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31 Oct 2017

A disused concrete track gets plenty of mud dropped on it from the regular farm vehicles working on the adjacent field. Over some weeks rain washes this down to the edge and makes a good (if very slippery) coating to pick up animal paw prints. This is evidence of a badger taking a few steps on the mud before turning towards the cleaner surface that both it and the photographer prefer.

Ref: DF3_20170919_0954_007 Badger Paw-prints in soft mud laying on concrete track.jpg

2 days later a Badger stops by the woodland photo site to see what is left of last night's offering.

Ref: E64_20170921_0520_080_FB2 Badger (crop).jpg

30 Oct 2017

A pristine Comma Butterfly warms itself on a blackberry leaf.

Ref: DF3_20170919_1603_042 Comma Butterfly sunbathing on Blackberry leaf.jpg

The Red Admiral has chosen an old piece of Breeze Block that holds shut the broken lid of a tool storage 'bunker' to warm itself in the weak sunshine.

Ref: DF3_20170919_1611_048 Red Admiral Butterfly sunbathing on weathered breeze block holding down lid of storage unit.jpg

29 Oct 2017

Spot the Great Tit!
This image also illustrates the damage that flail Cutting of hedges inflicts. But the hedges soldier on regardless, and any other form of large scale hedge management is no longer economically viable. We would much rather have these hedges flailed than see this great wildlife resource removed.

Ref: D72_20170918_1120_011 Great Tit in recently flailed farm hedge.jpg

28 Oct 2017

A male Great Spotted Woodpecker collecting breakfast from the peanut feeder.

Ref: E65_20170917_0742_030 Great Spotted Woodpecker male on peanut feeder (crop).jpg

27 Oct 2017

Genuine single frame of what may be mother Grey Squirrel (seen frequently in the last few weeks with active teats) and her two offspring.

Ref: E64_20170915_1832_063_FB2 3 Grey squirrel (adjusted crop).jpg

The Grey Squirrels learned how to remove the top of this 'Squirrel Proof' feeder, so we add a wire tie to hold the wire hangers together to prevent the top being removed.
"OK then, I'll reach in under the lid to get my prize."

Ref: D5C_20170918_1735_002+007 Grey Squirrel reaching into top of Peanut feeder 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

26 Oct 2017

A beautiful Red Kite, beak open and peering at the ground. We can just see that there is something grasped in the talons.

Ref: DF3_20170916_0933_132 Red Kite in flight with prey in talons.jpg

The Red Kite was biting pieces from the prey (a Rodent judging by the tail) as it flew majestically along.

Ref: DF3_20170916_0933_138+139+142+144 Red Kite in flight biting off piece of prey held in talons 2+3+6+8 of 8 (mirrored montage @ 7fp).jpg

By now the Rooks had noticed the Red Kite in 'their' patch and set off in hot pursuit.

Ref: DF3_20170916_0934_169+171+173+175+176 Red Kite in flight pursued by Rook 1+3+5+7+8 of 8 (mostly accurate montage @ 7 fps).jpg

25 Oct 2017

This Tawny Owl (first sighting for weeks) spent 9 minutes hunting from the meadow post. Unusually it moved across the post during it's stay - it might have flown off and returned during the camera's inter-frame 'dead-time' of 45 seconds.

Ref: D01_20170914_0123_020-0129_028_FB6 Tawny owl 9 minute visit (first sighting for weeks) 1+3+4+6+7 of 9 (montage).jpg

24 Oct 2017

A Portrait of our only female pheasant visiting at the moment as she quietly steps forward crossing over her legs.

Ref: E63_20170912_1643_083_FB1 Pheasant female.jpg

23 Oct 2017

A male Kestrel was hunting from a perch on an 11kV cable. It stayed at the same spot for at least 10 minutes ignoring us while we crept quietly closer when we left it in peace - he was still there several minutes later as we left the area.

Ref: DF3_20170912_1455_014-1502_041 Kestrel male on 11kV cables 1+2+4+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

22 Oct 2017

This Grey Squirrel has decided it doesn't want the Magpie for company. The Magpie is taking off away and to the right (so head invisible) with the tail dragging on the ground.

Ref: E64_20170831_1637_011_FB2 Grey Squirrel chasing away Magpie flying off with tail still on ground.jpg

The nights are getting chilly - this Squirrel is adding some bedding to the Drey.

Ref: E64_20170904_1704_004_FB2 Grey Squirrel female carrying off bedding.jpg

21 Oct 2017

In the dark of the small hours, a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) feasts on a single corn kernel.

Ref: E62_20170901_0348_042_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) eating corn kernel.jpg

This Grey Squirrel was happily chomping it's way through the remains of this cooked Corn Cob. The ripening crop around us can also be found as partially eaten whole cobs scattered over our access track

Ref: E63_20170901_1708_094_FB1 Grey Squirrel chewing corn cob.jpg

20 Oct 2017

Robins have done well this year. This little guy was watching us watching him from a rose bush.

Ref: DF3_20170904_1633_066 Robin on Rose twig (crop).jpg

Robins have done well this year. This little guy was watching us watching him from a rose bush.
Note the delicate grass stem gently pushing into his breast feathers.

Ref: DF3_20170904_1633_065 Robin on Rose twig.jpg

19 Oct 2017

We still seeing occasional House Sparrows. This one is a juvenile moulting to adult, with a trace of yellow at the base of the beak, and quite a lot of downy feathers to replace.

Ref: E65_20170826_0945_001 House Sparrow juvenile.jpg

Another sighting of a House sparrow just after it had a drink

Ref: DF3_20170829_1129_026 House Sparrow.jpg

18 Oct 2017

Just after midnight a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) is on alert.

Ref: E63_20170828_0028_197_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) standing vertical on stone.jpg

A Grey Squirrel gorging itself on a Blackberry

Ref: E63_20170825_1758_070_FB1 Grey Squirrel nibbling blackberry fruit.jpg

17 Oct 2017

Here a Red Kite was rising in the thermal making 'lazy circles in the sky'.
This montage is built from a continuous sequence of photos at about 7fps (given a few momentary hesitations near the end when the camera could barely cope) and we montaged this (about 12 seconds) of flight using clouds for reference. This is typically every 3rd frame with a few adjustments to overcome obvious discontinuities.
This seemed like a 'circle' to us at the time, but it is a sort of epicycle like those needed to make the Ptolemaic Geocentric model of the solar system approximate reality. How many 'modern' scientific ideas will seem as silly the future?
We have all 84 images archived if anybody is mad enough to want them.

Ref: DF3_20170826_1443_156-236 Red Kite making complete circle in thermal approx every 3rd 04-84 of 84 (near accurate montage).jpg

The circling Red Kite then flew right overhead as it used it's potential energy to head off south.

Ref: DF3_20170826_1444_239 Red Kite overhead looking down (crop).jpg

16 Oct 2017

For a few days 3 Red Kites have been frequenting the area on all four sides as harvesting and re-seeding progresses.

Ref: DF3_20170826_1442_034-040 Red Kite in flight near brook to north 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

For a few days 3 Red Kites have been frequenting the area on all four sides as harvesting and re-seeding progresses.

Ref: DF3_20170826_1442_068-073 Red Kite in flight near brook to north 09-14 of 17 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

15 Oct 2017

This Speckled Wood Butterfly was a fairly cooperative flyer. These are 3 different flights montaged together. The right view is of the 'top' of the wings while the centre and left images are from below.

Ref: DA1_20170828_1313_068+1319_077+1315_071+1534_080_FT1 Speckled Wood Butterfly in 3 flight with Blackberry fruits (montage).jpg

This Red Admiral butterfly was caught circling the Buddleia, but we had seen them over the Water Mint as well and this is what we show the butterfly with.

Ref: DA1_20170828_1556_156+1553_144+1535_086_FT1 Red Admiral Butterfly in 2 flights with water mint (montage).jpg

14 Oct 2017

This Ichneumon is a parasitic insect, laying eggs in various other insect Pupae.

Ref: DA1_20170828_1129_051_FT1 Ichneumon Pimpla Hypochondriaca (q) in flight (crop).jpg

A true sign of approaching Autumn is the appearance of Craneflies. This one is a 'whopper' practically filling the camera frame

Ref: DA1_20170828_1207_056+1602_159_FT1 Cranefly in flight with Buddleia (montage).jpg

13 Oct 2017

The overnight moth trap caught several of these Thorn Moths - we think the Canary-shouldered variety. Here is an interpretation of a series of separate flights.

Ref: DA1_20170828_1118_010-1127_032_FT1 Canary-shouldered (q) Thorn Moth 4 flights & on box (impression montage).jpg

Shield Bugs in general are good, if reluctant, flyers. This Forest Bug, unfortunately starting on the white plastic tip of a soft artists paintbrush, unexpectedly took off. These two images we taken about 200mS apart.

Ref: DA1_20170828_1127_045-046_FT1 Forest Bug on tip of brush flying off (impression montage).jpg

12 Oct 2017

This Fox in good condition is very happy to fill it's mouth with some cooked fruit. Foxes are omnivores, both hunting prey and eating plants and fruit.

Ref: E64_20170818_0311_025_FB2 Fox with mouthful of cooked fruit (crop).jpg

11 Oct 2017

Out first Darter Dragonfly of 2017 is appropriately a 'Common Darter', here perched on the leaves of the Dogwood that dominates the island of the duck-shaped pond looking for something to hunt and something to mate with.

Ref: DF3_20170825_1336_004 Common Darter Dragonfly perched on Dogwood at Duck-shaped pond (orig).jpg

10 Oct 2017

Oak Galls can be weird but strangely attractive.
Plant galls are usually plant reactions to specialised insects.

Ref: DF3_20170825_1035_017 Oak Gall (crop).jpg

09 Oct 2017

Rough-legged Buzzards are said to be able to hover, and this one was certainly flying very slowly - the image separation is about doubled from 7 fps. The 'Rough Legged' term comes from the legs being covered in feathers almost down to the Talons.

Ref: DF3_20170823_1339_001-003 Rough-legged Buzzard juvenile in flight 1-3 of 3 (horizontally spread montage).jpg

08 Oct 2017

This female chaffinch has put on her lipstick!
Birds often stain themselves and their droppings with the juices of autumn fruit.

Ref: E63_20170817_1824_014_FB1 Chaffinch female with beak stained by berry juice.jpg

07 Oct 2017

A Red Kite with some rodent in it's talons, taking bites from it as it flies along.

Ref: D72_20170818_1351_169-1352_181 Red Kite eating Rodent in Talons while in flight 02+04+08(mirror)+11 of 11 (montage).jpg

3 Red Kites spent a few days roosting in an Ash tree 150m away, and would be active soon after sunrise

Ref: DF3_20170820_0701_019-023 Red Kite in flight 04-08 of 10 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

This Red Kite being pursued by a carrion crow - the crow is just about able to keep up. On another occasion we observed that Jackdaws can't keep up with Red Kites even if the kite is not trying to get away.

Ref: DF3_20170820_0703_121-125 Red Kite in flight pursued by Carrion Crow 01-05 of 14 (impression montage).jpg

If we keep still the Kites mostly ignore us, as this one flying overhead.

Ref: DF3_20170820_1512_026 Red Kite flying overhead.jpg

06 Oct 2017

"I See You"
Apologies to James Cameron's 'Avatar'.

Ref: DF3_20170816_1638_036 Buzzard in flight towards camera (crop 2).jpg

The buzzard zoomed right overhead.

Ref: DF3_20170816_1638_036 Buzzard in flight towards camera (crop 1).jpg

The Buzzard made this powered flyby as part of exploring the area.

Ref: DF3_20170816_1638_024-030 Buzzard in flight 06-12 of 13 (close spaced montage).jpg

05 Oct 2017

Passes by a couple of Cormorants, not as high as usual, gave us a chance for some pics.

Ref: DF3_20170815_1032_110 Cormorant in flight 03 of 10 (crop).jpg

These 4 images are accurately montaged against the clouds - these are big birds that really pick up some speed.

Ref: DF3_20170815_1032_123-126 Cormorant in flight across clouds 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

04 Oct 2017

A new Hoverfly (or Hover-fly) on a Hop Sedge leaf at the Duck Shaped pond. A handsome (and harmless) little life.

Ref: DF3_20170814_1224_008 Hoverfly The Footballer - Helophilus pendulus - on Hop Sedge.jpg

This Moth, another first sighting for us, does not have a common name but we think it is rather pretty.

Ref: DF3_20170815_1327_266 Moth Pyrausta purpuralis.jpg

03 Oct 2017

A Red Kite was making the characteristic circles while climbing in a thermal. We got the whole of a circle in 76 frames, so at 7 fps it took about 10 second per 'lap'. Trying to rebuild the real positions for 76 images would not show much detail, so here is a selection arranged in a circle. The sequence starts at 10 o'clock, and ends with the slightly smaller image (because higher and further away) at 8 o'clock.

Ref: DF3_20170813_1435_262-337 Red Kite making complete circle in thermal 01+11+19+32+41+51+58+65 of 76 (close spaced montage).jpg

02 Oct 2017

Several Buzzards were climbing in the same thermal, making their usual aggressive interactions whenever they came close enough.

Ref: DF3_20170814_1005_140-146 2 Buzzards skirmishing in flight 1-7 of 7 (montage).jpg

Several Buzzards were climbing in the same thermal, making their usual aggressive interactions whenever they came close enough.

Ref: DF3_20170814_1006_185-190 2 Buzzards skirmishing in flight 2-7 of 7 (montage).jpg

01 Oct 2017

This is a Common Blue Butterfly, for all that her wings are brown. You can see a blue haze of hairs over her body.

Ref: DF3_20170813_1226_088 Common Blue Butterfly female (damaged right wing) feeding on Knapweed.jpg

A Peacock Butterfly sunning itself on the clover.

Ref: DF3_20170813_1438_342 Peacock Butterfly warming itself on clover.jpg



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