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We THINK this is the Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawn (as opposed to 'Mum" - based
mainly on the perfect ears - its seems that all moderate sized mammals quickly
get nicks and tears to their ears as the years roll by.
We hardly doubt that somebody has created a research report on determining the age of mammals by ear damage!
A juvenile Rabbit with the usual immaculate ears of young mammals.
Grey Squirrel etiquette varies from carefully nibble a single corn grain ...
... to here carrying away a whole Teasel head. We assume that it will get ripped to bits to get out the seeds, rather than the delicate plucking out of the seeds by birds.
Quite close to Midnight this Fox walks past the Duck Pond
Next afternoon this Foxes stops for a moment.
"Anything to eat here?"
Foxes are nightly visitors - this Fox is here entering by the hedge gap at the south west corner, showing their wonderfully luxurious tail.
This Buzzard makes 3 visits to the Meadow Post in 3 hours.
This Tawny Owl makes a welcome visit.
A surprise just in the Trail Cams field of view is undoubtedly some species
of Owl high in a tree by Round Pond. The insert shows an enlargement of the
two specks top left.
There are hundreds of places around the 2 acres for Owls to hunt - just because there are no visits to the Meadow Post doesn't mean nobody visited!
This Tawny Owl made a nice landing, but then turned their back to camera for the next 4 minutes of pics.
A Robin twists in flight to try to remove the Great Tit already on the Kitchen Bird table. It looks like the Tit is altogether ready to defend their position.
The Hedge Bottom Robin takes a few selfies.
Great Tit(s) visiting the hedge bottom over one day.
A couple of Blue Tit visiting the Hedge Bottom.
We have massaged the pic to get them closer together, but this is from a single frame.
We are suckers for this Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawn.
One of their (or perhaps their mother's) favourite safe daytime hiding places is under a bush behind the garage. We see an occupant perhaps 2 or 3 times a week as we walk quietly by. Here we watch each other for a moment - we are the ones that 'blinked first' and left the youngster in peace.
Admire my eyelashes in this close-up!
This male Reeves' Muntjac Deer crosses the ditch to enter our patch.
Lunchtime sees this female Reeves' Muntjac Deer crossing the again dry ditch on their way to gracing our patch.
A rather nicely aligned 'mother and growing Fawn' moment at the end of the orchard. Mum, slightly ahead behind, is in the ditch, while the Fawn is on the edge providing an eye confusing size comparison.
This is the time of year for Grey Squirrels to breed. This female looks almost like a pregnant Mum-to-be protecting her 'bump' with her paws. You can see the nipples developing but not yet the mess they become once the youngsters start using them.
2 Grey Squirrels in a tumble of fur.
In the top of the hedge outside the Kitchen window there suddenly appears this apple being nibbled by a Grey Squirrel. The apple has since remained there for 7 days but we haven't spotted anything else taking a bite.
This was the Buzzard's reaction to another Kestrel flyovers.
The Kestrel now given up the unequal confrontation, the Buzzard gives themselves a pedicure.
Difficult to make out? The birds head is tilted horizontal to the viewers right with the lifted claw just below the beak.
After 10 minutes the Buzzard suddenly dives down out of site from the house. A couple of minutes waiting was NOT rewarded with a return to the post.
This magnificent Buzzard spent 10 minutes on the Meadow Post. Initially caught by the camera's beam break, the sequence was continued by manually firing the same camera.
'What's that flash - oh - nothing to bother about"
A Kestrel suddenly appears over the meadow and makes a few threatening passes above the Buzzard, never getting quite close enough to appear in the fixed camera's frame. Here the Buzzard is following the bird across the sky.
A Red Kite spent a couple of minutes flying around to our west ...
... before flying north to land in a tree at the brook.
Some 100m north of the farm entrance, at the Brook this Heron was hunting along the bank of
the brook behind.
Not the first sighting of a Heron down here, but quite unusual to spot.
A Kestrel flies over the 11kV cables. Slightly stretched positions to avoid overlaps.
A contracted montage of the Kestrel turning away in flight. She didn't seem in the slightest bit bothered by the humans stuck on the ground below.
We watched this Carrion Crow for a couple of minutes, first in the distance gradually moving closer until passing us perhaps 20 metres away. The black bird against blank clouds both prevent an 'accurate' montage, and make seeing detail in the feathers seemingly impossible. So here we go the other way as a Silhouette.
Great Spotted Woodpeckers have returned for the easy largess of the peanut feeders. This is a male (the red patch behind the head is the easiest indicator) on the Kitchen feeder (north side of the house) while the female (not shown here) seems to prefer the feeder on the south side.
The Daytime Hunter: In the late afternoon, now mostly lit by the camera flash, the male Sparrowhawk makes a short stop on the Kitchen perch.
The Nighttime Prey: Two Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frolic in front of the Meadow
NOT a montage.
The Nighttime Prey: Here a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) looks up into the
At this moment all is clear.
The Nightime Hunter:40 minutes later Winged death in the form of a Tawny Owl lands
on the Meadow Post a few metres away and scans the ground for a meal.
2 minutes later the Owl dives onto the ground where the mice were. Whether the Owl caught one, or something else, we will never know.
The owl's body looks a bit odd but that is what the camera original is like.
The Buzzard is landing right outside the kitchen window.
A Quarter of an hour later the Buzzard arrives at the Meadow Post.
The Buzzard didn't stay long, but comes back just 3 minutes later for another dramatic landing.
This Grey Squirrel makes a racing turn to leave the site, complete with a Pine cone they have collected, undoubtedly to be added the hundreds of Conkers this creature has already buried as winter food.
Doesn't the Squirrel tail look like a lovely warm Duvet / Eiderdown (depending on your age). In the Drey it probably forms a major element in the Squirrel armoury against the cold.
A single corn seed gets the Grey Squirrel nibble.
Morning sunshine glances off the tail and whiskers of this Grey Squirrel.
We have been experimenting with changing the viewpoint of this trail-cam at Duck Pond, and were pleased to get this passing moment of a Fox walking by in the early afternoon.
A Badger on one of their night time rambles over our patch.
This Hare is, for now, a regular visitor. This moment before sitting down really highlights the unequal length of the front and rear legs that gives Hares their characteristic gait.
A half day of heavy downpour has brought up the level of water in the western end of the south ditch. On arrival this female Reeves' Muntjac Deer seems a bit taken aback, not having seen water here for many months, and turns back to find another route onto our patch.
2 days later the water level in the ditch falls quickly when the ground is not yet saturated, and Mum is now happy to lead her Fawn across
This same Robin takes several selfies at the hedge bottom - here is our favourite.
The Great Tit (bottom left) is barely landing and already the Robin is launching a territorial attack
Now that the South boundary is largely blocked by hundreds of tonnes of soil and
hardcore left by Farm works, more entrances and exits take place at the East
hedge gap. Reeves' Muntjac deer appear a few days earlier, and here are some
of the other visitors.
One of the Red Foxes enters the site to continue his nights prol.
The 'Eastern Hare' continues to appear.
One of the bigger Badgers out for a night-time 'trundle'.
This female Kestrel seems to be very relaxed while perched on the top of the
Telephone pole. But very soon a Rook arrives in the air above and she quickly
takes exception to the interruption and launches in what in retrospect is more
like a beak open response rather than fleeing.
A week ago we watch a female Kestrel just ignoring a Rook nearby on powerlines, and here we have one actively chasing an interfering Rook. For us this is a new form of behaviour. Whether the Kestrel will be able to sustain this when it has several Rooks ganging up on her remains to be seen.
A closer look at the Kestrel's Launch, beak open and probably calling that we can't hear through the double glazing with our 76 year old ears.
Investigating a flash of brown whizzing by the window finds this female Kestrel perching in the Ash tree growing on the main pond island.
The female Kestrel disappeared into the trees behind the pond where we left her in peace.
This Buzzard seems to have taken a liking to hunting from the Meadow Post. In 20 minutes this bird makes 2 visits each about 3 minutes long.
One of the female Kestrels made a landing on the Meadow Post, but didn't stay.
One of the eternal problem with optical instruments and photographs is judging the size of subjects without accompanying references. Here is the stark contrast of size between a Buzzard and a female Kestrel that surprised even us.
The Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawn has now mostly lost their juvenile spots. Here 8 minutes apart we see Mum and her youngster.
The spots may be gone but 10 minutes later it looks like the youngster still wants a feed from Mum's milk bar. How long she will be able to oblige remains to be seen.
3 days later we see the Mother and Fawn Pair entering the site 100m away at the south hedge gap. Mum is climbing out of the nearside of ditch as the Fawn climbs down the back side to follow her.
Images of one Rook 'spread' along the power cable showing him calling.
These calls are 'whole body' affairs with the bird bending and spreading feathers.
Possibly the same Robin makes 3 visits to the hedge bottom in 10 minutes.
Most likely the same Great Tit visits the hedge bottom twice in 20 minutes.
A vigorous Rose Bush has for several year grown through and is supported by the Lodgepole Pine at the end of the row. The Rose Hips glow in the sunshine. This patch happens to be right above fungi above - a busy little patch.
The drenched carpet of Lodgepole Pine needles several square metres is now decorated with hundred of these fungi perhaps average of 2cm across. This patch happens to be right under the Rose hips in the previous image.
Behind the 'Round Mound', these long felled branches have produced some mahogany coloured fungus bodies perhaps 15 cm across.
The Buzzard doesn't fly away as we expect, but flies about 50 metres away from the house
to land on a quite flimsy 'post' on Duck Pond's tiny island.
This pic was taken with a hand-held camera from outside the house, largely obscured by a piece of non-boundary hedge. Original is badly underexposed.
The Buzzard now quickly spotted the humans and made their departure to the South ...
... but immediately another Buzzard appears from somewhere in the woodland trees adjacent to the south. They circled the site and this is the second flyby 3 minutes later.
2 days after the Rodent kill, there is a single visit by what appears to be the same Buzzard. Read right to left.
After the success catching a Rodent on the ground below, the Buzzard resumes his intense hunt, but another hour of intermittent searching doesn't catch anything else.
About 15 minutes later Rooks seem to have spotted this (to them) unwelcome visitor and the Buzzard keeps an eye on the swooping Rooks.
The bird stops for a bit of a preen before defecating. The cameraman expected the bird to launch (they often defecate immediately prior to take-off) but the eventual launch occurred about 8 minutes later.
This Buzzard spends over an hour on our patch, mostly hunting from the Meadow Post on which we have a tripod mounted high resolution camera. First we see them landing (right), stabilising (0.4 seconds later) and 11 minutes later intensely hunting the rough cut meadow below from the post top.
A minute after diving out of frame (and vision from the house) to the left of the post the Buzzard unexpectedly returns with this Rodent in their beak.
Over the next couple of minutes the Buzzard first seems to attempt to swallow the Rodent whole, but then bites off the head to swallow before ripping the little body into further 'bite size' pieces.
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