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The Sparrowhawk pays another pair of visits, first at dusk ...
... and the Sparrowhawk returned at dawn.
The female Reeve's Muntjac deer seems not so bothered by the camera noise and flash that she doesn't visit this site again after a few days in the dark of a moonless night.
In the depth of the woodland a gloomy and windy afternoon doesn't inhibit this male Pheasant from strutting his stuff.
A Great Tit giving the camera a rather coquettish look.
A Robin plumping out the plumage to keep warm.
A Dunnock nicely poised on the stone.
People confuse Rats (left) and Mice.
The are actually very different in size, and the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) (right) is actually a bit bigger than the urban House Mouse. The relative thickness of the tail is a major guide if you don't know the actual size - the rats tail looks as powerful as it is.
Scale judgement of images is very difficult - we have looked at pics that look like dumped drink cans that turn out to be an exploded factory. :-(
Evening visits by the female Sparrowhawk before she arrived with the female Blackbird in her Talons (see previous day).
2 nights after arriving with the dead female blackbird, the female Sparrowhawk makes a couple of short visits to the post.
This unexpected arrival of the Sparrowhawk has a female Blackbird in her talons. She proceeded to rip the blackbird apart and eat it over 8 minutes. The Sparrowhawk didn't leave the Blackbird carcass on the post, and next morning there was no sign of it on the ground (but a fox or Badger may have found it). The entrails you see over the edge were ignored by a Tawny Owl later in the night.
At slightly larger scale, and worked up to show the Blackbird more clearly, here is the female Sparrowhawk landing with her prize.
One of the female Reeve's Muntjac Deer visits the woodland site.
A Detail from the Reeve's Muntjac Deer portrait - we think she is lovely!
On really dull days we sometimes turn on the 'Owl' cam for the day.
Here a Buzzard stopped on the post for a couple of minutes.
The reddish item on the top of the post is just a leaf.
Next morning (camera back to 'normal') sees this Sparrowhawk make a botched landing before circling round for another go (too quick for the camera to catch) before spending a few minutes gazing straight at the bathroom where the light being turned on may have made the bird think it was light enough to hunt. Looking out of the window with house light off showed our eyes no detail at all. The bird has already missed the landing when the flash first fires.
This Tawny Owl landed on the perch outside the kitchen window for this 'full frontal' portrait.
Just 10 minutes later the same Tawny Owl lands on the meadow post and stops there for a quarter of an hour.
Male Pheasants really are unbelievably vibrant creatures. Most of the woodland now receives a good share of sunlight now that the leaf canopy is mostly 'on the ground'.
No, we haven't 'turned up the colour' for this male Pheasant.
In the middle of the Autumn days we see occasional butterflies. Here a male Brimstone was flittering around in our excuse for the front garden, and suddenly disappeared. It took a minute or so search to find the insect in among blackberry leaves looking just like a slightly more 'autumned' leaf. Better camouflage than you might imagine.
This scattering of (rather small) Oak leaves creates the impression that the tree had tossed a Jigsaw puzzle on the ground.
The Robins are all back to being as friendly as they dare - buttering up the humans in the hope of the hand-out.
The days are getting very short now, and the sun 'slides' towards the ground over an extended period. It still moves at about 1 diameter in two minutes, but the path to ground is much more shallow than in summer. Anyway, we get a few more 'sunset' opportunities at this time of year.
A Blue Tit, perched on our electrical feed cable, preens his head with his claw.
This Barn owl made a short visit earlier in the night (no pics worth showing) and then this extended stay of over half-an-hour.
These two consecutive pics taken 45 seconds apart show the Barn Owl's wonderful flexible neck.
For a couple of days the female Sparrowhawk becomes an evening as well as morning visitor.
Over the next 2 mornings the camera catches 4 separate landings on the post.
This is a single moment as 5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) make the most of the food not taken by the birds.
"I love you!" - Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) style.
Sheer exuberance - nothing else 'animate' is visible in the entire original frame!
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