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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.
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.
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.
A Cinnabar Moth showing us the gloriously coloured top of the rear wings that make the insect so striking when it is in flight.
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.
Another instance of a 22 degree sun halo, this time in a rather less bland sky. This is the unprocessed camera frame.
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.
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.
A Ringlet butterfly poised delicately on a Hop Sedge frond.
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 :-(
At last - a pic of the whole Grass Snake coiled up to warm itself under the corrugated iron sheet.
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.
A drone Fly also feeds from the short lived white privet blossom. Some of the florets here have already 'turned'.
A Red Kite flies quite low overhead.
This montage of the kite flying overhead is at 10fps (tenth of a second between images) but even so we have closed the gaps.
This montage of the kite flying overhead is at 10fps (tenth of a second between images) and the clouds allow an accurately spaced montage.
In the warm morning sunshine little beetles wander round an Oxeye daisy flower.
A Marmalade Hover-fly stops off for a feed at this Oxeye Daisy flower.
The little clump of fiery 'Fox and Cubs' in our front 'garden' coming to the end of their flowering ...
... as the blowsy Mallow Flowers take over the same patch.
Both self-set, and both welcome to our chaotic garden.
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!
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.
A detail from another female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly highlighting the wonderful intricacy of the veins in the wings.
A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly beautifully poised on a leaf.
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.
A clear portrait of the little 'Bambi', tip of the pink tongue protruding.
Mother licking the youngster assiduously, spending time to lick the Anus to encourage it to defecate.
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!
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