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31 Aug 2019

This female Sparrowhawk flies right to left with a medium sized bird in her Talons and some of it's downy feathers stuck to the bottom of her beak. She turns in the air and flies back a bit further away where we got a better view of the prey - colour and size suggest a female Blackbird.
The 3 images are rescaled and exposure normalised to make a decent triplet.

Ref: DF3_20190711_1736_169+180+204 Sparrowhawk female in flight carrying bird prey in Talons 1+3+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

30 Aug 2019

This patch of yellow flowers outside our south hedge turns out to be one of the several types of St John's Wort.

Ref: DF3_20190711_1054_007 St Johns Wort (poss Perforate - Hypericum perforatum) outside South hedge (1st record) (crop).jpg

At the time we didn't notice the little black dots along edge of the Sepals (the green bits at the bottom of the flowers) that help us make a tentative ID of the St John's Wort species (there are several types).

Ref: DF3_20190711_1054_007 St Johns Wort (poss Perforate - Hypericum perforatum) outside South hedge (1st record) (detail crop).jpg

29 Aug 2019

There seems to have been a really good 'crop' of Green Woodpeckers this year. Ant hills are dotted all over the meadow and we just let them be - Ants are one of Green Woodpecker's 'favourite' foods. This juvenile stayed on the post for about 7 minutes, most of it staring upwards, as you see here, for reasons we don't know.

Ref: D01_20190708_0928_009+011+013+0934_025_FB6 Green Woodpecker juvenile 7 min visit to meadow Post 1-3+9 of 9 (montage).jpg

A closer view (photographically anyway) of another moment in the bird's vigil.

Ref: D01_20190708_0932_019_FB6 Green Woodpecker juvenile 7 min visit to meadow Post 6 of 9 (crop).jpg

28 Aug 2019

This Dandelion 'Clock' was about a third dispersed from the side we are viewing, and the geometrical appearance caught our eyes.

Ref: DF3_20190710_0731_154 Dandelion clock partly dispersed (crop 1).jpg

While working up the Dandelion Clock image we realised that we had never given any thought to how these wind-dispersing seed heads work. The seed at the bottom of the 'parachute' is attached to the centre ball (which looks amazingly like a tiny golf ball) by the pin-prick size joins you can see as a speck in each dip. Ain't nature a marvel!

Ref: DF3_20190710_0731_154 Dandelion clock partly dispersed (crop 2).jpg

27 Aug 2019

A single patch of small but vivid yellow flowers outside our south hedge seems to be Yellow Meadow Vetchling.

Ref: DF3_20190707_1031_019 Yellow Meadow Vetchling (Lathyyrus pratensis) clump by ditch outside SE corner.jpg

Details of Yellow Meadow Vetchling flowers complete with the ever present Hover-fly (which seem atypically numerous this year).

Ref: DF3_20190707_1032_026 Yellow Meadow Vetchling (Lathyyrus pratensis) flower with Hover-fly.jpg

26 Aug 2019

This is NOT a montage but a genuine 5 badgers at once paying an approaching midnight visit to the edge of Round pond. We have lightened the left and top to make the pic clearer as the UV 'flash' fades with distance. Given that the nearest Sett we know of is about 400m (1/4 mile) away we are bit surprised to still see a tight group.

Ref: BU5_20190706_2319_028_SC1 5 Badgers at front of Round Pond (crop).jpg

A Fox wandering over the end of the orchard in the twilight.

Ref: BU6_20190707_2058_883-2100_893_SC2 Fox feeding at end of Orchard 3+1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

"Interesting things always happen half off the edge of the frame" (Roy & Marie 2019).
As the daylight draws to an end this fox is really keen to get into the Rabbit hole!

Ref: BU2_20190710_2028_685_SC7 Fox reaching down Rabbit hole (edge of frame crop).jpg

25 Aug 2019

Occasional sightings of male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies continue mostly on Yellow Flag Iris fronds. You are looking through 4 wings.

Ref: DF3_20190708_1527_011 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male.jpg

A male Common Blue Damselfly sunning himself on a grass stem. The 'Blue' is that of a mature male. Really almost Cyan.

Ref: DF3_20190705_1411_034 Common Blue Damselfly male horizontal perched on sloping grass stem.jpg

What we identify as the Larva of Harlequin Ladybird. The white spines all over the head really look very strange.

Ref: DF3_20190708_1634_022 Harlequin Ladybird Pupa with spines over head (crop).jpg

24 Aug 2019

A few minutes long Tawny owl visit. After the landing the bird was almost 'frozen' in place watching the grass on the adjacent path.

Ref: D01_20190705_0132_155-0134_161_FB6 Tawny Owl landing and then almost motionless for 3 minutes 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

This Tawny Owl visit to the meadow post has a surprise in store - the Owl has a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in it's Talons which we nearly missed. See if you can spot the Mouse here before looking at the next frame.

Ref: D01_20190709_0212_079_FB6 Tawny Owl short visit to meadow post with Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in Talons 1 of 2 (crop 1).jpg

A poor little mouse can be seen as just the head looking right just to the right of centre in this detail crop. Hunting birds normally eat what they catch near where they catch it, so maybe this one has Owlets to Feed.

Ref: D01_20190709_0212_079_FB6 Tawny Owl short visit to meadow post with Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in Talons 1 of 2 (crop 2).jpg

23 Aug 2019

A substantial clump of Scarlet Pimpernel flowers.
They don't seem as red as we remember them from childhood, nor as red as the normally subdued watercolour paintings in the 1971 edition of W Keble Martin's wonderful 'The Concise British Flora in Colour'. A 1979 'Spotters Guide' also shows them vividly red, but a 2006 Collins Guide photo shows the same subdued tint that we see here.
Sun bleached? Genetic change? Missing nutrients in Arable farming? A doctoral study waiting to be done?

Ref: DF3_20190702_1010_031 Scarlet Pimpernel clump.jpg

22 Aug 2019

This Red Admiral butterfly made a couple of nice flights for us, here showing only the bottom of the wings.

Ref: DA1_20190630_1234_028+1241_069+1238_047_FT1 Red Admiral Butterfly in flights + privet flower (montage).jpg

The Red Admiral butterfly here shows the wings from the top.

Ref: DA1_20190630_1240_060+1238_043_FT1 Red Admiral Butterfly in flight + Privet Flower (montage).jpg

A Red Admiral Butterfly on an Ox-eye daisy flower ...

Ref: DF5_20190628_1230_214 Red Admiral butterfly on ox-eye daisy flower with proboscis rolled up (crop 1).jpg

... but not feeding. Here you see details of the curled up Proboscis.

Ref: DF5_20190628_1230_214 Red Admiral butterfly on ox-eye daisy flower with proboscis rolled up (crop 2 proboscis detail).jpg

21 Aug 2019

Standing quietly in shade behind the closed farm gate this young Fox nevertheless detected our presence in the early morning, went on alert, and after a few seconds jumped through the hedge a couple of metres to the right.

Ref: DF5_20190630_0653_012+014+020+021 Fox juvenile resting on crop margin spots humans 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

20 Aug 2019

A really attractive regular visitor is this Buff Ermine Moth.

Ref: DA1_20190629_1127_426+1129_436+1137_453_FT1 Buff Ermine Moth in flight + Honeysuckle (montage).jpg

A meadow Brown Butterfly shows us the bottom (left) and top (right) of its wings. The differing colours flicker in flight and can be momentarily confusing.

Ref: DA1_20190629_1537_134+133_FT1 Meadow Brown Butterfly male in flight showing upper & lower sides of wings 2+1 of 2 (montage).jpg

First sighting of a Ringlet Butterfly this year.
The top and bottom of the wings have completely different appearances as this montage of the same insect shows.

Ref: DF3_20190702_1746_097+1745_092 Ringlet Butterfly (1st of 2019) show wings open and closed 3+1 of 3 (montage).jpg

This Yellow Shell Moth has been given a green cast by sunlight shining through the Laurel leaf above it.
We considered 'colour correcting' the image, but this is what we saw. Checking the ID in a venerable insect ID book this species was alone on the page as being shown on a dead leaf, so maybe this is a typical daytime hiding place.

Ref: DF3_20190703_1450_126 Yellow Shell Moth just landed on dead leaf in shade of live leaf tinging the moth with green.jpg

19 Aug 2019

Elephant Hawk-moths are about 4cm across, with a beautiful subtle pink colouration. This individual is a bit tatty along the wing edges.

Ref: DA1_20190629_1024_051+1139_468_FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth in flight + Blackberry stem (montage).jpg

Elephant Hawk-moths are about 4cm across, with a beautiful subtle pink colouration.

Ref: DA1_20190629_1045_151+1120_391_FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth in flight and perched on Honeysuckle twig (montage).jpg

Elephant Hawk-moths are about 4cm across, with a beautiful subtle pink colouration.

Ref: DA1_20190629_1050_174+1045_151_FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth in flight (montage).jpg

A better idea of the scale - this individual is nearly 'perfect'.

Ref: DA1_20190629_1028_069_FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth perched on hand.jpg

18 Aug 2019

The Moth-trap caught 3 different types of Hawk-moths.
This Poplar Hawk Moth is the biggest we caught at about 6cm across

Ref: DA1_20190629_1010_008+1020_042_FT1 Poplar Hawk-moth in flight and perched on Honeysuckle twig (montage).jpg

Also about 6cm across is this Privet Hawk-moth

Ref: DA1_20190629_1054_235+1104_289_FT1 Privet Hawk-moth in flight & perched on Honeysuckle twig (montage).jpg

This Privet Hawk-moth on the wrist provides a better idea of size.

Ref: DA1_20190629_1057_257_FT1 Privet Hawk-moth on hand (orig).jpg

17 Aug 2019

The Fox running for his next Meal.
The Squirrel running for his only life.

We would guess that the Squirrel made escape up the tree at the top right corner.

Ref: BU6_20190627_1822_109_SC2 Fox Chasing Squirrel (crop).jpg

This rather thin adult Fox streaks past the camera with an unfortunate Corvid (presumably Crow, Rook or Jackdaw) grasped in their mouth. This was mid morning so Cubs must need a feed - Foxes normally eat small prey near where they catch it.

Ref: BU6_20190701_1104_028_SC2 Fox carrying away Corvid in mouth (crop).jpg

This Fox seems to have a Pigeon in its mouth as it trots away from Round Pond.

Ref: BU5_20190808_2144_238_SC1 Fox carrying away Pigeon 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

This fox appears every evening to search this site, and stuff themselves with Windfall apples as you see on the left.

Ref: BU6_20190812_1848_106+1849_110_SC2 Fox foraging and eating windfall apple in orchard 1+2 of 2 (acc montage).jpg

16 Aug 2019

Here is a Painted Lady Butterfly also choosing one of thousands of Privet heads for a feed. This one has a slightly damaged edge to the wing - quite normal damage from brushing on foliage. We have always felt that the name 'Painted Lady' is a bit strong for this subtly coloured creature.

Ref: DF5_20190627_1735_122 Painted Lady butterfly feeding on Privet Flowers.jpg

Another slightly less wing edged damaged Painted Lady Butterfly gives us a lovely view of her underwings as she feeds through her proboscis forming a gentle bend lower right.

Ref: DF5_20190628_1739_296 Painted Lady butterfly feeding on Privet Flowers.jpg

15 Aug 2019

The unexpected re-appearance of this 'antique' rose complete with a 'Marmalade' Hover-fly. Many modern roses are useless to the wildlife, but this old cultivar obviously has lots of goodies on offer.

Ref: D72_20190630_1252_014 Rose cultivar with Marmalade Hover-fly (crop 1).jpg

Detail from the above ...

Ref: D72_20190630_1252_014 Rose cultivar with Marmalade Hover-fly (crop 2).jpg

14 Aug 2019

The adult male Green Woodpecker spent several minutes preening on the top of the meadow post.

Ref: D01_20190626_1912_485-1917_498_FB6 Green Woodpecker adult male preening on Meadow post 1-8 of 8 (montage).jpg

A closer look at our favourite from the above 8 image montage.
They are all of similar quality - if you want others at similar resolution just ask.

Ref: D01_20190626_1916_495_FB6 Green Woodpecker adult male preening on Meadow post 6 of 8 (crop).jpg

13 Aug 2019

At a distant pole put up decades ago (and repeatedly repaired) we spotted juvenile and adult Green Woodpecker feeding activity.

Ref: D5C_20190622_1541_029+030 Green Woodpecker male flapping up pole to feed juvenile 1+2 of 3 (accurate montage for clarity).jpg

Here the juvenile gets a feed, immediately afterwards demanding MORE.

Ref: D5C_20190622_1541_033+036-038 Green Woodpecker male feeding juvenile 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

12 Aug 2019

The Tortoiseshell Butterflies have created their next generation. This one was feeding on Privet flowers, and we show here the completely different upper and lower wing surfaces. On the right the flowers are 'burnt out' in order that you see some details on the really dark bottom of the wing.

Ref: DF5_20190622_1017_170+172 Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Privet Flowers showing top and bottom of wings (montage).jpg

A Meadow Brown butterfly feeds on another delight of early summer - swathes of Ox-eye Daisies.

Ref: DF5_20190622_1236_210 Meadow Brown Butterfly feeding on Ox-eye Daisy flower (crop).jpg

A pair of Meadow Brown butterflies flew past us in tandem (coupled at the tail ends as you see here) and landed on this grass stem to continue their tryst. We took a few photos and left them to do their 'thing'.

Ref: DF5_20190622_1425_218 Meadow Brown Butterflies mating on grass stem 1 of 4 (crop).jpg

11 Aug 2019

A delight of early summer is a patch of Fox and Cubs that each year appears at the front of the house. These are small flowers each only 1.5 to 2 cm across.

Ref: DF5_20190622_1000_106 Fox and cubs flowers.jpg

Part of our garden 'inheritance' was a row of Rose of Sharon bushes forming a sort of hedge. The Rabbits don't eat it, so we get to enjoy the vibrant flowers each year.

Ref: DF5_20190621_1615_088 Rose of Sharon Flower.jpg

The Sun ain't what it used to be.
This is a Rose of Sharon flower after 2 or 3 days open, with the areas with the most sunlight now bleached to white (not photo-burn out). It's not the sun changing of course, but humans messing up the atmosphere.

Ref: DF5_20190628_1542_289 Rose of Sharon sun-bleached lower half of flower.jpg

10 Aug 2019

The Beautiful Demoiselle 'invasion' is winding down, but some pristine insects are still about. This one is perched on a Privet leaf above some flowers (in which it will have no interest - these insects are hunters).

Ref: DF5_20190621_0815_051 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female perched on flowering Privet hedge.jpg

A brief sighting of a male Banded Demoiselle male several weeks ago is at last supplemented by 2 male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies in and around the main pond. Here one in an adjacent hedge.

Ref: D72_20190624_1534_017 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male (first photo of 2019).jpg

09 Aug 2019

This Fox spent several minutes at the hedge bottom site.

Ref: E63_20190621_0348_098_FB1 Fox hunting (crop 1).jpg

This Fox spent several minutes at the hedge bottom site - detail of the head.

Ref: E63_20190621_0348_098_FB1 Fox hunting (crop 2).jpg

08 Aug 2019

Opening what we thought was a sealed plastic storage box in a shed we find a pile of bedding made from the contents of the box ( :-( ) and this little guy indignant at being evicted into the nearest wood pile. But not before this photo 'in the hand'.

Ref: DF5_20190620_1105_032 Shrew found in storage box stored in shed (crop).jpg

07 Aug 2019

We have repeatedly seen an adult Magpie with juveniles demanding food from either side. We guess we are seeing Mum and Dad at different time, each looking after 2 of their youngsters.

Ref: E64_20190623_1826_333_FB2 2 Magpie juveniles begging on either side of adult (adjusted crop).jpg

The whole area is now full of screaming youngsters demanding MORE FOOD, Magpies predictably making the most noise about it.

Ref: E62_20190624_1724_072_FB5 Magpie juvenile begging from parent (crop).jpg

06 Aug 2019

With several days of non-stop rain the youngsters of all species need to feed regardless. Here a young Great Tit waits on the pole and then top of the feeder outside the study waiting for Mum or Dad to provide the next beakful.

Ref: E65_20190610_1247_002+1322_004+007 Great Tit juvenile in rain waiting to be fed (montage).jpg

The Tree Sparrows have already got there last nestful out into the world, and Dad thinks it's time to have another go even if it is still raining.
Mum is not co-operating - yet.

Ref: E65_20190613_1114_012-014 Tree Sparrows brief failed attempt to mate 1-3 of 4 (montage at about 3fps).jpg

The seemingly endless rain has brought the Molluscs out into view. Here a couple of snails in the foliage over the main pond - the variety of shell patterns is amazing.

Ref: D72_20190625_1613_009+1612_003 2 Snails in foliage over pond (montage).jpg

05 Aug 2019

Not noticed in previous years, here are two Galls on one of the 100 Lombardy Poplar trees along the farm road. These adjacent Galls seems to be of different types (see photo label)
Not a montage.

Ref: DF5_20190619_1109_080 Lombardy Poplar Spiral Gall & Petiole Gall on adjacent leaf petioles (crop).jpg

04 Aug 2019

This female Muntjac Deer is eating the hedge at the back of the salad bed. It took several yanks to pull/bite off this mouthful, and took a long time to chew up.

Ref: DF4_20190618_1853_004 Muntjac Reeves Deer female eating hedging 1 of 4 (crop).jpg

03 Aug 2019

This seems to have been a bumper year for Mint Beetles. The Mint started early in the atypically warm Spring, and these Beetles are making the most of it.

Ref: DF5_20190618_1038_043 Mint Beetles mating on mint leaf.jpg

A 7-spot Ladybird Larva on a mint leaf.

Ref: DF5_20190614_1232_001 7-spot Ladybird Larva on Mint leaf.jpg

02 Aug 2019

The Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile (right) waits on the side of the support post as Dad first collects some peanut grits from the feeder (left) and then delivers them to the ever hungry youngster.

Ref: D5C_20190615_1636_014+028 Great Spotted Woodpecker male feeding juvenile 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

"Feed Me".

Ref: E60_20190617_0804_003_FB3 Tree Sparrow adult and begging juvenile.jpg

01 Aug 2019

Walking along the edge of the Wheat crop we found this Speckled Wood Butterfly perched on this Wheat stem.

Ref: DF5_20190615_1025_060 Speckled Wood Butterfly perched on Wheat crop stem.jpg

Even in the wet, windy and quite cold weather a few Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies are still hunting over the Duck-shaped pond. This is one of the males.

Ref: DF5_20190614_1600_033 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male on Hop Sedge over Duck Pond.jpg



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