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31 Jan 2024

One of the larger Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawns prowls across the woodland site in the wee small hours.

Ref: E64_20240107_0247_073_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer female at Woodland site (crop 2).jpg

One of the Reeves' Muntjac Deer females spend 4 minutes quietly feeding near the South hedge gap.

Ref: BU7_20240107_1053_013-1056_030 Muntjac Reeves Deer female spends 4 mins feeding near South hedge gap (montage).jpg

In the hours before midnight this growing Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawn walks quietly across the Woodland site.

Ref: E64_20240109_2157_086_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn walking through woodland site (crop).jpg

30 Jan 2024

We seem to have lots of Great Tits at the moment - far more than Blue Tits. This one is jumping down off the stone.

Ref: E63_20240103_1321_236_FB1 Great Tit jumping down from hedge bottom rock.jpg

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.

Ref: E63_20240103_1423_253_FB1 Redwing at hedge bottom.jpg

29 Jan 2024

The Meadow Post has been really busy - here a Buzzard makes a nice entrance for a few minutes visit.

Ref: D01_20240101_0906_133+0907_135+0908_138_FB6 Buzzard 6+ minute visit to Meadow Post 1+3+5 of 6 (montage).jpg

28 Jan 2024

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!

Ref: DF3_20231230_1009_037 Muntjac Reeves Deer fawn behind garage.jpg

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.

Ref: BU7_20240101_0448_054-058 Muntjac Reeves Deer jumps over flooded ditch (slightly adjusted montage).jpg

27 Jan 2024

Tawny Owls have also been visiting.

Ref: D01_20240101_0318_121+0319_123+0322_129_FB6 Tawny Owl 5+ minute visit to Meadow Post 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Ref: D01_20240102_0603_177+0606_183+0608_190_FB6 Tawny Owl 11+ minute visit to meadow post seeing cameraman 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg

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.

Ref: D01_20240102_0608_190_FB6 Tawny Owl 11+ minute visit to meadow post inc seeing cameraman 3 of 4 (crop).jpg

26 Jan 2024

Kestrels have been regular visitors over the past week.

Ref: D01_20231230_1047_049+050+1048_051_FB6 Kestrel female 3 minute visit to Meadow Post 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg

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!

Ref: D01_20240102_1308_021+1312_029_FB6 Kestrel male 5+ minute visit to meadow post in heavy rain (montage).jpg

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.

Ref: DF5_20240105_1003_030-033 Kestrel female departs from willow tree (approx montage).jpg

25 Jan 2024

This female Kestrel visits again, this time spending 23 minutes on or around the post.

Ref: D01_20231228_1106_091+092+1121_106+1107_093_FB6 Kestrel female visiting Meadow Post over 23 minutes 1+2+7+3 of 8 (montage).jpg

Another shorter female Kestrel visit 4 hours later.

Ref: D01_20231228_1516_133+1517_135+1519_139_FB6 Kestrel female 4 minute visit to Meadow Post 1+3+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

The landing bird deserves more detail.

Ref: D01_20231228_1516_134_FB6 Kestrel female 4 minute visit to Meadow Post 2 of 4 (crop).jpg

24 Jan 2024

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.

Ref: DF3_20231226_1029_047 4 Chinese Water Deer in Fallow field to East 1 of 8 (crop).jpg

This Deer took fright and another, previously invisible, popped up and they left together. The Tusks on this one indicate 'male'.

Ref: DF3_20231226_1029_073-075 4 Chinese Water Deer in Fallow field to East - male with tusk 2-4 of 8 (stretch montage 2 @7fps).jpg

This pair of Chinese Water Deer seem to disagree over where to go!

Ref: DF3_20231226_1029_079-081 4 Chinese Water Deer in Fallow field to East 5-7 of 8 (montage @7fps).jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20231226_1031_122 4 Chinese Water Deer in Fallow field to East - 2 more deer 8 of 8 (naturally spaced crop).jpg

23 Jan 2024

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.

Ref: BU8_20231224_0753_085+087+0754_088+090 Fox pauses by Duck Pond while hunting 1-4 of 7 (montage).jpg

"What's that red glow blinking on and off?"

Ref: BU5_20231223_0415_067-069_SC1 Fox hunting at Round Pond spots dim red IR lamp on Trail Cam (montage).jpg

This Fox has more interesting things to look at than red glowing Trail-cams around the sites.

Ref: BUA_20231223_0702_130_SC8 Fox near East Hedge gap.jpg

22 Jan 2024

Reeves' Muntjac Deer Mum and Fawn quietly feeding together.

Ref: BU8_20231222_1725_051 Muntjac Reeves Deer female and Fawn (right) feeding together by Duck pond.jpg

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.

Ref: BUA_20231224_1936_315_SC8 Muntjac Reeves Deer mother and young Fawn (ID only).jpg

Ref: BU7_20231225_0233_062 Muntjac Reeves Deer mother and young Fawn entering at south hedge gap (ID only).jpg

21 Jan 2024

A Buzzard is seen once or twice a week hunting from the same post.

Ref: D01_20231224_1504_057+058+1516_080_FB6 Buzzard 13+ minute visit to Meadow Post 1+2+8 of 8 (montage intervals 500mS & 12min).jpg

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.

Ref: D01_20231223_1326_035+036_FB6 Jackdaw lands on Meadow Post 1+2 of 2 (montage over 500mS).jpg

An impression of a Magpie landing on the Meadow Post and launching back into the air.

Ref: D01_20231222_1221_008+07+1234_009_FB6 Magpie landing and launching from meadow post (montage).jpg

One or more female Kestrels have started occasional hunting from the Meadow Post.

Ref: D01_20231224_1006_045-047_FB6 Kestrel female 5+ minute visit to Meadow Post 1-3 of 4 (montage @500mS & 1 min intervals).jpg

20 Jan 2024

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.

Ref: DF3_20231221_1025_030-036 Chinese Water Deer fleeing across fallow field (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

More detail from the above action of this incredibly athletic creature.

Ref: DF3_20231221_1025_033-035 Chinese Water Deer fleeing across fallow field (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

19 Jan 2024

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.

Ref: E6A_20231217_1842_204_FB5 Tawny Owl pouncing on Rodent leaping partly out of frame at top (crop inc whole height).jpg

A Tawny Owl spends a couple of minutes on the Meadow post.

Ref: D01_20231220_1951_039+1752_041+042_FB6 Tawny Owl visit to Meadow Post (montage).jpg

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.

Ref: D01_20231221_2056_001+2103_013+20231222_0414_015_FB6 Tawny Owl makes 3 visits to meadow post in 6 Hrs 1+4+5 of 6 (montage).jpg

18 Jan 2024

The Buzzard visiting the Meadow Post has become a regular (perhaps once a week) event.

Ref: D01_20231216_1603_057_FB6 Buzzard 5+ minute visit to meadow post 1 of 6 (crop).jpg

Ref: D01_20231216_1606_063+1605_061+1604_059_FB6 Buzzard 5+ minute visit to meadow post 5+4+3 of 6 (montage).jpg

17 Jan 2024

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.

Ref: E64_20231210_0733_170_FB2 Hare behind woodland site (crop).jpg

The movement blurring of the crossed-over legs tell that we caught this Hare moving at high speed to jump over the flooded ditch.

Ref: BU7_20231221_1038_100 Hare sprinting to leap over flooded ditch.jpg

This young Rabbit takes his selfie at the woodland site.

Ref: E64_20231215_1614_083_FB2 Rabbit youngster at woodland site.jpg

16 Jan 2024

Shortly after nightfall, this regular visiting Fox (with wonderful bushy tail) stops on their regular passage past the Duck Pond.

Ref: BU8_20231213_1814_005 Fox stops by edge of Duck Pond.jpg

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.

Ref: BU5_20231219_2119_067_SC1 Fox Cub by Round Pond.jpg

2 hours later we see this adult Fox near the East hedge gap.

Ref: BUA_20231219_2309_074_SC8 Fox near East Hedge Gap.jpg

Is this adult Fox starting to think about evicting the Rabbits out of their burrow as one Vixen did last year?

Ref: SP1_2023122x_xxxx_156_SP1 Fox inspecting Rabbit hole on Round Mound.jpg

15 Jan 2024

To us Pigeons don't 'walk', they 'stomp'. They are quite heavy birds for their comparatively small feet.

Ref: E63_20231213_1513_013_FB1 Wood Pigeon stomping over hedge bottom.jpg

6 days later in the rain we see what is possibly the same Pigeon in a slightly quirky position.

Ref: E63_20231219_1315_069_FB1 Wood Pigeon caught mid-step in awkward position.jpg

14 Jan 2024

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.

Ref: D01_20231213_1814_007+20231214_0304_-10_FB6 2 Tawny Owls (different birds) visit to meadow post in one night (montage).jpg

The landing of the right hand bird.

Ref: D01_20231214_0304_018_FB6 Tawny Owl short visit to meadow post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg

13 Jan 2024

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 :-(

Ref: D01_20231210_1033_005+006_FB6 Magpie launching from Meadow Post (montage over 500mS).jpg

Its raining - and it has been doing so most days for a fortnight.

Ref: E6C_20231210_1211_017_FB4 Magpie on Tree-stump in rain (crop).jpg

12 Jan 2024

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.

Ref: E63_20231208_0851_021_FB1 Dunnock.jpg

A Dunnock in vigorous powered flight over the Hedge bottom stone - they have probably just taken off from behind the stone.

Ref: E63_20231211_1231_057_FB1 Dunnock flying over Hedge bottom stone.jpg

11 Jan 2024

We don't often see the male Kestrel, but here he is on a distant 11kV power pole.

Ref: R70_20231208_0922_008-0924_012 Kestrel male on 11kV post & crossbar (montage).jpg

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.

Ref: R70_20231212_1059_004 Kestrel female on 11kV cable.jpg

10 Jan 2024

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!

Ref: SP1_20231206_1752_090-1801_120_SP1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) or Fieldmice (Wood Mice) around Rabbit hole (approx montage over 9 mins).jpg

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.

Ref: BU2_20231210_0358_243_SC7+SP1_20231210_0359_681+682+684_SP1 Fox visit to Round Mound (montage).jpg

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.

Ref: BU7_20231210_2334_013+2335_016 Fox changes direction to avoid flooded ditch (montage).jpg

09 Jan 2024

As the cold whether becomes more insistent there are several Tawny Owl visits this week.

Ref: D01_20231130_1701_019_FB6 Tawny Owl brief visit.jpg

Ref: D01_20231202_1709_066+065+1712_071_FB6 Tawny Owl 4 minute visit to Meadow Post 2+1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg

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.

Ref: D01_20231205_1718_047+20231206_0628_059+0631_065_FB6 Tawny Owl two 5+ minute visits evening & morning 1+3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

08 Jan 2024

From perhaps 250m away we spot this Chinese Water Deer relaxing in the Farmer's fallow land.

Ref: DF3_20231201_0934_055 Chinese Water Deer in field to East sprints away 01 of 20 (crop).jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20231201_0936_057-071 Chinese Water Deer in field to East sprints away 03-17 (alt frames) of 20 (acc montage @7fps).jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20231201_0936_096-110 Chinese Water Deer in field to east appears after 1st had gone 1-5 of 5 (acc montage @7fps).jpg

07 Jan 2024

Grey Squirrels seem to be like Cats - they always take over the most comfortable and warm place in the area.

Ref: DF5_20231206_1117_005 Grey Squirrel warming in fork of tree on far side of main pond.jpg

Grey Squirrels seem to be like Cats - they always take over the most comfortable and warm place in the area.

Ref: DF3_20231130_1249_015 Grey Squirrel on sun-warmed slate roof of utility room.jpg

06 Jan 2024

The Reeves' Muntjac Deer Fawn watches us from one of her favourite daytime hiding places behind the garage.

Ref: DF3_20231130_1321_047 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn under bush behind garage (orig & final).jpg

'Our' Fawn is now a really good size, here visiting the hedge bottom.

Ref: E63_20231206_0550_071_FB1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn at hedge bottom (crop 1).jpg

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.

Ref: E63_20231206_0550_071_FB1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn at hedge bottom (crop 2).jpg

05 Jan 2024

What looks like the same squirrel spends 25 minutes feeding at the Woodland site just as it is getting dark.

Ref: E64_20231123_1620_047+1605_041+1553_037_FB2 Grey Squirrel foraging at woodland site (montage over 25m).jpg

Two Fieldmice (Wood Mice) apparently enjoying each other's company at the hedge bottom

Ref: E63_20231123_1816_083_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at hedge bottom.jpg

04 Jan 2024

Another Moth trapped in the water of Round Pond makes some fantastic ripples, but ...

Ref: DF3_20231122_0911_052 Moth trapped in surface tension of Round Pond making concentric ripples with insert.jpg

... 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.

Ref: BU5_20231122_0911_088_SC1 Roy fetching long stick to rescue Moth caught in surface tension.jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20231125_1105_058-061 Gull (poss Lesser Black-backed) juvenile flyby @7fps (accurate montage).jpg

03 Jan 2024

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.

Ref: DF3_20231128_1238_004 60 Rooks + 120 Starlings on adjacent spans of 11kV cables.jpg

From a bit closer here are the starlings, accompanied by one of the two local Carrion Crows.

Ref: DF3_20231128_1238_007 120 Starlings on 11kV cables + 1 Carrion Crow.jpg

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.

Ref: DF3_20231128_1239_009 80 Starlings in flight.jpg

From another frame of the flock of 80 Starlings, here is an extraction of 9 for more detail.

Ref: DF3_20231128_1239_008 9 Starlings in flight part of flock of about 80.jpg

02 Jan 2024

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.

Ref: D71_20231123_0721_086 Sunrise in chaotic sky 05 of 15 (orig & final).jpg

Ref: D71_20231123_0727_118 Sunrise in chaotic sky 09 of 15 (orig & final).jpg

As the light show continued a pair of Mute swans winged quietly across the sky.

Ref: D71_20231123_0727_129 2 Mute Swans fly across sunrise in chaotic sky 2 of 3 (crop).jpg

The crescendo of the overhead blanket of illuminated clouds, before descending into a rather dull morning

Ref: D71_20231123_0729_158 Sunrise in chaotic sky 13 of 15 (orig & final).jpg

01 Jan 2024

The neatest of one of several Tawny Owl visits this week.

Ref: D01_20231124_2103_029_FB6 Tawny Owl on Meadow Post.jpg

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.

Ref: D01_20231121_2108_047+2109_049+20231122_0518_057_FB6 Tawny Owl visits to Meadow post each end of night (montage).jpg

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.

Ref: D01_20231129_2330_001+20231130_0112_003_FB6 Tawny Owl short visits either side of midnight (montage).jpg



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