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31 Oct 2019

One end of a Roof ridge has made a perch for this juvenile Wood Pigeon.
This scruffy mess exactly matches the description in the ID book!
Sorry about the pile of guano in front of the bird.
"It was like this when I arrived!"

Ref: DF3_20190910_1211_005 Woodpigeon juvenile on roof ridge.jpg

30 Oct 2019

In the dappled sunlight of late evening a male Reeve's Muntjac Deer walks quietly through the orchard, we assume deciding which apple to pick up.

Ref: BU6_20190906_1751_585+1752_592_SC2 Muntjac reeves Deer male in dappled evening light 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

Two minutes later this Reeves Muntjac Deer is crunching away at an apple.
Reeve's Muntjac Deer usually take the small apples into the mouth whole and then crush and chew it. This one took about a minute to finish this apple.

Ref: BU6_20190906_1753_597+598+1754_601_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer eating large Windfall Apple 1-3 of 6 (montage).jpg

But really big apples get lumps bitten off just like a human might.

Ref: BU6_20190911_0535_656+657_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer biting lump out of windfall apple 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

29 Oct 2019

What we think must be a juvenile Kestrel has made several appearances while establishing a hunting territory.

Ref: D01_20190904_0813_003+004+0815_007+0816_009_FB6 Kestrel juvenile 4 minute visit to meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

The (probably) juvenile Kestrel looking for places to hunt has made a number of visits to us, here including the meadow Post. On this occasion a single image of the Kestrel was replaced (while the camera was re-cycling) by this gorgeous male Sparrowhawk.

Ref: D01_20190904_1844_054+1849_096_FB6 Kestrel juvenile (q) displaced by Sparrowhawk harassed by Kestrel 19 of 26 (montage).jpg

The male Sparrowhawk spent about 7 minutes on the post, being 'buzzed' repeatedly by the Kestrel it had displaced, although we never got lucky with her in flight on the camera. But the Sparrowhawk assumed some fascinating positions while following the Kestrels path.

Ref: D01_20190904_1847_079-1851_106_FB6 Sparrowhawk male harassed by Kestrel 7 min visit to post 08+14+18+23 of 26 (montage).jpg

Whether the out-of-frame Kestrel's antics, or just finished his visit, we don't know, the Sparrowhawk decided to leave.

Ref: D01_20190904_1848_087-1851_110_FB6 Sparrowhawk male harassed by Kestrel 7 min visit to post 12+13+20+25 of 26 (montage).jpg

28 Oct 2019

A mature female Ruddy Darter Dragonfly on the tip of a cut Blackberry stem shows the sun shining through the orange pterostigma - the coloured patches near the tips of the wings - that are present but takes many forms in the various Odonata species.

Ref: DF3_20190903_1020_719 Ruddy Darter mature female.jpg

In the fitful midday sun female Common Darter Dragonfly rests on a twig waiting for a meal to fly by.

Ref: DF3_20190903_1226_008 Common Darter Dragonfly female (crop).jpg

The intricacy of Dragonflies is incredible - this is a zoom on the female Common Darter Dragonfly to relish her complicated form. Note the yellow stripe down each leg that (among other things) differentiates this species from the 'Ruddy'.

Ref: DF3_20190903_1226_008 Common Darter Dragonfly female (crop detail).jpg

27 Oct 2019

Found on the drying washing was this Green Shieldbug who stayed put long enough for his portrait.

Ref: D71_20190901_1733_009 Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina).jpg

Two weeks later we see our third Green Shieldbug of this season, here in the hand. Looks like this species is having a 'good year'.

Ref: D73_20190915_1233_025 Green Shieldbug in the hand.jpg

Two views of a Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on the flower of the moment - a Yellow Buddleia that we expect to flower until the first serious frost.

Ref: DF3_20190903_1015_707+1014_693 Red Admiral Butterfly on Yellow Buddleia flowers shows both sides of wing 2+1 of 2 (montage).jpg

26 Oct 2019

What used to be seen by the hundred here, this lone Tortoiseshell Butterfly perches on the edge of a small sunflower.

Ref: DF3_20190902_1221_026 Tortoiseshell Butterfly on small Sunflower petal tip.jpg

The next generation of Comma Butterflies has emerged, and will be making the most of nectar, juice from rotting fruit, and the like, ready to survive the coming winter.

Ref: DF3_20190903_1000_552 Comma Butterfly (new emergence).jpg

Here you see the white 'comma' that appears only on the bottom of the rear wings of the Comma Butterfly.

Ref: DF3_20190903_1001_562 Comma Butterfly (new emergence).jpg

25 Oct 2019

Whoosh - 2 seconds of a Rabbit streaking across the grass margin to gain the safety of our plot at the left. The Rabbit started running upon seeing us about 70m away to the right and reached 'peak speed' on the 'level' grass. Rabbit shooters have been about for the last few weeks and by now any tolerance of humans will be long gone.

Ref: D73_20190901_0658_006-024 Rabbit running across grass margin @10fps 01-19 of 19 (accurate montage).jpg

A closer view of the speeding Rabbit.
Muybridge (the Victorian moving image photographer) might have loved this, and then got how Horses run as completely wrong as the artists of the time!

Ref: D73_20190901_0658_009-012 Rabbit running across grass margin @10fps 04-07of 19 (accurate montage).jpg

24 Oct 2019

Ooh - that looks tasty!

Ref: E63_20190830_0042_067_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspecting Earwig.jpg

Increasing numbers of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are appearing at the hedge bottom, this one showing a lovely shadow on the stone.

Ref: E63_20190902_2106_077_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping from rock with detailed shadow.jpg

After several weeks absence the Tawny Owl makes a couple of visits to the meadow post half an hour apart on either side of midnight, top and then bottom right in this montage.
The return may be have been encouraged by either the increase in the Mouse population, or the previous afternoons hack down of undergrowth around the post.

Ref: D01_20190905_2324_037+20190906_0020_053+0014_041_FB6 Tawny Owl 2 & 8 min visits after brushcutting 3+1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg

23 Oct 2019

A male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on bent over Iris leaf.
This is how they hunt - perch over the water and dash out when they see something to catch.

Ref: DF3_20190823_1244_444 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male.jpg

We caught this male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly while perched on a piece of Iris leaf, which accompanies it in the photo.
This is the BOTTOM view of the insect - the red top and sides of the abdomen is not carried through underneath - something we noted many years ago when photographing dragonflies in UV light on both sides. Details of this project are on the web site.

Ref: DA1_20190825_1323_098+1601_144_FT1 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male in flight (bottom view) + Flag Iris leaf (montage).jpg

A Few Ruddy Darters are stationed around the ponds. This one was perched on a dead Blackberry stem ready to leap out to catch any passing midge.

Ref: DF3_20190829_1231_006 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male perched on tip of dead Blackberry stem.jpg

22 Oct 2019

We have let the Mint flowers go riot this year and have been rewarded by lots of insects stopping by to enjoy the flowers. This is a Red Admiral, wings closed, enjoying 'lunch' in the sunshine.

Ref: DF3_20190829_1244_030 Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on Mint flower.jpg

A Red Admiral Butterfly perched on a decidedly caterpillar munched Hawthorn leaf.

Ref: DF3_20190828_1109_070 Red Admiral Butterfly resting on Hawthorn leaf.jpg

21 Oct 2019

The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect, as you can see relative to this smaller than average Oxeye Daisy. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.

Ref: DA1_20190825_1606_168+1128_031_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly female in flight + Oxeye Daisy flower (montage).jpg

The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.

Ref: DA1_20190825_1606_168+1607_180_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly female in 2 flights (montage).jpg

The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.

Ref: DA1_20190825_1610_201+1608_189_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly female in 2 flights (montage).jpg

On one of the recently cut Field margins this opening Convolvulus (which sort of 'unfolds' origami style) attracts this Common Blue Butterfly for a feed. This is the only pic we got before it flew off into the adjacent hedge. Not 'Common' here at all.
The label is not a mistake - the female Common Blue Butterfly isn't blue on either side of the wings!

Ref: DF3_20190826_1206_010 Common Blue Butterfly female on opening Convolvulus (ID only).jpg

20 Oct 2019

A Common Carpet Moth makes a couple of flights

Ref: DA1_20190825_0934_156+0935_161+1126_019_FT1 Common Carpet Moth (Epirrhoe alternata) in flight + Greater Willow Herb flowers (montage).jpg

This Lesser Swallow Prominent Moth was a reluctant flyer, but is such an stunning woodland stick mimic we had to show you.

Ref: DA1_20190825_0943_193+1941_177_FT1 Lesser Swallow Prominent Moth (Pheosia gnoma) on box & in flight (montage).jpg

A tiny Brimstone moth flies by. The wings are similar marked on both sides as you see here.

Ref: DA1_20190825_1007_279+1125_014_FT1 Brimstone Moth in flight + Convolvulus flower (montage).jpg

19 Oct 2019

This Sexton Beetle, with bright orange patches, made its first recorded appearance here caught in the overnight moth-trap. We released the Sexton Beetle onto the grass for a photo against something natural. We adore the orange tips to the antennae at the bottom. After a couple of minutes he flew away just fine.

Ref: D73_20190825_0929_014 Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus vespillo) (crop)).jpg

Before releasing the Sexton Beetle out of doors (see above) we tried to get him to fly for us. But Beetles are generally reluctant to 'fly to order', and these are the best we got.

Ref: DA1_20190825_0921_127+0918_123_FT1 Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus vespillo) in flight & perched on vertical stick (montage).jpg

18 Oct 2019

This is a Lesser Yellow Underwing Moth who flew quite well for us. We have assembled 3 separate flights into this interpretation.

Ref: DA1_20190825_0901_035+0855_011+0904_047_FT1 Lesser Yellow Underwing Moth in 3 separate flights (montage).jpg

Like many 'Underwing' moths, this Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Moth looks a dull brown when perched, but comes to life in flight.

Ref: DA1_20190825_1000_245+1003_261_FT1 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Moth male (Nocta fimbriata) in 2 flights (montage).jpg

17 Oct 2019

We only found a single Hawk Moth in the trap - this Poplar Hawk Moth. The Brown patch doesn't show at all in the resting insect.

Ref: DA1_20190825_0911_096+1124_005_FT1 Poplar Hawk Moth in flight + Mint flowers (montage).jpg

Out first sighting of a Frosted Orange Moth, but a reluctant flyer. The photo-kit here takes 3 consecutive frames (all with flash) at about 250mS intervals. This insect tended to jump onto the soft paintbrushes we use to tease them into flight, and we catch the moment that this one departed. Read bottom upwards.

Ref: DA1_20190825_1011_287-289_FT1 Frosted Orange Moth (Gortyna flavago) flying from brush head @4fps (montage).jpg

A Plume Moth in flight. When perched the multiple wing 'plumes' merge together to make the insect look a capital 'T' with long top bar. We are not sure of the exact species, but it was brownish rather than the more usual 'white' varieties we see here.

Ref: DA1_20190825_1017_310+1123_004_FT1 Plume Moth in flight + Teasel flower head (montage).jpg

16 Oct 2019

We thought the Polecat would steer clear of this site after an earlier encounter, but apparently the flash and camera noise isn't that scary.

Ref: E63_20190824_0221_231_FB1 Polecat clambering over stone (crop).jpg

The Polecat, first seen on the left first moving left, then right at the Round Pond, continued right for 70 metres to arrive at the Hedge bottom about 5 minutes later.

Ref: BU5_20190827_0015_112+0016_115_SC1+E63_0020_037_FB1 Polecat visits Round pond & Hedge bottom in 6 mins 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

At the Woodland site (set up for larger creatures) the camera manages to catch the whole of this Badger passing through.

Ref: E64_20190824_0304_172_FB2 Badger.jpg

15 Oct 2019

A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly perched in shade in the south hedge. It's been too hot for most insects to be out in the sun during the early afternoon.

Ref: DF3_20190823_1503_577 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male perched in tree over south hedge.jpg

A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hangs from the desiccated leaves of a cut Blackberry stem.
Blackberry is a valuable wildlife resource, but keeping access past areas where they grow is a constant chore - stems can grow across a path in just a week.

Ref: DF3_20190828_1108_061 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hanging from cut hedge twig.jpg

The most numerous Hawker Dragonfly this year is the Migrant Hawker. Here is a male flying by accurately positioned at about 7 fps.

Ref: DF3_20190829_1248_056-058 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight @7fps 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg

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?

Ref: E64_20190820_2048_106_FB2 2 Rabbits nose to nose.jpg

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.

Ref: D73_20190817_1343_060 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female perched in hedge.jpg

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.

Ref: D73_20190817_1537_098 Oak Tree acorns mostly knopper galls this year.jpg

The Rose of Sharon is now producing seeds.

Ref: DF3_20190818_1727_068 Rose of Sharon Seed head.jpg

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.

Ref: D01_20190816_1931_472_FB6 Sparrowhawk female (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: E63_20190814_0236_193_FB1 Polecat (head only crop).jpg

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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