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14 Aug 2020

Not having seen her on it for months, we had assumed that the local female Kestrel no longer much likes the meadow post. But here she has taken a Vole to the post top and spends a few minutes ripping it to bits to eat it, followed by a few minutes looking rather satisfied.

Ref: D01_20200709_1232_112-1238_125_FB6 Kestrel female takes vole to meadow post & eats it 01+03+05+09 of 12 (montage).jpg

13 Aug 2020

We do enjoy these 'Fox & Cubs' flowers self-set around the house and providing flashes of brilliant orange. The insects like them too.

Ref: D73_20200706_1051_019 Fox & Cubs flowers with 2 Marmalade Hover-flies.jpg

In the partial shade of the Oak tree at the edge of the meadow, a glorious bouquet of self-set wild flowers.
Ragwort (the yellow flowers) is poisonous to many farm animals, but our adjacent surroundings are now entirely arable so we permit some to grow.

Ref: D73_20200706_1507_108 Ragwort + Oxeye Daisy + Mallow + Teasels in meadow (orig & Final).jpg

These Convolvulus flowers in shade of the northern bridleway hedge are the normal pinkish colour. Round the end of the hedge where the sun shines on the ground all day exactly the same species are sun-bleached completely white.

Ref: DF3_20200705_1059_027+1102_030 Convolvulus flowers mostly in shade and mostly in sunshine 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

12 Aug 2020

We never expected to see a Reeve's Muntjac Deer mating, but here from two different cameras linked by timestamps we see this couple's encounter.
Top Left: Male dutifully follows the female past The Duck-shaped pond into the woodland about 25 metres from Round Pond.
Top Right: A minute later the male is making overtures to the obliging female.
Bottom Left: Consumation.
Bottom Right: Probably 20 seconds later they quietly leave.

Ref: BU8_20200705_2206_809+BU5_2207_385+387+2208_388_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer pair mating by Round Pond 2+4+6+7 of 7 (montage).jpg

A Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn makes another visit to this site, this time giving us a decent view. What a sweetie.

Ref: E62_20200707_2134_068_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn (crop).jpg

11 Aug 2020

For a couple of days the local female Kestrel spent hours a day hunting from the dead branches of an old apple tree 15m from the house

Ref: DF3_20200705_1725_139+137+136 Kestrel female perched on old apple tree branch 3-1 of 3 (montage).jpg

Here the female Kestrel has caught a Vole on the grass below, and flies to a conveniently shaped dead branch of the tree to eat it.

Ref: DF3_20200705_1736_160+1737_168+170+171 Kestrel female taking Vole to tree branch and eating it 05+07-09 of 12 (montage).jpg

The female Kestrel spends a lot of the second day hunting from dead branches in our old apple tree. Her hunts were less successful on this day - we imagine that the patch of grass was 'voled out'

Ref: D73_20200706_1448_086 Kestrel female hunting from apple tree dead branch.jpg

10 Aug 2020

The local female Kestrel flies to a branch (and whole tree) that is swaying in the strong wind. Just like when hovering, she likes to keep her eyes still, and here we see her neck accommodates the sway.

Ref: DF3_20200705_0620_046+0621_049 Kestrel female perched on swaying branch with head motionless 1+2 of 5 (montage).jpg

Just on the other side of the hedge along the northern Bridleway perhaps 100 Wood Pigeons are in the Wheat crop, using the wind to hover by crop seed heads and peck bits off. Perhaps 20 birds are doing this while the rest circle or dive into the depth of the crop probably to pick up spilled seed.
Never seen this behaviour before, and likely never will again.

Ref: DF3_20200705_0630_120 Wood Pigeon flock feeding on Wheat crop by hovering into wind 3 of 4 (crop).jpg

09 Aug 2020

The first sighting here (in 30 years) of a White-legged Damselfly. This is an immature female flitting around the grass seed heads like a little delicate ghost.

Ref: DF3_20200703_1258_019 White-legged Damselfly female immature (crop).jpg

This second brood female Holly Blue Butterfly was flitting about the hedge along the West side of the access track.

Ref: D73_20200706_1048_007+1049_015 Holly Blue Butterfly female second brood (montage).jpg

08 Aug 2020

We don't ever remember seeing ourselves, or in a wildlife film, a Fox standing vertical like this. There is obviously something really interesting 'up there' at 1 a.m. The Fox was not leaping up - we have another frame between the middle and right pics in the montage showing a very similar vertical position at least a second or two earlier.

Ref: BU4_20200703_0118_120+0119_124+126 Fox investigates something above then reaches up on hind legs 3+5+7 of 8 (montage).jpg

2 nights later what looks like the same Fox is still highly interested in the tree above.
Staring up this tree in the daylight there is no visible nest or dray, nor a splatter of droppings on the ground that might indicate a regularly roosting bird. One of life's little mysteries will have to stay that way.

Ref: BU4_20200705_2324_882 Fox investigates something above (see also BU4_20200703_0118).jpg

07 Aug 2020

An otherwise confusing pic of 2 Rooks is cropped to show you just this rather nice face of this immaculate young rook.
Oh dear - we think Rooks look sweet - it's amazing how living with hundred around you changes your perception

Ref: E62_20200630_1809_070_FB5 Rook portrait.jpg

06 Aug 2020

We have been enjoying dozen of pics of Reeve's Muntjac Deer around the site, but always in the marginal quality of trail cams even in the day. So we were really pleased to see this tiny fawn wandering through the meadow site.

Ref: E62_20200629_2139_046_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn (crop).jpg

2 Days later at about the same time of day, a female Reeve's Muntjac deer came in from the other direction. Her Fawn was ahead of her and triggered the camera, but all we see of the Fawn is a shadow at the edge of the frame.
So we offer this montage to re-create what we MIGHT have got!
The scale of the 2 animals is the same, but Mum is rather closer to the camera accentuating the size difference a bit.

Ref: E62_20200629_2139_046+20200701_2112_126_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn and mother (montage).jpg

05 Aug 2020

Here the local female Kestrel perched on top of the latch side of the blocked gate about 40m away. She was tolerant of the cameraman, though has obviously seen him. After a few pics and walking quietly away, turning round revealed that she had left anyway.

Ref: D73_20200629_1622_029+026+028 Kestrel female perched on steel capped blocked gate post 3+1+2 of 8 (montage).jpg

A Closer look at our favourite Kestrel!

Ref: D73_20200629_1623_031 Kestrel female perched on steel capped blocked gate post 5 of 8 (crop).jpg

04 Aug 2020

Over the main pond this pair of Pond snails are entwined in a loving embrace. Snails are hermaphrodites, so both 'hope' to end up 'pregnant'.

Ref: D73_20200627_1328_010 2 Pond snails mating on Iris leaf.jpg

03 Aug 2020

A female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly with her 4 wings almost perfectly aligned to make the pseudo-pterostigma (white specks) particularly clear.
Only the female of this species (and of the 'Beautiful Demoiselle') have this feature. The mark is called 'psuedo...' because almost all other species of Damselfly and Dragonfly have these marks on both sexes and darker than the wing colour.

Ref: D73_20200626_1238_046 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly female with accurately aligned wings showing pseudo-pterostigma clearly.jpg

A male Common Blue Damselfly starting to change from a drab slightly blue colour of the juvenile into the vivid blue of the mature adult.

Ref: D73_20200628_1627_122 Common Blue Damselfly male maturing.jpg

02 Aug 2020

Perched on a leaf, we see how the Comma Butterfly's corrugated leaf outline and colour looks so like a dead leaf.

Ref: D73_20200628_1105_072 Comma Butterfly (showing bottom of wing comma) perched in hedge.jpg

A Small skipper Butterfly feasts on a clover flower.

Ref: D73_20200702_1744_019 Small Skipper Butterfly feeding on Clover flower.jpg

01 Aug 2020

A good view of the male Reeve's Muntjac Deer's antlers 'in velvet', clearly stretched tight over the top.

Ref: BU4_20200702_0326_569 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with velvet over Antlers stretched tight.jpg

This looks like a female Reeve's Muntjac deer laying on the ground, being approached by another female and being gently encouraged to get up and walk away together. Female Deer are known to attend one another during Birthing, and this may be the first stages.
Or something else entirely

Ref: BU4_20200628_0331_371+0332_374+376 Muntjac Deer female lying on ground encouraged up (q) by another 2-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

Here you can see a female Reeve's Muntjac Deer making her way into our patch through a hole in the pig-net in our west hedge. This regular activity is rarely caught quite so clearly.

Ref: BU3_20200701_1253_121+122_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer female entering through hole in Pig-net 1+2 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg



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