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15 Jun 2019

On the night that we put out the moth trap only 10 metres from this pole (with a powerful 125 watt mercury vapour lamp) the Little Owl spent a couple of minutes on the pole top. Little Owls also hunt in daylight, so the light probably didn't bother the Little Owl at all.

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14 Jun 2019

The Lodgepole pine trees every year make a HUGE amount of Pollen that the slightest movement or puff of wind releases clouds of.

Ref: DF5_20190511_1355_052 Pollen falling from Lodgepole Pine catkins (crop 1).jpg

13 Jun 2019

We often comment on male Mallard Duck 'guarding' feeding females intending a slight air of irony - guarding usually means quacking a warning as he flies off in panic. But here the male on the bank guarding the duck in the water is threatening the Grey Squirrel a couple of metres away, and the Grey Squirrel veers away.
We need to be more respectful of the males efforts in future!

Ref: BU5_20190511_1006_601_SC1 Mallard Duck male guarding female sees off Grey Squirrel 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

The female Mallard Duck was on the front bank of the main pond, sitting on a heap of Iris Roots racked from the pond The bird didn't like the appearance of a human at the window, and decided to depart.
No - she is NOT sitting on a nest by this pond.

Ref: DF4_20190511_1220_002+003+007 Mallard Duck female taking off from pile of dried Lily roots 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

Here is a detail of the female Mallard Duck in flight.
The splash of blue is her partly obscured speculum.

Ref: DF4_20190511_1220_007 Mallard Duck female taking off from pile of dried Lily roots 4 of 4 (crop).jpg

12 Jun 2019


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Wood Pigeons pairs are so affectionate.

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The Wood Pigeon starts to land on the kitchen perch just as the Grey Squirrel emerges from underneath the bird table. Quite a shock for the Pigeon we imagine.

Ref: E60_20190506_1748_012_FB3 Wood Pigeon and Grey Squirrel arrive simultaneously at the bird table.jpg

11 Jun 2019

This Tortoiseshell Butterfly has lost some of it's scales, but has mostly avoided the birds. After stoking up on this Dandelion it will continue the search for a mate.

Ref: DF5_20190510_1559_096 Tortoiseshell Butterfly overwintered and faded feeding on Dandelion (crop).jpg

Along the crop margins the Dandelion are mostly now 'clocks'.

Ref: DF5_20190510_1601_104 Hedge + Margin + Crop along road to north Seq (detail) (orig & final).jpg

10 Jun 2019

The male Yellowhammer that frequents the bend in the Farm road is here caught selecting a small oval seed from the bird seed mix we sprinkle about.

Ref: DF5_20190506_0940_004 Yellowhammer male eating seeds on concrete track.jpg

A few days on, we are lucky to get male and female Yellowhammers in the same frame and both reasonably in focus.

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A montage in celebration, over 30 hours, of the male Yellowhammer at the hedge bottom.

Ref: E63_20190514_0602_058-20190515_1055_138_FB1 Yellowhammer male visits to hedge bottom over 30 hours (accurate montage).jpg

09 Jun 2019

At the kitchen window bird table the automatic camera catches this Great Tit stopping by with a beakful of grubs destined for a nest somewhere.

Ref: E60_20190506_1821_018_FB3 Great Tit with insect in beak.jpg

Next day we spot a bird leaving one of the new Woodcrete nestboxes, and waiting for the next exit is rewarded by this image of a Great Tit flying off in the direction of the kitchen window some 30m away. So youngsters being fed already.

Ref: DF5_20190507_1744_082 Great Tit flying from Woodcrete Nestbox 3 of 4 (crop).jpg

08 Jun 2019

A Chance view of the pond on the other side of the brook catches this (what appeared to be) solitary Canada Goose gliding across the pond, complete with reflection and framed by the nearer trees we were peering through.

Ref: DF5_20190505_0830_001 Canada Goose on pond north of brook.jpg

07 Jun 2019

We don't know what is going on between these two Foxes, but we think that it is more 'play' than fight

Ref: E63_20190504_2121_165_FB1 2 Foxes sparring (crop 1).jpg

06 Jun 2019

Fruit tree blossom is spread around the site.
We would love to add 'Apple', 'Pear', 'Plum' or whatever, but the trees we were allowed to transplant were mostly unidentified and we don't remember which is which!

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Fruit tree blossom is spread around the site.
We would love to add 'Apple', 'Pear', 'Plum' or whatever, but the trees we were allowed to transplant were mostly unidentified and we don't remember which is which!

Ref: DF5_20190504_1227_023 Fruit tree blossom.jpg

05 Jun 2019

Half an hour after the female Roe Deer visited the mound, a glance over the southern hedge showed her walking through the Wheat Crop along one of the sprayer tractor ruts. She ambled down the rut but somehow detected the distant presence of a human, and decided to depart.

Ref: DF5_20190505_1613_039+043+044+046 Roe Deer female walking down tractor rut spots photographer 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

The female Roe Deer could have 'escaped' through a hedge further away, but instead made a speedy but un-panicked progress along this hedge.

Ref: DF5_20190505_1614_127+129+131+134 Roe Deer female leaping along hedge @7fps 01+03+05+08 of 21 (acc montage skipping frames).jpg

At one point the female Roe Deer made this graceful leap. At 7 fps the images would overlap. We toyed with 'stretching' the montage, but decided to keep the dimensional accuracy by skipping frames. This is the even numbered frames ...

Ref: DF5_20190505_1614_134+136+138 Roe Deer female leaping along hedge @7fps 8+10+12 of 21 (accurate montage alternate frames).jpg

... while this fills in the gaps with the odd numbered frames.

Ref: DF5_20190505_1614_135+137 Roe Deer female leaping along hedge @7fps 009+011 of 21 (accurate montage alternate frames).jpg

04 Jun 2019

The male Roe Deer spent about 5 hours overnight on our patch. This is the best picture of the Antlers, in Infra Red, at 2.30 a.m. at the edge of the Round Pond.

Ref: BU5_20190504_0237_392_SC1 Roe Deer male visits over 5 hours after midnight 2 of 9 (crop).jpg

Monarch of the Glen?
The male Roe Deer was still on the site 5 hours later after sun-up, here back at the edge of Round Pond, possibly for a drink.

Ref: BU5_20190504_0722_446_SC1 Roe Deer male visits over 5 hours after midnight 8 of 9 (crop 2).jpg

The day after we saw the male Roe Deer tis female visited, here staring at the camera. Did she hear a sound from the camera that we have never detected?

Ref: BU2_20190505_1542_681_SC7 Roe Deer female visit in mid-afternoon 3 of 3 (crop).jpg

03 Jun 2019

Roe Deer (which we see only occasionally) are MUCH bigger than our regular Reeve's Muntjac Deer, This little identical scale montage shows you the difference, Muntjac on the left.

Ref: BU5_20190503_0155_232+20190504_0237_391_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer male (left) + Roe Deer male (montage at same scale).jpg

The Reeve's Muntjac deer Fawn is now perhaps 2/3rd the height of Mum. It is weaned but is often seen with Mum.

Ref: BU5_20190507_2147_542+2149_546+547_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn and Mother 2-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

02 Jun 2019

A moment of panic upon spotting 'our' male pheasant lying on his side in the dry soil of the salad bed. But he is just having a sunbath, soon up and about again, clucking and displaying.

Ref: DF5_20190502_1132_009 Pheasant male lying on his side and sunbathing in loose dry soil.jpg

As we walk along the farm track, the male Pheasant follows us for 50m, probably hoping that some corn would magically appear. We put some down, we looked around for the Pheasant, but he had given up the wait and disappeared through the hedge.

Ref: DF5_20190505_1218_015 Pheasant male keeping pace with us along grass outside south boundary.jpg

01 Jun 2019

A view to the North of the leafing trees at the brook - a glorious vivid green of Field Maple in it's first flush.

Ref: DF5_20190430_0958_048 Field Maple trees at Brook edge shining Spring Green (orig & final).jpg

A few days later a walk down to the brook allowed us to capture this detail of the emerging Field Maple leaves and flowers.

Ref: DF5_20190505_0833_008 Field Maple leaf and flower detail.jpg



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