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Outside the front door this pot plant is smothered in Ant Alates. We normally only see them here emerging from cracks in sun-warmed concrete tracks.
More detail of Ants and their alates.
The second brood of Holly Blue Butterflies are out and about.
This is a male nicely lit on an Ivy plant.
Here is the same individual showing that the wing shape and even colour don't do a bad job of camouflage when perched. In flight their path is so erratic it will evade a lot of predators - it certainly evades this cameraman - though probably not the agile Dragonflies.
The dominant Dragonfly here at the moment (and most years) is the Migrant Hawker. There are sometimes 5 or more in flight over the meadow. The style of annal appendage tells us that this is a female - missing from the filename.
Our first photo of a Darter Dragonfly this year - a female Common Darter.
A male Merlin unexpectedly spends a couple of minutes on the meadow post. We have only ID'd Merlins twice before, both times in flight you can see at Sep 2008 and May 2010
After some weeks of absence, this Tawny Owl twice lands of the Meadow Post about 15 minutes apart.
This Hare ran up (centre) and stopped on the grass near the south hedge gap.
Look left. Look Right. All clear to stay for a moment.
Sounds like the 'Kerb Drill' 'drilled' into us 65 years ago - well it must have worked!
Morning light produced some interesting effects.
Dewy mornings can create some attractive effects when backlit by the low morning
First a well 'encrusted' Teasel.
A differently 'dressed' Teasel.
The picture isn't 90 degrees off - some teasels fall over and then start to grow upwards at the tip.
The more conventional 'spider's web'
A single grass seed head bent over by this the tiny spider's web. The long strand from the tip of the grass back out of from on the right looks like some sort of structural entity - that minute speck of a creature know how to do structural engineering!
This it second of two pics of this Magpie landing on the Meadow post with a most disgusting set of claws in their beak. In the third pic in the sequence, taken a minute later, there is still a Magpie on the post but with empty beak.
What this foot belonged to, and what happened to it, is anybodies guess.
We see this male Reeves' Muntjac Deer most nights at one or more Trail cameras. Here, unusually in mid-afternoon, he enters at the south hedge gap and soon starts rubbing his most likely itchy 'velvet' over his antlers on the ground.
2 weeks later the male Reeves' Muntjac Deer ambles towards the south hedge gap as the day starts to lighten. It looks like he has at last shed the 'velvet' on the Antlers. The antlers are mostly hidden by his ears.
Meanwhile the female Reeves' Muntjac Deer climbs down into the Duck Pond to reach the water for a drink. Here she is climbing back out before ambling across the adjacent grass.
The first sundog we have seen for months. The lens on the camera with us can only just manage the width between the sun (left) and the dog (right), but in any case the sky to the left of the sun was both cloud and 'Dog-less'. The effect was gone inside a minute as the clouds and sun moved out of optimum position.
Red sky in Morning - Shepherd's Warning.
Dashing from somewhere near or through the south hedge, this male Roe Deer makes a dash across the grass into the ripening corn, catching us by surprise.
This is a moment that shows that while Horses may not run like they are shown in Victorian paintings, the spread out leap is perfectly accurate for Roe deer.
A Peacock Butterfly perched on a ground-level thistle leaf. When you are small enough, all those sharp spines become just a bit of 'texture'.
This Red Admiral Butterfly suns themselves on a corrugated iron sheet. The shadow just adds to the majesty.
Behind 'Round Mound' some fallen branches are now growing an interesting and rather attractive bracket fungi.
Fungi on cut and fallen branches normally seem to be of the 'bracket fungus' type, so this one is an unusual sighting. The insert shows an insect on the right slope of the main fungus cap.
This juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker has a ring on this right leg - a nice shiny new one at that - but even though the ring is 'sharp' it is too restricted a view to read it reliably. We have passed the image and an enlargement of the ring to our local RSPB recorder.
This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is the first confirmed sighting this year. Here perched on a rolled up leaf photographed from 2 angles while warming in the sunshine. A few days later 3 of this annual visitors where in flight over the same stretch of concrete track, but moving so fast that in-flight pics have so far all failed :-(
Another sighting of a female Southern Hawker Dragonfly warming quietly in the sunshine.
The second brood of Holly Blue Butterflies has emerged.
This years brood of Brimstone Butterflies has emerged, this female is feeding on a thistle flower. With luck she will spend the summer building up her strength, hibernate for the winter and emerge next Spring to mate and lay her eggs. They do not have a second brood.
We had begun to think that this year was a disaster for our normally healthy
population of Peacock Butterflies, but suddenly there a 'a few' about.
The early start of the season seems to have had quite the opposite effect here on this species.
We are delightfully 'awash' with Red Admiral Butterflies in numbers we don't ever remember seeing before. Here are two feasting on a Teasel flower with the two rings of flowers now working their way up and down.
This clump of Teasel flower heads catches the development of the heads in just a single moment. The initial single ring of flowers splits into rising and falling rings as the days go by.
The early morning sun backlights this Wood Pigeon and makes the mass of Teasel heads positively glow.
Half an hour earlier the next day the Teasels are still in shade, and the wind is now Easterly (towards the camera) so we get a rather different image.
We find dozens of 'opened' Wood Pigeon eggs around the sites, but they are
usually partly chipped open and then broken open by the incumbents exit.
When you think about the balled up chick opening the egg its amazing that the chips accurate arrived back at the starting point.
Accurate positioned alternate frames from this Hare's 'run-by' So this sequence covers about 1.5 seconds.
A Hare 'caught' in an amazing position with 3 legs on the ground, but the one front leg behind the rear legs.
On the grass by the Duck Pond the trail cam catches this moment of a Hare rearing upwards. The interval between the images is probably 2 or 3 seconds - much longer than the moment we photographed a few days earlier (Shown on 11 Sep 2023)
Here we have a Buzzard spiralling across the sky.
The real size of the circles is many times as big as this, but a spiral of 'brown dots' is not very satisfying. So here we offer an 'impression' made from a genuine sequence from an original over 100 frames.
The centre Grey Squirrel is 'walking' down the tree trunk by
turning round his rear claws - a wonderfully evolved trick.
They seems to have collected a seed head they are carrying in their mouth.
At the left another is climbing upward - there is food to be had!
NOT a montage.
"Hunt the Flea?"
100 acres of ripe corn around us keeps many of the wild omnivores well fed. Even after harvest they will be able to find dropped seeds for weeks.
A pair of Hares, more interested in each other than humans about 100m away down the Farm Road, were having a little low-key chase - two on the right and the same pair on the left about a second later. You have to keep really still not to frighten them away.
One of the Hares stayed well back, while the other approached along the edge
of the Farm Road, suddenly reaching upwards before dropping down again.
All over in less than 1 second.
The nearby Hare then wandered back down the concrete road.
Here is a moment when you can again see both of them.
If you follow Japanese Anime from studio Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli you may know of director Kondo Yoshifumi's sweet film 'Whisper of the Heart' where a rendering of 'Country Road' as a humorous 'Concrete Road' has a special resonance.
A Red Admiral, here NOT showing their vivid top of wing colours, has their proboscis deep into the nectary of this blackberry flower
A Red Admiral Butterfly tucking into the nectar from a Purple Loosestrife flower growing in a patch in the main pond. The insert shows their figure-of-eight proboscis tucking into the flower.
Another Red Admiral Butterfly, this time hanging from a grass stem. The Proboscis is rolled up and hidden away.
Green Woodpeckers are active birds, flying about looking for their small invertebrates. They most like ants, but unfortunately we don't have any suitable to auto-photograph. And Green woodpecker flee at the first hint of a human.
Here we catch the adult male Green Woodpecker (right) with a juvenile male - undoubtedly 'his' youngster.
2 days later probably the same adult and juvenile male Green Woodpecker are sharing the meadow post.
The Gatekeeper Butterfly is smaller than the larger Red Admiral (lots of these this year)
and Peacock (only one seen this year on 18July2023).
Their antennae are shadowed on the leaf below.
A couple of days later this pair of Gatekeeper Butterflies are mating on a grass blade.
Both male and female Brimstone Butterflies are on the wing.
This female is on a newly flowering Teasel head.
The first Teasel flowers appear as a ring near the 'equator'. Then the ring splits into 2 rings that 'move' upwards and downwards to reach the 'poles'.
This female Reeves' Muntjac Deer has to walk right down into the duck pond to reach the water for a drink.
Ponds are an important feature of our wildlife sanctuary, but inevitably there are misfortunes with the water. This incredibly symmetrical rings of ripples in the Round Pond turned out to be a poor little moth struggling to get free of the water. Freeing him with a long piece of fallen branch was a most frustrating endeavour, eventually accomplished.
We hadn't spotted this Hare before they took exception to our approach and set off in the not particularly panicked run away across the hedge margin and up onto the Farm Road. They paused by the tree before setting off again for the concrete road.
For the first time in 4 months we get a good sighting of a Sparrowhawk. This is a female or well a developed juvenile, out in the rain on the Meadow Post.
On the left of each pair of magpies is an adult, first bringing some food for the
youngster on the right, and then staying for a rest.
Yes - the youngster looks plumper than the adult, as we have seen every year!
It is clear that we have regular visits from a family of Green Woodpeckers - Mum, Dad
and now at least one sprog.
Here is the male landing in an extremely poor state - probably still wet from a bath.
Here we see the male at the top, with a juvenile clambering up the post.
Dad Green Woodpecker on the post top ...
.. and a few minutes later the young Green Woodpecker takes over the position.
Lots of activity takes place in the hours of darkness
On the evening of the same day we first see this lovely Hare inside our east hedge just as it is getting dark.
Lots of activity takes place in the hours of darkness
This fox is probably looking back at another fox we witnessed following them a few minutes earlier.
Lots of activity takes place in the hours of darkness
Quite a lot of Badgers pass through the site even in winter, but the pics are normally so poor that we don't keep them. But this one took our fancy as much clearer than usual.
A female Small Skipper Butterfly perched delicately on the delicate grass seed head.
Comma Butterfly, named for the white mark on the bottom of the wings that you only see when the wings are closed, can be seen all over the sunny areas.
Here we rather like the contrast of the scalloped edges of both Butterfly and plant leaf.
The male Green Woodpecker arrives on the Meadow post looking appallingly dishevelled, probably fresh from a bath somewhere. 15 minutes later, as good as he will get during his moult, he looks much more like his old self.
An hour later we delightfully see parent (back to camera - sex uncertain) and juvenile Green Woodpeckers together on the meadow post. We have been so hoping to see a successful nesting - wherever they chose to nest.
Next morning, with the sun originally flaring out the camera, we see just a juvenile Green Woodpecker on their own, the sun outlining head and shoulders.
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