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31 Jul 2018

Little Owls (actual species name) are well known to be seen around in the daytime, but here as the day finishes this Little Owl arrived to stay for a few minutes. Even over 5 minutes you can see the background darkening a little left to right.

Ref: D01_20180618_2101_003+2104_006+2106_008_FB6 Little Owl 6 minute visit to meadow post 1+4+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

It is pure luck for our automatic cameras to catch a takeoff (top) but 2 minutes after this Tawny Owl launched from the meadow post what we assume is the same bird landed outside the kitchen window (bottom left). Another 2 minutes on something triggered the camera back at the meadow post, and this must have been the Owl breaking the sense beam quite close to the house because the flash-light has produced a giant shadow of the Owl on the ground (bottom right).

Ref: D01_20180620_0021_020_FB6+E60_20180620_0023_039_FB3+D01_20180620_0025_021_FB6 Tawny Owl leaves meadow post + visits Kitchen window + flies by flashgun over 5 mins (montage).jpg

30 Jul 2018

The Privet Flowers are out, and this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is making the most of the nectar.

Ref: DF3_20180615_0943_090 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly feeding on Privet Flower.jpg

A Speckled Wood Butterfly as we normally see them, wings at least partially open.

Ref: DF3_20180615_0938_080 Speckled Wood Butterfly resting on Blackberry stem.jpg

29 Jul 2018

A Hare sprints across the cut grass inside the bend on the Farm Road. This represent one and a half second of action - boy can they run fast!

Ref: D72_20180616_1623_005-017 Hare running over grass 01-13 of 13 (accurate montage @ 10 fps).jpg

28 Jul 2018

In the early morning 2 escaped black goats were wandering around the surrounding farm and our patch. Here a Goat and a local Carrion crow checking each other out.

Ref: DF3_20180615_0713_046 2 Goats (q) black long tailed wandering over Pineham Farm before returning to brook 3 of 9 (crop).jpg

Here the escapee goats are checking US out!

Ref: DF3_20180615_0717_066 2 Goats (q) black long tailed wandering over Pineham Farm before returning to brook 8 of 9 (crop).jpg

Looking at Goats you notice the strange horizontal slit eyes. Here is a detail.
Don't the ear tags look horrible :-(

Ref: DF3_20180615_0717_065 2 Goats (q) black long tailed wandering over Pineham Farm before returning to brook 7 of 9 (crop head and eye detail).jpg

27 Jul 2018

A lovely grumpy looking Robin youngster - the first of 2018.

Ref: E63_20180612_1744_057_FB1 Robin fledgling (1st of 2018).jpg

An elegant female Pheasant just a few centimetres from touchdown.

Ref: E63_20180613_1746_120_FB1 Pheasant female about to land with tail feathers spread.jpg

26 Jul 2018

The Magpie (foreground) photo-bombs what may be a Grey Squirrel vs. male Pheasant moment in the background.

Ref: E63_20180611_1802_013_FB1 Magpie flying off with beakful of food with Grey squirrel and Pheasant male behind (crop).jpg

25 Jul 2018

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly keeping still long enough for a photo. These creatures (male, female and both Beautiful and Banded variants) have a characteristic & we think delightful fluttering flight.

Ref: DF3_20180611_1043_022 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female.jpg

What we believe to be a MALE Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly. The problem with the ID is that while the band is too wide and diffuse at the edges to be a Banded Demoiselle and the clear section more tinted than expected, the dark diffusion is just not as extensive as a normal 'Beautiful'. The iridescent blue wing veins do seem to be conclusive though. Maybe an immature male, said to have lighter colouring than the mature.

Ref: DF3_20180613_1549_021 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male (1st of 2018) (crop).jpg

From another image of the same individual here is the detail of the 'Anal Appendage' used to grip the female (and different for each species) that looks more like that of the 'Beautiful' than the 'Banded'.

Ref: DF3_20180613_1549_026 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male (1st of 2018) (anal appendage detail).jpg

24 Jul 2018

Only our second Tawny Owl sighting at the hedge-bottom site (the first earlier this year) again catches the Owl swooping in on Prey. We don't know if it caught anything, but a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) is making a speedy exit on the other side of the stone.

Ref: E63_20180607_2231_043_FB1 Tawny Owl pouncing on prey with Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) escaping (crop).jpg

A week later and 15 minutes after a not very interesting 3 minute visit to the Meadow post (not shown) we get this Tawny Owl landing outside the kitchen window at 4 a.m.

Ref: E60_20180614_0403_035_FB3 Tawny Owl landing on perch.jpg

23 Jul 2018

A Grey Squirrel (in shadow facing left in the middle of the picture) chases off a female Pheasant. The Surprise for us was the feather-less underbelly of the Pheasant. A little research indicates this is a brood patch (bare skin to be put in contact with eggs to warn them) that we see so often on the brooding partner of small birds.

Ref: E63_20180607_0816_011_FB1 Grey Squirrel (mostly in silhouette) attacking Pheasant female showing brood patch.jpg

22 Jul 2018

The first Meadow Brown this year, enjoying a Buttercup.
Love the contrast of Orange, dark (shaded) and sunlit yellow.

Ref: DF3_20180610_1504_170 Meadow Brown Butterfly feeding on Buttercup.jpg

21 Jul 2018

This adult male Green Woodpecker stopped off at the meadow post for a late afternoon preen followed by a shake-out of his feathers.

Ref: D01_20180609_1654_011+1655_017-018_FB6 Green Woodpecker male preening on Meadow post 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

A Grey Partridge skimming over the Oil-seed Rape crop.

Ref: DF3_20180609_1046_004 Grey Partridge flying over Oil-seed Rape crop.jpg

20 Jul 2018

Our first sighting of this Peahen (female of Peacock) was a 'what's that' glimpse in the dark of the woodland. But she visited some of our automatic cameras over the next couple of days. Here we get a view of her lovely head and plumes.
Comment for overseas readers - Peacocks are not UK resident species - they need supplementary feeding in the winter at the very least. They are kept as prestige adornments in stately homes and the like, but need feather trimming to stop them flying off!

Ref: E63_20180606_1843_179_FB1 Peahen (right) and Pheasant female head detail (crop 2).jpg

So Pheasant females (left) and the Peahen quietly coexist despite the substantial difference in size.

Ref: E63_20180606_1859_185_FB1 Peahen and pheasant female.jpg

Next day the Peahen took this portrait at the 'meadow' camera site.
Our camera kits just aren't set to include the whole of birds of this size!

Ref: E62_20180607_1828_028_FB5 Peahen.jpg

Next day we spotted the male Pheasant crossing the Farm Road, followed purposefully by the Peahen. Shortly afterwards we heard the Pheasant make his characteristic call. 6 Hours later a trail cam caught him hovering by her as she fed on a mound inside our patch. Surely he doesn't think she is just a jumbo sized female Pheasant?
She has probably then returned to her likely owners a couple of miles away.

Ref: DF3_20180608_1113_008 Peahen following Pheasant male over Farm Road and into crop 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

19 Jul 2018

Outside the Study Window at least 7 Blue Tit youngsters were being fed peanut fragments from the feeders hanging below. They soon vanished into the orchard to find more natural food.

Ref: E65_20180605_0912_011-013 Blue Tit adult feeding youngster with peanut fragments 2-4 of 4 (montage over about 1 second).jpg

"Put food in here"
This is a Great Tit, one of 3 facing us on the bird table.

Ref: E65_20180607_0833_003 3 Great Tit fledglings on bird table.jpg

This enterprising Great Tit decides to wait where it can get first opportunity for the food.

Ref: E65_20180607_0834_012 Great Tit fledgeling perched on bars of peanut feeder begging from parent.jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20180606_1458_066-070 Hare running down bare patch in crop 1-5 of 5 (impression montage).jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20180606_1503_093 Common Blue Damselfly female drab form perched on stinging nettle.jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20180602_1429_042 Fox and Cubs flower cluster.jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20180606_1505_100 Iris flower white near garage (orig & final).jpg

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

Ref: DF3_20180601_1230_012 Foxglove in shaded corner by machine shed.jpg

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.

Ref: D72_20180603_1616_055 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female (1st of 2018) (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: D72_20180603_1617_062 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female (1st of 2018).jpg

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.

Ref: D72_20180603_1552_033 Speckled Wood Butterfly female 1st brood (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20180608_1441_021 Harlequin Ladybird with red body almost spot free.jpg

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).

Ref: D01_20180605_0350_005-0357_014_FB6 Tawny Owl 11 minute visit to meadow post 01+02+04+06 of 10 (montage).jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20180526_1743_046 Hawthorn fallen flower petals carpeting the ground (crop).jpg

Fallen Hawthorn petals showing the individual fallen petals.

Ref: DF3_20180526_1744_055 Hawthorn fallen flower petals carpeting the ground (crop).jpg

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

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

Ref: E62_20180530_1731_170_FB5 2 Grey Squirrels fighting.jpg

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.

Ref: E64_20180524_0024_120_FB2 Badger (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20180521_1115_005 Pheasant male in buttercups.jpg

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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