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Out first sighting for several years of a Black-tailed Skimmer spotted on what is nominally a bird perch stick outside the living room and photographed through the window. We unusually see blue pruinescence on the underside of the insect.
A trip round the outside of the house sneaked a pic from the other side shows the
conventional appearance from the top with no trace of blue pruinescence.
There is uncertainty about the status of this insect - a juvenile male or a female.
Just to be sure that these pics are different sides of the same Black-tailed Skimmer, here is a side view taken while approaching for the first attempt to photograph the 'top' that clearly shows the blue underside and Yellow + Back top. It flew away on this occasion, but returned about an hour later.
We startled this White Plume Moth hiding in the path and it flew off to
find another safe place. It perched upside down partly in shade under these
How different the world must be to these tiny creatures. In the Insect Flight Tunnel we often see insects flying inverted, but tend not to show them as aberrations caused by the artificial setup, but maybe it is quite normal.
At the other end of the flying-creature scale, this Red Kite glides overhead in the baking afternoon sun. The images are close-spaced at about 1 per second
An early morning Small White Butterfly makes a visit to an early-opening Convolvulus flower surrounded by several still closed after the night.
Many of the Convolvulus flowers seem to have been bleached by the sunshine with little trace of pink remaining.
This immature male Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a blackberry cluster. A heat-wave has produced an air temperature of about 36c and the insect does not need to warm itself in the blazing sun.
This immature male Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a blackberry stem. A heat-wave has produced an air temperature of about 36c and the insect does not need to warm itself in the blazing sun.
This mature female Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a plant stem. A heat-wave has produced an air temperature of about 36c and the insect does not need to warm itself in the blazing sun.
Our first Darter Dragonfly of the year - an immature male Common Darter.
Our first Migrant Hawker this year seen in flight quite soon perched on this stem where we could get a photo. The wings have not yet finished drying and clearing so we assume that this individual has emerged from one of our ponds that morning.
A male Ruddy Darter is perched on an Iris leaf.
First sighting of this insects 2019.
Swifts fly fast - this montage is accurately spaced (based on the tree) at about 0.1 second intervals.
Because they fly so fast, accurate montages of Swifts in flight show little detail, so
here the outer birds are brought closer to centre bird, but the centre bird and the
insect in front of it what the camera captured.
You have to be really lucky to catch the insect this close to the open beak. In the many images we have of Swift catching insect, the beak is never open in the previous or following frames only 0.1 seconds before or after. Wow - a real 'snapper'.
Another single frame with a movement blurred insect trying to avoid the Swift's flying trapdoor.
More Swifts (again shown with the 10 body length between images reduced to very little) showing the variety of wing positions in normal flight. These images are about 0.2 seconds apart
We have seen Evening Primrose flowers around the house for several years, but just hadn't noticed that the flowers are in their glory in the early morning.
Evening Primrose flowers, beautiful in the morning, soon wilt in the heat of the day just 5 hours later.
On just a metre of hedge, Woody Nightshade shows us all the stages from flower to ripe fruit.
The fruit is poisonous, but is so bitter that accidental poisoning is not a problem.
This male Roe Deer spent an hour and a half wandering over our site. Here he is at the bottom of the hedge at the South Boundary.
Now the male Roe Deer is 80 metres north quietly walking past the mound.
The last sighting of the male Roe Deer is in the middle of the plot.
Swifts really fly fast - this and the next sequence are photographed at about
10 fps (Frames per second). That's about 100 body lengths per second!
The detail of the bird is lost at any size of image that it is sensible to email or put on the WWW, which is why we mostly provide 'Close spaced Montages' to get a better view of the creature.
The images of this Swift are close spaced, but the spacing between insect and the middle bird is accurate. The beak is open for less than a tenth of a second.
A close spaced montage at about 10 fps.
A morning Green-veined White Butterfly backlit by the morning sun.
The camouflaged underside of the Tortoiseshell butterfly blends well with the foliage which the orange top side does not. Safer to feed like this then.
Our first ID of a Red Twin-spot Carpet Moth. The two black marks near the tip of the wings give them their name
A scrum of Red Soldier Beetles all trying to find someone to mate with. We particularly like the one on the right coming across from a leaf to join in the fray. Also known as the Hogweed Bonking Beetle, its not hard to see why!
More Red Soldier Beetles doing what they do best - making MORE soldier Beetles.
A pleasingly symmetrical arrangement of Marmalade Hover-flies on a single Thistle flower.
In this closer view of one of the Marmalade Hover-flies you can see detail of the flower's centre and a scattering of pollen on the back of the insect to hopefully fertilise another plant's flower.
A Surprise moment walking up the path was seeing this Stoat. We sometimes see Weasels around the house, but rarely see a Stoat. It wasn't pleased to see us, and went straight off the path into the long grass.
A Fox spends a few minutes hunting at this site where we put down a few scraps of food each day.
Manipulating hard items is difficult for birds with just the beak for a tool. Some items can be held in the claws to be pecked at, but a favourite scheme is to wedge items into a crack of a post or bark, and then hammer away. Here this juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker already knows the technique - grab a peanut, wedge in the post, hammer away and eat the bits that come off until it is small enough to eat the remainder.
A few minutes visit by this Tawny owl turned into a little celebration.
Can a Magpie really catch a live Mouse, or can it only pick them up as carrion? We don't know, but this Magpie looks rather smug with this ghastly beakful of what looks like minced mouse.
Mum or Dad Magpie seems to be jumping down from the stone as one of their eternally hungry Juveniles demands yet MORE.
This is on the tree-stump in the daytime 'gloom' inside the woodland.
The flash shines down into the young Magpies open beak, and the translucent keratin glows red at the base of the beak.
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