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11 Dec 2018

A visit from a Barn Owl that lasted almost 20 minutes was unusually active, changing position between most frames (45 seconds apart). Here is a selection.

Ref: D01_20181021_0049_007-0106_028_FB6 Barn owl 18 minute visit to meadow post 01+06+07+14+15+22 of 22 (montage).jpg

Another frame of this lovely bird.
The symmetry of the wings frame the bird like Gothic columns.

Ref: D01_20181021_0057_017_FB6 Barn owl 18 minute visit to meadow post 11 of 22 (crop).jpg

10 Dec 2018

This Badger walked down the mound and then stopped at the bottom in this squatting but alert position for about a minute. There was no cause obvious in subsequent photos.

Ref: BU2_20181020_0147_289+0148_291+293_SC7 Badger walking down Round mound and then squatting at bottom (accurate montage).jpg

A few hours later this badger wandered into the end of the 'orchard' and lay down to chew into one of the spoiled windfall apples. Lying down means the front paws are free to grip the food and that is exactly what is happening here.

Ref: BU6_20181020_0542_960-0543_967_SC2 Badger lying down to hold hard apple in claws to bite into 01-03+05+09 of 10 (montage).jpg

The Badger sett hidden in the farmers crop now has 4 major entrances, this being the biggest You can assess the size from the UK size 9 shoes top left.
It appears that Sett can be spelled with one or two t's.

Ref: D72_20181021_1225_053 Badger set entrances on Farm land (orig).jpg

09 Dec 2018

This Red Kite seemed quite oblivious to our presence, so we got well over 100 pics to pick through. A Wonderful bird - do enjoy these.

Ref: DF3_20181017_1527_048+050+053+056 Red Kite gliding by and turning (discontinuous) 1-4 of 4 (close spaced montage).jpg

A Red Kite flies almost overhead.

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As the Red Kite departed a young Lombardy Poplar tree adds a little autumn colour.

Ref: DF3_20181017_1528_095-097 Red Kite gliding behind autumn leaves @7fps 3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg

08 Dec 2018

This immaculate fox spent 10 minutes rooting through the leaf litter at the woodland site. Here the start (left) and end of the visit.

Ref: E64_20181017_2137_286+2146_289_FB2 Fox visit(s) over 10 minutes (montage).jpg

A single Tawny Owl visit during a week.

Ref: D01_20181017_2151_008-2200_020_FB6 Tawny Owl 12 minute visit to meadow post 1-3+5+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

07 Dec 2018

An unexpected mini-drama over 3 minutes. As the fox arrives (top left) this Polecat decides to enter the Rabbit Warren in this mound (top right). The Polecat disappears into the mound for a couple of minutes as the fox wanders past the hole. The next time we see the Polecat is as it is leaving the hole 2 minutes later, with the fox watching it from the bottom left of the mound.

Ref: BU2_20181015_0544_061+063+0545_069+0546_074_SC7 Fox visits mound as Polecat goes down Rabbit hole and emerges 2 minutes later 1+3+5+7 of 8 (montage).jpg

06 Dec 2018

An elegant Great Tit poses on a convenient Fir cone

Ref: E62_20181013_1720_147_FB5 Great Tit standing on Fir Cone on ground.jpg

A Blue Tit stands on the stone looking up at we know-not-what.

Ref: E63_20181017_1227_272_FB1 Blue Tit.jpg

A montage of 3 images of a pair of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over about half an hour.

Ref: E62_20181016_1912_122+1919_123+1938_124_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frolicking over 26 minutes (montage).jpg

05 Dec 2018

An early morning splash of colour in the sky got us out into the cold to watch the dawn and sunrise.

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We had both noticed a few specks on our spectacles. 'and lo' a rainbow appeared while the rim of the sun was still not visible. The bow therefore started and ended at right angles to the horizon. To start with the bow lacked it's upper section - here are the west and north ends, looking strange in the orange early light.

Ref: DF3_20181013_0731_047+0732_053 Rainbow through dawn & sunrise 01+02 of 13 (original exposure rescaled montage).jpg

Again at the north end, as the east end faded, the bow became a 'double' visible on the right looking really strange in the now rising sunlight.

Ref: DF3_20181013_0736_090 Rainbow through dawn & sunrise 10 of 13 (orig & final).jpg

04 Dec 2018

In odd protected corners of the plot Mallow flowers are having a last 'go' before the first severe frost finishes them off. Enjoy the shadow of the stamens.

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Fungi have been growing all year underground, and as the days shorten and cool Fungi fruiting bodies tend to replace the final flowers for the year. This handful of fresh Shaggy Ink Cap fungi has appeared in the same place, and about the same time, as last year. Unfortunately 3 days later they got inadvertently flattened during all day safety maintenance work on the 11kV overhead cables, but more were emerging a few days later

Ref: DF3_20181013_0726_023 Shaggy ink cap fungus freshly risen in grass.jpg

03 Dec 2018

A few days after a Buzzard visited the woodland site, this one unexpectedly made a visit to the edge of the Round Pond at mid-day.

Ref: BU5_20181013_1142_352+354_SC1 Buzzard visiting edge of round pond 1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg

02 Dec 2018

Here is what we thought would be our 'traditional' single autumn visit by a Polecat. This one was 2 minutes before midnight at the hedge bottom.

Ref: E63_20181009_2358_125_FB1 Polecat (crop).jpg

Just before dawn 30 hours later we catch another (or maybe the same) Polecat streaking through the meadow site.

Ref: E62_20181011_0625_123_FB5 Polecat (crop).jpg

01 Dec 2018

While watching from about 100 metres away, this buzzard flew from further away to land on this cross-bar and start hunting in the evening sunlight.

Ref: DF3_20181009_1731_067+075+074 Buzzard perched on 11kV power line crossbar (montage).jpg



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