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One of the larger Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawns prowls across the woodland site in the wee small hours.
One of the Reeves' Muntjac Deer females spend 4 minutes quietly feeding near the South hedge gap.
In the hours before midnight this growing Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawn walks quietly across the Woodland site.
We seem to have lots of Great Tits at the moment - far more than Blue Tits. This one is jumping down off the stone.
This sighting of a Redwing at the hedge bottom is only the second sighting this season.
No sightings of Fieldfares yet, but they tend to go around in flocks with a handful of Redwings mixed in.
The Meadow Post has been really busy - here a Buzzard makes a nice entrance for a few minutes visit.
A walk past the end of the garage revealed Reeves' Muntjac Deer watching
us from behind the garage.
The Green bar on the right is the garage water butt. Seemed a good 'eco' buy decades ago to buy several recycled fruit juice barrels painted green with a polystyrene tap. This one in the shade is the only one still usable - it is in the shade of the garage. All the others succumbed to the destructive effects of being in sunshine - first the taps completely disintegrated, and a few years on the whole barrels collapsed!
This looks like the female Reeves' Muntjac Deer jumping over the flooded southern ditch. The 4th image (right to left) shows the awkward landing with left rear legs possibly slipping on the edge of the ditch.
Tawny Owls have also been visiting.
More detail from the rightmost image above.
Turning on the house lights attracts the attention of the Tawny Owl but the bird seems to think "Only one of the lights at the house - harmless".
The Tawny Owl turned round - possibly so as not to interfere with his eyes' dark adaptation - and spends a few more minutes back to camera before departing.
Kestrels have been regular visitors over the past week.
In pouring rain we get this visit from a MALE Kestrel to the meadow post.
It would seem to us that this exposed pole is almost the worst place to pick in a storm, but he stayed for at least 5 minutes, obviously getting his feathers soaked. Perhaps he didn't think he could get any wetter!
A sighting of a Kestrel in the top of this Willow tree through a window some 50m away
isn't ideal for a long focus lens, but we managed to catch the bird's departure,
unfortunately to a conifer and mostly obscured.
We know of at least 6 places where Kestrels like to hunt around our patch.
This female Kestrel visits again, this time spending 23 minutes on or around the post.
Another shorter female Kestrel visit 4 hours later.
The landing bird deserves more detail.
The comparative quiet over Christmas has meant that sightings of Chinese Water Deer have delightfully escalated. Here we spotted one in the rank grass that is the 'fallow field' to our east.
This Deer took fright and another, previously invisible, popped up and they left together. The Tusks on this one indicate 'male'.
This pair of Chinese Water Deer seem to disagree over where to go!
Continuing our walk down the Farm Road suddenly came across another pair of Chinese Water Deer a bit further away but the original pair had already disappeared over the slope of the hill. This pair didn't react to us, and we left them like this.
A Fox quietly passes the Duck Pond with eyes and ears intensively exploring the surroundings.
This Fox isn't 'evil' - just hungry.
But 'Wily old Fox' does seem to fit the bill.
"What's that red glow blinking on and off?"
This Fox has more interesting things to look at than red glowing Trail-cams around the sites.
Reeves' Muntjac Deer Mum and Fawn quietly feeding together.
Following an uncertain sighting the previous week of a much smaller Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawn, here we have a direct comparison of that Fawn with Mum - obviously nowhere near adult size as we now struggle to tell apart from the months old Fawn.
A Buzzard is seen once or twice a week hunting from the same post.
This Jackdaw makes a neat landing on the Meadow Post.
Jackdaws 'disappeared' through most of last year, and we are relieved to see them back.
An impression of a Magpie landing on the Meadow Post and launching back into the air.
One or more female Kestrels have started occasional hunting from the Meadow Post.
The Chinese Water Deer was visiting the farm field to our south as we arrived and the Deer, as always, took fright. This is accurately montaged at about 7 fps accurately montaged, so 1 second of the departure captured here, picking up speed as they go.
More detail from the above action of this incredibly athletic creature.
Shortly after dark, with no sighting on any other camera that night, we twice catch this
Tawny owl pouncing on the ground at the Meadow camera site. The first pic was barely
the edge of the feathers at the right edge, but here the whole bird appears.
The Owl does not seem to have made a kill.
The intended prey seems to us to be in an incredibly unexpected place half off the top of the frame as they leap for their life.
Predators act for the sake of ONE meal,
Prey leap for their ONLY life.
A Tawny Owl spends a couple of minutes on the Meadow post.
Over a single night the Meadow Post has 3 visits from Tawny Owls. We don't have enough detail to determine whether the visitor is the same bird each time.
The Buzzard visiting the Meadow Post has become a regular (perhaps once a week) event.
A badly underexposed and out of focus effort of this Hare has been rescued with the paint package to show the statuesque poise as they look at the camera.
The movement blurring of the crossed-over legs tell that we caught this Hare moving at high speed to jump over the flooded ditch.
This young Rabbit takes his selfie at the woodland site.
Shortly after nightfall, this regular visiting Fox (with wonderful bushy tail) stops on their regular passage past the Duck Pond.
This Fox is too small to be anything other than a fairly young Cub. So it has to be visiting from being raised in an Earth we know nothing about.
2 hours later we see this adult Fox near the East hedge gap.
Is this adult Fox starting to think about evicting the Rabbits out of their burrow as one Vixen did last year?
To us Pigeons don't 'walk', they 'stomp'. They are quite heavy birds for their comparatively small feet.
6 days later in the rain we see what is possibly the same Pigeon in a slightly quirky position.
2 pics of Tawny Owls at the start and end of the same night.
Studying the bird plumage colour and pattern concludes that these are different individuals visiting the same hunting perch. The camera white balance is locked and the frames processed as a pair - the colour difference is real.
The landing of the right hand bird.
Birds use different techniques to launch into the air.
This Magpie takes a sort of running jump.
Small birds mostly 'leap' into the air, but its not only about size - Herons use the 'leap to launch' technique as well.
The most spectacular are mute swans who have to build up speed running over the water to get airborne. None of our patches of water are long enough for this, so they have the sense not to land here :-(
Its raining - and it has been doing so most days for a fortnight.
Dunnocks are one of the birds we see so often that its easy to ignore them.
So when we get a neat pic we like to share it.
Tree Sparrows were for a while 'common as muck' here but have sadly completely disappeared from our site,and it seems many other places.
A Dunnock in vigorous powered flight over the Hedge bottom stone - they have probably just taken off from behind the stone.
We don't often see the male Kestrel, but here he is on a distant 11kV power pole.
Here is the female Kestrel perched quietly on an 11kV cable over the bridleway to our north quite close to where we show the male.
We don't understand why we see these mouse jamborees for short periods at most every few days, and this one is the first at the Rabbit (hopefully soon Fox Earth) hole. This camera is set to take 4 pics per trigger, so this is about a quarter of the mouse appearances - apparently a single mouse - there are no frames with two sets of eyes! All in 9 minutes!
Four days after the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) Jamboree we see a Fox making passage across the hole, twisting to look back. Shortly afterwards another Trail cam (left pic) catches the Fox progressing along the front of the mound before disappearing from our cameras for the rest of the night.
At the end of the orchard this Fox decides that avoiding wet legs and tummy in the flooded ditch are worth a 15 metres detour off to the right along the concrete access track.
As the cold whether becomes more insistent there are several Tawny Owl visits this week.
Here we blend two Tawny Owl visits, both of at least 5 minutes, at the start
and end of the same night.
On the left just the Owl landing at about 5.15 p.m. - the bird then turned their back to the camera for all of the following frames
Centre is the arrival at 06.30 a.m. + a moment hunting the ground below a few minutes later.
From perhaps 250m away we spot this Chinese Water Deer relaxing in the Farmer's fallow land.
We continued our walk which took us to about 100 metres of the Deer, at which point this one decided to depart, bounding away over the empty field.
Just after the first Chinese Water Deer vanished over the rolling land, we were surprised by another
of the same species suddenly streaking across a similar route across the field.
We never cease to be amazed at how limber even these small deer are.
Grey Squirrels seem to be like Cats - they always take over the most comfortable and warm place in the area.
Grey Squirrels seem to be like Cats - they always take over the most comfortable and warm place in the area.
The Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawn watches us from one of her favourite daytime hiding places behind the garage.
'Our' Fawn is now a really good size, here visiting the hedge bottom.
More detail of this currently pristine beauty.
Reeves Muntjac Deer seems to have much more sturdy legs than we see on Roe Deer, or for that matter Sheep.
What looks like the same squirrel spends 25 minutes feeding at the Woodland site just as it is getting dark.
Two Fieldmice (Wood Mice) apparently enjoying each other's company at the hedge bottom
Another Moth trapped in the water of Round Pond makes some fantastic ripples, but ...
... soon to be rescued across several metres of deep water using this long thin branch extracted from one of the dozens of woodpiles around the sites.
We are fairly useless at IDs for Gulls, but the mottled plumage tells
us that this is a juvenile.
Our best guess is a Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull.
At the end of our access track we find the 11kV power cables to our north smothered in birds. Nearest us are about 60 Rooks, on the further span about 120 Starlings - the first Starlings in any numbers since last year.
From a bit closer here are the starlings, accompanied by one of the two local Carrion Crows.
The Starlings were not a single group - this flock of about 80 seemed to appear out of nowhere, only slightly depleting the number on the wires.
From another frame of the flock of 80 Starlings, here is an extraction of 9 for more detail.
What started as a remarkable mottled grey morning sky (never satisfactorily photographed) developed into a 15 minute visual delight. While we watched two separate cars came up from the main road to stop and take pics with their cellphones - most unusual.
As the light show continued a pair of Mute swans winged quietly across the sky.
The crescendo of the overhead blanket of illuminated clouds, before descending into a rather dull morning
The neatest of one of several Tawny Owl visits this week.
What looks like the same Tawny Owl visited the Meadow post a few hours after dark and then a couple of hours before dawn of the same night.
What looks suspiciously like 2 different Tawny Owls make brief stops on the top of the Meadow post over a couple of hours on either side of midnight.
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