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14 Oct 2019

A Swallow making a lovely aerial twist into a dive.

Ref: DF3_20190823_0916_286-288 Swallow in flight diving downwards 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage @7fps).jpg

A Swallow flying over head, photographed at about 7 fps. The gaps between the images have been closed up.

Ref: DF3_20190823_1302_562-566 Swallow in flight 1-5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg

13 Oct 2019

A male Chaffinch 'having a go' at another on the ground.

Ref: E63_20190822_1703_040_FB1 Chaffinch male in flight attacking another on ground.jpg

Generally, out of breeding season, Chaffinches are aggressive to other of their species. But here 3 each males and females seem to be feeding quietly together. Perhaps this bunch are just easy-going - our experience is that most creatures with complex behaviour also have varying personalities.

Ref: E62_20190828_1038_088_FB5 6 Chaffinches (3 each male and female).jpg

12 Oct 2019

Of about 15 images, we offer this 5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 3 nights.

Ref: E63_20190819_2228_076-20190821_0449_224_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 2 nights 5-1 of 5 (montage).jpg

Next night it was the turn of some Voles to be out and about. On the left we see a 'Short-tailed Field Vole' and on the right a 'Bank Vole'.

Ref: E63_20190822_0236_298+0559_305_FB1 Short-tailed Field Vole (left) + Bank Vole (montage).jpg

A Rabbit's tryst as darkness falls?

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11 Oct 2019

The red speck (a partly hidden Apple) just in front of the fox in the top frame appears seconds later firmly clamped in the foxes jaws.

Ref: BU6_20190819_1945_150+151_SC2 Fox in Orchard eating Windfall Apple 4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

The Fox arrived peacefully (left) is suddenly joined by a second Fox (with less marked tail) and a scuffle ensures. 5 minutes later just the original Fox regains his place.

Ref: BU2_20190819_2015_108-2021_112_SC7 2 Foxes Squabbling on Round Mound 1+3-5 of 5 (montage).jpg

A badger at the end of the orchard finds a large windfall apple. It is obviously too large to swallow whole, so bites off a lump. The bottom frame is after the Badger has wandered off, and you can see the remains of the apple in the grass.

Ref: BU6_20190820_2140_467-469+2141_472_SC2 Badger biting off piece of large Windfall Apple 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

10 Oct 2019

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly perched for a little portrait.

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As in most years, there are several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies feeding on Midges over the meadow. This male perched long enough for a profile and full 'mug shot'.

Ref: DF3_20190818_1557_055+064 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male perched 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is eating her latest catch (some sort of Midge) while on the wing. Once she has sucked her prize dry she will drop the body and wings to the ground.

Ref: D73_20190820_1254_057-059 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female in flight with prey in mandibles @ 10fps 1-3 of 3 (close montage).jpg

One of several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies feeding over the meadow.

Ref: D73_20190820_1254_077 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female in flight (crop).jpg

09 Oct 2019

All of our Oak trees are producing Acorns almost entirely spoiled by Knopper Galls. We guess the early start to the season has spoiled the Oak tree 'strategy' of late start and early finish to minimise a plethora of diseases and insect infestations.

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The Rose of Sharon is now producing seeds.

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08 Oct 2019

A female Sparrowhawk lands on the meadow post for an at most one minute visit in the evening light.

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A female Sparrowhawk lands on the meadow post for an at most one minute visit in the evening light.

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5 days after the evening visit we showed earlier, another visit by the Sparrowhawk, this time for at least 11 minutes in the early morning with completely different lighting. Here is a selection.

Ref: D01_20190821_0722_138-0732_158_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 11+ minutes preening on Meadow post 1+3+6+9 of 9 (montage).jpg

07 Oct 2019

This days particular juicy foods attracts an assortment of insects.

Ref: D36_20190815_1608_008_FB4 Speckled Wood butterfly + flies + wasps on freshly baited tree-stump.jpg

Food on the top of the tree-stump here attracts a Red Underwing Moth to have a feed. These two moments 5 minutes apart and montaged.

Ref: D36_20190817_2246_038+2251_039_FB4 Red Underwing Moth on tree-stump (montage).jpg

06 Oct 2019

We must stop deriding Wood Pigeon Nests as 'three sticks is enough'!
The meadow post automatic camera captured images of (presumably just one) Wood Pigeon endlessly stopping on the top of the post with 30 different twigs in little over 24 hours. The bird may of course stopped off elsewhere as well, and we don't know where the nest is. But enjoy 12 of the 'twigs' - its quite hard to see how the bird can fly with some of the more awkward shapes.

Ref: D01_20190815_0804_023-20190817_0833_591_FB6 Wood Pigeon on Meadow Post with 30 twigs (selected) 02-30 of 30 (montage).jpg

A more detailed view of another of the 30 twigs we saw brought to the meadow post.
Over the next few days a few more twigs passed this way.

Ref: D01_20190816_0910_226_FB6 Wood Pigeon lands on Meadow Post with 30 different twigs 23 of 30 (crop).jpg

05 Oct 2019

The Polecat makes a rare visit to one of the high quality photo sites, providing a sort of 'head and shoulders' portrait.

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04 Oct 2019

A perky and pristine Great Tit.

Ref: E63_20190812_1243_013_FB1 Great Tit on stone with immaculate plumage.jpg

This male Chaffinch is flying in to land.

Ref: E63_20190820_1840_152_FB1 Chaffinch male approaching landing (crop).jpg

In the Red corner, a Juvenile Robin redbreast.
In the Blue corner, a great Tit.
Let battle commence - we have no idea what happened.

Ref: E60_20190820_0634_052_FB3 Robin juvenile flying in to threaten already defensive Great Tit.jpg

03 Oct 2019

This female Kestrel made a sudden appearance, hunting over the recently harvested fields. While in our view she made about 7 hovers, each of only an atypically short 3 or 4 seconds, before sweeping across to another hovering position. Here, vertically stacked top to bottom, is one of the short hovers. As you can see the bird was unusually active in the blustery wind. These 3 taken in less than half a second.

Ref: DF3_20190815_1351_032+034+035 Kestrel female hovers multiple times for a few seconds over harvested field 1-3 of 3 (spread montage).jpg

Here the female Kestrel flies to another hunting hover. We didn't see her drop to the ground before she vanished hundreds of metres away.

Ref: DF3_20190815_1351_052-054 Kestrel female flying between short hovers over harvested crop 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage).jpg

02 Oct 2019

Having startled the Roe Deer in the meadow, we later discovered that the camera at the Round Pond has already 'seen' the Roe Deer.

Ref: BU5_20190813_1626_300+1627_301-303_SC1 Roe Deer male 2-5 of 5 (montage).jpg

The male Roe Deer also visited the woodland feeding site, and provided this clear view of the Deer's head. We notice that the antlers have had a 'point' broken off - the short point on the left in this photo.
"You should see the other guy ..."

Ref: E64_20190813_1900_078_FB2 Roe Deer male with one antler point broken (crop 1).jpg

Two days after the first appearance, probably the same male Roe Deer wanders over a diagonal (with a double back) across the plot over 40 minutes

Ref: BU6_20190814_1451_526_SC2+BU2_1515_302_SC7+BU5_1528_514_SC1 Roe Deer male afternoon visits orchard + Mound + Pond edge in 40 minutes 1+3+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

01 Oct 2019

On an early morning walk after a wet night we came across this strand of slime hanging from a tree next to a path with a pair of Leopard Slugs at the bottom tightly entwined in a mating embrace. Over the next 20 minutes we took over 100 pics of this event, overheating the flashgun on the 'little' camera with us.
This initial shot (poor natural light) helps provides context. The strand plus Slugs at the bottom is about 0.5m long, and the same distance for the slugs down to the ground.

Ref: D73_20190812_0706_022 Leopard Slugs mating while hanging 50cm on thread from tree bark to bottom of slugs 01 of 38 (crop).jpg

A close up of the Slugs, with their genitalia entwined. These enormous organs are extruded from the bodies and pulled back in after mating.
Slugs are Hermaphrodites - they are both male and female and here fertilise each other's eggs.

Ref: D73_20190812_0707_026 Leopard Slugs mating while hanging on thread from tree bark 02 of 38 (crop).jpg

The action over 8 minutes, as they writhe around each other and then withdraw their organs. In our case one of the Slugs then simply dropped to the ground (bottom right frame is just the upper slug still on the 'rope').

Ref: D73_20190812_0708_036-0716_099 Leopard Slugs mating hanging on thread from tree bark 06+11+21+26+29+32 of 38 (montage).jpg

Passion spent, the Slug that dropped quietly crawls under the leaf litter (recently 'enhanced' by green leaves dropped in the storm) while the other climbs back up the slime rope and then up the tree trunk.

Ref: D73_20190812_0718_102+0726_110 Leopard Slugs mating while hanging on thread from tree bark 33+36 of 38 (montage).jpg



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