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31 Aug 2018

In just half an hour this site saw visits by a Fox and two very obviously different Badgers.

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A pristine badger looks for a morsel others have missed.

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Earlier the same night, possibly the same Fox now at the Woodland site, still on the prowl.

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This fox look intently for some unfortunate on the ground.

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30 Aug 2018

We haven't studied Badger gaits, but alternate corner paws off the ground suggests some sort of 'Trot'. Movement blur suggests that our friend was moving at a decent speed through the site.

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Trundling through the night this badger is pushing it's muzzle down onto the now rock-hard soil.
We have has less than 3mm (1/8 inch) of rain in 6 weeks. A formal drought has been declared in various parts of the UK.

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29 Aug 2018

A Handsome Comma Butterfly perched on a Blackberry leaf on which it is throwing a lovely shadow.

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Also a Comma Butterfly, here with the orange wing surface hidden, but showing the white mark that gives the Comma Butterfly it's name.

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A pair of Small White Butterflies flew by us 'in tandem' and landed on this leaf to continue their assignation.

Ref: D72_20180709_1554_040 Small White Butterflies mating (crop).jpg

28 Aug 2018

We believe this to be Pale Willowherb in the field margin.
This is the first time we have documented it here.

Ref: D72_20180707_1229_007 Pale Willowherb (Epilobium roseum) growing on field margin to our north (crop).jpg

A male Brimstone Butterfly feeding on the plentiful Purple Loosestrife flowers growing in soggy soil at the main pond margins.

Ref: D72_20180708_1220_015 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding on Purple Loosestrife flower.jpg

A Reedmace flower - male catkins on the top and female at the bottom to catch wind blown pollen from, hopefully, other flowers.

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27 Aug 2018

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched delicately on a blackberry leaf.

Ref: D72_20180705_1518_088 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male perched on Blackberry leaf.jpg

Here we have a female Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly. The male of the same species has the back of the body covered in a powdery blue pruinescence.

Ref: D72_20180710_1233_010 Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly female perched on leaf.jpg

26 Aug 2018

A male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perches on the ragged end of a hedge twig. This one gradually changing colour to the mature form.

Ref: DF3_20180629_1019_024 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male.jpg

A brightly coloured mature male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly on the desiccated leaves of a bramble stem cut because it was growing over a path.
Keeping the paths navigable is an endless task at this time of year.

Ref: D72_20180703_1444_065 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male.jpg

25 Aug 2018

A clearly hatched Song Thrush Egg dumped away from the nest by one of the parents so as not to show predators where the nest is.

Ref: DF3_20180629_1755_519 Song Thrush half of hatched egg 25mm long.jpg

Next day 50m, away from the hatched egg, what may be Mum or Dad to the hatchling.

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24 Aug 2018

Grey Squirrels can be really NASTY to other Squirrels.

Ref: E63_20180628_1943_041_FB1 Grey Squirrel leaping to attack head of another already vertical (crop).jpg

Grey Squirrels can be really NASTY to other species who really don't compete with them.

Ref: E63_20180630_1854_210_FB1 Magpie fleeing from Grey Squirrel attack.jpg

23 Aug 2018

A Tawny Owl makes a pounce on some unfortunate prey.

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We found a rook lying dead outside the kitchen window. We have to assume a bird strike on the window, although we couldn't find any mark on the glass We moved the sad little corpse to the meadow site to see what was interested. To our surprise at about 3.30 a.m. the Tawny Owl landed on the meadow post, immediately flew down for a look and a peck at the dead bird, and almost immediately flew back to the post.

Ref: E62_20180702_0326_157_FB5+D01_0326_022+0327_023 Tawny Owl landing on meadow post + examining dead Rook juvenile + return to post 4 of 8 (montage over 2 minutes).jpg

90 minutes after the Tawny owl came down for a brief look, this pristine fox came and collected his prize to consume somewhere less exposed to daytime 'robbers' - judging from the eyes not quite fully dilated, the daylight was already starting.

Ref: E62_20180702_0510_160_FB5 Fox about to carry away dead Rook juvenile (crop).jpg

22 Aug 2018

A female Brown Hawker Dragonfly flying above.

Ref: DF3_20180630_1352_522 Brown Hawker Dragonfly female in flight (1st of 2018).jpg

A few days later this male Brown Hawker Dragonfly is patrolling the concrete access track. It is a really good heat trap.

Ref: D72_20180703_1435_020-026 Brown Hawker Dragonfly male in flight @10fps 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg

A male Brown Hawker Dragonfly, stopped for once. We have male and female of this species occupying different areas that overlap near the house - get it together folks!

Ref: D72_20180703_1624_083 Brown Hawker Dragonfly male perched on tree bark.jpg

21 Aug 2018

A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly decorating one of hundreds of thistles in a 20m stretch along the side of the oil seed rape crop. We saw about 50 of mostly Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on this stretch - more than we have seen at once for many years.

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A Ringlet Butterfly feeding on a Blackberry flower.

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20 Aug 2018

A Green-veined White Butterfly looking for nectar on a mostly 'spent' Blackberry flower.

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A Large White Butterfly feeding on a thistle flower.

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Here is a Small white Butterfly enjoying a Blackberry flower. Without the cue of scale, you can most easily tell Large and Small white butterflies apart by the area of black at the wing tip.

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A pair of Large White Butterflies spiralling into the sky in a mating ritual.

Ref: DF3_20180629_1738_510-512 Large White Butterfly pair spiralling together about 10m high 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg

19 Aug 2018

Our family of swallows has mostly settled on feeding the youngsters on the 11kV cables just to our west. Two juvenile Swallows are on the cables, both hopeful of a feed, but only the right hand side bird got fed this time

Ref: DF3_20180630_1006_112+114+119 Swallow in flight feeding 1 of 2 juveniles perched on 11kV cable 04+06+11 of 14 (montage over 1 second).jpg

The evidence is there from the camera timestamps, and it is amazing that the Swallow can twist this much in the 140mS between each frame. No wonder it is so hard to follow them with a camera.

Ref: DF3_20180630_1258_360-362 Swallow twisting in flight 1-3 of 3 (impression montage @ 7 fps).jpg

18 Aug 2018

A male banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched elegantly on a leaf tip.

Ref: DF3_20180629_1016_018 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male.jpg

A female banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched elegantly on a leaf tip. The female has no 'bands' on the wings, and almost clear wings - here you are looking through 4 wings and it is still only a light brown.

Ref: DF3_20180629_1640_474 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly female (crop).jpg

17 Aug 2018

Juvenile Rooks (left) don't have the white beaks of the adult . At a glance you can mistake them for a Carrion Crow except that they are slightly smaller and very sociable.

Ref: DF3_20180624_1753_046 Rook juvenile (left) and adult perched on 11kV cables.jpg

16 Aug 2018

An undersized and Grey Badger has to be a growing youngster out learning about where to find stuff to eat. The land is so dry at the moment that these animals may have to put a lot of effort into digging down deep enough to find their staple diet of worms. So they will welcome one of our 'free meals'

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4 days later, this adult Badger arrives as the young badger seems to be leaving, having not previously triggered the camera.

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12 minutes after visiting the hedge-bottom site what looks like the same adult Badger examines the woodland site some 50m away.

Ref: E64_20180627_0237_054_FB2 Badger.jpg

15 Aug 2018

Some sort of caterpillar on its way to an ever open beak of a Blackbird youngster.

Ref: E62_20180625_1934_028_FB5 Blackbird male with Caterpillar in beak.jpg

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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