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10 Dec 2019

Sparrowhawk sightings are usually Whizz-by events, but this one hung in the air for minute of so to allow this little sequence.

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10 minutes later the much bigger Buzzard made a similar pass at a greater height.

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09 Dec 2019

The camera's 7 fps doesn't match the Little Egret's wing-beats, so here we assemble images in an order to show a complete wing-beat cycle.
First the 'upstroke where the wing is partially folded to minimise the negative lift effect of the upward movement.

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And now the Little Egret's powerful Downstroke for both forward motion and lift.

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The difference between the mid wing positions on the upstroke and downstroke is worth comparing.

Ref: DF3_20191023_1040_038+039 Little Egret in flight - upstroke and downstroke @ 7fps 09+10 of 15 (montage).jpg

08 Dec 2019

Badger faces look rather nice - unless you are their next meal.

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Our 'favourite' fox with lovely bushy tail, streaks through the orchard past this camera in the lovely dappled light.

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07 Dec 2019

A few minutes before sunset - if the sun had been visible anyway - this male Reeve's Muntjac Deer was wandering quietly down the hedge to our east foraging as he went. Standing still behind our hedge he didn't spot the photographer.

Ref: D73_20191020_1752_003-011 Muntjac Reeves Deer male foraging along hedge towards camera (impression montage).jpg

The Reeve's Muntjac Deer reached the edge of the Farm Road and stopped for a moment ...

Ref: D73_20191020_1753_023 Muntjac Reeves Deer male walking up to Farm Road.jpg

... before stepping up onto the concrete, walking across, and finally disappearing from view at the bottom of the hedge only a couple of metres away. But standing right in front of the cut section of the pignet that lets animals through, the human legs were finally spotted and the Deer 'scarpered'.

Ref: D73_20191020_1753_028-051 Muntjac Reeves Deer male walking over Farm Road (impression montage).jpg

06 Dec 2019

A Tawny Owl visits for a few minutes. This Owl closes their eyes as they land.
We don't remember ever seeing an Owl with nictitating membrane across the eye, and went on the web search to find if they had one.
The answer is YES as you can see in this fascinating YouTube short video of tame owls 'blinking' in slow motion at

Ref: D01_20191020_1845_095+1851_105+1852_107_FB6 Tawny Owl 8 minute visit to meadow post 1+5+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

05 Dec 2019

After a few weeks absence a Barn Owl stops by for nearly a quarter of an hour at 3 a.m.

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Owls are normally photographed as tame animals with beaks hidden in the feathers as they contentedly stand on their 'pets' arm, undoubtedly already replete with a mouse or two. Here this hunting bird shows us the upper and lower bills as they alertly scan the ground for the next meal.

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Two days after the first Barn Owl visit we get another, this time at 1.30 a.m. The bird spent at least 10 minutes on the post, first having a little hunt and then settling down to a preen.

Ref: D01_20191021_0135_111-145_129_FB6 Barn Owl 10+ minute visit to meadow post 1+2+5+6 of 6 (montage 2).jpg

04 Dec 2019

On a gloomy day, at around the time for a sunrise, this Buzzard makes a short stay on the Meadow post.

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A closer look highlights the talons caked in mud.
Being a 'predator' has some down sides.

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Next day the Buzzard lands in some sunshine

Ref: D01_20191019_1010_071+073+1011_078_FB6 Buzzard 2 minute visit to meadow post 1-3 of 5 (montage).jpg

Bird's nictitating membranes (an extra semi-transparent eyelid) makes birds eyes look cloudy. Here are the eyes of the landing bird - protecting the eyeball with his membrane as many birds do as they land, and a little later perched normally with the eye uncovered.

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03 Dec 2019

Pampas Grass next to the main pond shows wonderful graduated colours as the seed heads emerge each year despite the heavy winter cut-backs.

Ref: DF3_20191017_1548_005 Pampas grass seeds heads (crop).jpg

02 Dec 2019

In the rain, a foraging Magpie decides to fly off making a spray of water droplets.

Ref: E62_20191014_1729_081+1731_082_FB5 Magpie taking off from ground in rain making cloud of spray 1 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg

01 Dec 2019

Just after midnight this Badger snuffles his way across the woodland site. The land has changed from desiccated clay to soft and slushy leaf litter, spattering the muzzle with mud as it roots around for worms.

Ref: E64_20191014_0013_325_FB2 Badger with muddy snout.jpg

Yet another fallen apple gets the Badger treatment.

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The Polecat made a midnight voyage across the orchard.

Ref: BU6_20191016_2357_376+377+2358_378_SC2 Polecat crossing orchard 1-3 of 3 (approx montage).jpg



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