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30 Nov 2016

2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) looking to have a little squabble?

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2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) with exactly the opposite of a squabble in mind?

Ref: E62_20161019_1955_275_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) canoodling (q).jpg

29 Nov 2016

The Buzzard is flying over the sprouting Wheat crop (also visible in the background). Perhaps 100 black-headed Gulls can be seen over the fields at many times of day eating either the un-germinated seed or the young plants.

Ref: DF3_20161018_1052_045-047 Buzzard in flight over sprouting wheat crop 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage at about 5fps).jpg

28 Nov 2016

This looks like a whole sweet Chestnut complete with 'wrapper'. We expect this went into the Squirrels cache as it will keep well for eating in the winter. Squirrels don't hibernate - venturing forth on the warmer winter days and in need of their cache of food.

Ref: E62_20161017_1627_017_FB5 Grey squirrel taking away sweet Chestnut.jpg

A Grey squirrel nibbles the remains from a half-chestnut husk while a Robin keeps a safe distance from the potential swiping claws, awaiting his turn.

Ref: E63_20161014_1641_113_FB1 Grey Squirrel female nibbling sweet chestnut husk as Robin waits behind.jpg

27 Nov 2016

A rather scruffy Buzzard (probably mid-moult) at a typical hunting perch on the 11kV crossbar in some bright afternoon sunshine. Following a few unexpected sightings weeks ago on the actual wires, we have seen no repeats. The buzzards claws and weight suit the wide crossbar better than the wires.

Ref: DF3_20161015_1428_025 Buzzard on 11kV crossbar.jpg

Lighter birds than Buzzards and with smaller claws prefer to perch on the wires rather than the crossbar. Here one of two Collared Doves is perched on an 11kv cable

Ref: DF3_20161019_0908_006 Collared Dove on 11kv cable (1st of season).jpg

26 Nov 2016

A good year for Comma Butterflies this year at this site if not more generally.

Ref: DF3_20161011_1051_010 Comma Butterfly on sweet Chestnut leaf.jpg

25 Nov 2016

The Pied Wagtails are back on our roof, hunting the insects warmed under the slates and emerging for the waiting Wagtails to try to catch. This fly looks like 'the one that got away'. Each bird and fly are accurately positioned relative to the roof and each other, but spread out along the right.
The left hand fly was over the edge of the first frame so we have 'photoshopped' in a whole fly at the correct place, along with the sky above.

Ref: DF3_20161010_1111_454-454 Pied Wagtail on roof ridge hunting fly in flight 1-3 of 3 (left to right montage).jpg

A Pied Wagtail hurtling down the slates, presumably after an insect we never spotted.

Ref: DF3_20161010_1111_461 Pied Wagtail hunting on slate roof.jpg

24 Nov 2016

Magpies in the countryside are really wary of humans - with good reason. So an opportunity for a fly-by montage rarely occurs and this is the first we have included on the web site. Bland sky prevents accurate spacing.

Ref: DF3_20161010_1023_012-016 Magpie in Flight 1-5 of 7 (close spaced montage).jpg

A short fly-by by a Kestrel. This bland sky is this time featureless cloud preventing accurate spacing

Ref: DF3_20161013_1201_001-010 Kestrel in flight (selected) 1-6 of 6 (close spaced impression montage).jpg

No, the jackdaw will not try to bite the Kestrel's tail - all their aerial aggression makes use of claws.

Ref: DF3_20161010_1043_250 Kestrel pursued by threatening Jackdaw.jpg

23 Nov 2016

This simple photo of a Wood Pigeon and female Pheasant quite took us by surprise. Surely even female Pheasants are bigger than Wood Pigeons? But a trawl through our ID book suggests that if you ignore the tails the birds size ranges are very similar.

Ref: E62_20161009_1705_272_FB5 Wood Pigeon with neck feathers lost fighting + Pheasant female (crop).jpg

Just half an hour apart a Tabby Cat and a Fox visited this site in the positions shown. We have always thought of cats as much smaller than a fox, but in this case they are quite similar.

Ref: E64_20161012_0213_088+0243_089_FB2 Cat domestic and then Fox hunting 30 minutes apart (montage).jpg

22 Nov 2016

A Dunnock catches a Cranefly for an afternoon meal.

Ref: E62_20161006_1556_008_FB5 Dunnock with Cranefly in beak (orig).jpg

As the tea-time rain descended, this little Dunnock just gets on with finding the food distributed an hour or so earlier.

Ref: E62_20161010_1714_037_FB5 Dunnock feeding in heavy rain shaking off raindrops (adjusted crop 2).jpg

21 Nov 2016

An adult Buzzard turning away from us on the 'sunny side' with feathers nicely underlit.

Ref: DF3_20161006_1030_449+452+455 Buzzard in flight (selected) 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage).jpg

This juvenile Buzzard was flapping as hard as buzzards ever do, and was making very little headway into the steady but strong easterly wind, and losing height at the same time. Birds often drop to near the ground to make progress against strong winds.

Ref: DF3_20161006_1039_465+467+470 Buzzard juvenile flying against strong East wind 1+3+6 of 6 (impression montage).jpg

This 'approximate' montage is very close to reality - the wind was blowing all the birds sideways when they tried to fly across it!

Ref: DF3_20161006_1039_485-488 Buzzard juvenile in flight about 5fps 1-4 of 4 (approximate montage).jpg

20 Nov 2016

A juvenile Buzzard passing over.
This is a particularly light individual, apparently not particularly unusual.

Ref: DF3_20161006_1023_132 Buzzard juvenile in flight 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

For about 20 minutes the local 'Buzzard family' of 2 adults and 2 juveniles circled in the air over the adjoining farmland and our patch.

Ref: DF3_20161006_1022_037+043+047 Buzzard in flight looks down (discontinuous) 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage bottom to top).jpg

This is an accurate montage of flight at about 5 frames per second.
The blurry angled bar top right is an 11kV power cable that both provided the reference to make an accurate montage :-) and kicked the camera off-focus as it passed through the centre of the viewfinder :-(

Ref: DF3_20161006_1023_089-092 Buzzard in flight 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @5fps).jpg

19 Nov 2016

A hovering Southern Hawker Dragonfly showing us the crazy wing positions it uses to resist the effects of the wind and control it's position.

Ref: DF3_20161004_1508_062-065 Southern Hawker Dragonfly hovering 1-4 of 5 (montage).jpg

After a week or two of absence this Ruddy Darter Dragonfly was out warming itself in the sunshine despite a cold wind. As the summer fades dragonflies make use of any sunshine in their search for a final mating.

Ref: DF3_20161004_1509_070 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male.jpg

A southern Hawker Dragonfly landed in a woodpile and was quite hard to locate. Here he is mostly hidden and given us an unusual view of the underbody.
If you have an interest in the underneath of Dragonflies you will find some moderate quality normal light views as part of our Ultraviolet survey (over 50 insects over 10 pages).
The insects are not dead - just chilled to calm them, and flew off once warmed up.
In the Section Index you will also find plants and moths, butterflies, other insects and (surprise!) moorhen, plus links to technical details of the work and the paper produced by Wendy Harris on the results of the Dragonfly work of which we are secondary authors.

Ref: DF3_20161005_1606_085 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male partly hidden perched on twig.jpg

18 Nov 2016

A Grey Squirrel finishing off a fallen Cone, most likely from the overhanging Lodgepole Pine tree. Nice to see some natural food being chosen.
The awkward crop reflects the bottom right corner of the original frame.

Ref: E63_20160930_1809_147_FB1 Grey Squirrel chewing remains of fir cone.jpg

This Grey squirrel has learned to open Pea pods (which are quite similar, if larger than, many natural wild plants) but apparently has not noticed that one of the delicious seeds (a pea) has already landed on the ground.

Ref: E63_20161002_1804_298_FB1 Grey Squirrel holding peas in pod in paws and nibbling it.jpg

17 Nov 2016

A very intense Sundog (to the left of the sun) broken up into 3 striations by the moving clouds.

Ref: DF3_20161001_0838_139 Sundog with striations left of sun (crop).jpg

16 Nov 2016

Tawny Owl visits on successive evenings turned out to be different individuals. Here are similar facial views (even if one bird's body is facing us and the other looking sideways) and you can see the very different 'parting' and patterns of grey and brown over the facial disc.

Ref: D01_20161001_2002_014+20161002_2143_025_FB6 Tawny Owl 4 minute visit & second Tawny owl next night for 2 minutes (montage).jpg

15 Nov 2016

A Southern Hawker Dragonfly still patrols the main pond at the least show of sunshine. Here he is hovering almost motionless (except for the wings of course) so we have spread the images and not tried to hide the background repeats.

Ref: DF3_20160928_1405_059-062 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male hovering over grass 1-4 of 4 (montage at 7fps).jpg

This image from a flyby shows the wonderfully complex head and thorax.

Ref: DF3_20160928_1405_073 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male hovering over grass (detail crop).jpg

14 Nov 2016

A half Corn-on-the-Cob being chewed over by this Squirrel in a very human manner.

Ref: E63_20160924_1727_242_FB1 Grey Squirrel female eating corn-on-the-cob held horizontal in both paws.jpg

"What's this thing then?"
Our single visiting pheasant gives this piece of cucumber a suspicious look.

Ref: E63_20160924_1649_233_FB1 Pheasant female confronting slice of cucumber.jpg

13 Nov 2016

As we came out of the house and moved out of the cover of trees this Buzzard was perched on the newer of two discarded telephone poles. After a few seconds the bird spotted the 'dangerous' humans and decided to depart
This montage of the is spread horizontally to includes all of the first 4 frames of flight at about 7fps but about 50% expanded spacings over natural.

Ref: DF3_20160925_1614_032-039 Buzzard on disused telephone pole flying away 01+03-06 of 16 (horizontally spread montage).jpg

A couple of seconds into the flight the obscuring trees allowed a decent view of the Buzzard picking up speed. This is accurately montaged at about 7fps.

Ref: DF3_20160925_1614_046-049 Buzzard on disused telephone pole flying away 13-16 of 16 (accurate montage).jpg

A larger view of the first image of the Buzzard in the montage, eye on us and powerful claws on their way to being streamlined behind the bird.

Ref: DF3_20160925_1614_046 Buzzard on disused telephone pole flying away 13 of 16 (crop).jpg

12 Nov 2016

This Red Kite made a graceful turn in front of us over perhaps 4 seconds. Bird spacings are just for appearance.

Ref: DF3_20160924_1236_048-1237_067 Red Kite turning in flight (discontinuous) 01+03+05-07+10 of 10 (impression montage).jpg

The same bird continued circling, but then made this abrupt aerobraking manoeuvrer to turn in just over 1 second. We never worked out what the 'hurry' was.

Ref: DF3_20160924_1237_089-098 Red Kite making sharp turn in flight 02+06+-08+11 of 11 (close spaced montage).jpg

11 Nov 2016

Two Wild Peregrine Falcons perched on adjacent 11kV crossbars about 100m apart. We have seen a Peregrine here once before in 2014, but it was a captive bird (or escapee) still wearing jesses on it's legs. So this is a new wild sighting here for this species.

Ref: df3_20160923_1017_207 peregrine falcon (nearer bird) on 11kv crossbar (id crop).jpg

This is the more distant of the 2 first sightings of wild Peregrine Falcons. Judging from the relationship with the wires Peregrines are about three-quarters of the height of a Buzzard.

Ref: df3_20160923_1020_210 peregrine falcon (further bird) on 11kv crossbar (id crop).jpg

We just missed the unpredictable launch of the Peregrine Falcon, but caught the downward dive that disappeared behind the hedge and did not re- appear.
Our report to the Bucks RSPB recorder suggests that there are breeding colonies around Milton Keynes, and this may be a couple of youngsters spreading out to find their own territories. Not seen again in the week following this encounter.

Ref: df3_20160923_1021_211-215 peregrine falcon (further bird) taking off from 11kv crossbar 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

10 Nov 2016

The 'noisy' (forever calling) Buzzard being - err - noisy.

Ref: DF3_20160922_1326_109-112 Buzzard calling in flight @ 7fps 1-4 of 9 (accurate montage).jpg

This bird flew right overhead looking right and left as it went.

Ref: DF3_20160922_1326_151-153 Buzzard gliding overhead 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage).jpg

09 Nov 2016

The inner bow of this rainbow showed some extra colours we only rarely see. Starting outside the sequence seems to be the normal Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and then the extras Yellow, Green & Violet. We have not found an explanation.
Its not a camera effect - we could both SEE some extra colours and took this short segment in the hope of recording it. We have not 'wound up' or otherwise changed the colours.

Ref: D72_20160925_1635_016 Rainbow double arc with extra colours inside inner bow (crop).jpg

An unusually bright rainbow on one of those days when the rain is falling in the sunshine! Note how the sky inside the inner bow is always brighter. This was taken a couple of minutes before the detail showing extra colours.

Ref: D72_20160925_1633_004 Rainbow double arc with extra colours inside inner bow (crop).jpg

08 Nov 2016

In the hours after midnight this Tawny Owl touched down for a short visit to the Meadow Post.

Ref: D01_20160923_0240_002+242_004+241_003_FB6 Tawny Owl 3 minute visit 1+3+2 of 4 (montage).jpg

07 Nov 2016

We don't normally show you Rabbits with Myxomatosis even though we see lots of images on our cameras at this time of year. Many recover from less severe attacks, but this one is as bad as it gets. The rabbit is (at least temporarily) blinded by the swellings but alive. It has found this piece of pear to eat at the left end of the log ...

Ref: E62_20160918_1924_270_FB5 Rabbit with Myxomatosis being taken by Fox 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

... but 5 minutes later the Rabbit meets it's end in the jaws of a Fox. We see no signs of it even struggling, and this may be a merciful release for the suffering Rabbit.

Ref: E62_20160918_1929_271_FB5 Rabbit with Myxomatosis being taken by Fox 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

06 Nov 2016

In a patch of sunshine on a cool day this lovely Dragonfly was on the wing for long enough for us to see him land. He is in remarkably good condition for this late in the summer - normally the wing edges will have been torn on a few thorns by now.

Ref: DF3_20160918_1426_096 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male.jpg

In the autumn sunshine, a Red Admiral Butterfly feasts from the water mint still flowering at the main pond.

Ref: DF3_20160915_1336_055 Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on Water Mint flowers.jpg

05 Nov 2016

This lovely Little Egret (species common name) flew along the brook, and then unexpectedly turned round and came back a bit closer giving time to get the camera better adjusted. The very out of focus tree top in the middle is a young Lombardy Poplar along the track while lower left and right are huge trees at the brook edge. The spacing are accurate at about 7fps.

Ref: DF3_20160918_0842_076-080 Little Egret flying along line of brook 1-5 of 7 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

We have not noticed any Starlings around the house in the last few weeks, but 70m away on the 11kV power cables to our north we see a row of juveniles moulting from matt brown to glistening metallic tints, starting on their breasts.

Ref: DF3_20160921_1631_029 7 Starling juveniles moulting into adult + 1 Magpie on 11kV cables.jpg

04 Nov 2016

3 frames of a Harlequin Ladybird crawling over a teasel, open its wing cases for an unusually long time before lift-off. In the bottom right image you can see that the wing case is well lit inside and must be translucent with the spots also clearly visible.

Ref: DF3_20160915_1238_011+015+018 Harlequin Ladybird on Teasel head opening wings 1-3 of 3 (adjusted montage 2).jpg

03 Nov 2016

An unexpectedly tender moment as the male Muntjac Deer (on the left) is quietly accepted by the female who stands still and looks quietly back at him as he mounts her just before midnight. These 3 frames over about 5 seconds.
Since we obtained these IR images, BBC Autumnwatch broadcast thermal imagery of the also small Sika Deer males having to obtain cooperation and permission from the females before mating. The Muntjac behaviour here may be similar.

Ref: SW1_20160912_2338_031-033_SC1 Muntjac Deer male mating with female 1-3 of 3 (montage over 5 seconds).jpg

02 Nov 2016

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly started hovering long enough to get the camera on him and focus. Here are 3 frames from about 1 second of the hover.

Ref: DF3_20160913_1446_306+309+313 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male hovering by main pond 1+3+4 of 4 (montage bottom to top).jpg

01 Nov 2016

After 2 years without a sighting, movement in the water turned out to be this immaculate juvenile Grass Snake (about 30cm = 1ft long) swimming over the surface.

Ref: DF3_20160913_1118_149 Grass Snake juvenile about 30cm long on surface of main pond (adjusted crop).jpg

From another frame we caught this moment with tongue out collecting tastes from the air (actually detected when they pull the tongue in - hence the characteristic flicking tongue).

Ref: DF3_20160913_1118_145 Grass Snake juvenile about 30cm long on surface of main pond (crop for head and tongue detail).jpg



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