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18 Jul 2018

Its so easy for Hares to hide in the now metre or more high Oil-seed Rape crop that we rarely get a glimpse. So this one unhurriedly lolloping away from us across one of the outright dead patches in the crop took our fancy. The legs look such a mess that it's seems a wonder they don't get tangled. This montage shifts the Hare to the left each 140mS step. In the 2nd and 3rd images from the right you can see that the Hare has a torn ear.


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17 Jul 2018

The Common Blue Damselflies continue to decorate the weeds. This is one of the 3 forms that the female can take - called either 'Typical' or 'Drab' according to which reference book.


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A male Common Blue Damselfly warming in the sun will soon be off looking for a girl! Unlike the females, the males have just this one form.


Ref: DF3_20180603_1252_003 Common Blue Damselfly male mature.jpg

16 Jul 2018

Every year the front of the house erupts in these self-sown vivid orange flowers called 'Fox and Cubs'. The flower clumps are only about 4cm across, but make up for it as little 'flames' burning in the sunshine.


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The white Iris is a cultivar, but no less attractive than the yellow original. Three pairs of opposed flower petals at 120 degrees are interspersed with single petals to make a striking appearance.


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Every year we enjoy this little clump of white Foxgloves in a sunless corner growing through a crack in the concrete. Life is determined!


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15 Jul 2018

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly (one of 3 individuals spread over our patch) on the first day of the year warm enough to draw them out.


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A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly (one of 3 individuals spread over our patch) on the first day of the year warm enough to draw them out.


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14 Jul 2018

We know the Speckled Wood butterfly so well, but only when perched with it's wings open. So this one actually puzzled us for a while in a patch of dappled sunlight.


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This less welcome visitor is one of the huge number of Harlequin Ladybird forms, this one with hardly any visible spots. These foreign invaders (since 2004) are here to stay and we will have to get used to them. Down the edge of the stinging nettle leaf you can see the poison loaded needles ready to punish any inadvertant contact.


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13 Jul 2018

Mrs. and Mr. Chaffinch one day apart made this mirrored montage irresistible. They are at the same scale - he is just slightly bigger than the female.


Ref: D36_20180604_0944_006+20180605_0912_021_FB4 Chaffinch female + male (mirrored) (montage).jpg

12 Jul 2018

One of the longer visits by the Tawny owl, starting with quite an active bird but spending the last 4 minutes standing so still that flicking through images on the camera suggested that something might have gone wrong (not shown).


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Another night we have 6 short visits. This sequence skips one poorly imaged landing, but includes the final crouched stance. The IR floodlight that lets us see this post on CCTV has failed so we can't have a look to see what the last image was all about.


Ref: D01_20180605_2240_001-20180606_0258_014_FB6 Tawny Owl(s) making 6 visits to meadow post in 4 Hrs 1-3_5-7 of 7 (montage).jpg

11 Jul 2018

An early morning walk found this male Reeves Muntjac Deer quietly grazing his way along the bottom of the farm hedge.


Ref: DF3_20180527_0709_066 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with velvet antler stubs (crop 1).jpg

This zoom on the Deer show his horns as just velvet knobs. We have not seen the Male Reeve's Muntjac Deer with bone antlers now for a couple of weeks, and assume that this is the same individual having shed his antlers and starting to re-grow them.


Ref: DF3_20180527_0709_066 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with velvet antler stubs (crop 2).jpg

10 Jul 2018

These wonderful wild roses drench several metres around them with their perfume.
Dog Rose is pleasant but nowhere close in strength.
We recently read that Rose experts say that half of modern roses have no discernable scent at all - breeders concentrating only on appearance.


Ref: DF3_20180526_1734_029 Wild rose clump outside our north hedge including spent + flowers + buds (orig & final).jpg

Wind and rain has put paid to the wonderful display of Hawthorn Blossom, but left a carpet of fallen petals beneath each bush/tree.


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Fallen Hawthorn petals showing the individual fallen petals.


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09 Jul 2018

We often leave the 'bait bowl' covered by the corn bag if we go for a walk before scattering the bait. On return we often disturb a squirrel helping itself, but this one is standing on the bag and has lifted several items from the bowl beneath, probably tried a bit, and then dropped them down on the top of the bag to look for more. She continued feeding until we were only a couple of metres away.
Yes - this is our front garden - dead nettles, thistles and rank grass :-(
But yes, the wildlife love it :-)


Ref: DF3_20180526_1740_038 Grey Squirrel female raiding bag and dish of bait.jpg

Ouch!
Grey Squirrels are sometime vicious little creatures - we wouldn't want those claws on our face.


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A Grey Squirrel 'Ups' the male Pheasant.
But at the top edge of the frame just left of centre is the tip of that curved beak. Maybe the Squirrel will be getting an unwelcome riposte.


Ref: E63_20180528_1823_053_FB1 Grey Squirrel puts Pheasant male to flight.jpg

08 Jul 2018

The Barn owl made a couple of visits on the same evening. The landing (left image) looks a bit awkward and we think the bird may have been landing with a slight tailwind and overshot a bit - birds usually aim for the 'leading edge' rather than slither over the top.


Ref: D01_20180529_2146_026-2149_030_FB6 Barn Owl 6 minute visit to meadow post 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

45 minutes after the awkward landing, what looks like the same Barn Owl landing much more solidly in the opposite direction, but only staying for one more photo (right then left).


Ref: D01_20180529_2233_034+2234_035_FB6 Barn Owl 2 minute visit to meadow post 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

07 Jul 2018

A pristine Badger takes his photo just after midnight.


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06 Jul 2018

The dominant male Pheasant quietly stalks through the dappled light.


Ref: DF3_20180519_1406_113 Pheasant male creeping through undergrowth.jpg

The male Pheasant in the Buttercups.


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The male Pheasant here follows around one of the females. His feathers here are puffed up with excitement - he may be about to make his characteristic leap and call.


Ref: E62_20180521_1733_008_FB5 Pheasant pair.jpg

05 Jul 2018

A genuine montage at 7fps of a Rook gliding across the crescent moon.


Ref: DF3_20180519_1415_128-130 Rook flying across daytime crescent moon 1-3 of 4 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

A young Rook regards his world complete with those 2 suspicious two- legs.
The insect to the left of his beak is typical of daytime photos at the moment - midges are everywhere!


Ref: DF3_20180519_0934_085 Rook youngster in top of young Black Poplar tree.jpg

As the Oil-seed Rape crop blossom fades, a Rook on the grass border rasps his call.


Ref: DF3_20180520_1737_063+068 Rook at on grass along side of crop (montage).jpg

04 Jul 2018

A male Blackbird defends his patch. We know roughly where the pair's nest is, but would have to cut back their defensive brambles for a look, so they stay in peace.


Ref: DF3_20180519_0704_069+071+072 Blackbird male singing in conifer 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

A juvenile Blackbird shouting for more food!
Don't worry about the milky eye -it's just the nictitating membrane.


Ref: E63_20180522_0615_040_FB1 Blackbird juvenile calling from top of stone.jpg

03 Jul 2018

The Hawthorn Blossom all over our patch has been outstanding this year - exceeding the density of the earlier cherry blossom.


Ref: DF3_20180519_0706_073 Hawthorn Blossom in our East boundary (orig & final).jpg

Hawthorn seems mostly to create white flowers, but a few of our plants generate some or mostly pink petals in the same flower clusters.


Ref: DF3_20180520_1313_005 Hawthorn flower clump with mixed white and pink blossom.jpg

02 Jul 2018

At last a dozen or so Honey Bees can be found on the Green Alkanet flowers that reliably grow along a section of the access track each year.


Ref: DF3_20180517_1738_010 Honey Bee on Green Alkanet flower.jpg

01 Jul 2018

This male Reeves Muntjac Deer (with velvet antlers) seems to have had a serious argument with something sharp. Our guess is barbed wire or some other man-made hazard. Unless we find him lying sick there is nothing we can do.


Ref: E64_20180513_0331_133_FB2 Muntjac Deer male with antlers in velvet and nasty cut above left leg.jpg

2 weeks later we caught this moment of the same male Reeve's Muntjac Deer. Although the body is half out-of-frame we can see just a line in the fur where the serious cut has healed without any apparent problems. Phew!


Ref: E64_20180529_2139_109_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer with antler in velvet and healed flank tear.jpg

 


 

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