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18 Nov 2018

Several Black-headed Gulls (in eclipse with just a black spot) were feeding on the recently seeded crop fields. This one almost hovered as it landed, so we have spread the images so you can see it. We tidied up the repetitive background, but left in the bit of vertical stem at the bottom each time so you can see that the bird actually moves very little during its delicate landing.

Ref: DF3_20180927_1227_008+1228_009-013 Black-headed Gull landing on disturbed soil 2-7 of 7 (horizontally stretched montage).jpg

17 Nov 2018

We have seen this Shieldbug in previous years on the same bit of wooden fence. The yellow splash of colour is Lichen.

Ref: DF3_20180926_1229_056 Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes) Shieldbug (crop).jpg

When you see a Shieldbug on a flat piece of wood you can forget that they are perfectly nimble creatures.

Ref: DF3_20180926_1228_025 Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes) Shieldbug crossing right angled wood joint (crop).jpg

16 Nov 2018

A seemingly endless supply of Windfall apples attracts lots of Fox visits. Here is a little montage of some of them over 3 days.

Ref: BU6_20180923_2054_239-20180925_2332_005_SC2 Fox visits over 3 nights (montage).jpg

Badgers visit this end of the 'orchard' on most nights to enjoy some of the windfall apples.

Ref: BU6_20180921_2106_334+20180920_2151_075_SC2 Badger eating windfall apples over 2 nights (montage).jpg

15 Nov 2018

A male Sparrowhawk flashes by the kitchen window perch.

Ref: E60_20180924_1724_085_FB3 Sparrowhawk male over kitchen perch (crop).jpg

We see a lot of Grey squirrel threatening one another and other species, but rarely see the teeth buried in another creature - here a Wood Pigeon that didn't take off quite quickly enough. Either the Grey squirrel will have lost it's grip, or the Pigeon will lose a few feathers. We haven't noticed an injured pigeon in the following days.

Ref: E60_20180924_0951_055_FB3 Wood Pigeon fleeing from perch with Grey Squirrel gripping feathers near tail (crop).jpg

14 Nov 2018

A Beautiful Barn Owl graces us with a quarter of an hour visit.

Ref: D01_20180921_2143_002-2151_012_FB6 Barn Owl 13m visit to meadow post 1+3-5 of 8 (montage).jpg

A long visit to the Kitchen window perch by this Tawny owl gives us a chance to produce this little montage.

Ref: E60_20180924_0337_040-0359_045_FB3 Tawny Owl 23 minute visit to Kitchen Window perch 1-3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

Much more detail of the leftmost image in the above montage.

Ref: E60_20180924_0353_043_FB3 Tawny Owl 23 minute visit to Kitchen Window perch 4 of 5 (crop 2).jpg

13 Nov 2018

A Tawny Owl visits the kitchen window bird table.
The sense beams now runs to the left of the table so the bird flapping wings on both landing and departure triggered the camera.

Ref: E60_20180921_2040_068+_2043_069_FB3 Tawny owl landing on Kitchen bird table and leaving (montage).jpg

Backwards and Forwards landings of 'our' Tawny Owl.

Ref: D01_20180925_0249_038+0255_042_FB6 Tawny Owl landing twice on meadow post 6 minutes apart 1+2(mirrored) of 2 (montage).jpg

Landing successfully accomplished, this Tawny Owl then starts to look really intensely at something to the right - probably a rodent at the meadow camera site.

Ref: D01_20180925_0146_011-0204_034_FB6 Tawny Owl 21 minute visit to meadow post 1-3+7 of 7 (montage).jpg

12 Nov 2018

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly sunning herself in a hawthorn hedge.

Ref: DF3_20180918_1240_162 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female perched in Hawthorn.jpg

This male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly was flying from stick tip to stick tip as he keeps a look-out for rivals and mates.

Ref: DF3_20180918_1246_176+1250_193 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on tip of sticks (montage).jpg

This female Common Darter dragonfly resting on the ground almost vanishes in the dead grass, of which there is still LOTS months after the heatwave.

Ref: DF3_20180918_1300_206 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on ground of drought desiccated grass.jpg

11 Nov 2018

For a couple of minutes this Red Kite wheels round us.

Ref: DF3_20180918_1229_065+069 Red Kite in flight 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

Here over 2 seconds you see the Red Kite 'rolling' to give us views of top and bottom of the wings.

Ref: DF3_20180918_1229_083-095 Red Kite rolling in flight 1-5 of 5 (montage just under 2 seconds).jpg

As the Red Kite departed it glided against the trees by the brook. It wasn't until we built this accurate montage we realised how steeply the bird was descending.

Ref: DF3_20180918_1230_135-143 Red Kite gliding past trees 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage alternate frames @ 7fps).jpg

10 Nov 2018

As the nights get colder Drey maintenance becomes a priority for Grey Squirrels.

Ref: E64_20180914_1448_106_FB2 Grey Squirrel with conifer frond in mouth.jpg

The Conker Harvest by the Grey Squirrels is in full swing. Most of these will be buried to dig up and eat in the winter.

Ref: E62_20180919_0736_046_FB5 Grey squirrel carrying away conker.jpg

Conkers Wrapped or Unwrapped - the Grey Squirrel doesn't care.

Ref: E64_20180917_1854_037+20180918_1839_075_FB2 Grey squirrel collecting Conkers (montage).jpg

09 Nov 2018

'Our' male Pheasant really looks fantastic.

Ref: E64_20180913_1741_039_FB2 Pheasant male head detail.jpg

08 Nov 2018

Over 4 days we found 24 usable images of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over this site. Here is a little celebration of the best, all broadly where they were when the original frames were taken. The owls will be pleased!

Ref: E63_20180913_0210_055--20180916_2332_332_FB1 13 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) assortment (from 24 frames) (approx montage).jpg

A little moment of 'togetherness' between a couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice).

Ref: E63_20180916_0056_267_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) nose to nose (crop).jpg

07 Nov 2018

The same Comma Butterfly, this one highlighting the gorgeous orange colour.

Ref: DF3_20180915_1222_013 Comma Butterfly showing top and underwing.jpg

The same Comma Butterfly, this one highlighting darker underwing and white 'comma'.

Ref: DF3_20180915_1222_014 Comma Butterfly showing underwing.jpg

06 Nov 2018

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly is sunning himself on a stem of great Willow Herb. This is 2 different views of the same individual.

Ref: DF3_20180915_1535_024+1536_038 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male perched on Great Willow Herb stem 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

A male Southern Hawker Dragonfly over the meadow, in among several Migrant Hawkers without obvious conflict.

Ref: DF3_20180917_1357_025 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male in flight.jpg

In the mid-day sunshine a female Common Darter Dragonfly perches on a dead Blackberry stem. This female is probably past breeding, and hopefully enjoying her last few days before the frosts arrive.

Ref: DF3_20180915_1222_006 Common Darter Dragonfly female overmature on Blackberry stem.jpg

A male Common Darter Dragonfly surveying the surroundings from the tip of a cut stinging nettle.

Ref: DF3_20180915_1225_018 Common Darter Dragonfly male mature.jpg

05 Nov 2018

This is a montage of 5 images, at about half second intervals, of a 'knot' of Canada Geese winging their way. We watched quite a lot of these geese flying to the south of our patch, turning left (as you see here) and making a wide sweep to fly in the opposite direction north of our patch.
Is our 100m square a useful landmark for the airborne?

Ref: DF3_20180915_0707_053-060 10 Canada Geese flying in close formation 01+04+08+11+15 of 16 (approx montage).jpg

One frame after the leftmost image in the montage, a closer look at the confusing line of Canada Geese.

Ref: DF3_20180915_0707_061 10 Canada Geese flying in close formation 16 of 16 (crop).jpg

Only later when counting the Canada Geese for the file title did we notice that one of the birds (second from the left) was in fact a Barnacle Goose.

Ref: DF3_20180915_0709_187 11 Canada Geese + 1 Barnacle Goose flying in skein 02 of 17 (adjusted crop).jpg

A closer look at another frame shows the Barnacle Goose below one of the Canada Geese. This is our first sighting of a Barnacle Goose here.

Ref: DF3_20180915_0709_200 Barnacle Goose below Canada Goose in flight 15 of 17 (crop).jpg

04 Nov 2018

This Dandelion Clock sparkled in the hazy early morning sunshine. It was only when we looked at this pic on the PC screen that we realised that it was actually frosted. Air temperature was suddenly down to 5C was enough to warrant warm coats and over-trousers.

Ref: DF3_20180913_0703_026 Dandelion Clock with frost on it lit by rising sun (air temp 5C) (crop 2).jpg

A ground mist below a clear blue sky made for some interesting visions. Here the sunlight streams through the hedge trees creating 'star' beams that you sometimes see spread downwards in the sky, but this time sideways and even sloping 'upwards' as a perspective effect.

Ref: DF3_20180913_0658_013 Shafts of sunlight in mist at sunrise (crop).jpg

03 Nov 2018

A Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) holding a corn grain in it's paws, along with the Leopard slug below it. The Leopard slug to the right is from 3 days earlier (also with a less interesting mouse in the same place as this one so not shown) and was bigger and differently marked to the later individual.

Ref: E63_20180910_0140_406+20180907_2243_194_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) holding corn in paws + leopard Slug + another leopard slug (montage).jpg

From 14 images of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 3 days we build this little collection.

Ref: E63_20180913_0426_296_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) assortment (montage).jpg

02 Nov 2018

This Buzzard glided silently overhead.

Ref: DF3_20180907_1640_049 Buzzard gliding overhead.jpg

The Red Kite flying into a headwind, flapping rather than a relaxed glide.

Ref: DF3_20180909_1217_018 Kite in flight.jpg

The Red Kite flying into a headwind, flapping rather than a relaxed glide, disappears behind the trees.

Ref: DF3_20180909_1217_049-051 Red Kite in flight against strong wind 3-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

01 Nov 2018

An extended visit by a Tawny Owl - the only visit in the week.
The divide at the top of the head looks wider than our normal visitor, but may be just moulting.

Ref: D01_20180910_0014_021-0037_052_FB6 Tawny Owl 24 minute to Meadow Post 01+04-06+10+12 of 12 (montage).jpg



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