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30 Nov 2021

This accurately positioned montage is built from just 3 images taken in less than 10 minutes. The Leopard Slug suspending itself between the stone and a lump of (unidentified) fruit stayed almost motionless throughout.

Ref: E63_20211014_2238_140+2240+143+2246+144_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) + Leopard Slug at hedge bottom 1+4+5 of 9 (accurate montage).jpg

A chance moment of 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice), one making a very awkward looking landing from which they undoubtedly 'bounced' unharmed, along with 3 leopard slugs in the surrounding leaf litter.
Where are the slugs - under the horizontal mouse, another in front of the horizontal mouse, and another just 'above' that one, half buried in the leaf litter.

Ref: E64_20211020_2016_249_FB2 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) (one landing head first) + 3 Leopard Slugs.jpg

29 Nov 2021

After a disappointing few weeks for sightings of Jays, we finally have some good views of this elegant bird.

Ref: D36_20211014_1553_009_FB4 Jay on Tree-stump.jpg

As the day ends this Jay lands on the Meadow Post (right) and within 400mS is already persuaded to leave by an arriving Magpie.
We have often commented that the various Corvid (Crows, Rooks, Jackdaws and Magpies) usually tolerate each other well. Jays are also Corvids but it looks like the others may not consider them 'part of the clan'.

Ref: D01_20211017_1722_080+081_FB6 Jay lands on meadow post (right) chased away by Magpie 1+2 of 2 (montage over 400mS).jpg

A Jay foraging on the ground takes this selfie.

Ref: E6A_20211019_1512_104_FB5 Jay at Meadow site.jpg

28 Nov 2021

Ah! We have a new Reeve's Muntjac Fawn to watch!
We have to admit that we hadn't noticed that any of the females were pregnant.
These two moments were caught soon after dark ...

Ref: BUA_20211020_1911_136+137_SC8 Muntjac Reeves Deer mother and new Fawn (montage).jpg

... and here 9 hours later, an hour or two before first light, we see the fawn again, on their own this time, at the same site. Mum was undoubtedly nearby.

Ref: BUA_20211021_0419_160_SC8 Muntjac Reeves Deer new Fawn.jpg

27 Nov 2021

At the meadow site this male Reeve's Muntjac Deer provides a good view of one of the Antlers, and at the mouth, one of his little tusks.

Ref: E6A_20211008_0637_088_FB5 Reeves Muntjac Deer male at meadow camera site showing long Antlers + Tusk.jpg

At around the same time next day this male Reeve's Muntjac Deer has spotted this litter of leafy twigs and stops off to eat some.

Ref: BU7_20211009_0602_195 Muntjac Reeves Deer male eating leaves from fallen twig.jpg

26 Nov 2021

This Red Kite swings round to fly over and land near this bird kill in an adjoining field. The landing bird is accurately montaged at 8 fps skipping the frames as indicated. The right hand landed bird is shifted right for clarity. A second bird (lower left) basically stands still throughout the 2 seconds.

Ref: D72_20211014_1544_030-045 Red Kite flies in to land near kill in field to south 02+04+07+10+17 of 19 (montage @8fps).jpg

A vividly coloured Red Kite flies in to the same kill. At 8 frames per second this just fits using successive frames.
No, its NOT the same bird pic 5 times - look at the subtle changes in tail and wing tips.

Ref: D72_20211014_1545_055-059 Red Kite flies in to land near kill in field to south 02-06 of 32 (accurate montage @8fps).jpg

When this bird arrives the other had gone. Again the final pic is shifted right.

Ref: D72_20211014_1545_073-092 Red Kite flies in to land near kill in field to south 11+14+17+24+30 of 32 (montage @8fps).jpg

20 minutes later we find 2 Red Kites perched by the kill. One takes off, here caught departing.

Ref: D72_20211014_1606_144+146-148 Red Kite flies from kill in field to south leaving another 1+3-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

25 Nov 2021

This is the third time this week that we have this (or maybe several) Grey Squirrel(s) entering this site in the same direction with a mouthful of foliage with several Sloe Berries (Blackthorn fruit).

Ref: E64_20211013_0831_091_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying sprig of Sloe Berries (Blackthorn fruit) - third similar over a few days.jpg

This Grey squirrel under an outside table, on top of a damaged traffic cone (dumped decades ago) is eating a lump of apple peel grabbed from a knocked over box of items intended for compost. Taking no notice of the humans 3 metres away, the little creature quietly eats the whole piece before scampering off.

Ref: D72_20211010_1521_109 Grey Squirrel under table eating piece of apple peel raided from compost bin.jpg

24 Nov 2021

Just after midnight this Tawny Owl did a mini-tour of two of 'owl friendly' photo sites.
Left to right: Landing on the meadow post but soon leaving, and then 30 minutes later arriving at the perch outside of the kitchen window. Just 3 minutes later the Owl arrives back at the Meadow post for a several minutes stay.

Ref: D01_20211012_0024_013+E60_0054_008+D01_0055_015+0058_021_FB3 Tawny Owl lands on meadow post & kitchen bird table (montage).jpg

Next morning it is the female Kestrels turn to spend several minutes on the top of the meadow post ...

Ref: D01_20211012_0815_038+0816_040+0822_052_FB6 Kestrel female 8 minute visit to meadow post 3 of 8 (montage).jpg

... and another visit 4 hours later.

Ref: D01_20211012_1213_054+055_FB6 Kestrel female landing on meadow post back to camera 1+2 of 2 (montage over 400mS).jpg

23 Nov 2021

Hours after dark this Yellow Slug (the common name) slithers over the side of the stone. We have only seen this species a couple of times before.

Ref: E63_20211009_2217_113_FB1 2 Yellow Slugs - 1 mostly hidden lower right.jpg

22 Nov 2021

This montage shows that we have two male Reeve's Muntjac deer around the site with markedly different antler lengths.

Ref: BUA_20211010_2035_272+20211011_0156_297_SC8 Muntjac Reeves Deer males with short and long antlers 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

The shorter antlered male Reeve's Muntjac Deer rubs his forehead on the side of the ditch.

Ref: BU7_20211011_0518_484 Muntjac Reeves Deer male rubbing forehead on ground.jpg

21 Nov 2021

The local female Kestrel watches us briefly as we approach her perched in the Conifer at the SE corner of out patch, viewed from outside.

Ref: D72_20211001_0953_001 Kestrel female on conifer at SE corner 1 of 3.jpg

The same bird photographed from a different angle, ignoring the humans as she has an extensive preen.

Ref: D72_20211001_0953_003+0954_004 Kestrel female on conifer at SE corner 2+3 of 3 (montage).jpg

This immaculate female Kestrel make an elegant landing on the Meadow post. This is NOT our regular moderately human tolerant bird but another female with a 'perfect' tail.

Ref: D01_20211009_1215_114+115_FB6 Kestrel female landing on meadow post 1+2 of 2 (montage over 400mS).jpg

20 Nov 2021

This Red Kite flying towards us starts to bank and turn off to the side ...

Ref: DF3_20211006_1039_102+113+119 Red Kite starting to bank in flight (montage impression @7fps).jpg

... before sweeping past over the Farm Road. These are accurately positioned at 7 fps (about 140mS between frames) ...

Ref: DF3_20211006_1039_121-124 Red Kite gliding behind Lombardy Poplar tree (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

... before sweeping back overhead for this back-lit view before flying away. A busy 1 minute of camera action.

Ref: DF3_20211006_1039_147 Red Kite in flight.jpg

19 Nov 2021

A female Kestrel hunting from the 11kV cables spots something interesting and flies down to the field to our west out of site by the tall hedge.

Ref: D72_20211005_1625_249-254 Kestrel female launches downwards from 11kV cable (impression montage).jpg

A closer view of the second image above.

Ref: D72_20211005_1625_250 Kestrel female launches downwards from 11kV cable.jpg

In the morning sunshine our regular female Kestrel warms in the sunshine and watches us walk past.

Ref: DF3_20211006_0805_008 Kestrel female on disused phone pole footrest lit by morning sunshine.jpg

This lovely bird was first spotted on another post - a thin one supporting the IR sense beam transmitter some 25m further away than the 'meadow post'. She left this post and 'vanished', but returned to this 'proper' post a few minutes later for this 'formal portrait' from the patient automatic camera.

Ref: D01_20211007_1248_005_FB6 Kestrel female perched on Meadow Post.jpg

18 Nov 2021

We have only seen Grey squirrels mating a couple of times before:- June 2012 at the Woodland site, and December 2016 on the Kitchen Bird Table! Here a couple have chosen the bole of the tree next to the south entrance for their encounter. At the end it looks like they both fell off and rolled into the ditch!

Ref: BU7_20211004_1800_073-076 Grey Squirrels mating on tree bole 1-4 of 5 (montage).jpg

In the morning sunshine on the east hedge, this Grey squirrel is stretched out along a branch on the inner hedge. Just before getting this photo we saw the Squirrel turn round on the branch, presumably to warm the other side!
That's the life!

Ref: D72_20211005_0925_211 Grey Squirrel resting on tree branch outside east hedge.jpg

17 Nov 2021

The only regular Butterfly sightings this October are a few pristine Red Admirals, mostly using our Yellow Buddleia for fuel.
Our venerable (30 years old) Butterfly ID book says that these migrants mostly die when winter arrives, but a few survive to spring. But it seems that decades on they do overwinter but don't 'Hibernate'. An article from George Pilkington's site 'Nurturing Nature' discusses the whole issue at

Ref: D72_20211004_1054_034 Red Admiral Butterfly on Yellow Buddleia flower.jpg

This Common Darter Dragonfly was warming on the ground in the sunshine on an otherwise cold day, remarkably well camouflaged . Here are two views blended into one picture. The colouration is typical of this species when well past the prime of life.
Dragonflies and Damselflies die in the Autumn, but their eggs will have hatched in the depth of ponds to make nymphs that feed and grow for between 1 and 3 years. They emerge in the Spring or Summer as flying adults.

Ref: D72_20211003_1327_082+080 Common Darter Dragonfly (montage).jpg

16 Nov 2021

Through a house window we see this female Kestrel trying to balance on one of our 3 swaying 'phone' cables (only one of which works) spanning the field to our west.

Ref: DF2_20211003_1251_005+012+017 Kestrel female barely managing to balance on wind-blown phone line (montage 1).jpg

A different montage of the same 3 frames.

Ref: DF2_20211003_1251_005+012+017 Kestrel female barely managing to balance on wind-blown phone line (montage 2).jpg

3 moments from an extended hover by this female Kestrel on the far side of the hedge across from the front door.

Ref: D72_20211003_1333_116+122+128 Kestrel female leaves hover (selected montage).jpg

The Kestrel spotted something from the extended hover and makes a controlled but speedy descent out of sight on the other side of the hedge as usual :-(

Ref: D72_20211003_1335_142-145 Kestrel female flying down after hover @8fps (accurate montage).jpg

15 Nov 2021

A male Reeve's Muntjac Deer with his little Antlers now on proper display.

Ref: BUA_20211001_1857_151_SC8 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with Antlers now velvet free.jpg

A female Reeve's Muntjac Deer eats the leaves from a fallen 'hand' of leaves from the tree whose trunk is at the upper left in this photo.

Ref: BU7_20211002_1658_170 Muntjac Reeves Deer female eating fallen hand of leaves.jpg

14 Nov 2021

This Fox Cub makes their first visit to any of the photo sites.
We hope the flash and click wasn't too much of a shock in the quiet of night.

Ref: E6A_20211004_0355_244_FB5 Fox cub (crop).jpg

These two photos, about half an hour apart, appear to be of the same adult Fox roaming the site.

Ref: BU7_20210930_2333_059+E64_20211001_0106_074_FB2 Fox at south entrance & woodland site 90m apart(montage IR + colour).jpg

One of the Red Foxes that visit takes a look about before setting off on the nights hunt.

Ref: BU7_20211004_2120_108 Fox enters at south entrance and looks about (IR).jpg

13 Nov 2021

We now have Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at all three ground level sites, and sadly several a day in the house as well. Here at the meadow site they seem to be jumping for joy. A short life but packed with action.

Ref: BU5_20210929_2314_690+2232_682+2251_688_SC1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frolicking (montage of 3 images).jpg

For most of the year our photo-sites are Rat free. But each year the harvest disturbs the wildlife and for a couple on months we see Rats at some ground level photo sites.
Is this Rat a gift of nature clean-up squad (outside), or horrible vermin (in the house)?

Ref: E6A_20211001_1714_117_FB5 Rat looking twee.jpg

12 Nov 2021

The local female Kestrel in one her favourite Apple trees in our orchard for a little hunting.

Ref: D72_20210929_1218_238 Kestrel female hunting from Apple Tree.jpg

While the Kestrel was hunting on the south of the house, this female Sparrowhawk paused on the bird table on the north side outside the Kitchen.
The hunting pattern of south side flyby then followed by north side flyby has been the norm for the Sparrowhawk now for a few weeks. Actually 'flyby' doesn't catch the speed of these passes - several times faster than any other bird we see. We estimate at least 25 mph including a wide 180 degree turn.

Ref: E60_20210929_1226_034_FB3 Sparrowhawk female on kitchen perch (crop).jpg

11 Nov 2021

Two hours after our last encounter with a Red Kite, the bird returns.
They know we are watching - and couldn't care less!

Ref: DF3_20210928_1251_209 Red Kite flying overhead 5 of 7 (crop).jpg

Four Red Kites weaving in and out of the area we can see.

Ref: DF3_20210928_1247_052+058+068 Red Kite turning in glide overhead (montage).jpg

This individual, head twisted sideways, has some sort of prey in their claws from which the bird is biting pieces from.

Ref: DF3_20210928_1251_134 Red Kite flying with prey in claws 3 of 5 (crop).jpg

Ref: DF3_20210928_1251_203+209+221 Red Kite flying overhead 4+5+7 of 7 (montage).jpg

10 Nov 2021

This Red Kite provided a couple of minutes delight ...

Ref: D72_20210928_1102_002-012 Red Kite circling in updraft 1-6 of 6 (montage alternate frames @10fps).jpg

Ref: D72_20210928_1102_015-017 Red Kite gliding @10fps (montage impression).jpg

Ref: D72_20210928_1103_035+053+081 Red Kite gliding overhead (montage).jpg

09 Nov 2021

Frankenpheasant !!!
The original frame of this line-of-site whimsy. We have to admit what while passing through the 4,000 pics for this half week we both thought 'Pheasant', kept it for the next pass, and then had a surprise.

Ref: BU5_20210926_1748_434_SC1 Woodpigeon and Pheasant male visual merge - Frankenpheasant (orig & final).jpg

"Where's my dinner!"

Ref: D36_20210926_1831_008_FB4 Grey Squirrel finds tree-stump top empty.jpg

08 Nov 2021

Just after midday this Buzzard glided by.
Accurately spaced at 7 fps.

Ref: DF3_20210926_1212_016-020 Buzzard in flight @7fps 1-5 of 5 (accurate bird montage).jpg

We think that this must be a different buzzard perched on the 11kV cables over the Bridleway to the north. Only the lighter juveniles regularly perch on the cables - the mature birds rarely stay long on the hard small area of the cables and prefer the more comfortable crossbars.

Ref: DF3_20210926_1214_025 Buzzard perched on 11kV cable.jpg

07 Nov 2021

This female Kestrel allows us within about 10m of her as she perches in this Ash tree.

Ref: D72_20210924_1300_249+1301_257 Kestrel female perched in Ash tree (montage).jpg

What we think is a juvenile male Kestrel spent several second hovering aligned with the insulators behind, before a series of drops and hovers approaching some morsel on the ground. Unfortunately the prospective prey was on the 'wrong' side of the hedge for us to see more.

Ref: D73_20210928_1240_025+031 Kestrel male juvenile (q) hovering by 11KV pole then dropping down progressively 04+08-10 of 12 (impression montage).jpg

3 minutes later the Kestrel flew over the grass in front of us and leapt upon something obscured even in the freshly mown grass. When the bird started to fly back we could see a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) grasped in his beak. We lost sight of him as flew off with it.
We are more used to seeing Kestrels carrying their prey in their claws, and were surprised to see this 'Owl' style transport. But a web search shows its about 50-50 claws or beak. We couldn't see any pattern to what prey is carried how.

Ref: D73_20210928_1243_067+072+074 Kestrel flying down to grass to catch Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) and fly off with it 5+7+9 of 9 (stretched montage).jpg

06 Nov 2021

When the sun appears for more than a few minutes various Dragonflies appear.
Here is a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly in flight.

Ref: D72_20210924_1245_129 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly in momentary glide.jpg

This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was flying along the avenue of Lombardy Poplar trees. Here shown at 8 frames per second accurately montaged.

Ref: D72_20210924_1246_148-150 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly in flight along Lombardy poplar row @8fps 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg

Darter Dragonflies are still about on sunny days. This one found a garden bench a good place to warm in the sunshine.

Ref: D72_20210928_1107_110+1108_115 Common Darter Dragonfly male basking on garden seat (montage).jpg

05 Nov 2021

Squirrel Heaven - a seemingly endless supply of fir cones in the row of Lodgepole Pines!

Ref: D73_20210923_1030_019 Grey Squirrel eating pine cone in tree.jpg

A Grey squirrel selects the most exotic fruit skin from the offerings.
Only the upper crust of Squirrels here?

Ref: E63_20210923_1652_045_FB1 Gray Squirrel carrying avocado pear rind.jpg

Never too soon to make yet more Grey squirrels - this female looks like she might be starting to lactate already.

Ref: E63_20210925_1745_181_FB1 Grey Squirrel female feeding at hedge bottom.jpg

This female Grey Squirrel, out of the wind and in a sunny spot, is probably pleased for a few minutes peace from a dray of hungry youngsters.

Ref: D72_20210929_0804_197 Grey Squirrel female basking on branch.jpg

04 Nov 2021

A couple of male Chaffinches, neither willing to give up the contest.
He will swerve First!|

Ref: E63_20210920_1805_060_FB1 2 Chaffinch males mid-air conflict (crop)t.jpg

A more peaceful moment as this Spick-and-span Dunnock perched perkily on the stone.

Ref: E63_20210923_0912_020_FB1 Dunnock.jpg

03 Nov 2021

This male Reeve's Muntjac Deer wanders past the south access through the hedge.
Right to left:-
    Scratching at the 'velvet' still shedding from the bottom of the Antler using his left hoof.
    Barking his call.
    Nibbling the grass.

Ref: BU7_20210920_2245_176+178+180 Muntjac Reeves Deer male scratches Antler velvet with front hoof before barks & feeds 1-3 of 3 (impression montage).jpg

02 Nov 2021

Many foxes visit our patch overnight. Here we believe we see three different individuals. We see them so often at this patch near the south entrance that they must be using it to scent mark - we rarely 'bait' this patch.

Ref: BU7_20210920_0347_179+181 Fox near south entrance (montage).jpg

One of the foxes, probably on his way home to the south, pauses in the Orchard to investigate some activity off frame to the right.

Ref: BU9_20210922_0501_190+192_SC2 Fox hunting in orchard (accurate montage).jpg

Here a third Fox stops at the east entrance to rub his face with the side of his leg.

Ref: BUA_20210922_1955_252_SC8 Fox rubbing side of face with side of front leg.jpg

01 Nov 2021

Oops - I should have flowered 4 months ago!
Along the north hedge and facing north this single Burnet Rose is flowering in the hedge. There was another one about a metre away which had flowered unnoticed and withered. Sniffing this little flower brought back memories of perfume drenched Spring when there were banks of hundreds of these flowers.

Ref: D72_20210920_1317_029 Burnet Rose in shade in north hedge.jpg

This delicate Cornflower lifts it's head above the weeds in the flowerpot holding our rain gauge. It looks a bit odd at first - the whole flower is smothered by the morning dew as close spaced droplets.
NO we didn't spray it with water - genuine dew drops.

Ref: D72_20210922_1027_019 Cornflower solitary flower in large flowerpot (naturally) drenched in morning dew.jpg



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