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15 Jan 2019

The Sparrowhawk pays another pair of visits, first at dusk ...

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... and the Sparrowhawk returned at dawn.

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14 Jan 2019

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.

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In the depth of the woodland a gloomy and windy afternoon doesn't inhibit this male Pheasant from strutting his stuff.

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13 Jan 2019

A Great Tit giving the camera a rather coquettish look.

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A Robin plumping out the plumage to keep warm.

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A Dunnock nicely poised on the stone.

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12 Jan 2019

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. :-(

Ref: E63_20181125_0220_141+20181124_1926_140_FB1 Rat (left) and Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) at same scale (montage).jpg

11 Jan 2019

Evening visits by the female Sparrowhawk before she arrived with the female Blackbird in her Talons (see previous day).

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2 nights after arriving with the dead female blackbird, the female Sparrowhawk makes a couple of short visits to the post.

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10 Jan 2019

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.

Ref: D01_20181123_1628_007-1635_017_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 16m on Meadow Post eats Blackbird fem 07+10+11+16+17 of 18 (montage).jpg

At slightly larger scale, and worked up to show the Blackbird more clearly, here is the female Sparrowhawk landing with her prize.

Ref: D01_20181123_1628_007_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 16m hunt from Meadow Post catching & eating Blackbird female 07 of 18 (crop).jpg

09 Jan 2019

One of the female Reeve's Muntjac Deer visits the woodland site.

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A Detail from the Reeve's Muntjac Deer portrait - we think she is lovely!

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08 Jan 2019

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.

Ref: D01_20181122_1046_005_FB6 Buzzard 2 minute visit to meadow post 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: D01_20181123_0657_033+034+0700_037_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 6 min visit to meadow post missing landing 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

07 Jan 2019

This Tawny Owl landed on the perch outside the kitchen window for this 'full frontal' portrait.

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Just 10 minutes later the same Tawny Owl lands on the meadow post and stops there for a quarter of an hour.

Ref: D01_20181120_2146_002-2156_015_FB6 Tawny Owl 16m visit to Meadow Post 2 of 4 (montage).jpg

06 Jan 2019

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'.

Ref: E64_20181118_0933_139_FB2 Pheasant male in morning sunshine.jpg

No, we haven't 'turned up the colour' for this male Pheasant.

Ref: E64_20181118_1308_154_FB2 Pheasant male in morning sunshine with green+blue+purple iridescent feathers on head.jpg

05 Jan 2019

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.

Ref: DF3_20181115_1248_002+1249_006 Brimstone Butterfly male late in season hiding in bush 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

This scattering of (rather small) Oak leaves creates the impression that the tree had tossed a Jigsaw puzzle on the ground.

Ref: DF3_20181118_1210_023 Oak leaves (small) scattered on concrete track like Jigsaw Puzzle (crop).jpg

04 Jan 2019

The Robins are all back to being as friendly as they dare - buttering up the humans in the hope of the hand-out.

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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.

Ref: D36_20181118_1538_083_FB4 Magpie against setting sun.jpg

A Blue Tit, perched on our electrical feed cable, preens his head with his claw.

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03 Jan 2019

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.

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These two consecutive pics taken 45 seconds apart show the Barn Owl's wonderful flexible neck.

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02 Jan 2019

For a couple of days the female Sparrowhawk becomes an evening as well as morning visitor.

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Over the next 2 mornings the camera catches 4 separate landings on the post.

Ref: D01_20181116_0642_019-20181117_0640_033_FB6 Sparrowhawk female single frame visit to meadow post (montage).jpg

01 Jan 2019

This is a single moment as 5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) make the most of the food not taken by the birds.

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"I love you!" - Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) style.

Ref: E63_20181114_1720_104_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) Frolicking.jpg

Sheer exuberance - nothing else 'animate' is visible in the entire original frame!

Ref: E64_20181114_1720_108_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping.jpg



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