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30 Nov 2019

Our first sighting of a Jay since June this year, and only single visit last year also in June. The vivid blue patches are mostly hidden on the hidden top of the bird, but you get a hint along the top edges of the wings.

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Another sighting of a Jay this month, this time on the more distant meadow post.

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29 Nov 2019

This Buzzard slowly circled overhead making the most of what little thermal updraft this bird could find.

Ref: DF3_20191010_1243_046-049 Buzzard in flight @7fps 3-6 of 9 (close spaced montage).jpg

This Buzzard slowly circled overhead making the most of what little thermal updraft this bird could find.

Ref: DF3_20191010_1243_064-066 Buzzard in flight @7fps 1-3 of 8 (close spaced montage).jpg

One of the local Buzzards lands on the meadow post for a few minutes. We think the bird spotted movement at the window and had this hard stare, but stayed for a couple more minutes.

Ref: D01_20191012_0822_065+0824_078_FB6 Buzzard 4 minute visit to meadow post 1+3 of 7 (montage).jpg

28 Nov 2019

A fox on the Mound turns his head to watch a Reeve's Muntjac Deer walk up to a couple of metres behind the Fox.
We had always assumed these creates to be 'mortal enemies' but we have seen this kind of behaviour several times now - 2 other events in August 2019 are show as images for 24 Sep 2019

Ref: BU2_20191009_2002_440+441+2004_442_SC7 Fox on Mound as Muntjac Reeves Deer arrives 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

27 Nov 2019

A couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) fighting or loving - we fancy the latter.

Ref: E62_20191009_2030_209_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) sparring.jpg

The un-withered leaves on this 'bunch of Sloe berries' suggests that the Grey Squirrel has broken this off itself.

Ref: E63_20191008_0930_085_FB1 Grey Squirrel with sprig of Sloe berries in mouth.jpg

In the hours after midnight 2 Badgers keep a tryst.

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26 Nov 2019

A Tawny Owl spends a few minutes on the meadow post, undoubtedly hoping for supper to scamper by on the recently cleared meadow area.

Ref: D01_20191006_1925_097-1928_103_FB6 Tawny Owl 4 minute visit to Meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

Over a single night, 2 visits from what looks like the same Tawny Owl. Firstly a few minutes stay, and then a couple of hours later a touchdown but not a stay.

Ref: D01_20191010_0156_047+0157_049+0411_055_FB6 Tawny Owl 4 minute visit + another landing 2hrs later 1+2+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

25 Nov 2019

The hazy sky let us photograph the sun rising behind a hedge to the South-east. The montage is aligned to hold the hedge stationary so you can see how the sun rises at a substantial slant at this time of year. The sequence is over about 4 minutes. The last 2 pics were taken closer together than the rest.
Exposure is awfully difficult to control - we took dozens of pics at varying exposures and picked those that made some sort of sense.

Ref: DF3_20191008_0723_002-0727_041 Sunrise over hedge to south-east 1-8 of 8 (aligned montage).jpg

Shortly after a rain shower these glistening water drops caught the light all the way along a half-metre long twig (only part of it here).

Ref: DF3_20191006_1001_129 Water drops on horizontal twig (crop 1).jpg

Each drop acts as a little lens showing an inverted and distorted view of the world behind.
Early 'microscopes' used water drops as the lens, and later 'glass' droplets became the norm.

Ref: DF3_20191006_1001_129 Water drops on horizontal twig (crop 2).jpg

24 Nov 2019

A Buzzard makes a magnificent landing as big as we can show you.

Ref: D01_20191004_0809_017_FB6 Buzzard 7 minute visit to Meadow post 1 of 8 (crop).jpg

After landing on the post the Buzzard stayed for several minutes.

Ref: D01_20191004_0809_017-0813_026_FB6 Buzzard 7 minute visit to Meadow post 1+2+4+6 of 8 (montage).jpg

The Buzzard visits again - here just about to make first contact with the post.

Ref: D01_20191006_1717_093_FB6 Buzzard landing on Meadow post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

The Buzzard visits again - landing complete buy yet to settle the feathers.

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23 Nov 2019

The local female Kestrel has been gracing our patch.

Ref: D01_20191003_1327_009_FB6 Kestrel female landing on Meadow post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

We have a regular male Kestrel who is at least as nervous of humans as the female. We caught this glimpse outside our South boundary.

Ref: DF3_20191004_1543_004 Kestrel male fleeing as human appears.jpg

The female Kestrel spends a few minutes on the meadow post.

Ref: D01_20191004_1657_045-1701_051_FB6 Kestrel female 5 minute visit to Meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

22 Nov 2019

About a week apart we notice that the landing positions of these Barn and Tawny Owls are so similar that we couldn't resist this same-scale montage for you to compare them.

Ref: D01_20190927_0322_017+20191003_0115_081-0120_091_FB6 Barn and Tawny Owls landing on Meadow post (same scale montage).jpg

21 Nov 2019

A Hornbeam seed cluster nicely dried ready for a gust of wind or clumsy bird to set the winged seeds into 'flight'.

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The solitary winged seed was lying on a concrete slab. Moved onto a wooden table to photograph we have finally concluded that this must have come from the a Hornbeam tree some 25m away.

Ref: DF3_20190927_0756_015 Seed with 2 wings each 25mm long - found on ground unidentified.jpg

After a short but heavy shower, raindrops were beading the Pampas Grass stems. On closer inspection (here looking downwards) we see the drops magnifying the ridges on the grass leaves, and the drops at the edge imaging the surroundings.

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20 Nov 2019

A Magpie shows off the wonderful iridescence - it seems always blue on the wings, but basically Green with a rainbow of colours on the tail.

Ref: E62_20190930_1644_038_FB5 Magpie with iridescent wings and tail.jpg

"Let us say Grace".
Not likely - head down before anybody else snaffles it.

Ref: E63_20191001_1326_149_FB1 Grey Squirrel with front paws together facing apple.jpg

"Come on Sweetie"

Ref: E63_20191002_2339_358_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg

19 Nov 2019

Red Sky in morning - and lo - 12mm of rain descended by next morning. The sun still below the horizon is lighting the bottom of the clouds and highlighting their structure.

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A glowing sunrise ...

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... underlights this Red Kite ...

Ref: D73_20191003_0716_013-016 Red Kite in flight at sunrise 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg

... as the sun 'climbs' through the trees.

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18 Nov 2019

Across the field to the south this Red Kite flew low over the tilled field, on his way ...

Ref: DF3_20190929_0908_087-093 Red Kite flying low over field to south @7fps 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg

... to land in the top of this recently flailed really broad hedge.
The appearance of the talons strongly suggests that they are carrying a mouse or vole size prey item up to the hedge top to eat it.

Ref: DF3_20190929_0908_101-105+107 Red Kite calling as it lands on recently flailed hedge @7fps 4-8+10 of 11 (montage).jpg

17 Nov 2019

Just editing this Wood Pigeon montage on the screen is enough to make us yawn.

Ref: D01_20190924_1649_060+1650_061+062_FB6 Wood Pigeon dozing on Meadow Post 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Even at the largest size we allow for web images you couldn't see the details of the sleepy bird, so we did another montage to give you a better look.

Ref: D01_20190924_1649_060+1650_061+062_FB6 Wood Pigeon dozing on Meadow Post 1-3 of 3 (montage detail).jpg

16 Nov 2019

We first saw Galls on this Conifer in Mid July.
Some hundreds of Galls now smother just the South-West side of this miniature conifer (2m tall if you can call that miniature).
GALLS IS WRONG - we discover 2 months later that these are forming seed cases.

Ref: DF3_20190923_0911_013 Galls each about 2cm across on miniature conifer outside conservatory.jpg

2 Months on we discover that growths we thought were galls are simply a type of conifer seed case we have never seen before. Here they are showing some of the un-fallen seeds inside their 'pods'.
The wild world is a continuous exploration, and we sometimes get it wrong.

Ref: DF3_20191211_0932_078 Miniature conifer seed pods opening.jpg

Another sort of Gall on a self propagated wild Rose at the front of the house. These Robins Pin-cushion Galls are really rather attractive, and don't seem to degrade the plants too much.

Ref: DF3_20190923_1537_030 Robins Pin-cushion gall 3cm across on cut-back rose.jpg

15 Nov 2019

We don't remember seeing a Grey Squirrel collecting sticks before. This stick was gone from the site in the next frame.
Their Dreys are made of twigs interwoven with soft materials, so they must collect twigs. Its just we have never caught it on camera before.

Ref: E63_20190922_1200_181_FB1 Grey Squirrel with stick in mouth & carried away.jpg

This pair of Grey Squirrels are undoubtedly enjoying each other's company.

Ref: E63_20190922_1521_193_FB1 2 Grey Squirrels nuzzling.jpg

Petting over, it's time to eat!

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14 Nov 2019

The Blackberry fruit season is upon us with enough to make a batch of Blackberry Jelly. So the pips and skins get strained out and offered to the wildlife that just LOVES it.
It's no good - we think this Grey Squirrel has a grin of delight on the little face for the sweet and sticky coating on the banana skin.

Ref: E63_20190924_1705_149_FB1 Grey Squirrel eating banana skin coated in Blackberry strainings.jpg

The Blackberry fruit season is upon us with enough to make a batch of Blackberry Jelly. So the pips and skins get strained out and offered to the wildlife that just LOVES it.

Ref: E62_20190924_2219_127_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) eating Blackberry strainings.jpg

If the Grey Squirrel puts the apple down before clambering up the tree-stump maybe something else will steal it. So to check the top of the tree stump the apple goes with the Squirrel.

Ref: D36_20190924_1250_015_FB4 Grey Squirrel carrying Crab Apple up tree-stump.jpg

13 Nov 2019

The female Kestrel flew to the Meadow post.
What a fantastic bird!

Ref: D01_20190921_1519_109_FB6 Kestrel female landing on Meadow Post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

A third of a second after the previous frame the female Kestrel is already poised on the top of the post.

Ref: D01_20190921_1519_110_FB6 Kestrel female landing on Meadow Post 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

12 Nov 2019

Comma Butterflies seem to have been about since Spring. These will overwinter as Adults in some protected spot (like a shed!) to appear next April to lay the eggs for the new 2020 generation. This one is on a Mint flower.

Ref: DF3_20190920_1230_117 Comma Butterfly on Mint flower.jpg

This view through the underside of the wing just shows the 'comma' of the Butterfly showing through from the 'top' side. This one is on an Ivy flower.

Ref: DF3_20190920_1234_121 Comma Butterfly on Ivy flower viewed from below but top lit.jpg

Back on a Mint flowers, the underside of this Comma Butterfly emphasises the wonderful scalloped edge and the white 'comma' mark.

Ref: DF3_20190920_1433_153 Comma Butterfly on Mint flower.jpg

11 Nov 2019

Green Veined White Butterflies have been seen here regularly this year. This one is on the seemingly never ending supply of Mint flowers Now in their second brood, eggs laid now overwinter as Chrysalises.

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Green Veined White Butterflies have been seen here regularly this year. This one is on the seemingly never ending supply of Mint flowers Now in their second brood, eggs laid now overwinter as Chrysalises.

Ref: D73_20190919_1312_028 Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on Mint flowers.jpg

10 Nov 2019

As the rising sun in the east glows orange on the leaves, the moon nears setting in the west.

Ref: DF3_20190917_0715_002+003 Moon slightly Gibbous setting against autumn leaves (montage for focus).jpg

2 mornings later we catch the moon against a darker sky. Notice how the line of shadow (the 'terminator') accentuates the craters.

Ref: D73_20190919_0634_117 Moon in waning Gibbous phase.jpg

09 Nov 2019

A few Migrant Hawker Dragonflies hunt over the meadow during the warmer parts of the day. Here is one in an accurate montage (so slowing down) with a larger scale portrait from what would have been on the right.

Ref: DF3_20190915_1557_032-036 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight @7fps 4-7 of 7 (accurate montage) + 3 of 7 insert.jpg

08 Nov 2019

This is a male Common Darter Dragonfly perched on a cut hedge twig

Ref: DF3_20190914_1740_091 Common Darter Dragonfly male.jpg

In the mid-day sunshine a female Common Darter Dragonfly waits for lunch to fly by.

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Detail of a head and legs of this female Common Darter Dragonfly.
Note the yellow stripe down the leg - a characteristic of this species.

Ref: D73_20190915_1232_010 Common Darter Dragonfly female (crop 2).jpg

This female Common Darter Dragonfly decided that this side of a cardboard box would be a good place to perch in the sun, and perhaps make an even better shadow.

Ref: D73_20190918_1624_044 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on cardboard packing with detailed shadow (crop).jpg

07 Nov 2019

In a field margin the Prickly Sow-Thistle pops up it's head after the recent cut. Its a rather smaller flower than the familiar dandelion.

Ref: DF3_20190914_0952_038 Prickly Sow-thistle (Sonchus asper).jpg

In front of the house (in something you might call a flower bed) Mallow flowers continue to bloom.

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All around, and in our patch, the Hawthorn hedges are producing their bounty.

Ref: DF3_20190914_1006_041 Hawthorn Berries.jpg

06 Nov 2019

For a couple of mornings we have found a fox down by the brook apparently dozing in the morning sunshine. He gave us a good hard stare, apparently classified us as 'mostly harmless', went back to dozing.

Ref: DF3_20190914_0716_028+031+0717_032 Fox near brook 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

05 Nov 2019

After a weeks absence, we are pleased to again see the Tawny Owl come to check out our patch.

Ref: D01_20190914_0304_135-0313_153_FB6 Tawny Owl 10 minute visit to Meadow Post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

2 short visits by obviously the same Tawny Owl 2 days apart.
The 1st & 3rd, and 2nd & 4th (from the left) images are uncannily almost identical despite quite definitely being 2 days apart - notice the new damage to the post at the top right hand edge occurring in the intervening 2 days.

Ref: D01_20190916_2008_087-20190918_1937_169_FB6 Tawny Owl short visits 2 nights apart with moth (4 of 5) 1-5 of 5 (montage).jpg

04 Nov 2019

This Red Kite flew overhead spending about half a second peering upwards at something we never did see.

Ref: DF3_20190917_1247_131+138+143 Red Kite glancing upwards for half a second @7fps 1+3+4 of 4 (impression montage).jpg

We missed the take-off from the crossbar 100m left, but guessing the destination had the camera focussed and running to catch this landing at the next one along.
We sometimes cringe at how close these birds come to an explosive death on the 11kV cables, once seen and described to us by a local farmer.

Ref: DF3_20190913_1800_009+011+015 Buzzard landing on 11kV crossbar 1+3+7 of 9 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

Here we see a Buzzard flying by, disappearing behind a poplar that also provided the reference for this accurately spaced montage. Just over half a second of flight.

Ref: DF3_20190917_1248_182-186 Buzzard in flight @7fps 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

A Rook flies by the west side of the house, photographed through an upstairs window.

Ref: DF2_20190918_0904_020-029 Rook in flight @7fps 01-10 of 10 (accurate montage).jpg

03 Nov 2019

Groups of 10 or 15 Canada Geese, flying over in the early morning, has progressed to this group of about 60, seen here against the morning sky.

Ref: DF3_20190913_0648_125 60 Canada Geese in flight to South.jpg

A minute later the Canada Geese have formed into a long skein for their couple of minutes or so journey west.

Ref: DF3_20190913_0649_128 60 Canada Geese in flight to South.jpg

02 Nov 2019

After a sad lack of Honey Bees in the last few weeks, a few were feasting on now flowering Ivy, this Bee is well loaded with Pollen.

Ref: DF3_20190912_1248_102 Honey Bee collecting Pollen from Ivy Flowers.jpg

A dazzling Sunflower has almost finished offering it's pollen ready to get down to the business of making Sunflower seeds.

Ref: DF3_20190913_1110_347 Sunflower in pot.jpg

01 Nov 2019

This male Reeve's Muntjac Deer has arrived to investigate whatever food is left at the meadow site.

Ref: E62_20190910_1656_110_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with budding antlers (crop 1).jpg

Much more detail of the male Reeve's Muntjac Deer face, with Antlers still barely buds.

Ref: E62_20190910_1656_110_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with budding antlers (crop 2).jpg

Looking down our site's eastern path we catch this lovely male Reeve's Muntjac Deer staring at us from about 70m away. He sauntered off down the path on the left where we left him in peace.
With the fully grown antlers now showing as bone means we have at least two males visiting our patch.

Ref: D73_20190912_0722_092 Muntjac Reeves Deer male at north end of east inner path.jpg



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