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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.
We do enjoy these 'Fox & Cubs' flowers self-set around the house and providing flashes of brilliant orange. The insects like them too.
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.
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.
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
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.
A Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn makes another visit to this site, this time giving us a decent view. What a sweetie.
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
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.
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'
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.
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.
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.
This second brood female Holly Blue Butterfly was flitting about the hedge along the West side of the access track.
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.
2 nights later what looks like the same Fox is still highly interested in the tree
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A Closer look at our favourite Kestrel!
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'.
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.
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.
Perched on a leaf, we see how the Comma Butterfly's corrugated leaf outline and colour looks so like a dead leaf.
A Small skipper Butterfly feasts on a clover flower.
A good view of the male Reeve's Muntjac Deer's antlers 'in velvet', clearly stretched tight over the top.
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
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.
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