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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.
Another frame of this lovely bird.
The symmetry of the wings frame the bird like Gothic columns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Red Kite flies almost overhead.
As the Red Kite departed a young Lombardy Poplar tree adds a little autumn colour.
This immaculate fox spent 10 minutes rooting through the leaf litter at the woodland site. Here the start (left) and end of the visit.
A single Tawny Owl visit during a week.
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.
An elegant Great Tit poses on a convenient Fir cone
A Blue Tit stands on the stone looking up at we know-not-what.
A montage of 3 images of a pair of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over about half an hour.
An early morning splash of colour in the sky got us out into the cold to watch the dawn and sunrise.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Just before dawn 30 hours later we catch another (or maybe the same) Polecat streaking through the meadow site.
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.
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