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14 Aug 2018

Apple tree tend to drop a few developing apples when they 'know' that they can't bring them all to fruit. This behaviour is known as the June Drop. We collect the dropped fruit and bring them to the photo sites so we get to see them being enjoyed by all and sundry.

Ref: E62_20180627_1859_093_FB5 Grey Squirrel holding tiny windfall apple in paws.jpg

13 Aug 2018

The Gatekeeper Butterfly (also known as the Hedge Brown, and older names Hedge Eye, Small Meadow Brown, and Large Heath) has two white dots in its black spot (unlike the single dot in a Meadow Brown).
In the 1970s we got really confused by these Browns, named differently in different books, and are pleased we have just discovered why.

Ref: DF3_20180627_1356_012 Gatekeeper Butterfly feeding on Blackberry flower.jpg

12 Aug 2018

These moths that spend their lives precariously over water are generically called 'China Mark' moths, but comes in 4 varieties (at the moment - who knows what climate warming will bring) of which this is the Small China-mark Moth. You can just see the gorgeous patterning that adorns the lower wings.

Ref: DF3_20180625_1433_003 Small China-mark Moth at water surface.jpg

A Cinnabar Moth showing us the gloriously coloured top of the rear wings that make the insect so striking when it is in flight.

Ref: DF3_20180626_1513_022 Cinnabar Moth.jpg

11 Aug 2018

We haven't seen an unbroken '22 degree' halo around the sun before this hazy day. The image just fits the frame of one of our 'grab' cameras (APS-C sensor with 18mm on a Zoom lens) so this is the whole frame with slight contrast and colour enhancement to overcome the flare that pointing a camera at the sun produces.

Ref: D72_20180615_1624_004 Sun Halo (22 degrees) (crop slightly colour enhanced).jpg

Another instance of a 22 degree sun halo, this time in a rather less bland sky. This is the unprocessed camera frame.

Ref: D71_20180623_1223_006 Sun Halo 22 degree (orig).jpg

10 Aug 2018

For once we managed to keep the birds off most of the Redcurrant bushes this year. So the waste pulp and few spoiled berries went out for the animals. This single berry got left by several visitors.

Ref: D36_20180625_1838_018_FB4 Jackdaw arriving on tree-stump with just 1 red currant remaining.jpg

09 Aug 2018

This is a Comma Butterfly (the white 'comma' giving it is name just visible on the lower surface of the right wing). This was on Hop Sedge where we now see them most years in the spring/summer. We used to only see them on windfall apples in the orchard in the Autumn.

Ref: DF3_20180624_1605_025 Comma Butterfly on Hop Sedge at Duck-shaped pond.jpg

A Ringlet butterfly poised delicately on a Hop Sedge frond.

Ref: DF3_20180622_1520_009 Ringlet Butterfly on Hop Sedge (1st of 2018).jpg

08 Aug 2018

Continuing the saga of the Grass snake under the Corrugated Iron sheet, here it is uncurling to escape our disturbance by going down a nearby Mousehole. But the surprise was that is promptly re-appeared half a metre away at another mousehole while the tail end was still entering this hole.
But unfortunately total failure at getting the 'hole' event on camera :-(

Ref: DF3_20180621_1554_004 Grass Snake uncoils to escape down mouse hole only to reappear at hole half metre away (off frame).jpg

At last - a pic of the whole Grass Snake coiled up to warm itself under the corrugated iron sheet.

Ref: DF3_20180623_1528_033 Grass Snake coiled under Corrugated Iron.jpg

07 Aug 2018

The flowers on the Privet hedges barely last a couple of weeks. The Butterflies make the most of it. This is a Small Tortoiseshell probing a floret.

Ref: D72_20180622_1010_168 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly feeding on Privet flower.jpg

A drone Fly also feeds from the short lived white privet blossom. Some of the florets here have already 'turned'.

Ref: D72_20180622_1010_170 Drone-fly on Privet Flower.jpg

06 Aug 2018

A Red Kite flies quite low overhead.

Ref: D72_20180622_1007_064 Red Kite in flight.jpg

This montage of the kite flying overhead is at 10fps (tenth of a second between images) but even so we have closed the gaps.

Ref: D72_20180622_1007_066-068 Red Kite hunting over ground beneath 1-3 of 3 (montage @ 10fps).jpg

This montage of the kite flying overhead is at 10fps (tenth of a second between images) and the clouds allow an accurately spaced montage.

Ref: D72_20180622_1008_140-144 Red Kite in flight against scattered clouds @ 10fps 5-9 of 9 (accurate montage).jpg

05 Aug 2018

In the warm morning sunshine little beetles wander round an Oxeye daisy flower.

Ref: D72_20180622_0958_020 Oxeye Daisy flower.jpg

A Marmalade Hover-fly stops off for a feed at this Oxeye Daisy flower.

Ref: D72_20180622_0958_023 Marmalade Hover-fly on Oxeye Daisy.jpg

04 Aug 2018

The little clump of fiery 'Fox and Cubs' in our front 'garden' coming to the end of their flowering ...

Ref: DF3_20180615_0951_094 Clump of Fox and Cubs flowers by gate.jpg

... as the blowsy Mallow Flowers take over the same patch.
Both self-set, and both welcome to our chaotic garden.

Ref: DF3_20180622_0653_056 Mallow flower.jpg

03 Aug 2018

This is called Scorpion Fly - only the male has the curled tail that gives the species it's common name. And no, it isn't a stinger!

Ref: DF3_20180620_1758_094 Scorpion fly male.jpg

02 Aug 2018

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly (judging from the brown wings not the very similar female Banded) flicking her wings momentarily so you can see them spread out.

Ref: DF3_20180621_1556_013 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female momentarily fluttering wings (crop).jpg

A detail from another female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly highlighting the wonderful intricacy of the veins in the wings.

Ref: DF3_20180620_1757_090 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female (crop).jpg

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly beautifully poised on a leaf.

Ref: DF3_20180620_1756_080 Banded Demoiselle male.jpg

01 Aug 2018

30 hours after the sighting of a pregnant Reeve's Muntjac Deer we were delighted to spot this mother Muntjac feeding what looks to us like a very new Fawn. Mother was spending a lot of time licking the damp and tousled fur and assiduously cleaning it. Here the Fawn is suckling from the milk-bar.

Ref: D71_20180620_1304_055 Muntjac female feeding and grooming new Fawn then joined by male 16 of 46 (crop).jpg

A clear portrait of the little 'Bambi', tip of the pink tongue protruding.

Ref: D71_20180620_1306_086 Muntjac female feeding and grooming new Fawn then joined by male 32 of 46 (crop).jpg

Mother licking the youngster assiduously, spending time to lick the Anus to encourage it to defecate.

Ref: D71_20180620_1311_164 Muntjac female feeding and grooming new Fawn then joined by male 45 of 46 (crop).jpg

9 hours later the CCTV shows us the return of the little Reeve's Muntjac Deer family. As the day faded we saw this funny moment when the Fawn disappointedly checked out Dad for the presence of a milk-bar!

Ref: DF2_20180620_2113_040 Muntjac female feeding and grooming new Fawn then joined by male 46 of 46 (no milk under Dad!) (crop).jpg



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