Sabre out attacking the Sundog!

Ref: DF3_20160212_1250_059 Sundog left of sun hidden in cloud 4 of 4 (crop).jpg

15 Mar 2016

The mostly closed eyes in this landing Tawny owl (a larger crop of the top left of the following montage) really looks like 'she' has been playing with 'Mummy's' slate grey Eye shadow!

Ref: D01_20160214_2321_065_FB6 Tawny Owl visit to meadow post for 32 minutes (landing with eyes closed) 1 of 5 (crop).jpg

4 moments from this 32 minute stay by a Tawny Owl.

Ref: D01_20160214_2321_065+2341_091+2344_095+2350_103_FB6 Tawny Owl visit to meadow post for 32 minutes 1+3+4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

Half an our earlier the Tawny Owl stayed for 23 minutes. Here are 4 moments from this first visit.

Ref: D01_20160214_2252_038+2254_041+2308_059+2309_061_FB6 Tawny Owl visit to meadow post for 23 minutes 2+3+6+7 of 8 (montage).jpg

14 Mar 2016

We are pleased to see so many Tree Sparrows about. They breed here using Great Tit boxes. Here are 7 (of at least 9 in this group) scattered around the log.

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13 Mar 2016

A Robin defending his patch just after midday.

Ref: DF3_20160210_1246_071 Robin singing with beak facing camera (crop 1).jpg

2 loving Robins (the only way you would see them not fighting at this time of year) with a Bluetit acting as Duenna - NOT.

Ref: E63_20160209_1341_318_FB1 Robin pair with Bluetit between them.jpg

12 Mar 2016

A strange grey back for our strange Blond plumaged male Pheasant!

Ref: E63_20160206_0800_158_FB1 Pheasant male with white head and grey back.jpg

Our blonde plumages male pheasant stepping elegantly over the log.

Ref: E64_20160206_1611_218_FB2 Pheasant male with white head stepping over log.jpg

Many male birds (and other species) grow ridiculous items in the breeding season to attract the 'girls' who see how fit the male must be to cope with it. Surely this tail will impress his ladies?
Whether the unusually light feathers are an attraction or not we don't know.

Ref: E63_20160209_1436_341_FB1 Pheasant male with grey head showing back and tail.jpg

Who's been pecking through the mud then? A detail of our light coloured male Pheasant's head and back

Ref: E63_20160210_1642_417_FB1 Pheasant male with grey head with iridescent edges (crop 2).jpg

11 Mar 2016

Here is a Bluetit about as iridescent as they ever get.
This bird also has an extensive brood patch and it is only just February.

Ref: E63_20160203_1546_005_FB1 Bluetit with iridescent blue head and tail.jpg

We notice that many of the Bluetits have well developed brood patches already.
Brood patch? A strip of thinly insulated skin on the breast which is pressed against eggs, and later chicks, to keep them warm.

Ref: E63_20160209_1432_338_FB1 Bluetit with Brood patch.jpg

10 Mar 2016

Of about 600 camera images we caught only this single instance of food visible in her beak - in this case right at the tip. We have no idea what the muddy prey might have been, but it had vanished inside the beak only a fifth of a second later!

Ref: DF1_20160207_1202_142 Green Woodpecker on grass with food item in tip of beak (crop).jpg

Green Woodpeckers often push their whole beaks deep into the soft soil/mud to find their prey. From what we can see they manoeuvre about to find items with their beak & tongue, and pull them into the beak while still underground.

Ref: DF1_20160207_1202_176+177+183 Green Woodpecker on grass pushing beak into soft mud 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Green Woodpeckers often push their whole beaks deep into the soft soil/mud to find their prey. From what we can see they manoeuvre about to find items with their beak & tongue, and pull them into the beak while still underground.

Ref: DF3_20160207_1205_062+066+067 Green Woodpecker on grass pushing beak into soft mud 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Near the end of her feed we get a glimpse of the female Green Woodpecker's tongue, probably cleaning out the sticky muddy mess inside her beak!

Ref: DF3_20160207_1229_427 Green Woodpecker on grass with beak open and tongue showing (crop).jpg

09 Mar 2016

A female Green Woodpecker was preening on the side of this tree sheltered from the wind.

Ref: DF1_20160207_1153_012+023+024+1156_039 Green Woodpecker female preening in Willow Tree 1+3+4+5 of 7 (montage).jpg

The female Green Woodpecker had moved down to the bole of this (years ago) pollarded Willow tree, and then took off. There is too much wood around the bole to open the wings fully so the bird sort of 'glided down' before picking up flight.

Ref: DF1_20160207_1159_072-074+1200_075 Green Woodpecker female flying from Willow tree bole 1-4 of 6 (accurate montage).jpg

The female Green Woodpecker flew straight to an old post but only stayed for a minute or two. This might be how you expect to see a woodpecker, and for most types in the UK this is true. But the Green Woodpecker spends most of it's time feeding on ants and similar on the ground, which is where she went next, quite near the bottom of this pole.

Ref: DF1_20160207_1201_080 Green Woodpecker on side of dead-wood post (crop).jpg

08 Mar 2016

The Buzzard paid a visit to the flimsy pole which supports the IR sender box used for the meadow post, but some 20m further away from the camera. Happening to see the bird we realigned the camera and grabbed a few photos of the bird awkwardly perched on the top of the pole.

Ref: D01_20160205_1151_014_FB6 Buzzard on Meadow IR sender post and flying off 02 of 11 (crop).jpg

The Buzzard launched itself to something on the ground some 20m to the right complete obscured by trees. The camera caught the departure but making a montage from the varying quality of the images was tricky. This is the first impression. You can just see the pole bending as the bird pushed off.

Ref: D01_20160205_1153_026+029+031+032_FB6 Buzzard on Meadow IR sender post and flying off 06+08-011 of 11 (approx montage).jpg

Here is the second montage from the first 3 successive frames that fails to show the lowering of the Talons, but has more consistent quality. Take your pick!

Ref: D01_20160205_1153_028-030_FB6 Buzzard on Meadow IR sender post and flying off 07-09 of 11 (montage).jpg

07 Mar 2016

NO - this didn't happen!
A couple of hours apart during the night these 2 visitors photographed themselves at either end of the camera frame. So we have brought them together to show you the entirely different body builds of these two night scavenger/hunters. Both Badger (left) and this Fox seem to be in good health.

Ref: E64_20160202_0238_078+0023_076_FB2 Badger and Fox at same scale (montage).jpg

Handbrake Turn?
We really can't work out how the rabbit managed to get it's legs into this tangle. Oh to be that flexible. Was it making an escape from the fox at one minute past midnight?

Ref: E63_20160203_0001_107_FB1 Rabbit twisting legs to change direction.jpg

06 Mar 2016

Over 6 minutes these 3 different birds 'posed' in different position along the log and we couldn't resist showing you them all at the same scale.

Ref: E62_20160202_1508_060+1510_061+1514_062_FB5 Tree Sparrow + Great Tit + Goldfinch 1-3 of 3 (identical scale montage).jpg

Everywhere we go there is a Robin waiting expectantly for some corn. This bird, with no human present, is bending his ankles ready for launch.
If you don't believe that's the 'ankle' at the left bend of the leg, the 'knee' is hidden under the feathers. See

Ref: E63_20160201_0844_019_FB1 Robin on stone preparing to take-off.jpg

05 Mar 2016

One of our Tree Sparrows - one of probably about a dozen around the site at the moment.

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A Bluetit - one of dozens all over the site.

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04 Mar 2016

This migrant female Blackbird (with 'black' beak) lands on the tree-stump. We have seen this individual with a white feather tip in her wing several times. This moment looks like she is still regaining balance giving her an atypical position.

Ref: D36_20160202_0930_017_FB4 Blackbird female showing 1 white feather.jpg

03 Mar 2016

We have not seen our normal male pheasant for a few days, and suddenly this snazzily marked individual has appeared at all three ground level sites. The head is grey with white edges - is this avian Haute Couture?

Ref: E63_20160131_0821_251_FB1 Pheasant male with light feathers & white top to head 3 of 3 (crop).jpg

02 Mar 2016

The Fieldmice (Wood Mice) continue their food collection and caching. This is two images 45 minutes apart of we think the same mouse with corn gripped in the lips. The tiny mouth is probably full of 1 or 2 more of them.

Ref: E62_20160129_1803_074+1849_075_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) collecting corn grains to cache 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

Some Fieldmice (Wood Mice) visiting over a couple of days, we couldn't decide which ones to show you, so we montaged 4 that didn't overlap!

Ref: E63_20160201_2055_067+2107_068+20160202_2158_103+2236_104_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

01 Mar 2016

A Dunnock and a female Chaffinch having a little set-to.

Ref: E62_20160126_0757_032_FB5 Dunnock in flight attacking Chaffinch female on ground (crop 2).jpg

At about 1 hour intervals what looks like the same Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) took these 3 consecutive (left to right) images of himself passing over the log, each time with food in the mouth presumably being taken away to cache.

Ref: E62_20160127_1752_125+1814_126+1907_127_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) repeatedly jumping over log 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg



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