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30 Sep 2020

About 50% of pictures of the male and female Reeve's Muntjac Deer show the male sniffing around the rear of the female. He must not miss his chance - what else are males for?

Ref: BU5_20200821_0148_035_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer male sniffing rear of female.jpg

One minute later the male Reeve's Muntjac Deer looks a bit disgruntled, and actually looks at something else.

Ref: BU5_20200821_0149_037+039_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer male at rear of female 1+3 of 3 (montage over a few seconds).jpg

29 Sep 2020

This Red kite made a long fly-by before finally disappearing behind trees. Accurately spaced at about 10 fps.

Ref: D73_20200820_1036_037-043 Red Kite flying behind trees 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage @10 fps).jpg

6 minutes later a Red Kite made a return pass with the head better lit.

Ref: D73_20200820_1042_064 Red Kite in flight.jpg

28 Sep 2020

Our first (and so far only) sighting this year of a Southern Hawker Dragonfly. This is a female hanging on stinging nettle flowers.

Ref: D73_20200817_1211_042 Southern Hawker Dragonfly female hanging from stinging nettle flowers (crop).jpg

In the top of a spiky teasel, this Sloe Bug quietly explores.

Ref: D73_20200817_1556_135 Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum) on teasel head 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

27 Sep 2020

This female Common Darter Dragonfly seems to like the top of our dilapidated rotary clothes drier.
A beautiful creature on real Tat!

Ref: D73_20200817_1553_129 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on clothes line bracket (crop).jpg

This female Common Darter Dragonfly seems to have taken a liking to twigs at the top of the Woodpile outside the kitchen.

Ref: D73_20200820_1309_136 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on dead twig on woodpile.jpg

One of the fun things about Darter Dragonflies is that they often return to the perch from which they have just flown, given a chance to photograph a landing as here.
NOT an accurate montage but a decent 'impression'.

Ref: D73_20200820_1311_155+156+158 Common Darter Dragonfly female landing on woodpile twig 2+3+5 of 5 (impression montage).jpg

This female Common Darter Dragonfly seems to have taken a liking to twigs at the top of the Woodpile outside the kitchen.

Ref: D73_20200820_1312_227 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on dead twig on woodpile.jpg

26 Sep 2020

Our little Reeve's Muntjac Deer family entering the site from the just harvested and harrowed farm land near the North East corner.

Ref: BU4_20200814_2115_044 Muntjac Reeves Deer female + male + Juvenile.jpg

Next night we catch our little family at the South West corner. The Fawn is enjoying a feed from the Milk-bar, while Dad eagerly sniffs Mum to see if she is up for a little action.
Apparently female Muntjacs can sometimes mate just a week or two after giving birth.

Ref: BU6_20200815_2311_112_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male sniffing female as Fawn suckles 5 of 5 (crop).jpg

25 Sep 2020

A teatime aerial squabble between 2 male Chaffinches. The Dunnock at the bottom seems to have decided to escape before one of the Chaffinches turns on them.

Ref: E63_20200814_1748_094_FB1 2 Chaffinch males in aerial squabble above fleeing Dunnock.jpg

24 Sep 2020

Behind a bench is an odd little patch of undergrowth with a patch cleared to allow cutting to prevent it growing too tall. This deer has wandered into the cleared patch behind where we were sitting, and here was quite definitely eating stinging nettles despite there being plenty of non-stinging leafage available.

Ref: D73_20200814_1624_239 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile just east of hedge by vegetable bed 3 of 3 (crop).jpg

A male Reeve's Muntjac Deer busily Chewing an apple he has found in the brambles and stinging nettles under our most productive (cooking) apple tree.

Ref: BU6_20200819_0146_070_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male chewing apple under apple tree.jpg

23 Sep 2020

Some feather maintenance in progress, starting to preen the way along the row of tail feathers. The feathers may be getting uncomfortable as the moult begins.

Ref: D01_20200813_1833_074_FB6 Wood Pigeon preening tail feather.jpg

A few days later, walking down the Farm Road, this event bordered on a surreal experience. A Pigeon took off from one of the young roadside Lombardy poplars, nothing in itself to grab the camera, but as it flew away an appearance like miniature parachutes 'littered' the sky, spinning as they descended. It seems they are feathers from the Pigeon's tail, for some reason many being shed at once. The insert is an enlargement of the middle-right feather.

Ref: D73_20200817_0955_029 Wood Pigeon feathers spiralling downwards after bird takes off from tree (adjusted crop).jpg

Have we found the Pigeon with the missing tail feathers? Sadly NO.
This pic was taken the day before of a similarly tail-deprived Pigeon, which may mean this is not an uncommon occurrence, but you have to be very lucky to see it.

Ref: E62_20200816_1047_005_FB5 Wood Pigeon missing all long tail feathers.jpg

22 Sep 2020

This female Kestrel streaked past the window and landed on a substantial horizontal branch of the oldest Apple tree. In shade on an already gloomy day we couldn't see what she was up to, but looking into dark areas the camera sees her dismembering what looks to us like a juvenile Starling - one of the dozens to be seen on the electricity cables. She spent almost 20 minutes eating this really substantial catch.

Ref: D73_20200813_1454_041-1512_124 Kestrel female eating prey (young Starling (q)) in old apple tree 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

21 Sep 2020

An unusual amount of wet 'bait' overnight at this site attracted what is most likely several different Red Underwing Moths over a period of 6 hours. Here is an accurate montage of 5 of the 10 camera triggers that made useful images.

Ref: D36_20200812_2100_041-20200813_0248_077_FB4 Red Underwing moth multiple visits in 6 hrs 01+02+04+05+10 of 10 (acc montage).jpg

Next night the camera caught these two Red Underwing moths at this site together.

Ref: D36_20200813_2314_013_FB4 Red Underwing Moth on tree stump as another flies in.jpg

And another night on finds two Red Underwing Moths joining a leopard slug for the feast. It's not very clear, but it is possible that the moth on the right is sucking up fluid that wets the slug. We have definitely seen fieldmice (wood mice) licking slugs, but this sighting is less certain.

Ref: D36_20200814_2345_044_FB4 2 Red Underwing Moths with Leopard slug.jpg

20 Sep 2020

This Red Kite wheeled around our heads, which we here try to represent at smaller than an A1 piece of paper!

Ref: D73_20200810_1211_054-101 Red Kite circling (close spaced selected montage).jpg

One minute later the departing Red Kite seems more interested in whatever can be seen the to right than where they are going!

Ref: D73_20200810_1212_172-176 Red Kite gliding behind trees while looking sideways @10 fps12-16 of 16 (accurate montage).jpg

Next day this Red Kite made a couple of circles, but too awkwardly positioned for a long sequence. Finally she vanished into the distance.

Ref: D73_20200811_1232_353+381+386 Red Kite circling (montage frame rate 10fps).jpg

19 Sep 2020

A Wood pigeon with an attractive natural symmetry as it lands.

Ref: D01_20200811_1924_140_FB6 Wood Pigeon landing on post lit by evening sunshine.jpg

18 Sep 2020

This male Chaffinch undercarriage down ready for landing.

Ref: E63_20200809_0804_150_FB1 Chaffinch male preparing to land on stone.jpg

This juvenile Robin has not been visiting the site to show his developing red breast. but here looks full of 'joy' and anticipation as the bird flies into the site.
But no, ...

Ref: E63_20200812_1848_102_FB1 Robin flying in to stone (crop 2).jpg

... its an attack on the male Chaffinch standing innocently on the stone.

Ref: E63_20200812_1848_102_FB1 Robin flying in threatening Chaffinch male on stone (crop 1).jpg

17 Sep 2020

2 days running we have had face-to-face encounters with a young Reeve's Muntjac Deer. This one we watched from outside the kitchen window, browsing on the grass and weeds by the main pond, and then stepping down the bank to the low water to get a drink. A quite magical experience.

Ref: D73_20200808_1519_199+213+1521_247+1522_268 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile at main pond 1+4+5+8 of 8 (montage).jpg

Next day the young Deer got within about 2 metres of the stationary but undisguised cameraman. The apparent 'looking down' angle of the top right image is absolutely genuine.

Ref: D73_20200809_1212_030-1214_049 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile in trees at Duck pond reaching 2m away 2+3+5+6 of 7 (montage).jpg

These lovely little creatures can lick their eye!

Ref: D73_20200809_1214_049 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile in undergrowth near Duck pond 6 of 7 (crop for tongue).jpg

16 Sep 2020

A somewhat tatty but busy male Blackbird at the hedge bottom. We have a few pics of him with food items in his beak, but none worth showing you. We have no idea where the nest is.

Ref: E63_20200807_1917_065_FB1 Blackbird male.jpg

On the other hand the female Blackbird has been spotted several times with various grubs and adult insects in her beak.
The 'kitchen hygiene' in us makes us desperate to give this food a wash!

Ref: E62_20200808_0519_088_FB5 Blackbird female with grub in beak (orig).jpg

2 days later she has found a cleaner looking morsel for the screaming youngsters.

Ref: E62_20200810_0513_206_FB5 Blackbird female with grub in beak.jpg

The female Blackbird has found yet another juicy slug to take back to the ever open beaks.

Ref: E62_20200812_0518_073_FB5 Blackbird female with small slug (q) in beak.jpg

15 Sep 2020

3 well separated Red Kites made the most of good conditions for thermal up-drafts. This one spent a minute or so just 10 or 20m from us. Against a predominant clear sky, we can't work out 'accurate spacing', so we have tried to suggest the motion in close spaced montages.

Ref: DF3_20200806_1446_069+071+078 Red Kite turning head while gliding 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage @7fps).jpg

The Red Kite wheels overhead.

Ref: DF3_20200806_1447_105+108+117+119+124 Red Kite wheeling in flight overhead 01-05 of 13 (close spaced montage).jpg

The Red Kite wheels overhead.

Ref: DF3_20200806_1447_147+152+156+170 Red Kite wheeling in flight overhead 06-09 of 13 (close spaced montage 1).jpg

Bye-bye Red Kite - lovely to see you so well.

Ref: DF3_20200806_1447_184+192+205 Red Kite wheeling in flight overhead 10+11+13 of 13 (close spaced montage).jpg

14 Sep 2020

A female Blackbird collecting a small slug, plus several other 'things' in her beak. We think she is feeding another batch of chicks in one of our old sheds.

Ref: E62_20200804_1039_080_FB5 Blackbird female with slug + other items in beak.jpg

13 Sep 2020

This branch fell from a tree at the brook in the Spring storms, but this is the first time we have seen a Heron using it as a perch. Although some 70m away the bird wasn't pleased to see us, and after a couple of minutes decided to fly to the other side of the brook.

Ref: DF3_20200804_0944_036-042 Heron perched on dead branches flies along brook edge 01+02+04-07 of 17 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

The Heron continued the flight against shaded foliage, gradually picking up airspeed. This image is exactly the same from rate and width before re-scaling as the take-off above, so comparison is meaningful.

Ref: DF3_20200804_0944_044-048 Heron perched on dead branches flies along brook edge 09-13 of 17 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

The last frame before they disappeared into the shade of the trees.

Ref: DF3_20200804_0944_050 Heron perched on dead branches flies along brook edge 15 of 17 (crop).jpg

12 Sep 2020

A Fox on the Prowl passes through the hedge-bottom photo site.

Ref: E63_20200802_2010_132_FB1 Fox (crop).jpg

A profile image of a fox is quite unusual at this site.
Facial features suggest that this is the same fox seen the day before, so presumably the flash and thump from the camera box is not enough to put off this individual.

Ref: E63_20200803_1814_051_FB1 Fox (crop 1).jpg

A sort of Head-and-shoulders of the Fox.

Ref: E63_20200803_1814_051_FB1 Fox (crop 2).jpg

11 Sep 2020

Our first ever sighting of a Clouded Yellow butterfly, along the sun facing side of the south hedge. This is the male.
This insect has a vivid orange appearance in flight, but closes the wings immediately on landing so you don't get to see the upper surface. The insert is a slightly blurred moment in flight where we can momentarily see the top of the wings with the even richer yellow.

Ref: D73_20200802_1021_056+049 Clouded Yellow Butterfly male at south hedge (1st sighting) 5+4 of 5 (montage + wing top insert).jpg

10 Sep 2020

A middle sized Dragonfly, the Common Darter

Ref: DF3_20200804_0950_066 Common Darter Dragonfly.jpg

The Brown Hawker Dragonfly is well named - even their wings are tinged brown. Here is one flying by taken at about 7 fps.

Ref: DF3_20200806_1758_305-307 Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight @7fps 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg

The middle image in more detail.
The damaged wing is very typical of the insect after a few days in the sunshine. Damage can get much worse than this before it has any impact on ability to fly well.

Ref: DF3_20200806_1758_306 Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight 2 of 3 (crop).jpg

09 Sep 2020

The male Reeve's Muntjac Deer checking out 'his' female for readiness to mate. A second or two later you can see his tongue is still hanging out.

Ref: BU8_20200731_1532_083+084 Muntjac Reeves Deer male checking females scent 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

This image of a badger at the east hedge struck us as unusual - you can see the Badger snout looking rather like the classic farm pig's. Badgers spend most of their time 'nose to the ground' so we don't normally see the snout.

Ref: BU4_20200801_0133_063 Badger with head up towards camera.jpg

The season of Windfall apples is enjoyed by many creatures. Here a badger arrives at what looks like a pristine apple, holds it in place with their paw for a bite or two from it, before wandering on.

Ref: BU6_20200803_0040_210+213+215_SC2 Badger biting pieces from windfall apple 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

08 Sep 2020

We thought we had seen the last of the two "Demoiselle Damselfly" species for the year, so are pleased to see this male Banded Demoiselle well away from their normal haunts.

Ref: D73_20200729_1614_128 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male.jpg

A Field Grasshopper landed unexpectedly at our feet, and the camera caught the little creature before he 'hopped' onwards.

Ref: D73_20200730_1458_256 Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) on path through meadow.jpg

07 Sep 2020

A Sparrowhawk barrels over the kitchen window perch. Several occurences of sightings here over several days.

Ref: E60_20200730_1438_027_FB3 Sparrowhawk flying towards camera over kitchen window perch (crop).jpg

The camera by this pond caught 3 successive frames showing what must be at least 4 Bats hunting. This is the first of the 3 frames. Top right is an enlarged image of the two on the left, with spacing closed up a bit.
Insects close enough to the camera mimic bats and birds in flight are quite common, but close enough to the camera to give this impression are both bright white from the IR illuminator, and badly blurred.
Thanks to the foraging deer for triggering the camera at a suitable moment. We used to actively photograph bats, but that's another story.

Ref: BU8_20200803_0353_233 Bats flying near Duck Pond over browsing Reeves Muntjac Deer 1 of 3 (crop + details insert).jpg

06 Sep 2020

A pair of Holly Blue butterflies mating on a Hawthorn leaf.

Ref: D73_20200730_1303_157 Holly Blue Butterflies mating on Hawthorn leaf (crop).jpg

This is a male Brown Argus butterfly.
The Brown Argus is classified as 'Blue' butterfly, and its underwing (not shown here) is quite similar to Common Blue. We initially mis-identified this individual as a female Common Blue but a friend corrected our ID. We are starting to see more blues here than in past years.

Ref: D73_20200802_1118_110 Brown Argus Butterfly male feeding on Thistle.jpg

05 Sep 2020

Some bright weather with patches of cloud brings out the large raptors - here a buzzard glides by looking for a thermal up-draft.

Ref: D73_20200730_1300_129+131+134 Buzzard gliding by (close spaced montage @10fps).jpg

Some bright weather with patches of cloud brings out the large raptors - here a buzzard glides by looking for a thermal up-draft.

Ref: D73_20200730_1301_150 Buzzard gliding overhead.jpg

04 Sep 2020

Right outside the Kitchen window this female Kestrel arrives with a Short-tailed Field Vole caught on the ground outside the kitchen window.
On the CCTV record we first see the bird swoop from the Ash tree down to the ground (then out of frame). 30 seconds later the bird with prey in Talons flies up to the perch, flying behind the perch to land facing the camera, as you see here. The bird momentarily leaves the prey laying on the perch and it shows no signs of life. 30 second later it grabs the prey in the talons again and flies off to the left.

Ref: E60_20200728_1753_031_FB3 Kestrel female with Short-tailed Field Vole in 1 claw (crop 1).jpg

03 Sep 2020

This Red Kite flies by - the liquid clear eye giving us a suspicious stare.

Ref: DF3_20200723_1103_057 Red Kite flying by.jpg

Several Rooks were trying to make life uncomfortable for this Red Kite. But one glance upwards by the Kite seems enough to deter this pass.

Ref: D73_20200727_1754_038-042 Red Kite threatens harassing Rook 1-5 of 5 (Horizontally shifted montage @10fps).jpg

These two Red Kites obviously practicing aerial combat. It never got really 'nasty' so we rather enjoyed the aerobatics. Parents often spar with their youngsters to teach them 'the ropes'.

Ref: D73_20200728_0950_121-151 Red Kite adult & juvenile practicing in-flight combat 01+05+07+09 of 12 (montage 2).jpg

02 Sep 2020

What looks like the same Buzzard made 3 visits to the meadow Post in the course of one evening and the next morning. Each visit lasted 2 to 3 minutes.

Ref: D01_20200726_2008_009-20200727_0625_001_FB6 Buzzard makes 3 short visits to meadow post sunset to rise 1-5 of 6 (montage).jpg

More detail of the Buzzard's morning visit.

Ref: D01_20200727_0625_001_FB6 Buzzard making 3 (2-3 min) visits to meadow post sunset to sunrise 5 of 6 (crop).jpg

01 Sep 2020

At around 6 p.m. this female Kestrel gave a quarter of an hour's hunting demonstration watched through an upstairs window.
She flew in unexpectedly to a Willow tree on the far side of the pond about 22m away. After a few minutes she flew onto a dead branch of the Ash tree occupying the pond's island perhaps 17m away and started an intensive hunt. She flew from this branch down to the bottom of the bird-table post, stayed a minute or two, and flew back to a different branch on the Ash tree. Finally she flew down the TOP of the bird table, unfortunately missing that cameras trigger beam.

Ref: DF4_20200726_1814_003-1827_135 Kestrel female hunt - Willow+Ash+ground+Ash+table 01+04+(05+06)+08+09+13 of 14 (montage).jpg

More detailed picture from the hunt - the launch.

Ref: DF4_20200726_1822_056 Kestrel female hunting - Willow + Ash + ground + Ash + table 06 of 14 (crop).jpg

More detailed picture from the hunt - the return after the failed attack.

Ref: DF4_20200726_1822_092 Kestrel female hunting - Willow + Ash + ground + Ash + table 09 of 14 (crop).jpg



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