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31 Oct 2022

More usually Kestrels around here hunt from perches on the numerous cables and their support posts. But with a decent wind this one follows the traditional behaviour for a 'Windhover' of hanging staggeringly stationary head-on into the breeze using judicious wing flaps and manoeuvring her various flight feathers and tail. She suddenly dived down behind a hedge and, for us, disappeared.

Ref: DF3_20220922_1242_016+014+017+019+023 Kestrel female hovering in strong wind (montage).jpg

This female Kestrel is perched on an 11kV cable over the Bridleway to the north. Images from the north and from the bridleway. We left her to continue her not very intensive hunt.

Ref: DF3_20220923_0840_151+0843_161 Kestrel female in 11kV cable from South and East viewpoints (montage 2).jpg

This tatty Red Kite glides overhead, balefully glaring at us as they pass over.

Ref: DF3_20220922_1549_113 Red Kite gliding overhead looking at camera.jpg

30 Oct 2022

A flurry of feathers a bit before midnight heralds the arrival of this Tawny Owl for a short visit.

Ref: D01_20220919_2325_013_FB6 Tawny Owl 3+ minute visit to Meadow Post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

Another Field Grasshopper less camouflaged than the last one but along the same path. There are now several along the same 20m path on warm days.

Ref: DF3_20220918_1057_562 Field (q) Grasshopper.jpg

A Green Shieldbug (species common name) is walking along the edge of our potted Mullein plant.

Ref: DF3_20220917_1344_447 Green Shieldbug.jpg

29 Oct 2022

It looks like the female Kestrel has captured some sort of small bird. She seems to have a small piece of it in her beak.
We tried to find a more informative viewpoint through a gap in the farm hedge kept open for farm machinery, but she took off immediately we re-appeared.

Ref: DF3_20220917_1746_464 Kestrel female on harrowed field with bird prey in claws 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

One of the female Kestrels is here having a really hard time balancing on this swaying cable, tail sweeping backwards and forwards every second of so to retain balance.
Of the 3 cables, she has chosen the Fibre-optic cable. It is much lighter than the other copper/aluminium cables and this bird, that on average weighs only '184 g (6+1/2 oz), is able to noticeably bend the cable where she stands.

Ref: DF3_20220920_0949_001+002+-950_004 Kestrel female struggling to balance on swaying Fibre Optic cable 1+2+4 of 5 (montage).jpg

28 Oct 2022

At the other end of the biological flight scale this rather Tatty Red Kite made a few lazy circles in the sky above us.

Ref: DF3_20220916_1525_085-087 Red Kite climbing in Thermal 05-07 of 26 (montage bottom to top @7fps increasing separations).jpg

Ref: DF3_20220916_1525_102 Red Kite climbing in Thermal @7fps 22 of 26 (crop).jpg

Ref: DF3_20220916_1525_103-106 Red Kite climbing in Thermal @7fps 23-26 of 26 (accurate montage).jpg

27 Oct 2022

we had a couple of days seeing Migrant Hawker Dragonflies at various of their favourite haunts.
This first montage is more tightly spaced than reality.

Ref: DF3_20220916_1518_066-069 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female in flight @7fps 05-08 of 18 (Close-spaced montage).jpg

Ref: DF3_20220917_1329_393 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female in flight.jpg

This montage is accurately spaced at about 7 frames per second.

Ref: DF3_20220917_1330_420-423 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female in flight @7fps 01-04 of 11 (accurate montage).jpg

26 Oct 2022

We are graced with a visit from this male Roe Deer - probably looking for a drink.

Ref: BU8_20220916_0421_057 Roe Deer male at Duck Pond.jpg

A male Reeves' Muntjac Deer may here be calling at an hour past midnight. Muntjac Deer are much smaller than the Roe Deer - imagine a creature about the size of a medium Dog.

Ref: BUA_20220917_0103_037_SC8 Muntjac Reeves Deer male at east hedge gap.jpg

Foraging near the South hedge gap this male Reeves' Muntjac Deer collects his breakfast.

Ref: BU7_20220920_0727_059 Muntjac Reeves Deer male near south hedge gap.jpg

25 Oct 2022

The Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are back with a vengeance, first here at the camera site in the Meadow.

Ref: E6A_20220915_2353_067-20220919_0154_324_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) Montage (approx montage from 7 frames).jpg

Proper detail of the obvious individual above.
Doing the "Indian tail trick"?

Ref: E6A_20220917_2158_241_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

Not so many Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at the hedge bottom as we see at the Meadow site, but we think that the bird at the top probably holds this year's high-jump record. You can see his shadow just left of the bottom of the hedge trunk on the right.

Ref: E63_20220921_2222_223-20220922_0533_230_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at hedge bottom over 2 nights (montage of 5 frames).jpg

Sadly mice in the house have to be promptly stopped before they breed under the floorboards and becomes a major problem. This speaks from experience :-(
Many mice are caught and released from live traps, but some individuals won't use them. We put the sad little bodies on the tree-stump where one or more Magpies reliably collect them. These two moments are on different days but make a rather interesting montage of an imaginary take-off.

Ref: D36_20220916_1558_015+20220915_1757_008_FB4 Magpie(s) collecting dead Fieldmice (Wood Mice) (accurate montage).jpg

24 Oct 2022

A Dunnock probably about to 'hop' down to the ground.

Ref: E63_20220915_1005_020_FB1 Dunnock reaching down from stone.jpg

This looks to us like a heavy collision between two Dunnocks both apparently flying in to land in opposite directions. It not a line of site effect - the shadow of the bird on the left clearly shows an almost zero gap between them. No injuries as far as we know.

Ref: E6A_20220921_0704_140_FB5 2 Dunnock colliding (q) in flight (crop).jpg

23 Oct 2022

This perfect male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly teased us a bit before perching about 2 metres up in a hedge where we could get his portrait.

Ref: DF3_20220914_1250_051 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male perched in hedge (crop).jpg

As the afternoon warmed up we found this Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hunting near the blocked gate - one of their favourite places every year. The small Hover-fly was only spotted as we prepared the image.

Ref: DF3_20220914_1429_097 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly flying past small hover-fly.jpg

This flying Migrant hawker dragonfly montage is accurately spaced at 7 frames per second.

Ref: DF3_20220914_1430_105-107 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly in flight @7fps (accurate montage).jpg

Even a few Dragonflies bring along visits from the Hobby who specialise in hunting these insects. We miss most of them of course, but here caught this one flying overhead.

Ref: D72_20220909_1241_025+029 Hobby in flight 2+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

22 Oct 2022

A Small White Butterfly feeds on a Great Willowherb flower.

Ref: DF3_20220914_1425_079 Small White Butterfly feeding on Great Willowherb flower.jpg

In a self-set Mullen plant in a pot protected outside a window, this Sloe Bug is wandering around.
Shieldbugs and Squashbugs are fascinating insects with multiple appearances as they develop into adults.

Ref: DF3_20220914_1554_156 Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum) on Mullen leaf (crop).jpg

21 Oct 2022

In a sheltered spot by the side of the Conservatory door we find this perfect Dandelion seed head.

Ref: DF3_20220913_1034_013 Dandelion Seed Head by conservatory door (crop 1).jpg

Details from the centre. All that intricacy just to hold about 200 seed 'parachutes'.

Ref: DF3_20220913_1034_013 Dandelion Seed Head by conservatory door (crop 2).jpg

20 Oct 2022

These bracket fungi fruiting bodies are on a Willow branch broken in a storm a couple of years ago. We had a go at identifying the species in our 640 page 2400 species ID book, but found sufficient near matches to leave us stumped. So 'Bracket Fungus' it remains.

Ref: D72_20220912_1050_070 Bracket Fungus on fallen Willow branch (orig & final).jpg

More detail.

Ref: D72_20220912_1050_073 Bracket Fungus on fallen Willow branch (orig & final).jpg

19 Oct 2022

We rarely see Mute Swans here, so this flyby by just this one Swan was especially welcome. The corvids on the 11kV cables and poles couldn't care less.

Ref: D72_20220912_0726_245-252 Swan in flight @8fps (accurate montage 1).jpg

More Detail of the three images at the left.

Ref: D72_20220912_0726_245-247 Swan in flight @8fps (accurate montage 2).jpg

A few minutes later we see this Pigeon flying 'under the moon'.

Ref: D72_20220912_0730_274-277 Pigeon flies under the morning moon (accurate montage @8fps).jpg

18 Oct 2022

Brock strolls in - what's on the menu tonight?

Ref: BUA_20220908_2217_003_SC8 Badger entering site at east hedge gap.jpg

A badger quietly forages the slope of the mound.

Ref: BUC_20220912_0103_163-165_SC7 Badger foraging on Round Mound (impression montage).jpg

17 Oct 2022

This Tawny Owl spent several minutes visiting the Meadow Post.

Ref: D01_20220909_2114_025+2118_027_2121_033_FB6 Tawny Owl visits to meadow post over 8 minutes 1+2+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

A Barn Owl makes a short stop visit a little after midnight. You can't see their face, but even the rear plumage is wonderful.

Ref: D01_20220915_0043_073+0041_071_FB6 Barn Owl short visit to meadow post 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

16 Oct 2022

A fine Great Tit with left foot on a tiny twig we doubt that the bird has even noticed is there.

Ref: E63_20220912_1242_046_FB1 Great Tit on stone at hedge bottom with foot on small twig.jpg

This Robin is excavating at the bottom of the stone.
It it more normal to see them, perkily perched hoping for a handout!

Ref: E63_20220909_1438_089_FB1 Robin foraging in debris by stone.jpg

This Great Spotted Woodpecker appears to be a male just losing his juvenile plumage.

Ref: E63_20220910_1133_128_FB1 Great Spotted Woodpecker male juvenile at hedge bottom.jpg

15 Oct 2022

A somewhat tatty Red Kite glides overhead.

Ref: D72_20220909_1248_200 Red Kite in flight.jpg

A couple of Buzzards seem to have settled on this area as as much of a 'home' as they have before the nesting season, moving between the power poles and sometimes cables to hunt. We don't have any idea whether they are a 'pair'.

Ref: DF3_20220911_1213_038-040 Buzzard leaving perch on 11kV crossbar at blocked gate @7fp (montage).jpg

Ref: DF3_20220911_1213_049-052 Buzzard leaving perch on 11kV crossbar at blocked gate @7fp (montage).jpg

14 Oct 2022

A Weasel visits the meadow site for a couple of minutes. Here the two views the camera took are accurately montaged (left first). The 'top' view on the right manages to hide all of the distinguishing details.

Ref: E6A_20220907_1829_237+1831_238_FB5 Weasel at Meadow site (accurate montage over 2 mins).jpg

A week later the Weasel pays another visit to the Meadow site.

Ref: E6A_20220914_1208_192_FB5 Weasel (crop).jpg

6 hours later what looks like the same Weasel makes another transit.

Ref: E6A_20220914_1842_249_FB5 Weasel.jpg

13 Oct 2022

A selection from 14 pics (over 3 days) of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at the meadow site turned into a little celebration. A Vole (much darker fur centre & lowest) muscled into a couple of the pics, here appearing in the same original frame as the mouse on the right.

Ref: E6A_20220907_0000_160-20220908_0422_255_FB5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) and Vole at Meadow site - vole+RH mouse in 1 frame (approx montage).jpg

The hedge bottom shows far less Rodent activity, but we rather liked this one of a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) carrying off a whole Blackberry

Ref: E63_20220908_0518_257_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) carrying away whole Blackberry fruit.jpg

12 Oct 2022

A Green-veined White Butterfly enjoys a mint flower

Ref: DF3_20220904_1602_016 Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on mint flower (crop 1).jpg

Here is a closer look at just the Green-veined white Butterfly on a mint flower.

Ref: DF3_20220904_1602_016 Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on mint flower (crop 2).jpg

The same individual Green-veined White Butterfly goes on to visit this thistle flower, surrounded by withering flowers and a tangle of seeds ready to be blown to pastures new.

Ref: DF3_20220904_1603_019 Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on thistle flower surrounded by old flowers and seeds.jpg

11 Oct 2022

A Hare bounds into our patch through the east hedge gap, momentarily pauses for a sharp selfie, before carrying on into the plot.

Ref: BUA_20220904_0558_052+053+0559_055_SC8 Hare stops momentarily as they enter at East hedge (montage).jpg

Two hours after midnight, in walks the Fox intent on several more hours of 'mischief'.

Ref: BUA_20220908_0155_026_SC8 Fox entering east hedge gap at 0200.jpg

10 Oct 2022

A female Sparrowhawk lands on the kitchen perch. Once or twice some days we see her doing the 'bird feeder' circuit.

Ref: E60_20220901_0851_003_FB3 Sparrowhawk female on Kitchen Window perch.jpg

A male Chaffinch lands on the tree stump, providing a fine view of the normally hidden green feathered back.

Ref: D36_20220907_1333_042_FB4 Chaffinch male landing on Tree-stump showing green back.jpg

09 Oct 2022

A gorgeous Barn Owl drops in for a few minutes on the Meadow Post.

Ref: D01_20220827_0446_108+0451_114+0452_116_FB6 Barn Owl 2 visits to Meadow Post over 7 mins 1+4+5 of 6 (montage from right).jpg

The image at the left in the montage in more detail.

Ref: D01_20220827_0452_116_FB6 Barn Owl 2 visits to Meadow Post over 7 minutes 5 of 6 (crop 1).jpg

08 Oct 2022

We have a good number of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies this year. This montage just over half a second of flight catches the chaotic manoeuvring of these insects. Top left downward, then vertically upwards.

Ref: DF3_20220830_1547_047-051 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight at 7fps 1-5 of 5 (approx montage).jpg

A closer look at a male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hunting over a concrete access track that acts as a suntrap.

Ref: D72_20220901_1251_126 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

07 Oct 2022

Not many Darter Dragonflies (intermediate in size between Hawker Dragonflies and Damselflies) so far this year. This one is perched on what looks like a seed head. Down the stem is a rather nice Spider's web, though a fly caught in it would disagree.

Ref: DF3_20220830_1029_007 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on seed head of Red Campion (q) (crop 1).jpg

06 Oct 2022

We have recently seen 3 juvenile Green Woodpeckers outside our patch. Here one of them spent several minutes coming and going from the Meadow post. This one looks like a male.

Ref: D01_20220829_1055_002-1102_020_FB6 Green Woodpecker juvenile on Meadow Post 1+4-6 of 8 (montage over 7 mins).jpg

Another image from the Green Woodpecker sequence.
Our anthropomorphic eyes can not help but see this creature as 'Mr Grumpy'.

Ref: D01_20220829_1102_021_FB6 Green Woodpecker juvenile on Meadow Post 7 of 8 (crop).jpg

05 Oct 2022

We are sure that the Hares in the surrounding field feel rather dispossessed after harvest and harrowing. Woodland are not quite their 'thing', but their occasional visits are most welcome.

Ref: BUA_20220826_1611_028_SC8 Hare near east hedge gap.jpg

We nowadays see very few Rabbits in our patch, but this fox has obviously found one and appears to be carrying it out of the plot through the east hedge gap. Another less clear instance occurred on the next night.

Ref: BUA_20220826_2245_034_SC8 Fox carrying Rabbit to east hedge gap 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

100 metres away this Fox apparently notices the trail cam's dull red glow, and takes a look, the night time optimised eyes acting as reflectors.

Ref: BU9_20220830_0419_017_SC2 Fox notices camera dull red flash at orchard (2nd pic of 3).jpg

04 Oct 2022

An immaculate Great Tit stops for a moment on the edge of the stone.

Ref: E63_20220826_1840_204_FB1 Great Tit perched on slope of stone.jpg

This Great Tit has 'won' what to us is a tiny seed - to the bird a decent high protein beakful.

Ref: E63_20220828_0850_358_FB1 Great tit about to launch with Corn grain in beak.jpg

03 Oct 2022

Chaffinches have had a good year - here are 7 (NOT a montage) rootling about at the hedge bottom.

Ref: E63_20220823_1834_124_FB1 7 Chaffinches at hedge bottom.jpg

A perky young Robin now with breast almost completely 'red'

Ref: E63_20220822_0928_006_FB1 Robin with almost fully red breast.jpg

02 Oct 2022

Lots of things to eat for this female Grey Squirrel.

Ref: E63_20220822_1718_029_FB1 Grey Squirrel female nibbling food from paws.jpg

A nice fresh piece of Banana Peel gets nibbled like a stick of celery.

Ref: D36_20220825_1322_005_FB4 Grey Squirrel eating Banana peel.jpg

01 Oct 2022

We were startled by a whoosh of wings followed by a loud avian scream right over our heads. This Buzzard had just landed on the top of the 11kv power pole right by us, realised the mistake of landing near humans, and immediately took off.
The Buzzard made several more calls as they flew away, as you see here

Ref: DF3_20220821_1744_233-235 Buzzard in flight calling & blinking nictitating membrane @7fps 08-10 of 56 (approx montage).jpg

We generally try to avoid pictures of birds with their nictitating membrane (a semi transparent second eyelid) over the eye.
But here the bird is using it to 'blink' closed for less than 140mS (seventh of a second)

Ref: DF3_20220821_1744_254-256 Buzzard in flight calling & blinking nictitating membrane @7fps 29-31 of 56 (montage).jpg

Finally a detailed look at the Buzzard in flight.

Ref: DF3_20220821_1744_261 Buzzard in flight calling & blinking nictitating membrane @7fps 36 of 56 (crop).jpg



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