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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.

Ref: DF3_20190914_1553_064 Mallow Flowers.jpg

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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