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17 Oct 2018

After months of absence the Barn Owl made visits on 3 successive nights. This is some moments from the middle visit.

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16 Oct 2018

After crossing the concrete farm road the female Roe Deer turned down the Bridleway and continued the run. This is the longest of our 136 continuous images uninterrupted by trees and other obstructions.
The appearance of the Roe Deer here, and of the hedges is incredibly rich, lit by the rising sun - we haven't enhanced the colours.

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The middle 3 images from the above montage of 9 to show the female Roe Deer in more detail.

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The female Roe Deer bounded down the Bridleway, the distance covered in each bound seemed to us rather grounded creatures to be ENORMOUS. The spacings are accurate.

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As the female Roe Deer moved into the distance we catch a final elegant leap before she disappears through the hedge.
We have all of the 136 original camera frames available on request if any particularly appeal to you.

Ref: DF3_20180824_0622_129-133 Roe Deer female leaping along Bridleway @5fps 114-118 of 136 (accurate montage).jpg

15 Oct 2018

We first spotted this female Roe Deer speeding over the fallow field (maybe 70m away) away from our patch and towards the Farm Road entrance.
The appearance of the Roe Deer here, and of the hedges is incredibly rich, lit by the rising sun - we haven't enhanced the colours.

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The Roe Deer's high speed run was interspersed with leaps.

Ref: DF3_20180824_0622_021-23 Roe Deer female leaping along west Farm field @7fps 006-008 of 136 (montage).jpg

Running over the concrete track is probably a bit rough on the Roe Deer's little hooves and a little less elegant, and just reaching to land on the softer ground off the edge of the concrete.

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After crossing the 10m side grass strip the female Roe Deer seems to leap for Joy back on the softer footing.

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14 Oct 2018

After some weeks of absence this Polecat is hunting over the mound (right) and 12 minutes later (left) has found a Rodent (Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) or Vole judging by size) and is carrying it off.

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13 Oct 2018

This mature male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly's wings are still mostly intact, but the trailing edges are showing signs of wear - mostly likely dragged over the thorns on a few Blackberry stems.

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This mature male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly's worn wings not as obvious here, and you get a proper view of the body.

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In the crop field margin there are many metres of Dock seed heads. This female Common Darter Dragonfly flits between them providing different views of this pristine individual.

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In the crop field margin there are many metres of Dock seed heads. This female Common Darter Dragonfly flits between them providing different views of this pristine individual.

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12 Oct 2018

No visits from the Tawny Owl in the last couple of weeks, so we are specially pleased to be seeing this Barn owl. This was the first 'sighting'. A huge increase in the number of rodents recently is probably a major attraction.

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3 fieldmice (wood mice) on the stone on 2 nights, 3 days apart, re-arranged to make a little sequence. The Owl arrived 3 days later - we don't think that this is purely chance.

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11 Oct 2018

The predominant Dragonfly here is, as usual, the Migrant Hawker. One evening we saw at least 4 at once hawking over the meadow. Here is one of the males flying overhead.

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This beauty is a male Southern Hawker Dragonfly stopped to warm up in the fitful sunshine.

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This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly went to perch deep in a Blackberry bush/hedge where we catch the beauty in dappled sunlight.

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10 Oct 2018

A Fox arrives scaring away a Reeve's Muntjac Deer is promptly joined by another Fox. They then proceed to mate by the waters edge for a minute or two.
Very 'Romantic' - if you are a Fox.

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We can't identify which of our foxes appears in the mating montage, and there are at least 3 individuals visiting at the moment.

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09 Oct 2018

This is the Robins Pin-cushion (rose bedeguar gall) on an overhead tendril of Rose rather than on an established plant where we normally see them. Since nearly getting 'spiked' on the head by this tendril, we have spotted several more instances of Pin-cushions on high growth. We think that the insects that induce these galls must have really enjoyed the heat-wave!

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In the crop field margin we found this very tatty Small White Butterfly feeding from what we identify as a Lesser Burdock plant.

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08 Oct 2018

3 early morning visits over 6 minutes by this elegant Wood Pigeon (rearranged for effect) lines up along an 'extended' perch to provide a 'Portfolio' of pics.

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A Wood Pigeon make a rather spectacular arrival.

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On the left a juvenile Wood Pigeon arrive next to (presumably) mum or dad. A really rather sweet moment.

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A juvenile Stock Dove wanders over the woodland floor learning what there might be to eat.

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07 Oct 2018

This sleek Fox trots though the meadow site. This is the whole frame from the camera 'untouched' except for image size reduction.

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One of our bigger Badgers blunders through the sense beam. This is the whole frame.

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One of our young badgers checking out the fruit waste.

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06 Oct 2018

This is a Red Underwing Moth flying over the ground, complete with shadow to lower right. We have no record of seeing this moth since 2011, and very few images of any of the 'Underwing' moths in flight - they are reluctant to fly in our 'flight tunnel' though we did manage a few pics in 2009 to 2011.

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This year we have seen more white butterflies (Large and Small) than we normally see over several years. This pair seemed intent on mating, didn't actually finish the job in front of us, and finally took off together to make one of their beautiful fluttering spirals into the blue and over the trees out of view.

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05 Oct 2018

What we assume is the same pair of Reeves Muntjac Deer first by the edge of Round Pond, and an hour later at the end of the orchard 100m away, where the male is sniffing the female 'in hope'.

Ref: BU5_20180814_0325_240_SC1+BU6_20180814_0418_208_SC2 Muntjac Deer pair + hour & 100m away male sniffs female (montage).jpg

04 Oct 2018

A Common Darter Dragonfly perched aligned with a thin frond of Hop Sedge.

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The female of the Common Blue Damselfly comes in three colour variants, given various names in various ID books, but they all agree that this one is called the 'Blue' variant'

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Outside our East border several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies were hunting in the fitful sunshine, occasionally swerving from their path to catch some insect too small for us to see. This moment of flight is about half a second

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As the sunshine waned this individual landed almost in front of us giving us the chance to capture this portrait.

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03 Oct 2018

A male Chaffinch, now completely devoid of any blue tinge to his beak, flies straight at a female on the ground. The truce between Chaffinches only lasts just long enough to make a family!

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Here two lone Chaffinches males, here devoid of any breeding colour, are back to squabbling over anything they can think of.

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02 Oct 2018

We seem to have at least 3 rather pristine Foxes visiting the camera sites, each with different shapes at the ear tip. The heat-wave has created many cracks in the dehydrated soil, this one opened up by endless probing by birds and mammals.

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At the hedge bottom similar soil cracks present an opportunity for Foxes to forage.

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The Fox's large eyes can't move far in their sockets, but have swivelled towards the camera - perhaps in the 300mS between the click of the sensor relay closing and the camera firing.

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Fox in near total darkness creeps up on something we would never even see.

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01 Oct 2018

This brimstone moth (not to be confused with the brimstone butterfly) was quite visible against the dark green of the hedge. It fluttered about in the hedge and then seemed to disappear. We just could not see it against this Yellowed leaf in the dark of the hedge, but the camera following the action shows a brilliant piece of camouflage we only discovered on-screen later.

Ref: DF3_20180807_1230_044+1231_046+050 Brimstone moth in hedge fluttering onto camouflaging yellowed leaf 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg



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