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31 Dec 2018

The female Sparrowhawk has started to turn up most mornings in the pre-dawn gloom. No idea what she finds.

Ref: D01_20181114_0650_007+0655_013+20181115_0655_032_FB6 Sparrowhawk visits to meadow post 1+5 of 7 & 3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Next day another landing, for us emphasising the slender legs for a bird that catches and kills with the talons.
These lightweight legs undoubtedly help the bird's fantastic speed and manoeuvrability, but limit the bird to small prey.

Ref: D01_20181115_0654_030_FB6 Sparrowhawk 3 minute visit to meadow post (disturbed by us in conservatory) 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

30 Dec 2018

This female Sparrowhawk unexpectedly started making visits most days to this post top an hour before sunrise.

Ref: D01_20181112_0629_063_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 4 minute visit to meadow post 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

Next morning the same female Sparrowhawk made 4 visits to the post in 20 minutes.

Ref: D01_20181113_0632_009-0640_014_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 4 short visits to meadow post in 20 minutes 06+07+02 of 10 (montage).jpg

29 Dec 2018

A Tawny Owl made a couple of visits about 20 minutes apart. We are not sure that this is the regular owl - the feather divide over the head is different, but may just be a moult variation.

Ref: D01_20181112_0351_051-0412_058_FB6 Tawny Owl 4 minute visit to meadow post 1+3 of 3 & 1+3 of 5 (montage).jpg

28 Dec 2018

This lovely Barn Owl spent almost an hour coming and going from the top of the meadow post.

Ref: D01_20181112_0115_038-0119_043_FB6 Barn Owl 55 minutes of visits to meadow post 09+12+08 of 17 (montage).jpg

This lovely Barn Owl spent almost an hour coming and going from the top of the meadow post.

Ref: D01_20181112_0144_050+0107_028_FB6 Barn Owl 55 minutes of visits to meadow post 17+05 of 17 (montage).jpg

27 Dec 2018

The dominant Male Pheasant picking through the litter of leaves. Don't miss the iridescent feathers at the neck, inside the 'ear' tufts, over the back and above the legs.

Ref: E64_20181105_1327_026_FB2 Pheasant male pecking through leaf litter.jpg

26 Dec 2018

A Buzzard flies by, lit by the low morning sun.
These are reasonably accurately spaced and positioned.

Ref: DF3_20181106_0759_064-068 Buzzard in flight lit by early morning sun of 09-13 of 13 (approx montage).jpg

Next day this buzzard landed on the Post in the Meadow and stayed for a couple of minutes.

Ref: D01_20181107_0933_024-0935_031_FB6 Buzzard on meadow post 4+1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg

A more detailed crop of the bird at the left of the montage.

Ref: D01_20181107_0935_031_FB6 Buzzard on meadow post 4 of 4 (crop).jpg

25 Dec 2018

A sweet moment, whiskers intermingled, for a pair of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at the bottom of the hedge.

Ref: E63_20181105_2217_057_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frolicking.jpg

This montage is built from 4 frames of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) all taken in same half-an-hour.

Ref: E63_20181104_1844_153-1913_156_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 30 minutes (accurate montage).jpg

A closer view of one of the above Fieldmice (Wood Mice) for a little extra 'tweeness'.

Ref: E63_20181104_1855_155_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nibbling food and shadow on stone.jpg

24 Dec 2018

While looking over a farm field this Red Kite arrived and put on a little aerial display.

Ref: DF3_20181103_0845_087+089+090+092 Red Kite flying toward camera then turning 1+3+4+6 of 8 (montage).jpg

Ref: DF3_20181103_0845_090 Red Kite flying toward camera then turning 4 of 8 (crop).jpg

Ref: DF3_20181103_0845_114 Red Kite flying past 1 of 5 (crop).jpg

23 Dec 2018

Normally the Reeve's Muntjac Deer flee if we appear in their line of site. But this female 100m away at the other end of this path apparently did not see us standing still, and started to wander toward us. When about 70m from us she seemed to spot us, and quietly turned into one of the many paths leading towards the centre. We quietly wandered after her but she had 'vanished'.

Ref: D72_20181104_1554_006+1555_015+016 Muntjac Reeves Deer female walks down path towards camera 1+3+4 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

22 Dec 2018

If I tie myself in a knot, will the fleas go away?
Grey Squirrels may be flea-ridden but it's not for lack of grooming.

Ref: D36_20181102_1441_030_FB4 Grey Squirrel Grooming.jpg

Next morning and for several following days the serious business of the keeping the Drey warm is underway.

Ref: D36_20181103_0742_042_FB4 Grey squirrel collecting leaves for bedding.jpg

This Grey squirrel is probably quite excited to find a whole Hazelnut.
As Vegans we eat lots of nuts and the Squirrels enjoy the inevitable waste.

Ref: E62_20181105_1539_018_FB5 Grey squirrel holding Tesco Hazelnut.jpg

The sweet fluffy Grey Squirrel showing another aspect of it's behaviour.

Ref: E64_20181102_1627_058_FB2 Grey Squirrel attacking Magpie (crop).jpg

21 Dec 2018

We absolutely have NOT 'turned up the colour' on this incredible Magpie tail. Red, Orange and Yellow form a tiny patches near the tip, but Green and Blue are strong and patches tend to Indigo and maybe even 2 patches of Violet. All created by microscopic structures in the bird's feathers.
Mnemonics for Rainbow colours in English:

Ref: E64_20181027_1636_114_FB2 Magpie with tail showing most of the rainbow colours (crop).jpg

20 Dec 2018

This Tawny Owl landed in this perch with back to camera, and 3 minutes later the bird looks about to pounce onto some poor critter on the ground below. Fieldmice (Wood Mice) and Voles visit the base of the feeder to eat tiny fragments of peanut the birds drop from the feeder.

Ref: E60_20181026_1903_046_FB3 Tawny Owl preparing to pounce on ground 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

A somewhat arbitrary collection of Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) images taken over two nights.
A culinary delight for the Owls?

Ref: E62_20181029_1803_042-2041_058_FB5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) visiting over 2 nights (montage).jpg

19 Dec 2018

A Fallen Cow Parsley stem allows this study in symmetry.

Ref: DF3_20181025_1020_203 Cow Parsley desiccated seed head on fallen stem.jpg

18 Dec 2018

This Red Kite was flying over the fields to our South West is defending itself intermittently from the Rooks and Gulls. They want to win the Kite's prize of what looks to us like a male Blackbird clasped in the talons.

Ref: DF3_20181025_1016_043-045 Red Kite in flight with Blackbird male in Talons 03-05 of 11 (accurate montage at @7fps).jpg

A Red Kite flying by shown in accurate positions at 7 fps (based on power poles out of this crop).

Ref: DF3_20181031_1120_073-077 Red Kite in flight @7fps 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

17 Dec 2018

This gorgeous Barn Owl only stayed for about a minute.

Ref: D01_20181027_0705_003+0706_004_FB6 Barn Owl 1 minute visit 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

This Barn owl arrived for a few minutes hunt from the Meadow Post.

Ref: D01_20181101_1750_013+1751_015+1753_018_FB6 Barn Owl 4 minute visit to meadow post 1+3+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

16 Dec 2018

The local 'Apple vanishing' trickster.
This apple vanished into the badger over 7 minutes.

Ref: BU6_20181025_2353_399-2359_447_SC2 Badger eating large apple over 7 minutes 01+03+05+06+08-11 of 11 (montage).jpg

Another apple vanishes - this time in a Male Reeve's Muntjac Deer.
It looks like as a single mouthful that he subsequently chewed on for a couple of minutes.

Ref: BU6_20181027_0539_172+0540_175+176_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male eating large piece of apple 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

15 Dec 2018

Here we see our (still only one) female Pheasant showing us her re-growing tail. One of a pair of falling leaves is casting it's shadow onto her side as she walks by.

Ref: E64_20181021_1719_173_FB2 Pheasant female with tail re-growing with shadow of falling leaf on her plumage.jpg

The male Pheasant has now re-grown his tail and proudly displays that it can now reach right out of the top of the camera frame.

Ref: E63_20181022_1637_030_FB1 Pheasant male.jpg

14 Dec 2018

What may be the last Butterfly we see this year, sunning itself on an Autumn leaf. We assumed that these overwintered as adults like several other resident butterfly species, checked, and found that:-
    Speckled Wood - There are 2 - 3 generations a year and the
    butterfly can overwinter as either a caterpillar or as a pupa.

Ref: DF3_20181022_1306_031 Speckled Wood Butterfly with 2 small bird pecks.jpg

13 Dec 2018

One or more House Sparrows have turned up in recent days for a Wash-and-Brushup' in this plant saucer. Only in the last 5 years have we seen more than one or two House Sparrows a year, while we have a breeding population of Tree Sparrows.

Ref: D71_20181023_1259_007+021+043+048 House Sparrow bathing 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

12 Dec 2018

This Red Kite makes an appearance, shown here turning over about 2 seconds.

Ref: DF3_20181021_1522_020+031+036 Red Kite turning in flight (discontinuous) 1+3+4 of 4 (close spaced montage).jpg

This Buzzard makes an appearance, shown here turning over about 1.5 seconds.

Ref: DF3_20181019_1403_046+051+056 Buzzard turning in flight 1-3 of 3 (montage over 1 second).jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20181017_1527_058 Red Kite gliding.jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20181013_0726_018 Dawn (orig & final).jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20181011_1013_004 Mallow flower.jpg

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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