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29 Feb 2020

This female Kestrel flew up to the 11kV cables to make a delicate landing facing into the wind ...

Ref: DF3_20200203_1004_013+014+018+022 Kestrel female lands on 11kV cable spots human and flies off 01-04 of 27 (spread montage).jpg

... but after just a second or two she noticed our presence and quietly launched back into flight.

Ref: DF3_20200203_1005_028-037 Kestrel female lands on 11kV cable spots human and flies off 05-14 of 27 (accurate montage).jpg

A couple of hours later presumably the same bird was perched on the top rung of the disused telephone pole (bottom).
For some reason, she took off but immediately landed back on the top of the pole.

Ref: DF3_20200203_1229_056+074 Kestrel female on step on disused Telephone pole footrest then flies to top (accurate montage).jpg

28 Feb 2020

The temporarily flooded ditch is now firm enough to allow the Reeve's Muntjac Deer to walk across.

Ref: BU7_20200202_0152_018-0153_027 Muntjac Reeves Deer female crossing ditch 1+2+6+8 of 8 (approx montage).jpg

The now fairly dry ditch is now no longer an obstacle for the badger who trundles quietly through the night.

Ref: BU7_20200205_2203_043-045 Badger crossing ditch 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

The Polecat is also happy to cross the ditch, but at such a speed that the one frame each second or two is too slow to catch more than one image.

Ref: BU7_20200203_2219_010 Polecat streaking across ditch.jpg

27 Feb 2020

Each year a pair of Magpies make a nest in a tree near to the south edge of our patch. Here a Magpie tries to pick up an awkwardly shaped twig to add to one of the nests 'under construction'.

Ref: BU7_20200205_0959_030 Magpie on tree bole carrying twig in beak.jpg

The picture on the left (taken 5 Jan 2020) show a Rabbit stricken with Myxomatosis.
A month later we see the same rabbit (confirmed by ear damage detail) apparently recovered save for the few scars showing in the facial fur.

Ref: E64_20200105_2242_169+20200203_1854_047_FB2 Rabbit with Myxomatosis recovers with scars (montage 1 month apart).jpg

26 Feb 2020

The Red Kite circling the patch provided some good opportunities for photos.

Ref: DF3_20200201_1505_091 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 009 of 106 (crop).jpg

The Red Kite circling the patch provided some good opportunities for photos.

Ref: DF3_20200201_1506_234-238 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 047-051 of 106 (montage).jpg

The Red Kite circling the patch provided some good opportunities for photos.

Ref: DF3_20200201_1506_283-316 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 054-061 of 106 (montage).jpg

And away the Red Kite flies to the south.

Ref: DF3_20200201_1507_406-416 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 094-104 of 106 (montage alt frames).jpg

25 Feb 2020

Stepping out of the house revealed this Red Kite hanging close by in the sky, facing into the wind and sun. The bird proceeded to make 3 slow circles over about 3 minutes. The enforced slow progress provided a rare opportunity here for lots of Red Kite Photos.

Ref: DF3_20200201_1505_106 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 014 of 106 (crop).jpg

A chance for the view of the top of the Red Kite's wings properly lit.

Ref: DF3_20200201_1505_127 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind top view 015 of 106 (crop).jpg

Sun in you eye, or not, changes the size of your, or this Red Kite's, Iris.

Ref: DF3_20200201_1505_077+082 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind comparing iris 006+008 of 106 (montage).jpg

24 Feb 2020

The local female Kestrel arrives at the meadow post with a Vole in her talons, then rips it to bits and eats it over about 8 minutes.

Ref: D01_20200131_1032_071-1039_085_FB6 Kestrel female lands on post with Vole in talons & eats it 01+03+11+15 of 20 (montage).jpg

After her meal she did a short circle round the post and landed again for reasons we can only guess.

Ref: D01_20200131_1040_088_FB6 Kestrel female lands on post with Vole in talons & eats it 18 of 20 (crop).jpg

23 Feb 2020

A Wood Pigeon aerobrakes for touchdown.

Ref: D01_20200130_0944_003_FB6 Wood Pigeon landing on meadow post.jpg

A Rook makes an accurate landing on the Meadow post.

Ref: D01_20200201_1321_109_FB6 Rook landing on meadow post.jpg

A Barn Owl lands on the Meadow Post and stays for a few minutes.

Ref: D01_20200203_0549_167-0552_171_FB6 Barn Owl 3 minute visit to Meadow Post 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

22 Feb 2020

The new year 2020 was ushered in by this image of an Otter running along a soggy ditch along our south hedge just before 4 a.m on 1 Jan 2020.
This is the first sighting we have of an Otter on our site, taken by a temporarily installed Trail-cam to see what was using an obvious ingress through the hedge.

Ref: BU7_20200101_0351_028 Otter running along ditch end (crop).jpg

A search of our archive found that 4 years ago the then farmer across the road had sent us pics of an Otter he found dead near the roadside.
So they have been in the area for a few years, but not visiting our previous photo sites.

Ref: 20160409_163822+163901 Otter found dead at edge of Haversham Road (via John Marshall) (montage).jpg

21 Feb 2020

The Day Shift: The male Sparrowhawk (with his 'mad yellow eye') - photographs himself as he fails in yet another pass over the bird table and peanut feeder.

Ref: E60_20200129_1131_024_FB3 Sparrowhawk male in flight.jpg

The Night Shift: A Snowy Ghost in the night, this (ringless) Barn Owl takes just this one pic of themselves in the whole week.

Ref: D01_20200127_2024_050_FB6 Barn Owl landing.jpg

20 Feb 2020

On stepping out of the back door, this female Kestrel goes whizzing across the meadow and out of sight. Accurate spacing at about 7fps.

Ref: DF3_20200127_0947_001-006 Kestrel female flying across meadow (montage @7fps).jpg

Just 6 minutes later, walking around the outside of our patch, we find her (presumably the same individual) perched in a conifer at our South East corner. Eventually our walk along the paths (about 20m away) got just that bit too close for her comfort, and she flew North ...

Ref: DF3_20200127_0953_009 Kestrel female perched in conifer at SE corner.jpg

... to land in a Cherry Tree at out North East corner where she let us walk by about 30m away without a fuss.

Ref: DF3_20200127_0956_035 Kestrel female perched in Cherry tree at NE corner.jpg

19 Feb 2020

A pristine Badger stops by at the Woodland site.It was raining, but this site is sheltered by a large conifer tree that helps keep it dry.

Ref: E64_20200127_0409_190_FB2 Badger on rainy night.jpg

This ditch has recently been flooded enough to encourage Badgers to find a better place to cross, but now that the water has subsided the Badgers can walk across again.

Ref: BU7_20200129_0406_061+062 Badger walking across ditch 1+2 of 6 (accurate montage).jpg

All over the site we find these Badger scrapes where they have been looking for worms and other invertebrates.

Ref: DF3_20200129_1303_066 Badger digging near Round Mound (orig & final).jpg

18 Feb 2020

The comfy way to eat peanuts from this feeder - wrap yourself around it and scrape away at the nuts.
For a couple of years we have been unable to use these feeders because all 'wildlife' peanut supplies have been so small that the Squirrels would empty the feeders in a day, simply pulling the nuts out through the holes.

Ref: D5C_20200126_0912_082 Grey Squirrel wrapped around peanut feeder.jpg

Grey Squirrels are amazingly limber, assisted by their '5th limb' - their tail. Here the back of the squirrel is resting on the top of the right hand post, and the tail is bent over the side of the post to stop them sliding off.

Ref: D5C_20200126_1347_086 Grey Squirrel reaching for peanuts with tail gripping post.jpg

When we have put out this type of large un-caged Peanut feeder Grey Squirrels often work their way around the bottom, scraping out fragments of peanut. This series over a couple of minutes.

Ref: D5C_20200128_1415_068-1416_090 Grey Squirrel circling peanut feeder 2-4+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

17 Feb 2020

Seed in beak (and probably several more in the crop), the Blue Tit launches to find a safe place to digest his 'winnings'.

Ref: E63_20200123_1247_044_FB1 Blue Tit taking off from stone with seed in beak.jpg

This male Blackbird lands elegantly on the stone.

Ref: E63_20200129_1233_190_FB1 Blackbird male landing on stone 2 days apart.jpg

16 Feb 2020

This Grey Squirrel stands upright on the stone for a better view of the overcast surroundings.

Ref: E63_20200123_0918_015_FB1 Grey Squirrel standing upright on stone.jpg

Outside the Kitchen window this small (presumably juvenile) Grey Squirrel watches the world nervously from the ground.

Ref: D5C_20200124_1409_031 Grey Squirrel juvenile nervously waiting on grass outside kitchen.jpg

A Grey squirrel having a good 'shake out' defeats both the high-speed camera flash and the 1/200 Sec camera shutter to produce this unusual rendition.

Ref: E64_20200125_1325_127_FB2 Grey Squirrel shaking head (200th Sec + flash).jpg

15 Feb 2020

This female Kestrel was preening on an 11kV cable near the blocked gate. After a few minutes she flew off and we continued walking along the farm paths and Road.

Ref: DF3_20200122_1056_056+059+061 Kestrel female preening on 11kV cable 2-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

250m along we see a Kestrel also on 11kV cable, this time clearly scanning the ground for a meal. More distant, and difficult to make out in the overcast conditions, we assumed that it was the same bird, but we now see that this is the male! After a couple of minutes the bird plunges to the ground, stays for several seconds, mostly hidden in the crop, before flying away through a thin bit of hedge.

Ref: DF3_20200122_1101_065+066+069+076 Kestrel male dives to ground from 11kV cable & flies away 1-4 of 4 (acc montage + insert).jpg

14 Feb 2020

This apparently solitary fox fits nicely into the camera frame for this portrait.

Ref: E62_20200122_0153_075_FB5 Fox at meadow site (crop).jpg

Less than an hour later these 2 foxes spend a minute or two quartering the orchard 'grass'. Probably just looking out for a snack, but perhaps with 'romance' on their minds.

Ref: BU6_20200122_0215_313+314+316_SC2 2 Foxes in Orchard 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg

This Fox walking along the edge of Round Pond appears to have a young Rabbit in their mouth.

Ref: BU5_20200116_1928_123_SC1 Fox walking on edge of Round Pond with Rabbit (q) in mouth.jpg

13 Feb 2020

This image is the first close up and clear image we have of a predator in the act of a kill. The fact that the camera was triggered despite the male Sparrowhawk being well above the sense beam suggests that the Blue Tit saw the threat coming and took off, but the Sparrowhawk was too quick.

Ref: E60_20200120_0918_002_FB3 Sparrowhawk male catching Blue Tit (crop).jpg

"That was good - lets try for another"
15 minutes later the male Sparrowhawk makes another pass you see here, and yet another 5 hours later, and then no more for days.

Ref: E60_20200120_0936_003_FB3 Sparrowhawk male flying over kitchen bird table (crop).jpg

12 Feb 2020

This Tawny Owl has to be pouncing on some unfortunate rodent, but we can't see whether or what it catches. 30 minutes before, what was almost certainly the same bird was watching this site from the top of the meadow post.

Ref: E62_20200118_1737_146_FB5+D01_1707_079_FB6 Tawny Owl pouncing on Prey at meadow site (crop + mirror insert on post).jpg

A pristine little Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) investigates a still closed fir-cone in the dark of the night. Watch out for Owls!

Ref: E63_20200122_2021_167_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspecting fir cone.jpg

11 Feb 2020

This female Kestrel spends a few minutes grooming on the meadow post half an hour before sunrise.

Ref: D01_20200117_0727_003+0731_005+0734_009_FB6 Kestrel female on meadow post 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

Next day this female Kestrel is on the lowest 'step' (perhaps 3.5m high) of disused telephone pole. She was quite tolerant as we walked down the path 20m away, but eventually she flew off back into our patch.

Ref: DF3_20200118_1353_050 Kestrel female on foot bracket on disused Phone pole by south hedge 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

10 Feb 2020

Here the photographer caught the moment of this female Kestrel crouching down about to spring into the air.

Ref: D01_20200116_1130_056_FB6 Kestrel female 6 minute visit after eating rodent - launching 09 of 10 (crop).jpg

Here is a little more of the sequence - unfortunately only 'two-and-a-half' birds!

Ref: D01_20200116_1130_055-057_FB6 Kestrel female 6 minute visit after eating rodent 8-10 of 10 (montage).jpg

09 Feb 2020

Badgers are stolid animals with short but powerful legs that undoubtedly can't jump very far. So rather than get a soaking crossing the ditch this Badger turns back to look for a better crossing place (there are plenty).

Ref: BU7_20200115_0106_004+005 Badger arrives at flooded ditch and turns back 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

The following day we see the different approach taken by the much more lithe Reeve's Muntjac Deer - just jump over the water!
Admission - these two taken 10 hours apart at each end of the same night, but we don't think a misrepresentation.

Ref: BU7_20200115_2021_015+20200116_0705_019 Muntjac Reeves Deer leaping over flooded ditch (montage).jpg

08 Feb 2020

An almost posed Grey squirrel, paws resting on the log as she looks over.

Ref: E64_20200113_1419_061_FB2 Grey Squirrel looking over log (adjusted crop).jpg

07 Feb 2020

Here this female Kestrel arrives on the meadow post with some sort of rodent in her Talons, and proceeds to break it up to eat in pieces.

Ref: D01_20200116_1122_015+016+1123_017_FB6 Kestrel female lands on meadow post rodent in talons & eats it 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg

This is a detailed version of the image following the 3 above, complete with the gruesome remains of the partially consumed Rodent.

Ref: D01_20200116_1123_018_FB6 Kestrel female lands on meadow post with rodent in talons and eats it 4 of 4 (crop).jpg

After eating the rodent the female Kestrel left momentarily and then returned for a few minutes. She is digesting her lunch, occasionally pecking at a talon with her beak - cleaning the utensils? Bottom left is a rather quirky angle to catch.

Ref: D01_20200116_1125_022-1128_046_FB6 Kestrel female 6 minute visit after eating rodent 01+02+04+05 of 10 (montage).jpg

06 Feb 2020

Raisins and other dried fruit crammed into the beak before somebody else comes and grabs it!

Ref: E63_20200111_1311_193_FB1 Magpie with beak full of dried fruits.jpg

A Blue Tit and female Blackbird share the recently arrived offerings. They had better get on with it - the Squirrels and Corvids will soon arrive!
NOT a montage.

Ref: E63_20200114_1509_161_FB1 Blue Tit and Blackbird female feeding together.jpg

An opportunity to compare four of our small bird species in a single montage.

Ref: E63_20200109_1326_053-20200110_1134_113_FB1 Yellowhammer male + Blue Tit (twice) + Chaffinch male + Great Tit (montage).jpg

05 Feb 2020

This female Sparrowhawk takes an atypically sharp photo of herself flying over the kitchen window perch and bird table.

Ref: E60_20200111_0943_016_FB3 Sparrowhawk flying above kitchen perch (crop 1).jpg

We spotted this female Sparrowhawk on the stump of the Willow tree on the other side of the main pond, staying for a few minutes. On one occasion (top right and bottom left) she gets knocked off balance by an unexpected gust of wind.

Ref: DF5_20200116_1203_006+010+011+1204_016 Sparrowhawk female perched on sunny willow stump 1-3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

04 Feb 2020

What looks like the 'local' Tawny Owl pays a midnight visit which includes the departure. It was pouring with rain ...

Ref: D01_20200114_2326_063+2330_071+2332_075_FB6 Tawny Owl 11 minute visit and departure in rain 3+5+7 of 7 (montage).jpg

... as you see here in a frame between the two leftmost images above

Ref: D01_20200114_2329_069_FB6 Tawny Owl 11 minute visit and departure in rain 4 of 7 (crop).jpg

Heavy rain on this night does not seem to discourage this Tawny Owl, who spends over 20 minutes getting visibly wetter as the bird stands in the rain.

Ref: D01_20200109_1818_025-1827_039_FB6 Tawny Owl 21 minute visit to meadow post in heavy rain 1+3-5 of 7 (montage).jpg

03 Feb 2020

"OK - the worm is out of the ground.
How do I swallow it when it wraps itself around my beak?"

Ref: E62_20200104_1231_109_FB5 Blackbird female with worm in beak.jpg

Long-tailed Tits are nervous birds we get to see only intermittently. Here are 4 inside, and one on the top of a peanut feeder that is Squirrel-resistant so long as we remember to fit the clip and cable-tie to hold on the top!

Ref: DF5_20200105_1008_018 Long-tailed Tits at peanut feeder.jpg

It's Tea Time!
NOT a montage, though reduced width.

Ref: E63_20200108_1535_111_FB1 Magpie + Grey Squirrel + Pheasant female (adjusted crop).jpg

02 Feb 2020

The Barn Owl visits occasionally, but at the moment we see the landing but the bird moves on within a minute.

Ref: D01_20200102_1942_031_FB6 Barn owl landing on Meadow Post (crop).jpg

The Barn Owl visits occasionally, but at the moment we see the landing but the bird moves on within a minute.

Ref: D01_20200104_0122_049_FB6 Barn owl landing on Meadow Post (crop).jpg

The Barn Owl visits occasionally, but at the moment we see the landing but the bird moves on within a minute.
Same text 3 times? Well it is Groundhog Day!

Ref: D01_20200108_0217_041_FB6 Barn Owl rising up to land on meadow post.jpg

01 Feb 2020

The female Reeve's Muntjac Deer and photographer eye each other before she trots down the path to the right and, as usual, vanishes.

Ref: DF3_20200103_1533_058 Muntjac Reeves Deer female watching photographer along path 3 of 5 (crop).jpg

This Polecat speeds through the Meadow camera's field of view for this portrait.
Parts of the face are so white that they are 'burned out' in the original.

Ref: E62_20200109_0552_187_FB5 Polecat (crop).jpg

A temporary camera placed near the SW corner of our patch catches this lovely fox just about to tackle the perhaps 20cm deep water in the ditch.

Ref: BU7_20200104_0456_016 Fox entering through south hedge about to cross water in ditch.jpg



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