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Date: 29 Dec 2020
View: D73_20201126_1235_003-1236_014 Muntjac Reeves Deer female browsing in leaf litter west of FB4 stump 1+2+4+5 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: While repairing camera electronics at the tree stump this Reeve's Muntjac Deer came wandering up the path towards us, quietly rummaging through the leaves. The Deer never seemed to spot us, or has us classified as 'harmless', and after a couple of minutes saw more productive foraging off to the side of the path and disappeared into the undergrowth.

View: BU7_20201124_0532_022-0534_035 Muntjac Reeves Deer female feeding near south hedge 1+2+3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: We don't leave food at this patch, but the rough grass held this Reeve's Muntjac Deer's interest for several minutes.

Date: 28 Dec 2020
View: E63_20201123_1609_092_FB1 Pheasant male (portrait crop).jpg
Description: The new male Pheasant stops by to check out the 'bait'.

View: E64_20201125_1523_174_FB2 Pheasant male.jpg
Description: The new male Pheasant at the woodland site.

Date: 27 Dec 2020
View: E64_20201123_1925_081_FB2 Badger.jpg
Description: Night has fallen and this Badger visits the woodland site.

View: BU7_20201118_1843_013-015 Badger crossing south ditch & leaving 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: This Badger triggers the camera as they walk across the ditch and then through the hole in the hedge into the farm beyond. These over perhaps 3 seconds.

View: BU7_20201123_1853_010-012 Badger leaving through south hedge 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A Badger exiting the site over a few seconds - we have several instances of a similar exit - probably the same badger following a (literally) well trodden route.

Date: 26 Dec 2020
View: E63_20201121_1625_198_FB1 Song Thrush inspecting soil (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: An unusually poised moment for this Song Thrush, looking for something to eat hidden in the bare soil.

View: E63_20201125_1308_208_FB1 Great Tit.jpg
Description: Great Tit numbers have this year not exploded like the Blue Tits, but we are starting to see them again.

View: E63_20201123_1234_027_FB1 Robin.jpg
Description: We don't seem to have shown you a Robin portrait recently, and this one has posed rather elegantly.

View: E63_20201122_0724_207_FB1 Robin and Dunnock squabble.jpg
Description: A Robin (on the ground) and Dunnock (in flight with open beak directed at the Robin) having a little squabble.

Date: 25 Dec 2020
View: D01_20201120_1404_066--1416_086_FB6 Kestrel female takes Rodent to Meadow post to eat 01+04+06+08+09+11 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: The Kestrel's Christmas Dinner
After a days absence the local female Kestrel arrives at the meadow post with a Rodent (we THINK a vole) which she devours over about 10 minutes. After flying off she returns 3 minutes later, but didn't stay (last frame).

Date: 24 Dec 2020
View: E64_20201121_1404_128_FB2 Grey Squirrel eating carrot top in leaf litter.jpg
Description: Raw Carrot seems to have become a little less unpopular with the Grey Squirrels. We suspect that one or two (of the all-together too many) of them quite like it.
Animals are not identical automata - decades of observation have shown us that they have individual preferences and idiosyncrasies just like humans.

Date: 23 Dec 2020
View: D73_20201119_1306_045+049+053+055 Kestrel female preening perched on Ash tree on main pond island 2+4-6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel appears again having an extensive preen on a branch of the Ash tree. Recently there have been an unusual number of sightings of this Kestrel preening - we guess the new feathers need a lot of 'settling in'.

View: D73_20201119_1249_020 Kestrel female on top of concrete mains power pole (crop 3).jpg
Description: Before her visit to the Ash tree we see her on the top of the concrete mains power pole, photographed while giving us a quick 'check' before going back to hunting the ground on the far side of the pole.

Date: 22 Dec 2020
View: D73_20201115_1052_105 Kestrel female preening on power cable connector on house wall 1 of 7 (crop).jpg
Description: After finding the female Kestrel on the end of a section of farm hedge we finished the walk to find a female Kestrel perched on the top mains cable connector on the house, in the sunshine but out of the chilling wind. A stampede to the east boundary found that the 'bird in the hedge' had gone, so this is likely the same bird each time.
This perch is one of her favourite preening perches.

View: D73_20201115_1056_146+149+150 Kestrel female preening on power cable connector on house wall 3-5 of 7 (montage).jpg

View: D73_20201115_1100_179 Kestrel female preening on power cable connector on house wall 7 of 7 (crop).jpg
Description: The view from the conservatory door as we left the female Kestrel continuing her preen.

View: DF5_20201116_1150_017+1147_015 Kestrel female preening on Ash tree on main pond island 6+5 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: An hour later through the living room window we see her arrive in the Ash tree on the island of the main pond, where she spent several minutes continuing preening. Here you get a good view of the freshly grown tail, now clearly sans last years 'Grey Feather'.

Date: 21 Dec 2020
View: D73_20201115_1021_045 Kestrel female hunting from overhead mains cables.jpg
Description: Every week or two the local female kestrel spends a day or two hunting around our patch. We don't see any regular pattern to where she hunts and preens though she has her favourite haunts. This time she is first spotted on the mains cables supplying the house.

View: D73_20201115_1028_061+1027_055+059 Kestrel female hunting from overhead mains cables (montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel hasn't moved from the above pic, but the cameraman moved to the other side of the wire for a less back-lit image.

View: D73_20201115_1040_080 Kestrel female preening on tip of hedge tractor gap 2 of 4 (crop 1).jpg
Description: We leave her in peace and go for a walk around the outside of our patch, and were surprised to find her preening on a corner of the farm hedge where it has ben removed to allow tractors through.
More tomorrow

Date: 20 Dec 2020
View: D5C_20201105_1109_009-1110_038 Grey Squirrel Grooming (Montage).jpg
Description: This male Grey Squirrel settled down for a couple of minutes groom. Top right and middle left show a pass over his tail.
They may be flea infested little vermin, but they do try to keep clean.

View: E64_20201113_1526_107_FB2 Grey Squirrel eating Banana end encrusted with peanut butter and corn.jpg
Description: Banana skin with Peanut butter stuck to the bottom'.
Delicious (no really - if it was clean it would be perfectly edible!).

View: D73_20201119_1253_030 Grey Squirrel eating items scratched up from grass.jpg
Description: A vigorous scrabble in the long grass produces something that this Grey Squirrel finds worthy of consumption.

Date: 19 Dec 2020
View: E6A_20201109_1602_072_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer sharing site with 2 Magpies 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: This unusual pic shows a Reeve's Muntjac Deer passing by a couple of Magpies at most 1 metre away. Magpies are obviously aware of the difference between this gentle Deer and similar sized Dog, Fox or Badger.

View: E6A_20201109_1602_073_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer sharing site with 2 Magpies 2 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: About 1 minute later we see that the Deer has nearly walked out of frame, while the Magpies have hardly moved.

View: E63_20201112_0719_008_FB1 Muntjac Reeves Deer and Magpie.jpg
Description: A few days later we see similar behaviour at the hedge bottom site. We don't remember seeing behaviour before and suspect that this is one of this years new Deer extending their nights browsing into the daylight at each end of the day. This is the early morning ...

View: E6A_20201112_1539_052_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer and Magpie (orig & final).jpg
Description: ... while this is back in the meadow in late afternoon.

Date: 18 Dec 2020
View: DF3_20201107_1243_047+049+050 Kestrel female preening on 11kV cable 2-4 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: The 11kV cable over the north bridleway is becoming a favourite spot for this female Kestrel who is enjoying a thorough preen.

View: DF3_20201107_1243_066+051 Kestrel female preening on 11kV cable 6+5 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: A creep nearer along the Bridleway didn't disturb her ablutions.

Date: 17 Dec 2020
View: DF3_20201107_0943_001 Muntjac Reeves Deer female choosing yellowed leaves to eat (crop).jpg
Description: Through a scraggy hedge we see this female Reeve's Muntjac Deer daintily searching for yellow leaves to eat.

View: DF3_20201107_0943_004 Muntjac Reeves Deer female chewing leaves.jpg
Description: Here she is chewing a few leaves in a rather endearing moment.

View: DF3_20201107_0943_005 Muntjac Reeves Deer female choosing yellowed leaves to eat.jpg

View: DF3_20201107_0947_026 Muntjac Reeves Deer female grooming.jpg
Description: A few minutes later the sunshine has departed and she has a groom in the gloom (sorry).

Date: 16 Dec 2020
View: E60_20201106_1625_019_FB3 Sparrowhawk female flying over Kitchen perch (crop 2).jpg
Description: A female Sparrowhawk flies over the Kitchen bird table. Considering the speed that they fly, this pic is unusually sharp.

Date: 15 Dec 2020
View: D73_20201106_1026_103 Muntjac Reeves Deer female choosing yellowed leaves to eat.jpg
Description: This female Reeve's Muntjac Deer seems quite tolerant of us Humans, feeding quietly here on what was once a neat shingled area.

View: D73_20201106_1028_122 Muntjac Reeves Deer female licking up corn from track (crop).jpg
Description: Here she was licking up corn scattered on the track, initially intended for birds, but she is hungry as well.

View: D73_20201106_1029_144 Muntjac Reeves Deer female grooming foot (crop).jpg
Description: The Deer is relaxed enough for a little groom.

Date: 14 Dec 2020
View: BU3_20201105_2316_041+2317_045_SC6 Roe Deer female followed by male on access track 1+3 of 3 montage).jpg
Description: After several months we again see Roe Deer, and in this first montage, a pair at that, walking up the concrete access track. The two original images are:-
1 of 3: The distant pair of eyes of the male and the female at the centre of the image.
3 of 3: The male at the left (Antlers visible) and the female starting to go through the gap in the hedge on the west side.

View: BUA_20201105_2321_070+072_SC8 Roe Deer female near east entrance (montage).jpg
Description: 5 minutes later the female Roe Deer appears 100m away inside the east side, presumably on the way to the hole in the hedge a few metres right. The male didn't show on any camera inside the plot - it's possible that his antlers catch the steel netting and he couldn't get in by that route!

View: BUA_20201105_2321_071+20201108_1921_327_SC8 Roe Deer female + Muntjac Reeves Deer male size comparison (montage).jpg
Description: Roe Deer (left) are much bigger than our normal Reeve's Muntjac Deer. This is a same scale montage for size comparison.

Date: 13 Dec 2020
View: BU7_20201105_1940_023 Badger entering through south hedge.jpg
Description: A Handsome Badger out for a forage, here at our south hedge.

View: BUA_20201110_2131_139-2132_147_SC8 Badger visit to East hedge 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Brock walks towards this entrance at the east hedge, but decides to stay inside.

View: BUA_20201112_0203_293_SC8 Fox at east hedge staring at camera.jpg
Description: Night animals staring directly at IR illuminating 'trail cameras' show the same bright eyes you see with a torch or car headlights. These creatures have a reflective layer behind the retina to increase the chance of any photon hitting a sensitive 'rod'.

Date: 12 Dec 2020
View: D73_20201112_0638_029 Crescent Moon + Venus + Mercury (top to bottom) alignment (crop with annotation) 1 of 2.jpg
Description: The morning of 12 November 2020 saw this minor astronomical alignment. This photo at 06:38 shows the Crescent moon and Venus, both clear to see with Venus in the upper middle of this pic. Mercury we just couldn't see with the naked eye or camera, but appears faintly below middle on the left in all the pics taken when viewed at camera resolution.
The planets in the boxes are scaled up 3 times, then reduced a similar amount when making this 1024 pixel height reduction, so look not dissimilar to the camera originals

Date: 11 Dec 2020
View: DF3_20201104_1255_064 Brimstone Butterfly perches on rose leaf (crop 1).jpg
Description: A mid-day patch of early November sunshine sees this pristine male Brimstone butterfly warming himself on the south facing Rose bush by the front door. These insects overwinter in sheltered spots (they love sheds) to appear in the Spring to mate, relying on spring flowers for fuel.

View: DF3_20201104_1238_042 Goldfinch on Teasel.jpg
Description: Goldfinches adore Teasel - they pick the seeds out of the spiky head for months.

View: E63_20201103_0652_065_FB1 Dunnock on stone reacting to arriving Chaffinch male.jpg
Description: A male Chaffinch flying in from the right is alarming this Dunnock, but that seed in the beak is unlikely to be dropped as the bird flees.

Date: 10 Dec 2020
View: BUA_20201102_0725_017_SC8 2 Muntjac Reeves Deer feeding together.jpg
Description: Formation Browsing in the leaf litter.

View: BUA_20201101_0702_308_SC8 Muntjac Reeves Deer female appearing to smile.jpg
Description: Can Reeve's Muntjac Deer smile?

View: BUA_20201104_1139_417_SC8 Muntjac Reeves Deer female in dappled sunlight.jpg
Description: This is a female Reeve's Muntjac Deer in the middle of the day lit by dappled sunlight.

View: BUA_20201103_2006_346+347_SC8 3 Muntjac Reeves Deer family near East entrance 1+2 of 3 (montage for clarity).jpg
Description: A Reeve's Muntjac 'family portrait' - female at the left, male facing the camera, and youngster turning round next to Dad.

Date: 09 Dec 2020
View: E60_20201031_1349_015+1409_016_FB3 Kestrel female visiting kitchen window 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel made two visits to the Kitchen Window perch 20 minutes apart. It's unusual to see a Kestrel landing on the top of the peanut feeder - their normal prey is Rodents caught on the ground.

View: D01_20201103_0847_005-0858_027_FB6 Kestrel female takes Vole to meadow post (12 min visit) 01+05+08+10+12 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel spent over 10 minutes landing with a Vole in her Talons and ripping it to bits to eat it. We love the smug 'satisfied' look in the final frame, even if we are probably imagining the emotion.

View: D01_20201103_0848_007_FB6 Kestrel female takes Vole to top of meadow post to eat (12 minute visit) 02 of 12 (crop).jpg
Description: This more detailed pic fits between left and second from left in the above montage.

Date: 08 Dec 2020
View: E63_20201030_1759_112+20201031_1722_175+1810+178_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 2 nights - left pair+top pair+bottom single (montage).jpg
Description: A couple of nights brought a flurry of Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) sightings.
Here from 3 frames are the pair on the left, the pair on the top, and the singleton jumping down at the bottom accompanied by his shadow.

View: E63_20201103_1751_138-20201104_2336_238_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at hedge bottom (montage from 7 of 13 images).jpg
Description: A couple of nights a few night later we have amalgamated 7 of 13 pics of Fieldmice (Wood Mice), accurately positioned. The variation of fur colours is particularly marked - the single flash lighting is the same for all.

Date: 07 Dec 2020
View: D01_20201101_1412_045+1423_047+1415_049_FB6 Green Woodpecker male on Meadow Post 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: This male Green Woodpecker spends a few minutes on the meadow post.
Nothing for you up here mate!

Date: 06 Dec 2020
View: DF3_20201101_1001_006 Red Kite in flight.jpg
Description: This Red Kite flew overhead for just a minute or so.

View: DF3_20201101_1001_015-018 Red Kite in flight by Ash tree @ about 10 fps 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage).jpg

View: DF3_20201101_1001_032 Red Kite in flight.jpg

Date: 05 Dec 2020
View: D73_20201028_1048_026+032 Red Kite gliding with sunlight glancing on underside 2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: This Red Kite wheels around over our heads for less than a minute, and we catch some moments as the still relatively low sun catches details on the bird's underside.

View: D73_20201028_1048_053 Red Kite gliding 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: A momentary sight of the top of the Red Kite's tail.

View: D73_20201028_1048_069+075+077 Red Kite gliding 7 of 3+6+7 (montage).jpg
Description: Three moments as the Red Kite turned in the air catching the low sunlight in different ways.

Date: 04 Dec 2020
View: E63_20201025_1536_033-1538_035_FB1 Grey Squirrel eating slice of banana over 3 minutes 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A slice of Banana makes a meal for this Grey squirrel who spent at least the 3 minutes you see here eating it.

View: E63_20201026_1359_072-1402_075_FB1 Great Tit over 3 minutes 2+3+1 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The immaculate Great Tit spends a few minutes at the hedge bottom.
This year has been a major breeding success for Blue and Great Tits.

View: E63_20201028_1700_227_FB1 Song Thrush.jpg
Description: A one-off visit by this Song Thrush.
We have not previously noted the light specks along the back.

Todays image (view it Here)

Date: 03 Dec 2020
View: D73_20201025_0957_109 Sparrowhawk gliding.jpg
Description: This Sparrowhawk glided by at an impressive speed - Sparrowhawks seem to do everything at lightning speed.

View: D73_20201025_0957_120+135--137 Sparrowhawk female in flight (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: As she flew away she started powered flight, providing an opportunity to show the wings in action. This is very close-spaced - we couldn't determine the accurate positions.

Image Archive arch 2020 dec.htm (view it Here)

Date: 02 Dec 2020
View: D73_20201024_1039_057 Kestrel female in north hedge Hawthorn dives on prey in bare field & returns to Cherry 1 of 3.jpg
Description: We found our 'local' female Kestrel hunting from trees on the outside of our North hedge. From about 50m away she completely ignored our presence, and we saw 3 possibly successful hunts, the bird diving down from about 5 metres up the trees to the recently harrowed 'soil', spending perhaps 30 seconds on the ground, before returning to different trees in the hedge. Here is one of the hunts - we don't know what, if anything, she caught, but anything she grabbed she ate on the ground.

View: D73_20201024_1041_068 Kestrel female in north hedge Hawthorn dives on prey in bare field & returns to Cherry 2 of 3.jpg

View: D73_20201024_1042_102 Kestrel female in north hedge Hawthorn dives on prey in bare field & returns to Cherry 3 of 3.jpg
Description: After a few minutes watching, the cold wind was biting at our toes, and as we left she was poised ready for her next catch.

View: D73_20201027_1051_003-007 Kestrel female launching from apple tree branch @10fps1-5 of 5 (horizontally stretched montage).jpg
Description: 3 days later the same female Kestrel was perched in an old apple tree hunting the rough grass in the orchard. Here she drops down and away on another hunt we can't see.

Date: 01 Dec 2020
View: E64_20201022_2153_051_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer.jpg
Description: Front right hoof delicately moving forward, this Reeve's Muntjac Deer quietly forages through the night.

View: BU3_20201022_2236_056_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer female turns towards edge of track as male follows.jpg
Description: Back to normal for the Reeve's Muntjac Deer - the male follows the female wherever she goes!

Image Archive arch 2020 nov.htm (view it Here)

Date: 30 Nov 2020
View: E64_20201020_0244_025_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer female walking across site.jpg
Description: A young Reeve's Muntjac Deer walks quietly across the site hoping to find some food in the dark of the night.

Date: 29 Nov 2020
View: E63_20201015_1635_053+1642_054_FB1 Blue Tit taking away corn grain (montage).jpg
Description: Visits by the same or different Blue Tits at the hedge bottom, here 'stealing' a corn grain.

View: E63_20201016_1350_149_FB1 Great Tit with glossy head feathers.jpg
Description: Great Tits are only a little larger than Blue Tits. We normally think of both species as having matt feathers, but this Great Tit shows a lovely glossy head - could it just be soaked?

View: E63_20201019_1605_057_FB1 Great Tit.jpg
Description: A more typical view of a Great Tit, poised nicely on the stone.

Date: 28 Nov 2020
View: E6A_20201020_1939_279-20201021_0214_374_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) visits over 1 night (montage).jpg
Description: A Squeakquence (sorry) of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at the meadow over a single night as the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) count soars.

View: E63_20201017_1926_255+20201015_1855_079_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) pairs visiting 2 days apart (montage).jpg
Description: At the hedge bottom the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) are less exuberant but the different camera setup allows better photos of small creatures.

View: E63_20201013_0123_077_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) with corn grain filling mouth.jpg
Description: To a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) a corn grain must be a really substantial feed.

Date: 27 Nov 2020
View: E6A_20201010_1724_311_FB5 Wood Pigeon adult showing spread body feathers.jpg
Description: It is easy to forget that the beautiful smooth breast plumage of a Pigeon is actually hundreds of individual feathers carefully groomed to perfection.

View: E60_20201016_1652_006_FB3 Wood Pigeon juvenile shaking out feathers.jpg
Description: A good shake out to settle the feathers helps turn this juvenile Wood Pigeon's chaotic feather duster appearance back to a small sheen.

View: E60_20201018_0845_015_FB3 2 Wood Pigeons sharing bird table.jpg
Description: A couple of juvenile Wood Pigeons share the bird table, plumages back to it's smooth profile.

Date: 26 Nov 2020
View: DF3_20201011_1116_095 Red Admiral Butterfly on yellow Buddleia with view of coiled proboscis.jpg
Description: There seem to be several Red Admiral Butterflies feeding around the site. This one is on Yellow Buddleia that goes on flowering until the first hard frost. You can see the Butterfly's Proboscis tightly wound.

View: DF3_20201013_1300_026 2 Red Admiral Butterflies feeding on rotten fruit and greenbottle flies in.jpg
Description: Well away from the universally loved yellow Buddleia, these Red Admiral Butterflies, along with wasps and Greenbottles, drinks the juice of a fermenting fruit. Apparently Butterflies can get drunk from fermenting fruit, and get so woozy that you can pick them up.
The butterfly on the left has had a couple of bird pecks on the wing.
Red Admirals used always to migrate south for the winter or succumb to the cold, But recent mild winters allow them to overwinter, even been seen flying in December and January, so our recent unexpected sightings are a trend. Greenbottles were forever disturbing the butterflies - you can see another one flying in upper lefti

Date: 25 Nov 2020
View: D73_20201012_1213_008+009+015 Kestrel female on swaying black Poplar branch 1-3 of 4 (aligned montage).jpg
Description: The tolerant female Kestrel flies in to land on this tree branch over the access track about 100 metres from us. A quiet approach between our 2 north hedges doesn't seem to bother her at all. She spends another couple of minutes hunting, also showing how she keeps her head still on this swaying branch, before flying off towards the house. We didn't see her again this day.

View: D73_20201012_1213_020 Kestrel female on Black Poplar branch.jpg
Description: The female Kestrel perched on a Black Poplar branch.

View: D73_20201012_1214_024 Kestrel female on Black Poplar branch.jpg
Description: The female Kestrel perched on a Black Poplar branch.

View: D73_20201012_1214_031-033 Kestrel female flying from tip of Black Poplar branch 2-4 of 4 (vert acc montage @ 10fps).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel flies from her perch on a Black Poplar branch.

Date: 24 Nov 2020
View: E63_20201011_2253_311+20201012_0321_324+0124_319_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) with piebald fur 6+5+4 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are quite variable in appearance, but we don't remember seeing a Piebald mouse before. Here is a montage of 3 of the visits - we assume just the one mouse has this appearance.
Piebald is apparently a recessive Gene - both parents have to provide it before it manifests itself in the offspring.

View: E63_20201011_2338_314_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) + yellow Slug + Hawthorn berry.jpg
Description: At the same site we see here a 'normal' Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) accompanied by a 'Yellow Slug'.
Only our second sighting ever of a Yellow slug, the first one a few weeks ago.

Date: 23 Nov 2020
View: D01_20201011_2118_067_FB6 Barn Owl short visit to Meadow Post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: The increase in rodent numbers makes it worthwhile again for Owls to hunt over the patch.
Here this Barn Owl, not seen for months, makes a short stay on the meadow post.

View: D01_20201011_2347_073-2353_085_FB6 Tawny Owl 7 minute visit to Meadow Post 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: The increase in rodent numbers makes it worthwhile again for Owls to hunt over the patch.
Two and a half hours after the Barn Owl stops by, the Tawny Owl stops by for 7 minutes.

Date: 22 Nov 2020
View: DF3_20201011_1103_058-1107_085 Kestrel female on pole footrest from progressive viewpoints 1+3+4+5+8 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: Hours after seeing the Female Kestrel on power cables to the north, we find the bird on one of her favourite perches -a Footrest of a disused Telephone pole. For once she let us pass on the path some 10 or 15 metres away, allowing this sequence of the bird seen from both sides of the post. We haven't rescaled - apparent bird size reflects our distance from her.

View: DF3_20201011_1106_074 Kestrel female on pole footrest from progressive viewpoints 6 of 8 (crop).jpg
Description: A better look at the female Kestrel on the telephone pole.

Date: 21 Nov 2020
View: DF3_20201011_0749_037-043 Kestrel female landing on 11kV cable 1-7 of 7 (spread montage @ 7fps).jpg
Description: Read this sequence right to left as the camera caught the landing of the female Kestrel on the 11kV cable. You see here about 1 second of action.

View: DF3_20201011_0750_046 Kestrel female on 11kV cable watching cameraman.jpg
Description: The photographer feels 'spotted', but the female Kestrel concludes he is 'mostly harmless' and continues her hunt.

Date: 20 Nov 2020
View: E63_20201010_0203_149_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg
Description: This Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) displays whiskers of impressive length.

View: E6A_20201008_1937_106_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping towards (q) another (crop).jpg
Description: Squabbling? Showing Off?

View: E6A_20201012_2358_048_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping above another.jpg
Description: A Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaps high over another just before midnight.
We normally put this behaviour down to males showing off to prospective mates.

View: E6A_20201011_2048_432+2049_433_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) flees as Fox approaches site 1+2 of 2 (montage over 1 minute).jpg
Description: In the meadow this Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) streaks away from unseen danger. A minute later the Fox renders the danger visible.

Date: 19 Nov 2020
View: D01_20201007_1231_033-1233_037_FB6 Buzzard making 3 minute visit to meadow post 4+3+1 of 4 (montage 2).jpg
Description: Buzzards are starting to appear around the site again.
This one lands on the Meadow Post and stays for about 3 minutes.

View: D01_20201007_1231_034_FB6 Buzzard making 3 minute visit to meadow post 2 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: This Buzzard is regaining balance just after landing - about 300mS after the landing in the montage.

Date: 18 Nov 2020
View: E64_20201003_1713_116_FB2 Rabbit juvenile.jpg
Description: A young Rabbit.
Love the whiskers!

View: E6A_20201004_0117_107_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile in rain (crop).jpg
Description: A young Reeve's Muntjac Deer picking up the days left-overs.

Date: 17 Nov 2020
View: E64_20201002_1339_060_FB2 Grey Squirrel feeding.jpg
Description: This Grey Squirrel is feeding up ready for the Winter when they will only emerge from their Dreys on warm days.

View: D36_20201003_1436_033_FB4 Grey Squirrel collecting fruit from Tree-stump.jpg
Description: This Grey Squirrel is feeding up ready for the Winter when they will only emerge from their Dreys on warm days.

Date: 16 Nov 2020
View: BU6_20201001_1435_019_SC2 Fox hunting in orchard for 20 minutes 1 of 5 (crop).jpg
Description: A Fox making a mid-afternoon visit to hunt in the orchard.

View: BU6_20201001_1435_020_SC2+BU7_20201001_1456_007+009 Fox hunting in orchard for 20 minutes 2+3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The Fox stays for about 20 minutes before exiting through a now well trodden path through the south hedge.

Date: 15 Nov 2020
View: DF3_20201006_0938_012 Red Admiral Butterfly warming on sun-facing wall 1 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: The three pristine Red Admiral Butterflies seem to have stayed near the house. In the morning sunshine they alternate between warming themselves on this sun-facing wall (along with a Bee and lots of flies) ...

View: DF3_20201006_0940_022 Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on Yellow Buddleia.jpg
Description: ... before moving to the Yellow Buddleia to refuel.
Apart from Ivy, this generous Buddleia seems to be the only local source of nectar.

Date: 14 Nov 2020
View: E63_20200928_1959_071_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at stone.jpg
Description: A Couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) come out just after dark in search of any food left by the evening visitors.

View: E6A_20200929_1958_106_FB5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) courting 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: As daylight fades these two little sweeties 'played' on the grass in front of the meadow camera.

Date: 13 Nov 2020
View: E60_20200926_2111_027_FB3 Tawny Owl visits Kitchen perch then meadow post over 7 minutes 1 of 8 (crop).jpg
Description: As night arrives, so does this Tawny Owl caught in touchdown at the kitchen window.

View: E60_20200926_2114_029_FB3 Tawny Owl visits Kitchen perch then meadow post over 7 minutes 3 of 8 (crop).jpg
Description: The camera at the kitchen window doesn't multi-trigger, so yours-truly fired off the camera manually from the dark kitchen to capture some portraits. Here we suspect that the bird was aware of movement at the window but stayed anyway.
The photographer can't see any detail outside the window until a picture appears on the back of the camera, so what we photograph this way is pot-luck.

View: E60_20200926_2111_027_FB3-D01_2117_043_FB6 Tawny Owl visits Kitchen perch then meadow post in 7 mins 1+5+6+8 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: The Tawny Owl stayed for a few minutes on the perch before flying directly to the meadow post (about 50m away) for another few minutes hunt.

Date: 12 Nov 2020
View: D73_20200928_1052_044 Red Admiral Butterfly - 1 of 3 pristine feeding on Yellow Buddleia.jpg
Description: A surprise was to find 3 pristine Red Admiral Butterflies feeding from the flowers on the top of a 3m high Yellow Buddleia that came with the house 30 years ago.
This Buddleia is so vigorous that we take it down to 'knee' height when the flowers have finally been stopped by the first frost. It is a 'magnet' for butterflies and moths at the end of each flowering season.

View: DF3_20200926_1249_018 Small Copper Butterfly showing underside of rear wing.jpg
Description: The weather is turning generally colder, but a bit of sunshine and desperation to make the most of their last days means butterflies and Dragonflies make appearances near the middle of the day.
This is a Small Copper Butterfly - you normally see the orange upper wing but here we see the subtle appearance of just the underside of the rear wing with touches of the orange showing through.

Date: 11 Nov 2020
View: DF3_20200925_1614_160-1615_174 Kestrel female hunting from Ash tree branch 2+3+5+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel lands to hunt from a branch in one of the Ash trees along the South hedge.

View: DF3_20200925_1615_176 Kestrel female catching cranefly then running over grass for another catch 01 of 19 (detail crop).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel sees something in the recently cut grass margin, and dives onto it. You sort of expect a rodent to be the target, but no, this Cranefly is worthy of the effort.

View: DF3_20200925_1615_182-204 Kestrel female catching cranefly then running over grass for another catch 03+08+11+14+17+19 of 19 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: Then a first for us - this female Kestrel runs over the grass to grab another prey item. The bird is, not unexpectedly, not particularly good at running, and we show here about every third image of those taken at 7 fps - so just under half a second between each image accurately montaged except for the last which would overlap the previous, hence the white bar. We never saw what she caught, but the grass is alive with Craneflies.

View: DF3_20200925_1616_212-214 Kestrel female flying away after running over grass 1--3 of 3 (near accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg
Description: Finally the female Kestrel flies off, we hope replete.

Date: 10 Nov 2020
View: DF3_20200925_0853_045+050 Kestrel female maintaining eye position on lightly bouncing branch 1+2 of 2 (aligned montage).jpg
Description: She lands on a conifer branch at the inside SE corner of our patch, here photographed from outside. She is mostly sheltered from the brisk wind, but the branch is gently bouncing. In this aligned montage you can see how the hunting bird keeps her eyes stationary by flexing her body and neck.

View: DF3_20200925_0856_086 Kestrel female in top of conifer.jpg
Description: She moves to the top of the same tree more exposed to the wind, and the branch she is on exceeds her ability to compensate for the movement. Rather than a partial compensation, she stops compensating altogether and her whole body moves as one.

View: D01_20200925_0933_079-0948_108_FB6 Kestrel female 16 minute visit to meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Half an hour later the female Kestrel spends 16 minutes hunting from the post in the meadow.

Date: 09 Nov 2020
View: D73_20200924_1702_023 Kestrel female hunting from dead branch dives onto prey behind pond 1 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: The behaviour of this female Kestrel suggests that this is the bird we Christened 'Grey Feather', even though the result of her moult seems to have produced a normal set of tail feathers. Here she is on one of her favourite perches on a protruding dead branch of an old apple tree.

View: DF3_20200925_0852_016-024 Kestrel female flies from disused telephone pole 1+2+4 of 4 (impression montage).jpg
Description: Next day the female Kestrel moves to a footrest on the disused Telephone pole.

View: DF3_20200925_0852_030 Kestrel female in flight.jpg
Description: The female Kestrel flies from the footrest on the disused Telephone pole low over the ground and out of sight.

Date: 08 Nov 2020
View: D73_20200920_1329_043 Small Copper Butterfly female feeding on Yarrow flower.jpg
Description: In previous years Small Copper Butterflies have been very much an occasional sighting - this year there are several at various places in the meadow and along the access track. This is a female ...

View: D73_20200920_1617_087 Small Copper Butterfly male.jpg
Description: ... and this a male Small Copper Butterfly. The tip of one wing has been bird pecked or damaged on a thorn or similar.

View: D73_20200921_1251_008 Brown Argus Butterfly male.jpg
Description: A male Brown Argus Butterfly basks in the sunshine.

Date: 07 Nov 2020
View: E60_20200919_1337_058_FB3 Sparrowhawk perched on bird table (crop).jpg
Description: The female Sparrowhawk makes a rare stop on the Kitchen bird table.

View: DF3_20200919_1632_055+057-063 Kestrel taking off from harrowed field 2-9 of 9 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: This Kestrel dives down from an 11kV wire above onto the harrowed field. After a minute or two mostly 'lost' in the ground debris, the bird leaps into the air and flies off. This is an accurate montage at about 7 fps except for the bird on the ground (lower left) to the first moment of the flight.
The tail suggests 'male', the head suggests 'female', so probably a juvenile.

Date: 06 Nov 2020
View: DF3_20200919_1308_022 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male.jpg
Description: A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly stops for a moment on a cut Blackberry stem.

View: D73_20200920_1208_039 Common Darter female over mature.jpg
Description: A lovely old lady - a Common Darter Dragonfly, seeing out her days.

Date: 05 Nov 2020
View: E6A_20200918_1343_125_FB5 Grey Squirrel Photobombs Chaffinch male and Dunnock (crop).jpg
Description: PHOTOBOMBED by SQUIRRELZILLA?
We think the Squirrel has an acorn in their mouth, and another in the paws.

Date: 04 Nov 2020
View: E6A_20200920_1132_251_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer leaping across site (crop).jpg
Description: "What's a Kangaroo doing here"
. It is a leaping Reeve's Muntjac Deer of course, once the initial disorientation is over!

View: D73_20200918_1241_013 Muntjac Reeves Deer at side of main pond before walking in 2 of 2.jpg
Description: This Reeve's Muntjac Deer appeared about 7m away across the pond, and quietly walked onto the mat of Iris roots over the water, disappearing behind the metre high fronds.

View: E64_20200922_0100_065_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer.jpg
Description: An hour after midnight this female Reeve's Muntjac Deer has probably been attracted by the smell of fruit.

Date: 03 Nov 2020
View: E63_20200917_2313_063_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nibbling cherry pip.jpg
Description: How Twee can you get?
In the hour before midnight this Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) delicately nibbles a cherry pip it has selected from jam-making fruit waste.

Date: 02 Nov 2020
View: DF3_20200906_0925_014 Ash keys (seeds) on main pond island.jpg
Description: On the Ash tree on the main pond island the unripe Keys (Ash seeds) make a striking sight in the sunshine.

View: DF3_20200919_1024_005 Ash keys (seeds) on main pond island.jpg
Description: Two weeks later the same Ash tree Keys (seeds) have now ripened. A few are already starting to 'wing' their way to the ground.

View: DF3_20201010_0924_007 Ash keys (seeds) on main pond island.jpg
Description: The Ash keys are hanging on to the tree on the main pond island, even though all the leaves have fallen.

View: DF3_20201010_0929_010 Ash keys (seeds) on tree in east hedge (orig & final).jpg
Description: The timing of the different Ash trees around our site is quite variable. Ash trees are propagated using seed (rather than genetically identical cuttings) so the trees show quite a lot of variation. While the tree on the island has lost all of it's leaves, this vigorous Ash tree at the eastern hedge still retains most of the yellowing leaves and about 100 'bunches' of keys.

Date: 01 Nov 2020
View: E63_20200916_0657_121_FB1 Chaffinch male in winter colours.jpg
Description: A healthy male Chaffinch stops off at the stone. All trace of the blue beak and intense feathers colours discarded for the winter.

View: E63_20200917_0641_237_FB1 Dunnock confronting Chaffinch male (out of crop).jpg
Description: This Dunnock seems to have plucked up the courage to confront a male Chaffinch at the left edge of the original frame.
This Chaffinch is NOT the individual above - it wasn't in great shape with a large Tick and early stage Bumblefoot.

View: E63_20200916_1745_173_FB1 Great Tit inspecting rotten apples.jpg
Description: A few windfall apples moved from the orchard are the focus of attention for this pristine Great Tit.

View: D73_20200912_1018_111 Feather moulted covered in raindrops magnifying barbs.jpg
Description: The whole site is dotted with white-ish feathers discarded by moulting birds. Here you see the water repellent nature of the feather material possibly aided by preen oil or powder. Naturally wet from a heavy dew.

Image Archive arch 2020 oct.htm (view it Here)

Date: 31 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200914_1508_003 Brimstone Butterfly on Mint flower.jpg
Description: Spot the Butterfly on these mint flowers!

View: D73_20200914_1520_013 Brimstone Butterfly on Mint flower.jpg
Description: Here you can clearly see the Brimstone Butterfly's proboscis busy sucking up the life-giving nectar.

Date: 30 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200914_0646_092 Sunrise through mist and distant tree foliage 05 of 12 (crop).jpg
Description: A sunrise walk catches a distinctly mysterious set of images of the sun rising through layers of smoky mist.
Smoke from the awful fires in the Western USA (Sep 2020) made it across the USA and the Atlantic to appear in the skies over Europe where the intensity and colour of these pics is showing the effects.

View: D73_20200914_0648_117 Sunrise through mist and distant tree foliage 09 of 12 (crop).jpg
Description: A sunrise walk catches a distinctly mysterious set of images of the sun rising through layers of smoky mist.
Smoke from the awful fires in the Western USA (Sep 2020) made it across the USA and the Atlantic to appear in the skies over Europe where the intensity and colour of these pics is showing the effects.

View: D73_20200914_0651_148 Sunrise through mist and distant tree foliage 11 of 12 (crop).jpg
Description: A sunrise walk catches a distinctly mysterious set of images of the sun rising through layers of smoky mist.
Smoke from the awful fires in the Western USA (Sep 2020) made it across the USA and the Atlantic to appear in the skies over Europe where the intensity and colour of these pics is showing the effects.

Date: 29 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200913_1231_262 Comma Butterfly shows both sides of wings on ivy flowers.jpg
Description: A newly emerged Comma Butterfly, here showing both the dark bottom of the wings with the white 'comma', and the vivid orange top of the wings.

View: D73_20200913_1606_302 Small Copper pair courting inc one Blue spotted aberrant form 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: A pair of Small Copper butterflies courting in the rank grass. The bottom individual has a few blue spots said to be an unusual 'aberrant' form.

View: D73_20200915_1612_045 Red Admiral Butterfly.jpg
Description: A pristine Red Admiral Butterfly.
Next stop the south coast for a mass-migration to Europe.

Date: 28 Oct 2020
View: DF3_20200911_1229_013 Garden Carpet Moth on Blackberry leaf.jpg
Description: More used to finding Garden Carpet Moths in the moth trap, here is one on a Blackberry leaf at midday, albeit in the shade.

View: D73_20200914_0642_060 Plume Moth Common (Emmelina monodactyla) on conservatory door.jpg
Description: Plume Moths when perched all have something like the same appearance of a capital 'T'. But the 'top' of the 'T' is actually a set of several hairy wings normally only seen properly in flight'.

Date: 27 Oct 2020
View: E6A_20200911_0201_094_FB5 Badger.jpg
Description: A beautifully kempt Badger snuffles the way over the meadow site.

View: E6A_20200915_1817_142_FB5 Rabbit youngster.jpg
Description: At the same site this Baby Rabbit pays an early evening visit.

Date: 26 Oct 2020
View: BU2_20200914_0055_247-0139_288_SC7 Polecat visits over an hour (montage).jpg
Description: Over about an hour there are repeated visits by this Polecat to the Mound.

View: BU2_20200914_0120_271_SC7 Polecat watching Fox leaving mound.jpg
Description: About half-way through the above sequence the fox passed through, watched suspiciously by the stationary Polecat.

View: E6A_20200910_0259_187_FB5 Fox (crop).jpg
Description: A Fox takes a close look at the camera baiting site, possibly more interested in worms and insects than what is left of our offering.

Date: 25 Oct 2020
View: BU4_20200904_0348_063-0350_070 Muntjac Reeves Deer (females (q)) feeding and mutually grooming 2+4+6+7 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: 2 Reeve's Muntjac Deer spend a few minutes quietly feeding together, and performing a little mutual grooming.
A sort of 'I'll Scratch your back if you scratch mine'

View: E63_20200915_1506_087_FB1 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile (q).jpg
Description: A Reeve's Muntjac Deer (female or juvenile) quietly walks through this site.

Date: 24 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200910_0707_124-126 4 Mallard Ducks in flight with wings in unison 1-3 of 4 (approx montage @10fps).jpg
Description: Mallard ducks moult by losing all their flight feathers and staying safe on the water. As they end the moult they start 'exercising' in groups for flights lasting several minutes. Here a group of 4 (plus a 'tail-end-Charlie' we have left out) flew round the brook several times, a lot of the time with their wings beating in accurate synchrony as here.

Date: 23 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200909_1549_018+1550_025 Blue Tit on west facing Gable wall chasing insects 1+2 of 2 (montage impression).jpg
Description: Several Blue Tits were feeding from the west facing wall of our house, perching on the rough wall coating and chasing after insects flying from the adjacent foliage. The 2 birds are montaged for effect, but the top bird & insect are positioned as in the camera original.

View: E6A_20200909_0833_145_FB5 Grey Squirrel carrying away Horse Chestnut conker.jpg
Description: Small piles of chewed up Horse Chestnut husks are all over the site. Here a Grey Squirrel carries off the prize conkers as a take-away or for a buried cache.

Date: 22 Oct 2020
View: BU4_20200908_1318_066 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile in dappled light.jpg
Description: In the dappled sunlight of the afternoon this young Reeves Muntjac Deer looks through the hedge as foliage up and right makes shadows across the body.

View: E64_20200908_2200_075_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer.jpg
Description: A gorgeous gentle and delicate Reeve's Muntjac Deer steps her way quietly through the night.

Date: 21 Oct 2020
View: DF3_20200906_0841_004 Peregrine Falcon (q) on distant 11kV crossbar over Bridleway.jpg
Description: Small Raptors (birds of prey) provide occasional sightings.
This Peregrine Falcon in the area on a local 11kV crossbar. So far sightings of Peregrines are at most one a year.

View: D73_20200909_1551_031 Hobby in flight 2 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: High overhead a Hobby wheels round in search of Dragonflies. We see this bird a few times each year when Dragonflies are about.

View: E60_20200908_1834_013_FB3 Sparrowhawk (crop).jpg
Description: Flashing by as Sparrowhawks always seem to do, this female catches herself on camera. We usually 'see' a Sparrowhawk perhaps a score of times a year

View: D73_20200904_1039_227 Kestrel female in conifer inside SE corner.jpg
Description: This female Kestrel, at the moment a regular visitor, is hunting from the shelter of a conifer

Date: 20 Oct 2020
View: DF3_20200906_1620_023 Common Darter Dragonfly perched in weak sunshine on corrugated iron sheet.jpg
Description: Sunning itself on a piece of Corrugated Iron, this Common Darter Dragonfly shows the wing structure well against the weathered metal.

View: D73_20200909_1738_105 Common Darter Dragonfly male landing on corrugated iron with shadow 2 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: A magical moment at the time, and still is in this photo, as this Common Darter Dragonfly gently lands next to his shadow.

View: D73_20200909_1615_074 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male perched on blackberry stem.jpg
Description: The dominant Dragonfly here in this cold weather is the Migrant Hawker. This one is warming itself in the sunshine hanging from an old Blackberry stem.

View: D73_20200908_1742_050 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male.jpg
Description: The Southern Hawker is the second-most populous Hawker Dragonfly here.

Date: 19 Oct 2020
View: D01_20200905_1837_123_FB6 Buzzard lands on Meadow post and stays 10+ minute 1of 5 (close crop).jpg
Description: A few distant sightings of a Buzzard over the site over the last few days is supplemented by this visit to the Meadow Post for an at-least 10 minute stay.
Here is a dramatic moment in the landing

View: D01_20200905_1837_123+124_FB6 Buzzard lands on Meadow post and stays 10+ minute 1+2 of 5 (montage about 300mS apart).jpg
Description: These two moments of the Buzzard landing at about a third of a second apart.

View: D01_20200905_1838_126-1844_138_FB6 Buzzard lands on Meadow post and stays 10+ minute 4+3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The Buzzard in hunting mode - stand and watch for some unfortunate ground dwelling creature.

Date: 18 Oct 2020
View: E63_20200905_0329_179_FB1 Yellow slug (Limax flavus) sliding over top of stone.jpg
Description: Something new in the Slug world for us - a 'Yellow Slug' (actual common name). About the same size as a Leopard slug and equally striking in it's own way.

View: D73_20200905_0920_001 Harlequin Ladybird (14 spots).jpg
Description: Worryingly few Ladybirds of any sort at the moment. This seems to be one of the huge number of variants of Harlequin Ladybirds.

Date: 17 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200904_1037_066-070 Red Kite flying past top of young Lombardy Poplar 2-6 of 6 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg
Description: This Red Kite flew in a huge arc, providing the opportunity for some pics.

View: D73_20200904_1037_133-136 Red Kite turning in flight 1-4 of 4 (impression montage @ 10fps).jpg
Description: This Red Kite flew in a huge arc, providing the opportunity for some pics.

View: D73_20200904_1037_184 Red Kite in flight.jpg
Description: This Red Kite flew in a huge arc, providing the opportunity for some pics.

Date: 16 Oct 2020
View: E64_20200903_2225_025_FB2 Fox (crop 1).jpg
Description: A Fox prowls through the Woodland site

View: E64_20200903_2225_025_FB2 Fox (crop 2).jpg
Description: A Fox prowls through the Woodland site - a 'head and shoulders. portrait.

Date: 15 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200831_1155_032 Mint Beetles mating on Mint leaf.jpg
Description: 2 Mint Beetles doing their thing on a mint plant.

View: D73_20200831_1156_035 Mint Beetle on Mint leaf (crop).jpg
Description: An individual Mint Beetle gives us a good view of the carapace's Gorgeous iridescence.

Date: 14 Oct 2020
View: E64_20200829_1534_038_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying away Leyland cypress frond and cones.jpg
Description: The camera that takes pictures at this woodland site lives under the cover of a now huge Leyland Cypress tree. Almost certainly this Grey Squirrel has bitten off this twig complete with developing cones, and is taking it somewhere 'quiet' to eat the goodies.

View: E62_20200830_1805_189_FB5 Rabbit youngster with pronounced ears.jpg
Description: An Uber-twee Rabbit standing on the food as it eats it 'teenage' style. The ears look out of proportion, but that may be quite a normal part of development. We don't normally see Rabbits this young at the high resolution photo sites.

View: E62_20200901_0701_059_FB5 Rabbit youngster leaping over grass (crop).jpg
Description: We can't even begin to imagine why this juvenile Rabbit is leaping so high over the grass.

Date: 13 Oct 2020
View: D01_20200829_0834_055+20200830_1401_107+20200827_0839_058_FB6 Green Woodpecker juv + Great Spotted Woodpecker juv + Kestrel female (montage).jpg
Description: Over two days we show all these three birds at the same scale -
Left: A belligerent looking Juvenile Green Woodpecker.
Middle: The smaller juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker
Right: The female Kestrel is a bit of a mess from her moult.
Why is the Great Spotted Woodpecker - the smallest bird here - called 'Great'?
The 'Great' just relative to the substantially smaller 'Lesser Spotted Woodpecker' (which we have never seen) while Southern Europe also sports a 'Middle' Spotted Woodpecker.


Date: 12 Oct 2020
View: BU7_20200829_0607_050 Fox juvenile stepping out of ditch.jpg
Description: As the day starts to break, one of the local Foxes enters through the gap in the hedge you can see behind, and is here climbing out of the ditch.

View: BU2_20200830_1852_172_SC7 Fox walking down mound showing dark facial marking.jpg
Description: As evening draws in, this fox wanders down the Mound. The fallen branch is typical of what we are seeing all over the site - dead branches littering the ground after the recent gales.

Date: 11 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200824_1212_111 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn licks fly from face 2 of 2 (detail crop).jpg
Description: This young Reeve's Muntjac Deer is using her enormous tongue to flick away a fly that landed on her face.

View: D73_20200824_1212_110+111 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn licks fly from face 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: To put the above image into some context:-
Approaching the blocked gate we startled away a female Reeve's Muntjac Deer who ran off down the crop edge and through the hedge. We thought we heard one or two 'barks' from the Deer as she went. As we moved through the gate this young Deer stood looking at us. This moment catches a fly landing below her left eye, and her tongue whipping out to flip it away. The fly you see at the top of the tongue is actually in-flight, with the insect's shadow roughly where the fly originally was.

View: BU4_20200831_2056_013-2058_024 Muntjac Reeves Deer Mother and weaned Fawn 1+2+4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: A sweet few minutes a week later recorded by the automatic camera at the east boundary shows us Mum and juvenile Reeve's Muntjac Deer quietly foraging together. We don't routinely bait this site, so they must be finding fallen Hawthorn berries and the like.

Date: 10 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200824_1056_025 Ivy Flower starting to open attracting Fly and Wasp.jpg
Description: Neither of us are keen on green flowers, but our aesthetic judgement is not shared by the insects. This head contains both unopened and open Ivy flowers.

View: D73_20200831_1624_068 Wasps on rotting apple peel.jpg
Description: Neither of us are keen on wasps, but we don't interfere with them unless they become a problem, but we have to admit that this is a wonderful show of yellow and black.

Date: 09 Oct 2020
View: D5C_20200827_0802_007+013 Grey Squirrel scrabbling in mown grass finding acorn 1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Grass cut the previous day, This Grey Squirrel was vigorously scraping at the ground, and it seems found an acorn.

View: D73_20200827_1023_007 Grey Squirrel on gate about to bite into acorn.jpg
Description: 2 hours later a Grey Squirrel is biting into an acorn on top of our dilapidated gate.

Date: 08 Oct 2020
View: E64_20200827_0037_041_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile browsing.jpg
Description: A juvenile Reeve's Muntjac Deer checks over a photo site for some tasty additions to his diet.

View: D73_20200827_1045_032 Muntjac Deer juvenile browses through orchard 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: As we walk up an orchard path towards the house, this young Reeve's Muntjac Deer is walking the other way. We both stop and look at each other before the Deer makes a slightly nervous jink to the left and then quietly walks off in that direction.

Date: 07 Oct 2020
View: BU5_20200823_2131_129_SC1 Fox on edge of Round pond gazing upwards.jpg
Description: On the edge of Round pond, this Fox gazes up at the overhanging trees. No idea what is attracting the attention.

View: BU4_20200823_2132_218 Fox scent marking tree in east hedge.jpg
Description: A couple of minutes later the Fox reaches the East boundary and is here scent marking one of the hedging trees.

View: BU6_20200823_0037_085_SC2 Badger lying down to crunch apples.jpg
Description: Lying down on the job - this badger spent a few minutes crunching up windfall apples while sprawling luxuriously like a Roman Emperor.

Date: 06 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200822_1555_355 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male hanging from Blackthorn thorn.jpg
Description: This male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly landed to hang from one of the giant thorns of a Blackthorn plant in a hedge.

View: D73_20200824_0948_019-021 2 Speckled Wood butterflies courtship flight 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage right to left @ 10fps).jpg
Description: A pair of Speckled Wood Butterflies in a courtship flight. Read right to left in pairs, accurately positioned at 10 fps.

View: D73_20200827_1018_006 Cinnabar Caterpillars on leaf-stripped Ragwort.jpg
Description: A couple of Cinnabar Caterpillars on a Ragwort plant they have completely stripped of foliage.

Date: 05 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200822_1548_317 Kestrel female preening under eye with claw.jpg
Description: The female kestrel shows us how to scratch your eye with a stiletto!

View: D73_20200822_1654_392 Kestrel female on apple tree dead branch.jpg

View: D73_20200822_1656_405 Kestrel female on apple tree dead branch 7m away (crop 2).jpg
Description: Near the end of the day the Kestrel about 4 metres up in the Apple tree lets the photographer reach about 7 metres from her. Not wanting to discourage her visits, a tactical withdrawal followed and she was still there when back indoors. Half an hours later she had 'gone'.
Our next brief sighting was 7 days later.

Date: 04 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200822_1459_243 Kestrel female hovering 2 metres high over back garden grass 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: An hour later the female Kestrel surprised us by momentarily hovering about 2m above the back 'garden lawn'. The photographer just pointed the camera and 'fired', and was surprised to find even 2 frames with reasonable pics of the kestrel on it. Long-live Auto-focus!

View: D73_20200822_1459_254 Kestrel female on Silver Birch twig in gusty wind (crop).jpg
Description: Immediately after the hover the female Kestrel landed in the back-garden weeping Silver Birch ...

View: D73_20200822_1503_280+289+290 Kestrel female in birch tree blown off by wind gust 04+08+09 of 10 (approx montage @10fps).jpg
Description: ... but a strong gust of wind made her lose balance, and she ended up with her back to the gale. Not a comfortable angle for any bird ...

View: D73_20200822_1548_309 Kestrel female perched showing moulting tail regrowing.jpg
Description: ... and she quickly flew back to the more stable perch in the apple tree.

Date: 03 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200822_1340_169 Kestrel female on power insulator.jpg
Description: The second day of female Kestrel sightings was of her perched on the bracket supporting our electricity supply.
Fortunately the top conductor is the Neutral polarity so she would survive touching the wire.

View: D73_20200822_1345_207 Kestrel female on disused gate-post from North.jpg
Description: 4 minutes later we find the female kestrel has moved on to the disused Gatepost. The heavy (and vertical!) post left of middle is an 11kV power-line support. She quietly preens but not quite ignoring us. Her tail feathers are becoming quite a mess as she moults.

View: D73_20200822_1347_222+1348_225+1351_231 Kestrel female on disused Gate Post from north (montage).jpg
Description: Here she stood quietly for at least 4 minutes, presumably hoping something tasty would appear on the concrete track or verge. She doesn't bother looking at the hedge - she isn't suited to pouncing in dense foliage, unlike a Sparrowhawk who will fly straight through a dense hedge in pursuit of prey

Date: 02 Oct 2020
View: E62_20200821_1722_120_FB5+D01_20200821_1802_196_FB6 Magpies feeding on dead rabbit chase away Kestrel female who grabbed a piece 1+3+2 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Earlier on this day we found a juvenile Rabbit lying dead on a path. Apart from a few bird pecks it didn't show any obvious sign of attack by a predator. We moved it to the meadow camera site in hope of seeing a Fox or Badger take it away, but instead what seems a endless sequence of Magpie visits reduced the bulk of the Rabbit to almost nothing. The Kestrel seems to have decided a bit of carrion would be good, grabbed a bit and arrived at the meadow post with it. But the Magpies were not having this interloper take 'their' food, and quickly chase the Kestrel away.
A little licence taken with the timing - the Magpie chasing away the Kestrel took place too quickly for the camera to catch it.

View: D01_20200821_1802_197_FB6 Magpies feeding on dead rabbit chase away Kestrel female who grabbed a piece 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: This pic of the landing female kestrel is 300mS after the one in the montage above, and you can see that the content of the left claw is not the usual vole or mouse.

Date: 01 Oct 2020
View: D73_20200821_1017_051+053+055 Kestrel female flies from disused gate-post from SE 09+11+13 of 14 (acc montage @ 10fps).jpg
Description: For 2 days we had multiple sightings of the local female Kestrel
First we see her on the post of the disused gate viewed from the farm's side. We slightly surprised her arriving here, and she eventually decided to depart. Here she crouches before launch, and then 2 moments about 0.2 second apart.

View: D73_20200821_1017_052+054 Kestrel female flies from disused gate-post viewed from SE 10+12 of 14 (accurate montage @ 10fps).jpg
Description: The actual camera rate is 10 fps, so here we fill-in the missing two pics. of her launch.

View: D73_20200821_1610_064 Kestrel female on dead branch of apple tree.jpg
Description: A few hours later the female kestrel is hunting from a Branch in an apple tree at the end of our 'orchard'. She seems more tolerant of humans here.

View: D73_20200821_1611_072 Kestrel female on dead branch of apple tree.jpg
Description: A few hours later the female kestrel is hunting from a Branch in an apple tree at the end of our 'orchard'. She seems more tolerant of humans here.

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Date: 30 Sep 2020
View: BU5_20200821_0148_035_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer male sniffing rear of female.jpg
Description: About 50% of pictures of the male and female Reeve's Muntjac Deer show the male sniffing around the rear of the female. He must not miss his chance - what else are males for?

View: BU5_20200821_0149_037+039_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer male at rear of female 1+3 of 3 (montage over a few seconds).jpg
Description: One minute later the male Reeve's Muntjac Deer looks a bit disgruntled, and actually looks at something else.

Date: 29 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200820_1036_037-043 Red Kite flying behind trees 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage @10 fps).jpg
Description: This Red kite made a long fly-by before finally disappearing behind trees. Accurately spaced at about 10 fps.

View: D73_20200820_1042_064 Red Kite in flight.jpg
Description: 6 minutes later a Red Kite made a return pass with the head better lit.

Date: 28 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200817_1211_042 Southern Hawker Dragonfly female hanging from stinging nettle flowers (crop).jpg
Description: Our first (and so far only) sighting this year of a Southern Hawker Dragonfly. This is a female hanging on stinging nettle flowers.

View: D73_20200817_1556_135 Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum) on teasel head 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: In the top of a spiky teasel, this Sloe Bug quietly explores.

Date: 27 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200817_1553_129 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on clothes line bracket (crop).jpg
Description: This female Common Darter Dragonfly seems to like the top of our dilapidated rotary clothes drier.
A beautiful creature on real Tat!

View: D73_20200820_1309_136 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on dead twig on woodpile.jpg
Description: This female Common Darter Dragonfly seems to have taken a liking to twigs at the top of the Woodpile outside the kitchen.

View: D73_20200820_1311_155+156+158 Common Darter Dragonfly female landing on woodpile twig 2+3+5 of 5 (impression montage).jpg
Description: One of the fun things about Darter Dragonflies is that they often return to the perch from which they have just flown, given a chance to photograph a landing as here.
NOT an accurate montage but a decent 'impression'.

View: D73_20200820_1312_227 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on dead twig on woodpile.jpg
Description: This female Common Darter Dragonfly seems to have taken a liking to twigs at the top of the Woodpile outside the kitchen.

Date: 26 Sep 2020
View: BU4_20200814_2115_044 Muntjac Reeves Deer female + male + Juvenile.jpg
Description: Our little Reeve's Muntjac Deer family entering the site from the just harvested and harrowed farm land near the North East corner.

View: BU6_20200815_2311_112_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male sniffing female as Fawn suckles 5 of 5 (crop).jpg
Description: Next night we catch our little family at the South West corner. The Fawn is enjoying a feed from the Milk-bar, while Dad eagerly sniffs Mum to see if she is up for a little action.
Apparently female Muntjacs can sometimes mate just a week or two after giving birth.

Date: 25 Sep 2020
View: E63_20200814_1748_094_FB1 2 Chaffinch males in aerial squabble above fleeing Dunnock.jpg
Description: A teatime aerial squabble between 2 male Chaffinches. The Dunnock at the bottom seems to have decided to escape before one of the Chaffinches turns on them.

Date: 24 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200814_1624_239 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile just east of hedge by vegetable bed 3 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: Behind a bench is an odd little patch of undergrowth with a patch cleared to allow cutting to prevent it growing too tall. This deer has wandered into the cleared patch behind where we were sitting, and here was quite definitely eating stinging nettles despite there being plenty of non-stinging leafage available.

View: BU6_20200819_0146_070_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male chewing apple under apple tree.jpg
Description: A male Reeve's Muntjac Deer busily Chewing an apple he has found in the brambles and stinging nettles under our most productive (cooking) apple tree.

Date: 23 Sep 2020
View: D01_20200813_1833_074_FB6 Wood Pigeon preening tail feather.jpg
Description: Some feather maintenance in progress, starting to preen the way along the row of tail feathers. The feathers may be getting uncomfortable as the moult begins.

View: D73_20200817_0955_029 Wood Pigeon feathers spiralling downwards after bird takes off from tree (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: A few days later, walking down the Farm Road, this event bordered on a surreal experience. A Pigeon took off from one of the young roadside Lombardy poplars, nothing in itself to grab the camera, but as it flew away an appearance like miniature parachutes 'littered' the sky, spinning as they descended. It seems they are feathers from the Pigeon's tail, for some reason many being shed at once. The insert is an enlargement of the middle-right feather.

View: E62_20200816_1047_005_FB5 Wood Pigeon missing all long tail feathers.jpg
Description: Have we found the Pigeon with the missing tail feathers? Sadly NO.
This pic was taken the day before of a similarly tail-deprived Pigeon, which may mean this is not an uncommon occurrence, but you have to be very lucky to see it.

Date: 22 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200813_1454_041-1512_124 Kestrel female eating prey (young Starling (q)) in old apple tree 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: This female Kestrel streaked past the window and landed on a substantial horizontal branch of the oldest Apple tree. In shade on an already gloomy day we couldn't see what she was up to, but looking into dark areas the camera sees her dismembering what looks to us like a juvenile Starling - one of the dozens to be seen on the electricity cables. She spent almost 20 minutes eating this really substantial catch.

Date: 21 Sep 2020
View: D36_20200812_2100_041-20200813_0248_077_FB4 Red Underwing moth multiple visits in 6 hrs 01+02+04+05+10 of 10 (acc montage).jpg
Description: An unusual amount of wet 'bait' overnight at this site attracted what is most likely several different Red Underwing Moths over a period of 6 hours. Here is an accurate montage of 5 of the 10 camera triggers that made useful images.

View: D36_20200813_2314_013_FB4 Red Underwing Moth on tree stump as another flies in.jpg
Description: Next night the camera caught these two Red Underwing moths at this site together.

View: D36_20200814_2345_044_FB4 2 Red Underwing Moths with Leopard slug.jpg
Description: And another night on finds two Red Underwing Moths joining a leopard slug for the feast. It's not very clear, but it is possible that the moth on the right is sucking up fluid that wets the slug. We have definitely seen fieldmice (wood mice) licking slugs, but this sighting is less certain.

Date: 20 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200810_1211_054-101 Red Kite circling (close spaced selected montage).jpg
Description: This Red Kite wheeled around our heads, which we here try to represent at smaller than an A1 piece of paper!

View: D73_20200810_1212_172-176 Red Kite gliding behind trees while looking sideways @10 fps12-16 of 16 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: One minute later the departing Red Kite seems more interested in whatever can be seen the to right than where they are going!

View: D73_20200811_1232_353+381+386 Red Kite circling (montage frame rate 10fps).jpg
Description: Next day this Red Kite made a couple of circles, but too awkwardly positioned for a long sequence. Finally she vanished into the distance.

Date: 19 Sep 2020
View: D01_20200811_1924_140_FB6 Wood Pigeon landing on post lit by evening sunshine.jpg
Description: A Wood pigeon with an attractive natural symmetry as it lands.

Date: 18 Sep 2020
View: E63_20200809_0804_150_FB1 Chaffinch male preparing to land on stone.jpg
Description: This male Chaffinch undercarriage down ready for landing.

View: E63_20200812_1848_102_FB1 Robin flying in to stone (crop 2).jpg
Description: This juvenile Robin has not been visiting the site to show his developing red breast. but here looks full of 'joy' and anticipation as the bird flies into the site.
But no, ...

View: E63_20200812_1848_102_FB1 Robin flying in threatening Chaffinch male on stone (crop 1).jpg
Description: ... its an attack on the male Chaffinch standing innocently on the stone.

Date: 17 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200808_1519_199+213+1521_247+1522_268 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile at main pond 1+4+5+8 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: 2 days running we have had face-to-face encounters with a young Reeve's Muntjac Deer. This one we watched from outside the kitchen window, browsing on the grass and weeds by the main pond, and then stepping down the bank to the low water to get a drink. A quite magical experience.

View: D73_20200809_1212_030-1214_049 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile in trees at Duck pond reaching 2m away 2+3+5+6 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: Next day the young Deer got within about 2 metres of the stationary but undisguised cameraman. The apparent 'looking down' angle of the top right image is absolutely genuine.

View: D73_20200809_1214_049 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile in undergrowth near Duck pond 6 of 7 (crop for tongue).jpg
Description: These lovely little creatures can lick their eye!

Date: 16 Sep 2020
View: E63_20200807_1917_065_FB1 Blackbird male.jpg
Description: A somewhat tatty but busy male Blackbird at the hedge bottom. We have a few pics of him with food items in his beak, but none worth showing you. We have no idea where the nest is.

View: E62_20200808_0519_088_FB5 Blackbird female with grub in beak (orig).jpg
Description: On the other hand the female Blackbird has been spotted several times with various grubs and adult insects in her beak.
The 'kitchen hygiene' in us makes us desperate to give this food a wash!

View: E62_20200810_0513_206_FB5 Blackbird female with grub in beak.jpg
Description: 2 days later she has found a cleaner looking morsel for the screaming youngsters.

View: E62_20200812_0518_073_FB5 Blackbird female with small slug (q) in beak.jpg
Description: The female Blackbird has found yet another juicy slug to take back to the ever open beaks.

Date: 15 Sep 2020
View: DF3_20200806_1446_069+071+078 Red Kite turning head while gliding 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage @7fps).jpg
Description: 3 well separated Red Kites made the most of good conditions for thermal up-drafts. This one spent a minute or so just 10 or 20m from us. Against a predominant clear sky, we can't work out 'accurate spacing', so we have tried to suggest the motion in close spaced montages.

View: DF3_20200806_1447_105+108+117+119+124 Red Kite wheeling in flight overhead 01-05 of 13 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: The Red Kite wheels overhead.

View: DF3_20200806_1447_147+152+156+170 Red Kite wheeling in flight overhead 06-09 of 13 (close spaced montage 1).jpg
Description: The Red Kite wheels overhead.

View: DF3_20200806_1447_184+192+205 Red Kite wheeling in flight overhead 10+11+13 of 13 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: Bye-bye Red Kite - lovely to see you so well.

Date: 14 Sep 2020
View: E62_20200804_1039_080_FB5 Blackbird female with slug + other items in beak.jpg
Description: A female Blackbird collecting a small slug, plus several other 'things' in her beak. We think she is feeding another batch of chicks in one of our old sheds.

Date: 13 Sep 2020
View: DF3_20200804_0944_036-042 Heron perched on dead branches flies along brook edge 01+02+04-07 of 17 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: This branch fell from a tree at the brook in the Spring storms, but this is the first time we have seen a Heron using it as a perch. Although some 70m away the bird wasn't pleased to see us, and after a couple of minutes decided to fly to the other side of the brook.

View: DF3_20200804_0944_044-048 Heron perched on dead branches flies along brook edge 09-13 of 17 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: The Heron continued the flight against shaded foliage, gradually picking up airspeed. This image is exactly the same from rate and width before re-scaling as the take-off above, so comparison is meaningful.

View: DF3_20200804_0944_050 Heron perched on dead branches flies along brook edge 15 of 17 (crop).jpg
Description: The last frame before they disappeared into the shade of the trees.

Date: 12 Sep 2020
View: E63_20200802_2010_132_FB1 Fox (crop).jpg
Description: A Fox on the Prowl passes through the hedge-bottom photo site.

View: E63_20200803_1814_051_FB1 Fox (crop 1).jpg
Description: A profile image of a fox is quite unusual at this site.
Facial features suggest that this is the same fox seen the day before, so presumably the flash and thump from the camera box is not enough to put off this individual.

View: E63_20200803_1814_051_FB1 Fox (crop 2).jpg
Description: A sort of Head-and-shoulders of the Fox.

Date: 11 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200802_1021_056+049 Clouded Yellow Butterfly male at south hedge (1st sighting) 5+4 of 5 (montage + wing top insert).jpg
Description: Our first ever sighting of a Clouded Yellow butterfly, along the sun facing side of the south hedge. This is the male.
This insect has a vivid orange appearance in flight, but closes the wings immediately on landing so you don't get to see the upper surface. The insert is a slightly blurred moment in flight where we can momentarily see the top of the wings with the even richer yellow.

Date: 10 Sep 2020
View: DF3_20200804_0950_066 Common Darter Dragonfly.jpg
Description: A middle sized Dragonfly, the Common Darter

View: DF3_20200806_1758_305-307 Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight @7fps 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: The Brown Hawker Dragonfly is well named - even their wings are tinged brown. Here is one flying by taken at about 7 fps.

View: DF3_20200806_1758_306 Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight 2 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: The middle image in more detail.
The damaged wing is very typical of the insect after a few days in the sunshine. Damage can get much worse than this before it has any impact on ability to fly well.

Date: 09 Sep 2020
View: BU8_20200731_1532_083+084 Muntjac Reeves Deer male checking females scent 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: The male Reeve's Muntjac Deer checking out 'his' female for readiness to mate. A second or two later you can see his tongue is still hanging out.

View: BU4_20200801_0133_063 Badger with head up towards camera.jpg
Description: This image of a badger at the east hedge struck us as unusual - you can see the Badger snout looking rather like the classic farm pig's. Badgers spend most of their time 'nose to the ground' so we don't normally see the snout.

View: BU6_20200803_0040_210+213+215_SC2 Badger biting pieces from windfall apple 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The season of Windfall apples is enjoyed by many creatures. Here a badger arrives at what looks like a pristine apple, holds it in place with their paw for a bite or two from it, before wandering on.

Date: 08 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200729_1614_128 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male.jpg
Description: We thought we had seen the last of the two "Demoiselle Damselfly" species for the year, so are pleased to see this male Banded Demoiselle well away from their normal haunts.

View: D73_20200730_1458_256 Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) on path through meadow.jpg
Description: A Field Grasshopper landed unexpectedly at our feet, and the camera caught the little creature before he 'hopped' onwards.

Date: 07 Sep 2020
View: E60_20200730_1438_027_FB3 Sparrowhawk flying towards camera over kitchen window perch (crop).jpg
Description: A Sparrowhawk barrels over the kitchen window perch. Several occurences of sightings here over several days.

View: BU8_20200803_0353_233 Bats flying near Duck Pond over browsing Reeves Muntjac Deer 1 of 3 (crop + details insert).jpg
Description: The camera by this pond caught 3 successive frames showing what must be at least 4 Bats hunting. This is the first of the 3 frames. Top right is an enlarged image of the two on the left, with spacing closed up a bit.
Insects close enough to the camera mimic bats and birds in flight are quite common, but close enough to the camera to give this impression are both bright white from the IR illuminator, and badly blurred.
Thanks to the foraging deer for triggering the camera at a suitable moment. We used to actively photograph bats, but that's another story.


Date: 06 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200730_1303_157 Holly Blue Butterflies mating on Hawthorn leaf (crop).jpg
Description: A pair of Holly Blue butterflies mating on a Hawthorn leaf.

View: D73_20200802_1118_110 Brown Argus Butterfly male feeding on Thistle.jpg
Description: This is a male Brown Argus butterfly.
The Brown Argus is classified as 'Blue' butterfly, and its underwing (not shown here) is quite similar to Common Blue. We initially mis-identified this individual as a female Common Blue but a friend corrected our ID. We are starting to see more blues here than in past years.

Date: 05 Sep 2020
View: D73_20200730_1300_129+131+134 Buzzard gliding by (close spaced montage @10fps).jpg
Description: Some bright weather with patches of cloud brings out the large raptors - here a buzzard glides by looking for a thermal up-draft.

View: D73_20200730_1301_150 Buzzard gliding overhead.jpg
Description: Some bright weather with patches of cloud brings out the large raptors - here a buzzard glides by looking for a thermal up-draft.

Date: 04 Sep 2020
View: E60_20200728_1753_031_FB3 Kestrel female with Short-tailed Field Vole in 1 claw (crop 1).jpg
Description: Right outside the Kitchen window this female Kestrel arrives with a Short-tailed Field Vole caught on the ground outside the kitchen window.
On the CCTV record we first see the bird swoop from the Ash tree down to the ground (then out of frame). 30 seconds later the bird with prey in Talons flies up to the perch, flying behind the perch to land facing the camera, as you see here. The bird momentarily leaves the prey laying on the perch and it shows no signs of life. 30 second later it grabs the prey in the talons again and flies off to the left.

Date: 03 Sep 2020
View: DF3_20200723_1103_057 Red Kite flying by.jpg
Description: This Red Kite flies by - the liquid clear eye giving us a suspicious stare.

View: D73_20200727_1754_038-042 Red Kite threatens harassing Rook 1-5 of 5 (Horizontally shifted montage @10fps).jpg
Description: Several Rooks were trying to make life uncomfortable for this Red Kite. But one glance upwards by the Kite seems enough to deter this pass.

View: D73_20200728_0950_121-151 Red Kite adult & juvenile practicing in-flight combat 01+05+07+09 of 12 (montage 2).jpg
Description: These two Red Kites obviously practicing aerial combat. It never got really 'nasty' so we rather enjoyed the aerobatics. Parents often spar with their youngsters to teach them 'the ropes'.

Date: 02 Sep 2020
View: D01_20200726_2008_009-20200727_0625_001_FB6 Buzzard makes 3 short visits to meadow post sunset to rise 1-5 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: What looks like the same Buzzard made 3 visits to the meadow Post in the course of one evening and the next morning. Each visit lasted 2 to 3 minutes.

View: D01_20200727_0625_001_FB6 Buzzard making 3 (2-3 min) visits to meadow post sunset to sunrise 5 of 6 (crop).jpg
Description: More detail of the Buzzard's morning visit.

Date: 01 Sep 2020
View: DF4_20200726_1814_003-1827_135 Kestrel female hunt - Willow+Ash+ground+Ash+table 01+04+(05+06)+08+09+13 of 14 (montage).jpg
Description: At around 6 p.m. this female Kestrel gave a quarter of an hour's hunting demonstration watched through an upstairs window.
She flew in unexpectedly to a Willow tree on the far side of the pond about 22m away. After a few minutes she flew onto a dead branch of the Ash tree occupying the pond's island perhaps 17m away and started an intensive hunt. She flew from this branch down to the bottom of the bird-table post, stayed a minute or two, and flew back to a different branch on the Ash tree. Finally she flew down the TOP of the bird table, unfortunately missing that cameras trigger beam.

View: DF4_20200726_1822_056 Kestrel female hunting - Willow + Ash + ground + Ash + table 06 of 14 (crop).jpg
Description: More detailed picture from the hunt - the launch.

View: DF4_20200726_1822_092 Kestrel female hunting - Willow + Ash + ground + Ash + table 09 of 14 (crop).jpg
Description: More detailed picture from the hunt - the return after the failed attack.

Image Archive arch 2020 aug.htm (view it Here)

Date: 31 Aug 2020
View: DF3_20200726_1243_117 Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata) wingspan 20mm on Mint flower.jpg
Description: A really beautiful if rather small 2cm (0.7 inch) wingspan Mint Moth feasting on the flowering mint plants. The inner yellow 'dots' are actually mostly hidden streaks on the lower wings.
Allowing patches of mint to flower in the last year or two has been unexpectedly rewarding.

View: D73_20200729_1737_155 Bronze Shieldbug (Troilus luridus) Larva (crop).jpg
Description: This stunning insect is a Larval stage of the not-quite so stunning adult Bronze Shieldbug (Troilus luridus). The Larva starts eating vegetable matter, but later moves on to Moth larvae and Beetles.

Date: 30 Aug 2020
View: BU7_20200723_2215_015 Muntjac Reeves Deer fawn + female + male.jpg
Description: One of 'our' Reeve's Muntjac Deer families at the SW corner entrance.

View: BU2_20200728_0832_176_SC7 Muntjac Reeves Deer fawn sniffing infant sycamore growing on mound.jpg
Description: A Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn sniffing the 'trunk' of this infant self-set Sycamore tree. Possibly other Deer have scent-marked it.

View: BU3_20200729_1951_295-297_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn exits site followed by mother1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A Rather sweet moment as one of the smaller Reeves Muntjac Deer Fawns exits our patch onto the access road, mother following it through the hole in the netting.

Date: 29 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200722_0946_231 Kestrel female moving along 11KV cables before flying off 03 of 13 (crop).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel is obviously mid-moult, and here stops on an 11kV cable for a 'reef-out. This is 'Lady Grey Feather' named for the single grey tail feather, but it is this feather that has moulted early. Will the replacement feather be Grey or Brown?

View: D73_20200722_0949_241-246 Kestrel female moving along 11KV cables before flying off 5+6+8-10 of 13 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: She worked her way along the wire before perching on the crossbar, finally making her departure by the usual 'falling off' technique.

View: D73_20200720_1258_024-027 Kestrel male hovering @10 fps with Pigeon 2-5 of 5 (montage downwards true heights at bottom).jpg
Description: We don't see a lot of the male Kestrel, so are pleased to see him hovering over the field to our South. A Pigeon flying horizontally right to left provides some visual timing reference Read this top to bottom, where the bottom pair of birds are at 'actual height'.

Date: 28 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200719_1224_106-109 Emperor Dragonfly male (old & very tatty) in flight 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage with insert).jpg
Description: We first saw (no photo) a male Emperor Dragonfly some weeks back in this area. At last getting a photo, we see he has led a busy life in the interim, wings now really tatty from endless brushing on foliage, but still flying well. These at 10 fps.

View: DF3_20200717_1049_161 Brown Hawker Dragonfly (1st of 2020).jpg
Description: We think we have seen one of these Brown Hawker Dragonflies several times, but not sure enough to report. So here is our first confirmed sighting this year.
The cropped 'Anal Appendage' is also missing on the original grabbed shot.

Date: 27 Aug 2020
View: BU5_20200721_1508_220_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer fawn + mother on edge of Round Pond.jpg
Description: Fawn and Mum Reeve's Muntjac Deer share a quiet moment at the pond edge.

View: BU3_20200721_1520_290_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer Mother leads Fawn across access track.jpg
Description: 12 minutes later we see them pattering across the access track.

View: BU4_20200721_1307_145 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with antlers in velvet.jpg
Description: What we believe is the Fawn's Dad pauses just after entering the site through the east boundary.

View: BU4_20200722_2036_284 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with antlers in velvet rubbing forehead on ground.jpg
Description: Next night we see him forehead to ground, possibly scent marking, but more likely the 'velvet' on his antlers is getting irritating and he wants to rub it off.

Date: 26 Aug 2020
View: DF3_20200716_1229_016 Brimstone Butterfly on Crocosmia flower.jpg
Description: One or more Brimstone Butterflies are visiting the Crocosmia flowers. The deep trumpet may make the nectar accessible only to these bigger Butterflies - we have never seen small butterflies on these flowers.

View: D73_20200719_1204_051 Brimstone Butterfly feeding on Crocosmia flower (crop).jpg
Description: 3 Days later around the same time of day another visit from a Brimstone Butterfly.

View: D73_20200722_1613_314 Peacock Butterfly on Hop Sedge.jpg
Description: A Peacock Butterfly spreads their wings in the soft sunshine.

Date: 25 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200721_1046_094-097 Buzzard Gliding by @ 10fps 2-5 of 5 (accurate montage 2).jpg
Description: A Buzzard glides quietly by ....

View: D73_20200721_1047_140-193 Buzzard circling in Thermal (about 10fps) 03+08+14+19+25+37+43+48+56 of 64 (montage).jpg
Description: The same bird then started serious circling in a Thermal, though obviously not a very strong one. From 64 continuous frames of one complete circle we offer the montage of 'highlights'
Our paint package just can't handle image big enough to cover the whole event in one go. If any of you want a lengthy distraction and have a paint package to match, please let us know and we will 'zip' up the 64 pics and put them on the web site for you to collect.

Date: 24 Aug 2020
View: DF3_20200717_1423_252 Gatekeeper Butterfly with Proboscis rolled up.jpg
Description: We have a huge 'crop' of Gatekeeper Butterflies this year. Here you can see the coiled up Proboscis when at rest. When you consider what a tangled mess humans can make with a hose, this piece of 'design' is very effective - and it has to be for this insect to survive.

View: D73_20200719_1212_082 Gatekeeper Butterfly female feeding on Cow Parsley.jpg
Description: An immaculate female Gatekeeper Butterfly - the first female we have managed to photograph this year. The 'boys' will be pleased :-)

Date: 23 Aug 2020
View: DF3_20200717_0721_036-039 Pied Wagtail with large insect in beak unable to swallow it 1-4 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: Normally whatever a Wagtail catches goes down the hatch so fast you don't see it without the aid of 'technology'. But this Pied Wagtail needed several tries and numerous 'bashes' on the concrete before the prize would fit the beak.

View: D73_20200720_1623_064 Blue Tit juvenile pecking on rusty electricity pole support cable (crop).jpg
Description: This juvenile Blue Tit seems to be trying to glean nourishment from this piece of really rusty old cable. Being young is the time to learn!

Date: 22 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200712_1051_028 Cinnabar moth Caterpillar on Ragwort.jpg
Description: While lots of insects use Ragwort nectar as fuel, the Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar normally specialises in eating the poisonous Ragwort leaves that other insects can't eat. Apparently they store the poisons in their bodies to protect both the Caterpillar and the adult moth from predators. So not a Moth - YET.

View: D73_20200717_1741_003 Cinnabar Moth caterpillars (large and tiny) on unopened Ragwort flower.jpg
Description: Little and Large - Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar style.

View: DF3_20200717_1240_177+1244_226 Cinnabar Moth 1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Here are a couple of views of the Cinnabar Moth which, with a bit of luck, the caterpillars will become.

Date: 21 Aug 2020
View: E62_20200711_1211_054_FB5 Magpie juvenile calling for food.jpg
Description: FOOD!
What do you mean - you are old enough to feed yourself!

View: E63_20200717_0549_111_FB1 Chaffinch male on stone + tiny snail.jpg
Description: The variation in scale of nature's creatures is wonderful. Here the, to us, small chaffinch utterly dwarfs the tiny snail on the stone.

Date: 20 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200715_1142_085+087 Kestrel female hunting from old Apple Tree 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: The Local female Kestrel perched in her favourite spots in the garden on one of the dead branches of an old apple tree. Face and Profile views a few seconds apart, 'artistically' montaged.

View: D73_20200715_1526_125 Kestrel female hunting from House gutter at SW corner.jpg
Description: A 3 hours later we find her at another regular spot, perched on the end of the gutter at the south-west corner of the house.
She may look more elegant to us on the branches, but from her point of view it's just somewhere to watch for unwary rodents below.

Date: 19 Aug 2020
View: DF3_20200710_0928_016 Ringlet Butterfly on Conifer.jpg
Description: This is a Ringlet Butterfly sunning itself in the morning sunshine

View: D73_20200712_0851_025 Red Admiral Butterfly on Blackberry flower.jpg
Description: A Red admiral Butterfly feasting on a Blackberry flower.

View: D73_20200712_0911_057 Gatekeeper Butterfly on Ragwort.jpg
Description: A Gatekeeper Butterfly enjoying the nectar from a Ragwort flower.

View: D73_20200712_0912_063 Meadow Brown Butterfly male on Ragwort.jpg
Description: A Meadow Brown enjoying the same source of Nectar.

Date: 18 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200712_0914_071 Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on Teasel.jpg
Description: A Red Admiral butterfly this time choosing a Teasel for it's next feed.

View: D73_20200712_0920_095 Green-veined White Butterflies mating (female on left) 3 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: A couple of Green-veined White Butterflies fluttering in the grass as they get 'worked up' prior to mating.

View: D73_20200712_1218_062 Peacock Butterfly on Thistle flower.jpg
Description: A Peacock Butterfly enjoying a Thistle flower

View: D73_20200714_1235_050 Speckled Wood butterfly.jpg
Description: A Speckled Wood butterfly sunning itself around mid-day.

Date: 17 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200712_1054_049 Thick Legged Flower Beetle male (crop 2).jpg
Description: A male Thick-legged Flower Beetle struts his stiff on Ragwort. Even the leg swelling manage to have a fine coating of 'hairs'.

View: D73_20200711_1624_086 Mint Beetles mating on Mint leaf.jpg
Description: Mint beetles on err - Mint, working hard at making more Mint Beetles.

Date: 16 Aug 2020
View: DF3_20200710_0939_076-079 Pied Wagtail finds insect while foraging through buttercups 1 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: This Pied Wagtail is chasing about over the grass area, stopping suddenly every few seconds. Here is what the stops are for - grab a tiny caterpillar (3rd image from the left) and down the hatch with it. These taken at about 7 fps

View: D73_20200716_0720_150-152 Pied Wagtail catching tiny insect 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A couple of Pied Wagtails were catching insects on the freshly mown grass outside our South boundary. Its all too quick to see without the aid of 'slow motion' - here the infinitely slow motion of an accurately montaged set of pics taken at 10 fps.

Date: 15 Aug 2020
View: BU3_20200708_1302_001+002_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn and mother on access track 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Reeve's Muntjac mother and Fawn cross the access track to go through the hole in the hedge into our patch. 2 moments 2 or 3 seconds apart.

View: E64_20200710_2112_050_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer female at sunset.jpg
Description: This female Reeve's Muntjac Deer is checking over the woodland site as the sun sets behind.

View: D01_20200711_0319_302+0217_286_FB6 Barn Owl (right) and Tawny Owl (left) visits 1 hour apart (montage).jpg
Description: In the small hours of the same night this Barn Owl makes an 8 minute visit to the meadow post, followed just an hour later by a short visit from the Tawny Owl. This are at identical scales, but the darker Tawny Owl has a different exposure.

Date: 14 Aug 2020
View: D01_20200709_1232_112-1238_125_FB6 Kestrel female takes vole to meadow post & eats it 01+03+05+09 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: Not having seen her on it for months, we had assumed that the local female Kestrel no longer much likes the meadow post. But here she has taken a Vole to the post top and spends a few minutes ripping it to bits to eat it, followed by a few minutes looking rather satisfied.

Date: 13 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200706_1051_019 Fox & Cubs flowers with 2 Marmalade Hover-flies.jpg
Description: We do enjoy these 'Fox & Cubs' flowers self-set around the house and providing flashes of brilliant orange. The insects like them too.

View: D73_20200706_1507_108 Ragwort + Oxeye Daisy + Mallow + Teasels in meadow (orig & Final).jpg
Description: In the partial shade of the Oak tree at the edge of the meadow, a glorious bouquet of self-set wild flowers.
Ragwort (the yellow flowers) is poisonous to many farm animals, but our adjacent surroundings are now entirely arable so we permit some to grow.

View: DF3_20200705_1059_027+1102_030 Convolvulus flowers mostly in shade and mostly in sunshine 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: These Convolvulus flowers in shade of the northern bridleway hedge are the normal pinkish colour. Round the end of the hedge where the sun shines on the ground all day exactly the same species are sun-bleached completely white.

Date: 12 Aug 2020
View: BU8_20200705_2206_809+BU5_2207_385+387+2208_388_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer pair mating by Round Pond 2+4+6+7 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: We never expected to see a Reeve's Muntjac Deer mating, but here from two different cameras linked by timestamps we see this couple's encounter.
Top Left: Male dutifully follows the female past The Duck-shaped pond into the woodland about 25 metres from Round Pond.
Top Right: A minute later the male is making overtures to the obliging female.
Bottom Left: Consumation.
Bottom Right: Probably 20 seconds later they quietly leave.

View: E62_20200707_2134_068_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn (crop).jpg
Description: A Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn makes another visit to this site, this time giving us a decent view. What a sweetie.

Date: 11 Aug 2020
View: DF3_20200705_1725_139+137+136 Kestrel female perched on old apple tree branch 3-1 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: For a couple of days the local female Kestrel spent hours a day hunting from the dead branches of an old apple tree 15m from the house

View: DF3_20200705_1736_160+1737_168+170+171 Kestrel female taking Vole to tree branch and eating it 05+07-09 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: Here the female Kestrel has caught a Vole on the grass below, and flies to a conveniently shaped dead branch of the tree to eat it.

View: D73_20200706_1448_086 Kestrel female hunting from apple tree dead branch.jpg
Description: The female Kestrel spends a lot of the second day hunting from dead branches in our old apple tree. Her hunts were less successful on this day - we imagine that the patch of grass was 'voled out'

Date: 10 Aug 2020
View: DF3_20200705_0620_046+0621_049 Kestrel female perched on swaying branch with head motionless 1+2 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel flies to a branch (and whole tree) that is swaying in the strong wind. Just like when hovering, she likes to keep her eyes still, and here we see her neck accommodates the sway.

View: DF3_20200705_0630_120 Wood Pigeon flock feeding on Wheat crop by hovering into wind 3 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: Just on the other side of the hedge along the northern Bridleway perhaps 100 Wood Pigeons are in the Wheat crop, using the wind to hover by crop seed heads and peck bits off. Perhaps 20 birds are doing this while the rest circle or dive into the depth of the crop probably to pick up spilled seed.
Never seen this behaviour before, and likely never will again.

Date: 09 Aug 2020
View: DF3_20200703_1258_019 White-legged Damselfly female immature (crop).jpg
Description: The first sighting here (in 30 years) of a White-legged Damselfly. This is an immature female flitting around the grass seed heads like a little delicate ghost.

View: D73_20200706_1048_007+1049_015 Holly Blue Butterfly female second brood (montage).jpg
Description: This second brood female Holly Blue Butterfly was flitting about the hedge along the West side of the access track.

Date: 08 Aug 2020
View: BU4_20200703_0118_120+0119_124+126 Fox investigates something above then reaches up on hind legs 3+5+7 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: We don't ever remember seeing ourselves, or in a wildlife film, a Fox standing vertical like this. There is obviously something really interesting 'up there' at 1 a.m. The Fox was not leaping up - we have another frame between the middle and right pics in the montage showing a very similar vertical position at least a second or two earlier.

View: BU4_20200705_2324_882 Fox investigates something above (see also BU4_20200703_0118).jpg
Description: 2 nights later what looks like the same Fox is still highly interested in the tree above.
Staring up this tree in the daylight there is no visible nest or dray, nor a splatter of droppings on the ground that might indicate a regularly roosting bird. One of life's little mysteries will have to stay that way.

Date: 07 Aug 2020
View: E62_20200630_1809_070_FB5 Rook portrait.jpg
Description: An otherwise confusing pic of 2 Rooks is cropped to show you just this rather nice face of this immaculate young rook.
Oh dear - we think Rooks look sweet - it's amazing how living with hundred around you changes your perception

Date: 06 Aug 2020
View: E62_20200629_2139_046_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn (crop).jpg
Description: We have been enjoying dozen of pics of Reeve's Muntjac Deer around the site, but always in the marginal quality of trail cams even in the day. So we were really pleased to see this tiny fawn wandering through the meadow site.

View: E62_20200629_2139_046+20200701_2112_126_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn and mother (montage).jpg
Description: 2 Days later at about the same time of day, a female Reeve's Muntjac deer came in from the other direction. Her Fawn was ahead of her and triggered the camera, but all we see of the Fawn is a shadow at the edge of the frame.
So we offer this montage to re-create what we MIGHT have got!
The scale of the 2 animals is the same, but Mum is rather closer to the camera accentuating the size difference a bit.

Date: 05 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200629_1622_029+026+028 Kestrel female perched on steel capped blocked gate post 3+1+2 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: Here the local female Kestrel perched on top of the latch side of the blocked gate about 40m away. She was tolerant of the cameraman, though has obviously seen him. After a few pics and walking quietly away, turning round revealed that she had left anyway.

View: D73_20200629_1623_031 Kestrel female perched on steel capped blocked gate post 5 of 8 (crop).jpg
Description: A Closer look at our favourite Kestrel!

Date: 04 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200627_1328_010 2 Pond snails mating on Iris leaf.jpg
Description: Over the main pond this pair of Pond snails are entwined in a loving embrace. Snails are hermaphrodites, so both 'hope' to end up 'pregnant'.

Date: 03 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200626_1238_046 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly female with accurately aligned wings showing pseudo-pterostigma clearly.jpg
Description: A female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly with her 4 wings almost perfectly aligned to make the pseudo-pterostigma (white specks) particularly clear.
Only the female of this species (and of the 'Beautiful Demoiselle') have this feature. The mark is called 'psuedo...' because almost all other species of Damselfly and Dragonfly have these marks on both sexes and darker than the wing colour.

View: D73_20200628_1627_122 Common Blue Damselfly male maturing.jpg
Description: A male Common Blue Damselfly starting to change from a drab slightly blue colour of the juvenile into the vivid blue of the mature adult.

Date: 02 Aug 2020
View: D73_20200628_1105_072 Comma Butterfly (showing bottom of wing comma) perched in hedge.jpg
Description: Perched on a leaf, we see how the Comma Butterfly's corrugated leaf outline and colour looks so like a dead leaf.

View: D73_20200702_1744_019 Small Skipper Butterfly feeding on Clover flower.jpg
Description: A Small skipper Butterfly feasts on a clover flower.

Date: 01 Aug 2020
View: BU4_20200702_0326_569 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with velvet over Antlers stretched tight.jpg
Description: A good view of the male Reeve's Muntjac Deer's antlers 'in velvet', clearly stretched tight over the top.

View: BU4_20200628_0331_371+0332_374+376 Muntjac Deer female lying on ground encouraged up (q) by another 2-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: This looks like a female Reeve's Muntjac deer laying on the ground, being approached by another female and being gently encouraged to get up and walk away together. Female Deer are known to attend one another during Birthing, and this may be the first stages.
Or something else entirely

View: BU3_20200701_1253_121+122_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer female entering through hole in Pig-net 1+2 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Here you can see a female Reeve's Muntjac Deer making her way into our patch through a hole in the pig-net in our west hedge. This regular activity is rarely caught quite so clearly.

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Date: 31 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200624_0754_107 Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly female in wheat crop.jpg
Description: At the corner of the farmer's crop this female Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly teased us by landing briefly at various sites.

View: D73_20200624_0755_111 Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly female in wheat crop (crop).jpg
Description: At the corner of the farmer's crop this female Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly teased us by landing briefly at various sites.

Date: 30 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200623_1252_055 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly female (1st female of 2020).jpg
Description: This female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly is the first female seen here this year. Females don't have a colour band on the wing, and the wings have a rather clear green tinge, both different to the darker brown of the Beautiful Demoiselle, now apparently gone for the year.

View: D73_20200624_1022_006 Common Blue Damselfly female blue form.jpg
Description: A female Common Blue Damselfly in the variant that actually IS blue. We see that this blue becomes richer as the insect ages.

Date: 29 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200623_1110_035 Trefoil Lesser (Trifolium dubium) (q) growing through broken concrete track (crop).jpg
Description: The disused track has some cracks which, without traffic to scatter the upwelling soil, harbour a variety of 'weeds'. This one seems to be a rather stunted Lesser Trefoil.

View: D73_20200623_1121_040 Oxeye Daisy clump (orig & final).jpg
Description: The meadow is now awash with Oxeye Daisies. Here is part of one patch.

Date: 28 Jul 2020
View: BU4_20200622_2301_131+132 Roe Deer male antler detail 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Images of a male Roe Deer taken a few seconds apart give a good indication of the growth and form of the antlers.

View: BU4_20200621_2250_320 Muntjac Reeves Deer juvenile following mother through east hedge (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: The Reeve's Muntjac Deer is much smaller than the Roe Deer, and we have at least 3 growing Fawns visiting the site, usually along with Mum as we show here. The pair are undoubtedly heading for the hole in the bottom of the East boundary hedge to continue foraging in the farmer's crop.

Date: 27 Jul 2020
View: BU7_20200620_2050_041 Fox leaping out of ditch 2 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: A lucky moment to catch this Fox's mid-leap out of the (now completely dry) ditch lit by a mixture of natural and IR flash.

View: E63_20200621_1959_316_FB1 Fox evening visit (crop 2).jpg
Description: At about the same time next evening this pristine Fox gives a baleful glare as he visits one of the 'known good places' for a feed.

View: BU8_20200621_2005_136 Fox carrying dead Rook past Duck Pond (crop).jpg
Description: 6 minutes later the camera some 30 metres away catches this Fox carrying away what seems to be a Rook. It is most likely the same Fox - the camera badly underexposed the image meaning the work-up has left the colours rather dubious.

Date: 26 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200620_1241_056 Red Admiral Butterfly.jpg
Description: A Red Admiral Butterfly warms itself in the afternoon sunshine.

View: D73_20200622_1738_022 Comma Butterfly.jpg
Description: A Comma butterfly warming itself in the evening sun, before it became so hot they would seek shade instead.

View: D73_20200623_1305_063 Large Skipper Butterfly feeding on Thistle flower.jpg
Description: A Large Skipper Butterfly having a feast on a thistle flower

View: D73_20200624_1503_072 Meadow Brown Butterflies mating.jpg
Description: A pair of Meadow Brown Butterflies mating on a grass seed head. There are hundreds of this species about at the moment.

Date: 25 Jul 2020
View: D36_20200619_0720_029_FB4 Magpie juvenile begging from top of tree-stump.jpg
Description: There seems to be an endless supply of hungry young Magpies.

View: E64_20200621_0559_137_FB2 3 Magpies at woodland site - begging juveniles left and adult right.jpg
Description: We interpret this as two juvenile Magpies on the left, with long-suffering parent on the right bringing along another batch of food.

Date: 24 Jul 2020
View: E62_20200618_1652_012_FB5 Grey Squirrel juvenile nibbling food from paws.jpg
Description: A young Grey Squirrel looking so twee in the flowers that it almost hurts to know it may become a vicious little tree-Rat.

View: E63_20200619_1914_125_FB1 2 Grey Squirrel juveniles feeding at hedge bottom.jpg
Description: A couple of young Grey Squirrels share the evening largess.

Date: 23 Jul 2020
View: D01_20200617_0641_189+190+E62_0649_121+D01_0653_194_FB6+FB5 Green Woodpecker male over 12 minutes on post & ground in rain 1-3+7 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: 12 minutes of this Green Woodpecker visiting the meadow post as it starts to rain are interrupted by a pic of the same bird on the ground at the meadow photo site about 10m away.

View: E62_20200617_0649_121_FB5 Green Woodpecker male probing sodden ground (crop).jpg
Description: A more detailed look at the ground image of the Green Woodpecker, who looks lovely in Clover and backgrounded by Oxeye Daisies, even if his feathers are bedraggled in the rain. His beak is covered in mud from probing the loose soil replenished at this site a couple of days before. The rain will bring worms and invertebrates to the surface for his probing beak and tongue to locate.

Date: 22 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200617_1740_061 Comma Butterfly (1st new adult of 2020).jpg
Description: Comma Butterflies (named for the white 'comma' underneath the wing you can't see here) overwinter as adults and then have 2 broods each year - the second brood overwintering to start the sequence again next year. This is a pristine insect from the first of this years new broods.

View: D73_20200616_1730_128 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male.jpg
Description: Only a handful of male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies seen so far this year, and no females at all.

View: DF3_20200613_1546_143 Common Blue Damselfly female brown (aka Drab) form.jpg
Description: When in flight these 'Drab' Common Blue Damselflies look almost like flying ghosts.

Date: 21 Jul 2020
View: BU4_20200614_2241_104 Muntjac Reeves Deer Mother & medium sized Fawn.jpg
Description: This medium sized Reeve's Muntjac Deer seems to be 'learning the ropes' following Mum around the plot in the night.

View: BU5_20200614_2256_402-2257_424_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Mother + Father + small Fawn 2+3+5+9 of 9 (montage).jpg
Description: Although only 15 minutes later at Round Pond, this seem to be a different Fawn along with both his parents.
Top left we think the Fawn is trying to find the 'Milk Bar' under Dad - something we have seen before when the father's indignance made us laugh.
The family spent a couple of minutes generating impossibly twee images before Dad wandered off and the other two followed.
Bottom right - Mum licks the Fawn rear to encourage defecation.

View: BU3_20200612_0334_033_SC6 Roe Deer male on access track.jpg
Description: Possibly the same male Roe Deer is caught in this pose around this position once or twice each week.
The Hoof material (keratin) seems to be particularly 'dark' in Infra-red light.
We have never seen any Roe Deer Fawns, but live in hope

Date: 20 Jul 2020
View: D01_20200614_1033_288_FB6 Magpie landing on Meadow post with blood stained prey in talons (crop).jpg
Description: We don't remember seeing a Magpie with prey in its claws before, but this one is streaked with fresh blood from some small bird (prey's claws pointing upwards).

View: E62_20200613_1630_205_FB5 2 Magpie juveniles calling for food.jpg
Description: "Feed US!"

View: D01_20200617_0814_198_FB6 Magpie juvenile (right) demanding food from parent.jpg
Description: "Feed ME!"

View: D01_20200615_0858_004_FB6 Magpie feeding youngster (crop 2).jpg
Description: All the juvenile begging finally gets the desired result.

Date: 19 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200614_0822_012 Chaffinch male singing in Oak Tree by access track.jpg
Description: All over the site male Chaffinches continue to proclaim their territory.

View: E63_20200616_0745_087_FB1 Chaffinch female lands next to male on stone.jpg
Description: The female Chaffinch (left) lands next to the male already on the stone.
Considering how aggressive males can be to their mates when breeding, this seem to be a masterpiece of self control by the male!

View: DF1_20200618_0714_011 8 Blue Tits (mostly juveniles) using peanut feeder in rain.jpg
Description: This year Blue Tit nesting has gone very well. Here are 8 mostly juveniles swarming over just this one peanut feeder.

Date: 18 Jul 2020
View: DF3_20200612_1227_101 Fox and Cubs flowers and buds - normal.jpg
Description: Little clumps of 'Fox and Cubs' are glowing around the south and west of the house.

View: DF3_20200612_1227_101 Fox and Cubs flowers and buds - detail of unident insect (crop).jpg
Description: While working up the above we find this amazingly camouflaged insect we have totally failed to ID. Any suggestions?

View: D73_20200615_1232_084 Spotted Longhorn beetle (Strangalia maculata) on Oxeye daisy flower.jpg
Description: A new Beetle for our species list - a Spotted Longhorn Beetle, here perched on an Oxeye Daisy flower.

Date: 17 Jul 2020
View: E62_20200612_1105_114_FB5 2 Grey Squirrels fighting.jpg
Description: Grey Squirrels can be really nasty.
We have looked at this several times now, and cringe every time :-(

View: D73_20200617_1549_024 Grey Squirrel courting on top rail of gate.jpg
Description: 2 Grey squirrels getting VERY amorous on the top rail of this decrepit gate.

Date: 16 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200611_1332_069 Kestrel female in flight with unidentified prey in claws.jpg
Description: Out trusty female Kestrel flies past with some obvious prey in her talons, but with no hope of an ID of the unfortunate creature.

View: D73_20200611_1605_083 Kestrel female on footrest of Telephone pole.jpg
Description: A Few hours later we found her on one of Favourite perches - a footrest on an old Telephone pole at our south boundary. We passed by as far away as we could, but she flew off anyway.

View: DF3_20200612_0930_006 Kestrel female launching from footrest of disused telephone pole (crop).jpg
Description: Next morning we again find the female Kestrel perched on the telephone pole at our south boundary. After failing to out-stare us for about a minute, she decided to fly off and we caught this moment as she twisted away from the post to make her launch.
This almost looks like a design for a bronze casting, with the necessary points of contact to support the weaker element of the design.

Date: 15 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200611_1327_061-065 Little Egret in flight over trees at brook 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg
Description: We see a Little Egret perhaps once a week. This one was flying about near the Brook, landed out of sight for a while before re-appearing to provide this view flying into the gusty east (from the right) wind.

View: D72_20200613_1235_003 Cloud resembling Scottie dog resting on top of tree (orig & final).jpg
Description: OK - its a cloud - but we both immediately thought of a Scottie Dog sitting on the horizon!

Date: 14 Jul 2020
View: D01_20200611_0934_062_FB6 2 Magpie juveniles waiting on meadow post.jpg
Description: There is a family group of Magpies - these two juveniles, along with 2 adults. These two juveniles are waiting for their next feed, both hoping to get the first feed

View: D01_20200611_1717_120_FB6 Magpie feeding juvenile on meadow post (crop).jpg
Description: Mum or Dad Magpie arrives to stuff the youngster with whatever is has found for the youngster to eat.

View: D01_20200610_1701_557+558_FB6 Magpie juvenile lands on Meadow Post between adult & other juvenile 1+2 of 2 (montage 400ms).jpg
Description: "Hey - I want some of that"
The second juvenile magpie flies between parent and his sibling in the hope of grabbing the food for themselves.

Date: 13 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200610_1246_010-1251_043 Kestrel female hunting near house 1+3-5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Walking back up the access track found the local female Kestrel perched deep in an overhanging tree to hunt. When she realised that we could not 'go away' she flew to the top right corner of the front of the house where she perched on the end of the gutter.
"Those humans just won't stop 'following' me - top of the concrete power pole it is!"
We managed to get indoors without disturbing her again.

Date: 12 Jul 2020
View: DF3_20200609_1257_062 White Satin Moth (Leucoma salicis) Caterpillar (orig).jpg
Description: It took a while to identify this caterpillar as that of the White Satin Moth.
We met a pair of Imago (i.e. the finished moth) 7 years ago (2013) that you can see two-thirds of the way down page arch 2013 sep.htm.

View: DF3_20200609_1307_081 Cinnabar Moth and Buttercup.jpg
Description: A Cinnabar Moth with a contrasting Buttercup which helps to set the scale.

Date: 11 Jul 2020
View: DF3_20200609_0930_015 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on dead grass.jpg
Description: A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly warming in the sunshine on some dead grass along a crop border

View: DF3_20200609_1255_047 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly feeding on Privet Flower.jpg
Description: The underside of the wings of the Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly is quite different to the top of the wings, providing camouflage for the resting insect.

Date: 10 Jul 2020
View: E63_20200608_0742_013_FB1 Chaffinch female feeding youngster (crop).jpg
Description: Mum Chaffinch stuffs yet another a beakful of insects into the ever-open gape of her youngster.

View: DF1_20200607_0800_022+0801_085+094 Great Spotted Woodpecker female feeding juvenile at kitchen window 2+6+9 of 9 (montage).jpg
Description: Mum Great Spotted Woodpecker stoking up her beak and crop with peanut fragments, moves across to her youngster perched on the support pole to cram in the nutritious slurry she has just collected, before the youngster flies off.

View: D01_20200611_1311_085_FB6 Green Woodpecker male landing on meadow post.jpg
Description: A male Green Woodpecker checking over the Meadow post.

Date: 09 Jul 2020
View: DF3_20200606_1347_052+20200605_1528_012 Thick-legged Flower Beetles (Oedemera nobilis) female (left) + male on Oxeye Daisies (montage).jpg
Description: This montage shows a couple of Oxeye Daisy flowers attracting the attention of Thick-legged Flower Beetles.
The flower on the right is harbouring the male with the bulges on his rear legs, while on the left the female has an ordinary pair of legs

View: DF3_20200606_1348_054 Oxeye Daisy deformed flower.jpg
Description: We don't think we have previously noticed a deformed Oxeye Daisy flower. This year we have noticed several like this with thickened stems and what looks like multiple tiny flower heads, most likely an insect Gall

View: D73_20200621_1217_099 Oxeye Daisy flower head malformed.jpg
Description: 2 weeks later we spot another deformed Oxeye Daisy flower - the third spotted this year. This may be something new, or maybe we haven't noticed before.

Date: 08 Jul 2020
View: E60_20200604_0724_004_FB3 Greater Spotted Woodpecker female confronting Wood Pigeon on kitchen bird table (crop).jpg
Description: David and Goliath at the kitchen bird table?
On the Left is an adult female Great Spotted Woodpecker.
On the right one of dozens of Wood Pigeons.
Genuine single frame - GSWs are spunky!

View: E60_20200605_1828_043_FB3 Wood Pigeon dropping down from kitchen perch.jpg
Description: A Wood Pigeon departs the Kitchen window perch by 'falling off' and catching the fall with the wings.

View: D01_20200604_1357_080_FB6 Great Spotted Woodpecker male perched on top edge of meadow post.jpg
Description: From our Great Spotted Woodpecker family, here is the male perching on the 'meadow post'.

View: DF3_20200606_0723_035 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile in willow tree.jpg
Description: A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker probably watching us watching them from a lichen covered willow branch.

Date: 07 Jul 2020
View: DF1_20200603_1048_011 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile with tongue in old screw-hole.jpg
Description: Mum, Dad and at least one juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers have returned after a few weeks absence. Here is a juvenile (the red top of head is clearer at the camera resolution) here 'tonguing' an old screw hole in the hunt for insects.

View: D01_20200603_0640_242+1645_425_FB6 Great Spotted Woodpecker female and Green Woodpecker male (same scale montage).jpg
Description: The Green Woodpeckers are also back.
Here you can compare the comparatively delicate Great Spotted Woodpecker (here a female) with the more robust male Green Woodpecker. But the smaller GSW seems to be the generally more aggressive species.

View: D01_20200603_1848_427+1852_429+430_FB6 Green Woodpecker male on meadow post (montage).jpg
Description: Here this male Green Woodpecker provides a little show of his antics. The top of this post is getting eroded and a split down the length also reaches the top. There may be useful things to peck for, though Green Woodpeckers primarily feed of ants, of which our meadow provides a good supply. You can clearly see the tail used as a 'third leg'

Date: 06 Jul 2020
View: BU3_20200602_1057_040+041_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer female crossing access track (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This female Reeve's Muntjac Deer leaves our patch through a hole in the netting, and trots across the concrete and into the crop on the other side.

View: BU2_20200602_1625_208-1631_219_SC7 Muntjac Reeves Deer female 7 minute visit to Round Mound (montage).jpg
Description: This female Reeve's Muntjac Deer spent several minutes picking up food from the side of the mound. We only 'bait' with corn at this site, so that must be what she wants.

Date: 05 Jul 2020
View: E64_20200530_2318_188_FB2+E63_20200531_0316_221_FB1 Small Badger visits either side of midnight (montage).jpg
Description: After several sightings of small Badgers on Trail cams, this night saw visits to the high quality cameras at the centre of the woodland (left) and at the hedge bottom 4 hours later.

Date: 04 Jul 2020
View: DF3_20200530_1224_015-019 Emperor Dragonfly female immature in flight @7fps 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: At the corner of the Wheat crop this immature female Emperor Hawker Dragonfly was hunting over the field margin.

View: DF3_20200530_1228_068 Emperor Dragonfly female immature (crop for ID).jpg
Description: From another flight sequence of a female Emperor Hawker Dragonfly that fell off the edge of frame, this image is more diagnostic for an ID.

Date: 03 Jul 2020
View: BU8_20200530_0451_151 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with light patches after antlers fallen.jpg
Description: A male Reeve's Muntjac Deer walks past one of the trail cams. The top of the head shows 2 light patches where he has recently shed his tiny antlers.

View: D73_20200602_0730_030 Muntjac Reeves Deer discarded Antler found on crop margin (length 11cm).jpg
Description: After 30 years of looking we finally find a discarded Reeve's Muntjac Deer Antler!
Lying in the rough grass alongside the Wheat, it looks amazingly like a lump of broken fallen wood. It smells rather nasty, and is 11cms (4.5 inches) long.

View: BU3_20200604_0038_093_SC6 Roe Deer male on access track.jpg
Description: What is probably the only male Roe Deer visiting the site provides a midnight portrait in the camera Infra Red light.
Compared to a Muntjac Deer the animal is much more substantial, as are the multi-point Antlers.

Date: 02 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200529_1737_010 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female.jpg
Description: A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly catching the vivid metallic glint at the tail end very well. The number of both sexes have declined steeply in the last few days from 50 or so to just an occasional sighting.

View: D73_20200531_1501_038 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male (1st of 2020).jpg
Description: As the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies decline we see the start of the Banded Demoiselle Damselflies, named after the striking wing patch on just the males.

View: D73_20200601_1040_010 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male on curled Iris leaf at main pond.jpg
Description: Another male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly. The shape of the dark band suggests that we haven't photographed the same individual twice.

Date: 01 Jul 2020
View: D73_20200529_1558_158 Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly female perched on grass stem (crop).jpg
Description: This immaculate female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly spent several minutes fluttering around the 'garden' near the house.

View: D73_20200529_1600_185 Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly female perched on nettle stem.jpg
Description: This immaculate female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly spent several minutes fluttering around the 'garden' near the house.

View: D73_20200529_1603_200 Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly female perched on hedging.jpg
Description: This immaculate female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly spent several minutes fluttering around the 'garden' near the house.

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Date: 30 Jun 2020
View: E64_20200526_1828_132_FB2 Grey Squirrel attacking another.jpg
Description: Grey Squirrels can be really N A S T Y !

View: E64_20200528_1818_030_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels encounter.jpg
Description: What seems to us to be an entirely different encounter - an opportunity to do the 'Squirrel-making thing'?

View: E63_20200603_0602_188_FB1 Grey Squirrel juvenile.jpg
Description: This Squirrel equivalent of 'Bambi' - a juvenile with big eyes and rounded ears. This seems to be the youngest Grey Squirrel we have ever managed to photograph.
Cooing is permitted.

Date: 29 Jun 2020
View: E63_20200522_1835_146_FB1 Yellowhammer swallowing single corn grain.jpg
Description: When you watch a bird singing we sort of imagined that both halves of the beak open and close. But just like human teeth, the top of the beak is actually formed over part of the skull and only the bottom half moves. (On a human the top lip moves a bit, but on a bird there is nothing flexible to move - hence the 'birds don't have expressions idea). If you look at the beak here you can see that the bottom half has a sharp cut-off near the hinge that neatly fits the head when the beak is closed.

View: E63_20200528_2020_083+20200529_2021_155_FB1 Yellowhammer male + Chaffinch male (same scale montage).jpg
Description: After the female Yellowhammer, A chance to compare the sizes of a male Yellowhammer and male Chaffinch.

Date: 28 Jun 2020
View: D73_20200527_1741_120 Nest Box on Ivans Poplar inhabited by Bees (crop 3 with insert).jpg
Description: Things don't always go according to plan.
A 'Woodcrete' nest box on our tallest tree has become a nest for bees. Next year some birds will probably re-establish possession. This is the second time we have seen a nest-box converted to a tiny Bee-hive.

View: D73_20200527_1749_137 Robin adult with abnormal feathers over back (sings and flies fine).jpg
Description: Things don't always go according to plan.
We have seen this Robin a few times, with what looks like down feathers sticking out of his back. He sings well and flies fine and seems likely to be holding this territory.

Date: 27 Jun 2020
View: D73_20200526_1152_043 Clouds (orig & final).jpg
Description: This amazing sky, looking North East, greeted a lunchtime walk.

View: D73_20200526_0734_004 Cloud formation like scribble (orig & final).jpg
Description: Who's been scribbling on the sky?

Date: 26 Jun 2020
View: D01_20200523_2134_365+20200526_0445_155_FB6 Little Owl short visit to meadow & another visit 3 days later (montage).jpg
Description: A Little Owl (true common name for the species) has made a few visits each year for the last 5 years. These two images are from the first two visits this year, 3 days apart.
On the right you see the real eye.
On the left you see a facial illusion of the back of the birds head - whether this is just chance, or a survival development (an attacker might think it has already seen you so no point in stealthy attack) we don't know.


Date: 25 Jun 2020
View: BU6_20200523_1937_049+1952_052+1955_055_SC2 Fox carrying off large prey items over 19 minutes 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: 3 separate passages through the Orchard for this Fox, each with something quite large in its mouth. Intervals left to right are 15 & 3 minutes suggesting that the Den can't be that far away.
The resolution of the pics doesn't allow a definitive ID, but it seems that the Fox has found a nest, den or burrow of youngsters to raid.
Be sad for those youngsters, but happy for the Fox Cubs.

Date: 24 Jun 2020
View: D73_20200522_1738_119 Kestrel female perched on footrest of telephone pole.jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel is on one of her favourite perches on the foot-rest of a disused telephone pole along the south hedge.

View: D73_20200522_1740_154 Kestrel female in shaded Hawthorn tree.jpg
Description: When she decides to leave the South boundary (above) she invariably flies round the corner to the east. Here she is in shade and even manipulating the colour to correct for the sky-blue cast she almost look like a different bird.
Don't believe that the camera doesn't lie - but we try not to mislead you.

Date: 23 Jun 2020
View: D73_20200522_1507_093 Beautiful Demoiselle damselfly female perched on nettle leaf (crop 3).jpg
Description: This female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly quietly perched giving us a view of the intricate wing veins - now strengthening struts but once used to 'pump-up' the wings in the final stage of metamorphosis.

View: D73_20200522_1507_080 Beautiful Demoiselle damselfly female approaching landing on leaf.jpg
Description: A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly makes final approach to land on this fresh leaf. Beautiful and Banded Demoiselle Damselflies are the largest UK species at about 48mm long, while more often seen Damselflies like the Common Blue are about 35mm long and appear much more delicate
These creatures are Midge hunters & have no interest in vegetation apart from somewhere to perch.

View: D73_20200525_1256_009 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male perched on Blackberry leaf.jpg
Description: A male Beautiful Demoiselle clearly showing his iridescent colour and details of his tail end clasper he uses to grab the female 'by the neck'.

View: DF3_20200524_1003_022 Common Blue Damselfly male (1st of 2020).jpg
Description: A male common blue Damselfly warming himself in the sunshine.

Date: 22 Jun 2020
View: BU8_20200521_2200_082+085+2201_090 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn & Mum visit Duck pond for Mother to drink 1+2+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Based on sizes relative to Mum, we THINK that we now have THREE Reeve's Muntjac Fawns (and therefore three mothers) visiting our patch.
Here Mum, and maybe the youngster, stop by the Duck-shaped pond for a drink. We rate this Fawn as the 'middle sized' one.

View: BU8_20200522_0136_104+0137_108 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn suckling from mother near Duck pond 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: 3 hours later this obviously smaller Fawn still easily fits under Mum to access the 'Milk Bar' (Top). A minute later the automatic camera sees them wandering off together (lower left pair).

View: D73_20200526_0739_021+0740_034+037+046 Muntjac Reeves Deer mother & Fawn startled outside our east hedge 1-4 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Here we surprise a Fawn and Mother on the verge outside our patch. This Fawn is the biggest of the 3 (even allowing for 4 days growth) and much more independent. Mum took a hard look at us and decided to depart, walking away down the hedge line until she vanished down the increasing slope. The Fawn watched us for a few more seconds and then trotted after Mum.

View: BU3_20200528_0123_498_SC6 Roe Deer male with antlers on access track.jpg
Description: A male Roe Deer out on the access track with a clear view of his antlers. His position suggests that he has just come through the hole cut in the pig-net at this point, but it just doesn't seem to us that he could fit!

Date: 21 Jun 2020
View: E63_20200517_1645_192_FB1 Chaffinch male with insects in beak.jpg
Description: This male Chaffinch has a beakful of insect(s). Most likely one of the huge number of Craneflies (Daddy long legs) has been crammed in the gape to be taken to hungry beaks at the nest.

View: E63_20200524_0530_253_FB1 Robin youngster.jpg
Description: At the hedge bottom this young Robin looks healthy and perky. His red feathers will appear piecemeal over the next several weeks.

Date: 20 Jun 2020
View: D71_20200522_1030_001 Daisy patch in grass outside east hedge.jpg
Description: As the wonderful show of Dandelions comes to a close, Buttercups, and here Daisies move in to take their place decorating the mown grass areas.

View: D73_20200526_1239_047 Patch of tall Buttercups as the sun sees them.jpg
Description: The Farmland margins are getting a bit untidy - that's fine with us - perfect wildlife management! The Buttercups are mostly about 30cm high and carpet large areas. Here you see them looking down on them 'as the sun sees them - with no shadows'

Date: 19 Jun 2020
View: D73_20200521_1747_053+065 Brown Argus Butterfly (montage for top & bottom of wings).jpg
Description: This Brown Argus Butterfly is a good deal smaller than the even the Small Tortoiseshell. We tend to see one every 2 or three years. Here we catch two views perched on a weed showing the upper and lower surfaces of the wings.

View: D73_20200526_1054_016 Common Blue Butterfly (1st of 2020) (crop).jpg
Description: Our first sighting this year of a Common Blue Butterfly, complete with a Buttercup providing scale.
This is a male - the upper side of females is brown. The black bar is not a marking but some sort of damage.

View: DF3_20200525_1050_026+034 Tortoiseshell Butterfly feeding on flower (montage).jpg
Description: While this Tortoiseshell Butterfly is feeding on a Blackberry flower the photographer has time to move round to get these two different perspectives on the same event. On the right you can see the proboscis reaching down into the flower.

Date: 18 Jun 2020
View: D73_20200520_1243_013 Damselfly Azure male in flight.jpg
Description: Over the meadow area there are dozens of these Azure Damselflies. This is a male in flight.

View: D73_20200520_1305_091 Large Red Damselfly female (1st of 2020 not seen since 2015).jpg
Description: A visitor not seen for 5 years - a female large Red Damselfly.

Date: 17 Jun 2020
View: DF3_20200520_0853_010 Long-tailed Tit youngster calling from twig & 11kV cable 1 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: This slightly scruffy bird appears to be a young Long-tailed Tit calling for food.

View: DF3_20200520_0854_014 Long-tailed Tit youngster calling from twig & 11kV cable 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: The young Long-tailed tit flew up to an 11kV cable, which seems to dwarf it.

Date: 16 Jun 2020
View: D72_20200518_1300_074 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female momentarily opening wings while perched 2 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: This female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly spent a minute or two perched on this leaf, a few times opening her wings as if to take off but not doing so. The sun is nearly vertically above her providing shadows through the wings.

View: D73_20200520_1248_043 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male.jpg
Description: A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly perched elegantly on a leaf.

View: D73_20200521_1101_040 2 Beautiful Demoiselle damselflies males + 1 female together near Round mound (crop).jpg
Description: There are several favourite places to find Beautiful Demoiselle Dragonflies, typically 10 to 15 insects in each when in sunshine, plus ones and twos in almost every sheltered sunny patch, so estimate that there are at least 50 individuals currently in our little haven.

Date: 15 Jun 2020
View: D01_20200518_1456_013_FB6 Kestrel male landing on meadow post.jpg
Description: We don't often see the male Kestrel inside our patch, but here he makes a brief appearance on the meadow post.

View: DF3_20200518_1736_048+1737_049-064 Kestrel female flies from telephone pole to 11kV cable 01+02+06+10+14+17 of 17 (montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel also made an appearance, initially perched on a disused telephone pole foot-rest cum hand-hold, she decides to fly across to continue her hunt from one of the 11kV cables.
We have seen these two bird hunting adjacent area without conflict, the female recently 'vanished' for a few weeks as the male continued hunting, and we believe they are a pair breeding away from our patch.

View: D01_20200520_0447_115-116+0448_117_FB6 Kestrel female visit to meadow post 15m before sunrise 1-3 of 3 (montage 2 in b&w).jpg
Description: Two days later our local female Kestrel was out hunting 15 minutes before sunrise.
Left: Landing on the meadow post lit by camera flash.
Middle: about a third of a second later by natural light. Colour was so inaccurate we decided black and white was more accurate!
Right: One minute later giving the world a good stare.

Date: 14 Jun 2020
View: D73_20200516_1242_214 Kestrel male in flight.jpg
Description: This male Kestrel spent a few minutes in the sky overhead, mostly trying to ignore the pesky Jackdaw that wanted the Kestrel to go 'anywhere but here'.

View: D73_20200516_1243_235 Kestrel male harassed by Jackdaw (crop).jpg
Description: This male Kestrel shows his claws to the pesky Jackdaw.

View: D73_20200516_1243_372-375 Kestrel male looking down & presenting talons to harassing Jackdaw 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: The Jackdaw continues to Harass the male Kestrel.

View: D73_20200516_1244_456 Kestrel male Harassed by Jackdaw.jpg
Description: The male Kestrel finally decided to do what the Jackdaw wanted, and flew into the distance.

Date: 13 Jun 2020
View: DF3_20200515_1300_057+055 Hover-fly (Leucozoma Lucorum) feeding on Garlic Mustard (montage).jpg
Description: Quite a large Hover-fly this, feeding on Garlic Mustard flowers.

Date: 12 Jun 2020
View: E62_20200514_1614_029_FB5 Magpie juvenile.jpg
Description: A young Magpie moulting into his first set of adult plumage.
We hope it isn't as uncomfortable as it looks.

View: E62_20200520_1925_146_FB5 Grey Squirrel eating beetroot stained apple peel.jpg
Description: It's no good, we can't stop thinking that this Grey Squirrel's open mouth is showing a little smile of anticipation for her food.

View: E64_20200512_0114_065_FB2 Badger running past camera.jpg
Description: We see badgers most nights on the IR lit silent cameras, but it nice to see one in full colour. This one seems to be genuinely running past the camera with no visible contact with the ground.

Date: 11 Jun 2020
View: D73_20200513_0723_014-018 Little Egret in flight @10fps 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This Little Egret made an extended flight along the line of the brook, starting a quarter of a mile to our west to disappear to the east towards the M1 motorway. These pics at about 10 frames per second.

View: D73_20200513_0723_028-032 Little Egret in flight @10fps 1-5 of 5 (approx montage).jpg
Description: This Little Egret made an extended flight along the line of the brook, starting a quarter of a mile to our west to disappear to the east towards the M1 motorway. These pics at about 10 frames per second.

View: D73_20200514_1026_018 Little Egret in flight.jpg
Description: Next day saw another sighting of a Little Egret, not spotted in the days that follow.

Date: 10 Jun 2020
View: E62_20200513_1233_159_FB5 Mallard Duck female looking over male.jpg
Description: A pair of Mallard ducks making a lunchtime visit to the meadow site.

View: DF3_20200520_0718_141-143 Mallard Duck pair in flight 4-6 of 6 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: A pair of Mallard Ducks whizz by.
This is all in less than one third of a second - Ducks fly FAST!

Date: 09 Jun 2020
View: BU6_20200509_1010_196_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn bounding over grass (crop).jpg
Description: A few years ago we found a fawn dead and headless, so we do worry about them in their first few months. So we are pleased to see them around the photo sites. This one is tearing round in circles at the end of the orchard.

View: E63_20200518_2001_043_FB1 Muntjac Deer Fawn with adult behind.jpg
Description: The Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn ventures onto the hedge bottom camera site with Mum in close attendance on the path behind.

View: BU5_20200520_1623_434_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer fawn followed by mother.jpg
Description: Here the Reeve's Muntjac Fawn explores the area by the pond, but Mum behind doesn't let the little one get too far from her protection.

View: BU8_20200520_1646_217+219+220+222 Muntjac Reeves Deer female visits edge of Duck Pond 1-4 of 4 (montage impression).jpg
Description: A Reeve's Muntjac Deer stops by the pond. She may have stopped for a drink that the camera missed.

Date: 08 Jun 2020
View: DF3_20200512_1459_220 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn 5 minutes visit to orchard 07 of 12 (crop 1).jpg
Description: ... continued
The Photographer and the Reeve's Muntjac Deer fawn spent about 5 minutes watching each other.

View: DF3_20200512_1501_233 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn 5 minutes visit to orchard 08 of 12 (crop).jpg
Description: The Photographer and the Reeve's Muntjac Deer fawn spent about 5 minutes watching each other.

View: DF3_20200512_1501_235-238 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn 5 minutes visit to orchard 09-12 of 12 (horizontally stretched montage).jpg
Description: After about 5 minutes the Fawn finally decided to depart in the direction that Mum had gone. Perhaps Mum called the little creature in a way that we didn't hear.

Date: 07 Jun 2020
View: DF3_20200512_1457_173+177 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn 5 minutes visit to orchard spooking Grey Squirrel 01+02 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: After seeing the female Reeve's Muntjac Deer through the window, the photographer stepped outdoor to find her fawn just 10 metres away. The Fawn was apparently only interested in, rather than frightened by, the human. The Grey Squirrel on the gate just didn't know whether to attack or flee this strange creature, and seemed frozen to the spot.

View: DF3_20200512_1459_186 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn 5 minutes visit to orchard 03 of 12 (crop).jpg
Description: The Reeve's Muntjac Deer fawn watches the photographer watching them.

View: DF3_20200512_1459_205 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn 5 minutes visit to orchard 06 of 12 (crop).jpg
Description: The Reeve's Muntjac Deer fawn watches the photographer watching them.
Continued tomorrow ...

Date: 06 Jun 2020
View: df3_20200510_0653_016 Robin singing 7m up on Pear tree branch.jpg
Description: High in a partially dead Pear tree this Robin sings to everybody near and far.

View: DF3_20200512_1007_116 Chaffinch male singing to the sky from top of Ash tree (crop).jpg
Description: This male Chaffinch is putting his whole being into making sure his song carries as far and loud as he can.

Date: 05 Jun 2020
View: d73_20200509_0839_178 Dandelion clock freshly opened (crop).jpg
Description: Dandelion Clocks are just beautiful constructions

View: d73_20200509_0656_095 Groundsel seed heads against dew soaked wheat crop.jpg
Description: With the crop wet with overnight dew, the Groundsel seems to stay dry

View: d73_20200509_0700_101 Buttercups starting to erupt.jpg
Description: As the Dandelions wind down for the year, the Buttercups wind up.

Date: 04 Jun 2020
View: BU4_20200508_2241_165+2038_145+20200509_0438_190 Muntjac Reeves Deer female + Fawn + male (montage).jpg
Description: A montage of 3 moments to get all three members of the Reeve's Muntjac Deer family in the frame at once, in the positions they actually occupied. Left to right: Mum, Fawn and a male that we assume must be Dad.

View: BU2_20200513_0337_329_SC7 Fox poised at active Rabbit hole.jpg
Description: This Fox waits hopefully for a Rabbit to appear at the Rabbit hole under this step. The Fox was out of luck this time.

Date: 03 Jun 2020
View: d73_20200508_1051_044 Sun Halo full 360 degrees (orig).jpg
Description: We rarely see the sun with a complete and consistent Halo when we have a wide enough angle lens to catch it all. We have enhanced the colour a bit to show the 'rainbow' effect - red inside.

Date: 02 Jun 2020
View: df3_20200507_1054_004 Orange-tip Butterfly male feeding on Garlic Mustard flower.jpg
Description: A male Orange tip butterfly feeding on the flower of its caterpillar's food plant, the Garlic Mustard.

View: DF3_20200512_1011_125 Silver Y Moth (Autographa gamma) (1st of 2020).jpg
Description: This moth fluttered past us and landed on this stinging nettle. It is the fairly common 'Silver Y' Moth that flies both day and night. The Latin name (Autographa gamma) just seem so apt!

Date: 01 Jun 2020
View: D73_20200507_1728_009 Pineham House field viewed from Farm Road entrance - hawthorn blossom (crop).jpg
Description: Our North boundary at the end of the day, when it sees a bit of sunshine is about 100 metres long. Several of the Hawthorn plants in the inner hedge have been allowed to grow into trees, now producing huge splashes of blossom that you really can't see from anywhere inside our patch :-(

View: d73_20200509_0844_186 Hawthorn trees in blossom above east hedge.jpg
Description: At the unusual double hedges we allow Hawthorn trees to grow on the inner hedge. It produces this lovely drapery effect as the trees grow over the outer almost entirely self-set Blackthorn over a barbed wire fence. This closer view is on the east hedge.

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Date: 31 May 2020
View: D01_20200505_1548_101+102+1553_112+155_115_FB6 Kestrel female 10+ minute visit to meadow post 1+2+4+6 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: After a few weeks of absence and then a few fleeting glimpses, hopefully while incubating eggs, the local female Kestrel makes a much longer visit to the meadow post.

Date: 30 May 2020
View: D73_20200507_0710_096 2 Rook juveniles (left in each pair) + 2 adults (crop 2).jpg
Description: The Rooks seem mostly to have finished making the new generation. Here we have 2 pairs of Rooks, juvenile on the left in each case.

View: D73_20200507_0707_021 Rook at nest failing to manoeuver long twig so flies off and returns with it 01 of 22 (crop).jpg
Description: But just one pair of Rooks seem to be building a new nest or doing a renovation. Here one bird (probably the male) has picked up a twig well over twice his own length. The stick starts above where he is holding it and ends almost at the bottom of this pic. He spent several minutes trying various way to get it into the nest, but just couldn't.

View: D73_20200507_0708_070-073 Rook at nest failing to manoeuver long twig flies off & returns with it 06-09 of 22 (acc montage).jpg
Description: He finally just took off with it, and expected him to drop it as 'too big'. But instead he made a wide circle and flew back to the nesting tree with it still in his beak.

View: D73_20200507_0708_094 Rook at nest failing to manoeuver long twig so flies off and returns with it 22 of 22 (crop).jpg
Description: Finally he landed well above his nest and his calling mate, and quickly worked his way down onto the nest with his prize.

Date: 29 May 2020
View: D73_20200504_1508_012 Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on Garlic Mustard flower.jpg
Description: This has been an unusually plentiful year for Green Veined White Butterflies around our patch. This one is feeding from an also plentiful Garlic Mustard flower.

View: DF3_20200505_1333_013 Green-veined White Butterfly perched on Garlic Mustard leaf.jpg
Description: Next afternoon this Green Veined White butterfly perches on a Garlic Mustard leaf. Not trying to feed, the Proboscis is neatly rolled.

Date: 28 May 2020
View: BU5_20200504_0436_365_SC1 Roe Deer female (IR).jpg
Description: After entering the site 13 minutes before the female Roe Deer appears at the front of Round Pond. The huge ears look wonderful.

View: BU3_20200506_2136_360_SC6 Roe Deer male on access track (IR).jpg
Description: 2 nights later the male Roe Deer crosses the concrete track showing off his antlers and proving an unusually good view of his hooves.

View: BU3_20200504_1020_256+257_SC6 Muntjac Deer female walking across access track 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Hours later, in morning sunshine, the female of the much smaller Reeve's Muntjac Deer ambles across the concrete track into the adjacent crop field to the left.

Date: 27 May 2020
View: DF3_20200503_1612_104 Red-headed Cardinal Beetle.jpg
Description: This Red-headed Cardinal Beetle was glowing in the sunshine on the end of some sort of dried up stem.

Date: 26 May 2020
View: DF3_20200501_1746_021+030+031+034 Kestrel female repeatedly opening beak wide while perched 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel, not seen for weeks, flashes by and lands on one of the apple trees. She proceeded to perch quietly, repeatedly opening her gape and closing it again repeatedly for a few minutes - most likely something to do with regurgitating a pellet, but we never saw one.

View: DF3_20200501_1755_079 Kestrel female inspecting cameraman (crop 1).jpg
Description: "I see you, but you seem mostly Harmless."
Shameful mash-up of quotes from Avatar and The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy.

View: DF3_20200501_1755_079 Kestrel female inspecting cameraman (crop 2).jpg
Description: I've already said I can see you.

View: DF3_20200501_1757_095-097+099+100 Kestrel female defecating before launching 1-3+5+6 of 6 (montage @7fps).jpg
Description: She finally decided to fly to another perch, still quite close but in a conifer where she is obscured. As many birds do just before take-off, she evacuates her bowels - why carry unnecessary weight.

Date: 25 May 2020
View: BU6_20200427_1452_022_SC2+BU4_20200427_1501_025 Fox entering SW corner & leaving East 10 mins later 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: A mid-afternoon fox enters the area at the south west corner, spends 10 minutes on the prowl, and exits through the east passage.
What gets a Fox out in the middle of the day? Most probably hungry youngsters!

View: E62_20200502_0207_124_FB5 Fox.jpg
Description: We see lots of Foxes moving in and out of the site, but they do seem to avoid the high resolution & flash cameras, so nice to see this one.

View: BU8_20200505_0354_023 Fox scenting air at Duck Pond.jpg
Description: This fox is near the edge of the duck-shaped pond, we think sniffing the air in search of a meal. If there is a duck nest on the island (right) the Fox will have to decide whether the eggs are worth a cold swim.

Date: 24 May 2020
View: E62_20200426_0820_195_FB5 Grey Squirrel eating end of fresh carrot.jpg
Description: About time - a piece of FRESH juicy carrot rather than the stale ends.

View: E62_20200504_1817_052_FB5 Grey Squirrel looking up extremely stressed.jpg
Description: Something out of frame top and right seems to have really spooked this Squirrel.

View: E64_20200506_1755_100_FB2 Grey Squirrel female eating fruit peel.jpg
Description: Apple now, STRAWBERRY to come!

Date: 23 May 2020
View: E63_20200426_0758_190_FB1 Wood Pigeon with twig in beak.jpg
Description: A piece of 'Timber' for nest improvements?

View: D01_20200501_1047_177_FB6 Wood Pigeon preening on meadow post.jpg
Description: This Wood Pigeon works along his tail feathers, 'combing' them out. You can just see the eye's tiny inverted tear drop Iris shape in the bright light.

Date: 22 May 2020
View: DF5_20200426_0646_012-048 Wren singing from sloping twig 02+03+05+06+09+12 of 13 (montage - TL+BL+ML etc).jpg
Description: Outside the living room window over breakfast, this Wren spent a minute or two singing his heart out.
Should it matter the sequence is Upper Left, Lower Left, Upper Middle, Lower Middle etc.

Date: 21 May 2020
View: D01_20200425_1710_092+1712_094_FB6 Wood Pigeon takes off from Meadow Post 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This Wood Pigeon takes off from the post with rather more verve than usual. Normally they sort of fall off downwards and catch the fall with their wings.

View: DF3_20200426_1752_264 Hover-fly hovering.jpg
Description: This Hover-fly was hovering about a metre away, holding position really accurately, providing the chance of this in-flight portrait.

Date: 20 May 2020
View: BU6_20200429_2206_432_SC2+BU4_20200429_2204_069 Roe Deer male wandering over site for 7 minutes 4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: A male Roe Deer spent 7 minutes traversing our patch.

View: E64_20200429_2202_084_FB2 Roe Deer male wandering over site for 7 minutes 2 of 5 (orig & final).jpg
Description: The one that got away - none of our hi-resolution flash cameras are set up to photograph creatures that are this tall.

Date: 19 May 2020
View: D73_20200427_1229_055-1230_061 Pied Wagtail on 11kv cable 1-5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: First sighting here this year of any sort of Wagtail. This one is a Pied Wagtail spending just a few seconds on an 11kV cable

View: D73_20200427_1232_077+079+080+082 Pied Wagtail seeing & grabbing invertibrate on track verge 2+4+5+7 of 9 (montage @10fps).jpg
Description: The same Pied Wagtail started hunting along the edge of the disused concrete track, suddenly leaping forward and backing off with a substantial caterpillar in it's beak

View: D73_20200427_1232_081 Pied Wagtail spotting & grabbing invertibrate on track verge 6 of 9 (crop).jpg
Description: The moment of capture between the bottom two images in the montage.

Date: 18 May 2020
View: D73_20200427_1223_012 Orange-tip Butterfly male feeding from Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flower.jpg
Description: Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) (aka Cuckoo flower) is a generous nectar provider, and the orange-tip Butterflies make the most of it.

View: D73_20200427_1224_022+025+026 Orange-tip Butterfly male around Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flowers (montage).jpg
Description: The insect on the right shows the Proboscis partially coiled.

View: D73_20200427_1225_032 Orange-tip Butterfly male flying to Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flower with proboscis already uncurled.jpg
Description: Here the male Orange-tip Butterfly is backing away from the flower, his Proboscis still extended.

Date: 17 May 2020
View: DF3_20200426_1605_235 Rook chick in nest begging from adult (crop 2).jpg
Description: This young Rook is making it very clear that it wants F O O D !

View: D73_20200427_1221_002 Rook by nest containing 2 chicks.jpg
Description: It hard to see what is going on in nests 10 metres above your head, but this is definitely 2 young Rooks in this nest. One has it's beak at the centre of the frame, and the other is facing left with beak tip hidden by the branch around which the nest is constructed.

Date: 16 May 2020
View: DF3_20200424_1737_071-071 Chaffinch male singing from top of conifer 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A male Chaffinch calling his territorial ownership to any other bird in earshot.

Date: 15 May 2020
View: DF3_20200424_1246_041 Bluebell white.jpg
Description: A White Bluebell spike. This robust plant looks like a cultivar or hybrid.

View: DF3_20200425_1249_123 Bluebell flowers.jpg
Description: Next day its the turn of a what looks like the classic British Bluebell in the 'normal' coloured Blue, and a Pink variety.

View: DF3_20200425_1239_116 Cow Parsley (1st of 2020).jpg
Description: Cow Parsley displays it's delicate flower head along the concrete track boarders - and a few days later all over the place.

View: DF3_20200426_0923_142 Red Campion flower.jpg
Description: Red Campion is one of the regular wild flowers.

Date: 14 May 2020
View: E60_20200424_0311_019_FB3 Tawny Owl landing on kitchen perch 30 mins after meadow post (crop).jpg
Description: The 'new' Tawny Owl makes a neat landing on the kitchen perch

View: D01_20200424_0654_040+0233_033_FB6 Wren + Tawny Owl on Meadow Post 2 of 3 (montage at same scale).jpg
Description: Little and  Large Medium
A surprise appearance by a Wren on the meadow post is contrasted with the much larger Tawny Owl. But even a Tawny Owl is not a particularly large bird.

Date: 13 May 2020
View: DF3_20200430_0726_015 Streaks of cloud suggesting distant hills 3 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: Dark streaks of cloud suggest a rolling landscape off into the distance.

View: E64_20200424_1959_108_FB2 Grey Squirrel watching distant rabbit at sunset.jpg
Description: A Rabbit (background) comes out as the day ends.
The Rabbit may have had some unpleasant encounters with Grey squirrels, and keeps a safe distance from the Squirrel.

Date: 12 May 2020
View: E60_20200421_2312_031_FB3 Tawny Owl landing.jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl makes a short visit to the kitchen window perch just before midnight.

View: BU2_20200422_2153_285_SC7 Fox looking back from slope of Round Mound (IR).jpg
Description: This Fox looks back as they stop on the climb up the mound.

Date: 11 May 2020
View: BU3_20200418_1957_096_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer female + Fawn + male 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: We are delighted to report that one of the female Reeve's Muntjac Deer has had a Fawn! Here are left to right are the Dad, Fawn and Mum in the gloom of evening. Try to imagine their little hard hooves clicking their way along our concrete access track.

View: BU3_20200419_1418_155_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer Female + Fawn (crop off edge of frame).jpg
Description: Next day the early afternoon lighting provides a much better pic of just Mum and her Fawn at the same place.

View: BU4_20200419_1437_073 Muntjac Reeves Deer female and Fawn 2 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: 20 minutes later Mum and Fawn arrive 100m away across the other side of our plot.

View: BU4_20200422_2017_093 Muntjac Reeves Deer female & Fawn.jpg
Description: Three days later, dark enough for the camera to switch to IR illumination, Mum and Fawn are still roaming the plot.
We think the Fawn may be looking for the 'Milk Bar'

Date: 10 May 2020
View: E62_20200420_0145_275_FB5 Tawny Owl inspecting roadkill Hare (crop).jpg
Description: Story continued from yesterday
This Tawny owl arrived for a look at the roadkill Hare, but didn't stay.

View: E62_20200420_0918_010_FB5 Magpie eating roadkill Hare (crop).jpg
Description: A Magpie samples the increasingly odiferous carcass of the roadkill Hare.

View: E62_20200421_0322_070_FB5 Badger eating and then dragging off Hare roadkill 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: At nearly 3.30 a.m. this Badger turns up to examine the still substantial roadkill Hare remains.
The Badger may have blocked the beam while feeding on it, or just wandered away - we don't know which.

View: E62_20200421_0343_071_FB5 Badger eating and then dragging off Hare roadkill 2 of 2 (crop 1).jpg
Description: 20 minutes later this Badger drags away the roadkill Hare remains. To us this looks like a different individual to the earlier visit.
Next morning, the site now empty, we looked for indications of where the carcass was dragged, but found no signs.

Date: 09 May 2020
View: DF3_20200415_1351_020 Hare in adjoining field to west (crop).jpg
Description: A sad little tale that starts a few days before the major events. In the middle of the day we spotted a lone Hare lolloping through the crop on the field across our access track. Grabbing a picture, and noting to keep an eye out for them in this field, we just kept this pic 'for the record'.

View: DF3_20200419_0901_009 Hare roadkill placed at FB5 (meadow) (orig).jpg
Description: 4 days later, at the end of our access track at about 8.45 a.m. we spotted a mound of brown fur lying in the middle of the road. We took a barrow up the road to it and sadly discovered that it was a Hare which we brought back to the meadow camera site. We have to assume that this 'lost' Hare got through the pig-net and onto the road and met it's end under the wheels of a passing vehicle.

View: E62_20200419_1203_195_FB5 Hare roadkill being eaten by Magpie (crop).jpg
Description: In the daytime we saw only Magpies visiting to eat the roadkill Hare - not one sighting of any other Corvid despite the area being awash with Rooks and a few Jackdaws.

View: PC2_20200419_xxxx_xxx Magpie eating roadkill Hare (crop from 4k video).jpg
Description: This moment of a Magpie pecking at the roadkill Hare is a crop from a Camcorder frame.
Story continues tomorrow ...

Date: 08 May 2020
View: DF3_20200419_1225_014 Bumble Bee approaching White Dead Nettle.jpg
Description: A Bumble Bee flying in to feed on the flower of a White Dead-nettle.

View: D73_20200419_1526_019 Blossom of Red apple tree with Comma Butterfly and fly.jpg
Description: This decades old Apple tree is notable because EVERYTHING is red - flowers, the wood and sap, the skin of the apple as well as the flesh. It makes a good cooking apple even if whatever you make comes out pink!
Only when we worked on this photo did we spot the Comma Butterfly at the top, and a fly just to the Butterfly's left. That crenelated wing edge is marvellous camouflage.

View: DF3_20200420_1102_020 Speckled Wood Butterfly on emerging beech leaves (1st of 2020).jpg
Description: The first sighting this year of a Speckled Wood Butterfly. This by far the most numerous Butterfly here, and is about for many months.

View: D73_20200419_1738_026 Lilac Flower head (crop 2 - pollen detail).jpg
Description: Part of a Lilac Flower head, individual flowers from closed to fully open. Some of the closed flowers seem sprinkled with pollen dust from the already open flowers.

Date: 07 May 2020
View: E62_20200416_2117_032_FB5 Badger (crop 1).jpg
Description: A pristine Badger wanders through the Meadow site.

View: E62_20200416_2117_032_FB5 Badger (crop 2).jpg
Description: A closer look at the badgers face.

View: E62_20200421_2217_035_FB5 Badger.jpg
Description: Hi Brock - hoping to find another Hare for supper?
The same Badger visits the night after we think the same Badger dragged away a roadkill Hare from this site

Date: 06 May 2020
View: DF3_20200416_1753_018 Mallard Duck female + 2 males landing after extended flight (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: A triplet of Mallard ducks - the 'standard' 1 female and 2 males spent several minutes circling the area.
Unexpectedly they decided to touch down in the margin of the field to our east. Here the female is at the left, with one male about to land and the other doing a rather inelegant bellyflop. Mallard ducks are not very good at landing on solid ground but 'any landing you can walk away from is good'.

View: DF3_20200416_1755_076-084 Mallard Duck males and female restart group flight chase 01+03+06+09 of 15 (approx montage).jpg
Description: The 3 Duck waddled about quacking, and finally the female launched to the east, so of course the males quickly followed, and the montage tries to give an impression of the event.
We see interactions of this sort so often in Spring that we are convinced that the female is finding out which of the males best handles her 'Assault course' before she offers to mate with him.

Date: 05 May 2020
View: DF3_20200422_1120_049 Dandelion flower with shadow.jpg
Description: Here is the brilliant yellow flowering Dandelion with the flowers shadowed on a lump of broken concrete.
We were asked how this brilliant flower turns into the white seed head we all know as a Dandelion Clock.
We didn't know so decided to find out ...

View: DF3_20200422_0857_037 Dandelion seed capsule with wilted petals.jpg
Description: Here is a Dandelion that has finished flowering but not yet turned to seed. The withering leaves are at the top and the recessive green seed capsule is below. The seeds develop in the capsule for what seems to be 2 or 3 days.

View: PC2_20200423_1058_001-1228_010 Dandelion seed head (clock) opening 01+03+05+06+08+10 of 10 (montage @10mins per frame).jpg
Description: With little warning the seed capsule starts to open from the base to turn the wind-dispersed seeds into the well known sphere. Images 1 to 10 are cropped from 90 minutes of 4K video at 10 minute intervals. All but 05 to 06 (that's top right to bottom left) skip 1 image, so most of the intervals are 20 minutes. If you look for these events in progress it is hard to find - the unopened seed capsules are difficult to find among the bright yellow and white, and the partly open globe looks like a partially wind blown finished head.

View: dandelion seed head (clock) opening over 90 minutes.gif
Description: Here is the same 90 minute sequence of the opening Dandelion seed head animated in just 10 seconds, here all at about 10 minute intervals

Date: 04 May 2020
View: D73_20200416_0718_022 Groundsel on field margin turning to seed.jpg
Description: Groundsel has gone 'mad' this year, appearing in swathes is various places on the Farm land. These tiny seed heads (like Dandelions but about a quarter of the diameter) cover a patch at the edge of the crop.

View: D73_20200416_1234_013 Dandelion seed heads.jpg
Description: On the south side of the house the Dandelions are sheltered from the wind from the east so these head are still intact.
Two days later heavy rain smashed the seed heads to bits.

View: D73_20200418_1616_001 Dandelion seed head and Groundsel seed head size comparison.jpg
Description: Photographs always seeming to mislead about size, so here is a direct comparison of Dandelion and Groundsel 'clocks' 'in the hand'..

Date: 03 May 2020
View: DF3_20200415_1739_048+49 Chiffchaff perched in willow tree 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: We struggle identifying 'Little Brown Birds', but from the bird's call we believe it to be a Chiffchaff

Date: 02 May 2020
View: DF3_20200414_1623_068 Bee-fly hovering.jpg
Description: A Bee-fly hovers in the sunshine
Completely Harmless! - that long probe is NOT a stinger!

View: DF3_20200412_1225_077 Cinnamon bug aka Black and Red Squash Bug (Corizus hyoscyami) (crop).jpg
Description: We believe that this is a 'Cinnamon Bug' with a Vivid orange and Black colouration.

View: DF3_20200409_1514_001 7 Spot Ladybird (1st of 2020).jpg
Description: Several sightings of these 7-Spot Ladybirds so far this year - more than for the occasional invasive (if now inevitable) Harlequin Ladybird.

Date: 01 May 2020
View: D73_20200412_1617_154+1618_161+175+1620_191 Orang-tip Butterfly pair courting (montage).jpg
Description: Orange-tip Butterflies males fruitlessly looking for females, not yet emerged from their over-wintered chrysalises, are now rewarded with a female to entice. Here are 4 moments from an attempted seduction.
The male has the orange tips, but the female doesn't. They both have that wonderful green and white marbling under the wing.

View: DF3_20200414_1252_047+1251_027 Orange-tip butterflies courting on Blackberry leaves (montage).jpg
Description: 2 days later presumably a different couple of Orange-tip Butterfly 'getting to know each other'.

View: DF3_20200414_1455_060 Orange-tip Butterfly feeding on Ground Ivy flower.jpg
Description: All this chasing girls is hard work.
Here a male Orange-tip Butterfly refuels on what we think is a Ground Ivy flower.

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Date: 30 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200412_1221_057 Green Veined White Butterflies mating (1st GVW of 2020) (crop).jpg
Description: Our first sighting this year of a green Veined White Butterfly, and we are lucky enough to catch a pair mating. It is not unusual to see the female butterfly feeding while the male does his 'thing'.

Date: 29 Apr 2020
View: D01_20200411_0101_089_FB6 Tawny Owl (new individual) landing on meadow post.jpg
Description: A Tawny Owl lands on the post, but this is NOT our normal 'local Tawny' but another individual with different facial features. Perhaps being startled by distant (25m away) flashgun the bird hasn't experienced before, this night the Owl did not stay.

View: D01_20200412_0322_165+0324_169_FB6 Tawny Owl lands on meadow post with Blackbird male in claws 1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The next night the same Tawny Owl spent about 3 minutes on the meadow post, arriving at about 3.30 a.m. with what we are fairly sure is a male Blackbird in the talons. We assume the prey was to be taken to a nesting female - most probably our now temporarily vanished 'local Tawny Owl'. Prey is mostly eaten at the site of capture except when it is needed at the nest in Spring & early summer.
Perhaps he wanted a snack before delivering the rest!
How do we know it is the same Owl as the previous night?
This montage is of frames 1 and 3, while the less interesting frame 2 shows some of 'his' facial disc. Further, his plumage is distinctly lighter than that of our regular Tawny Owl.
'He' appeared again for a single frame the next night.


View: E63_20200413_0646_204_FB1 Blackbird male replaces absent male assumed killed by Tawny Owl 28 hours prior.jpg
Description: The following day saw no male Blackbird sightings at the hedge bottom site, and one day on this definitely differently plumaged male appears. Most likely the female will just soldier on by herself, and hopefully raise at least some of the clutch. But he may help with an eye to future nuptials - we have no idea, but he has appeared again here on subsequent days.

Date: 28 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200410_0814_016 Crabapple Blossom.jpg
Description: In the hedges the Crabapples are starting to open their delicate flowers.

View: DF3_20200412_1502_100 Apple Blossom.jpg
Description: The exuberant Blossom of a cultivated fruit tree.

View: DF3_20200412_0933_040 Pear Tree Blossom (tree at west of track).jpg
Description: A really old Pear tree opposite the house over the access track has burst into flower far in excess of anything we remember.

Date: 27 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200403_1626_107 Cloud suggest Anglerfish about to swallow the Moon (orig).jpg
Description: If you have seen wildlife film of the grotesque Anglerfish, you will appreciate the 90 degree open mouth of this cloud wanting to swallow the moon!

View: D73_20200408_0730_240+DF3_20200408_1125_307 Daisies opening during morning (montage).jpg
Description: Many wild flowers 'shut for the night' and re-open next day. These daisies were photographed at about 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on the same day.
Why do they shut at all?
Apparently to protect the delicate reproductive parts from rain and cold during the times their pollinators are not active.


View: DF3_20200412_1224_070 Forget-me-not flower carpet under Oak tree (orig & final).jpg
Description: This carpet of Forget-me-Not flowers are under the Oak at the side of the Meadow.

Date: 26 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200402_1646_006+1647_018+023 Kestrel female eating Rodent on grass near kitchen window 02+06+08 of 13 (montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel seems to have made this kill a few metres from the Kitchen window. It is probably a short-tailed Field vole, but whatever it is, here she is ripping off pieces to swallow.

View: D5C_20200402_1646_010 Kestrel female eating Rodent on grass near kitchen window 04 of 13 (crop 2).jpg
Description: If she spotted us on the other side of the window, and this pic suggests that she did, she wasn't deterred from finishing off her meal there and then.
What a sweetie - if you are not a rodent. She is somewhat tolerant of us, but far from 'tame'.

View: D73_20200410_1612_008-017 Kestrel female landing momentarily on grass then flying on 1+3+5-7+9+10 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: One of our last few regular sightings for now of the local female Kestrel, landing on the grass for just a moment, presumably to pick up some morsel she has spotted, before flying on. We expect she is now incubating eggs somewhere. The male Kestrel hunts to our north and we can only rarely see him but he is most probably 'hunting for two' at the moment.

Date: 25 Apr 2020
View: D73_20200408_1618_127+129+131 Kestrel female hunting insects in flight 1+3+5 of 5 (montage impression).jpg
Description: Next day, the same female Kestrel was again hunting insects in flight. The dot below the Talons of the top bird is the insect, in a claw by the next frame and being brought forward to the beak in the bottom image.
We photographed about 5 instances on this day, but could only find a convincing insect in this one.

View: DF3_20200407_1446_067-079+1448_106 Kestrel female lands young Lombardy Poplar 03+05+07+10+15+26 of 26 (part acc montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel lands on the tip of one of the young Poplar trees along the Farm Road, struggling to balance as the wood bends 90 degrees to take her weight.

View: D73_20200408_1604_031+032+34 Kestrel female flying from top of wooden power pole 2+3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The female kestrel quietly launches from our power pole. She had a busy day around our site.

Date: 24 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200407_1450_172-176 Kestrel female catches insect in talons in flight & eats it 01-05 of 10 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: Surprise of the week for us was watching the local female Kestrel flying around jinking in flight as if trying to catch something. Here is the photo evidence of this Kestrel successfully catching insects (presumably 'bee' sized).
We had expected that the catch would be made in the beak like swifts and swallow. But no - the insect is grabbed in one of the claws before being swung forward to the beak to eat.
Yes this bird really was flying backwards as she kept manoeuvring to grab the evading insect. This is about two thirds of a second of action.

View: DF3_20200407_1450_175 Kestrel female catches insect in talons while in flight & eats it 04 of 10 (crop).jpg
Description: A detail from next to bottom of the above montage.

View: DF3_20200407_1450_181-184 Kestrel female catching insect in talons in flight & eats it 07-10 of 10 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: About 1 second from the end of the first montage her prize is swung forward to eat it, all in half a second, too quick for the eye (our eyes at least) to catch.

View: DF3_20200407_1450_182 Kestrel female catches insect in talons while in flight & eats it 08 of 10 (crop).jpg
Description: Another detail of the insect held by the tips of the talons

Date: 23 Apr 2020
View: D73_20200406_1606_116 Pineham House field viewed from Farm Road entrance (crop).jpg
Description: A picture of our south boundary taken from the Farm Road entrance. Its very close to 100 metres across.

View: D73_20200407_1229_124 Dandelions and Grape Hyacinth growing at corner of paving slab outside study.jpg
Description: We avoid chemicals where we can, so 'weeds' have a field day in cracks between paving slabs. We think this yellow & blue mix is just beautiful.

Date: 22 Apr 2020
View: D73_20200406_1601_039-053 Little Egret flies to thin branch at treetop 01+05+09+10+12+23 of 25 (part acc montage @10fps).jpg
Description: Very occasional sightings of a Little Egrets is here supplemented by an arrival of this one on the tip of a tree ...

View: D73_20200406_1602_057-067 Little Egret flying from top of tree 01+02+05+-8+11 of 15 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg
Description: ... and then launching downwards a minute later.

Date: 21 Apr 2020
View: BU7_20200404_0411_095+BU6_20200404_0413_244-249_SC2 Roe Deer female enters south hedge & leaves 10+12+13+17 of 18 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Roe Deer enters through the south hedge, and wanders into the site.
We didn't see her leave - there are many exits without a camera.

View: BU5_20200407_0535_121-123_SC1 Roe Dear male drinking at Round Pond 1-3 of 3 (impression montage).jpg
Description: This male Roe Deer with impressive antlers stops by the edge of Round Pond for a drink.

View: BU7_20200403_2322_079+20200404_0411_093 Comparison of Muntjac Reeves Deer female & Roe Deer female (right) (montage).jpg
Description: Roe Deer (right) are substantially bigger than Reeve's Muntjac Deer (left) we mostly see, the former having proportionally much longer legs and taller ears.

Date: 20 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200403_1740_119 Willow Catkins.jpg
Description: Willow Catkins are a riot of Pollen.
"Achoo"

View: D73_20200408_0727_231 Black Poplar tree Catkins.jpg
Description: Black Poplar trees make these attractive maroon and yellow Catkins weeks before the first leaves appear.

Date: 19 Apr 2020
View: D73_20200402_1556_014 Cherry Blossom against grey cloud (crop).jpg
Description: A tangle of Cherry Blossom against some grey clouds, making them look almost luminous.
    "Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry now
     Is hung with bloom along the bough"
... (A Shropshire Lad, A. E. Houseman)

View: DF3_20200407_1445_021 Peacock Butterfly in Cherry Blossom.jpg
Description: This over-wintered Peacock Butterfly, in remarkably good condition, feeding of a cherry blossom flower.

View: DF3_20200404_1506_180 Cherry Blossom with Bee.jpg
Description: A Bee feeding on one of thousands of Cherry Blossoms florets.

Date: 18 Apr 2020
View: E62_20200401_0358_191_FB5 Badger on frosty grass.jpg
Description: On a frosty morning this unusually dry and clean Badger takes a selfie.

Date: 17 Apr 2020
View: D36_20200326_0904_003_FB4 Grey Squirrel looking upwards.jpg
Description: This Grey Squirrel looks to us to be really anxious about something in what must be a cherry tree a few metres away. Probably a rival Squirrel.

View: E62_20200401_1446_207_FB5 Grey Squirrel with half a carrot in mouth.jpg
Description: "Why do I always end up with the stale raw carrot?"

Date: 16 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200331_1754_164+1756_173+1801_183 Kestrel female flying to disused telephone pole and staying there before flying off 01+02+04 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel (the one with a Grey feather in her tail) flies past and lands on a disused telephone pole for about 6 minutes. These first images are from 3 different places inside our patch.

View: DF3_20200331_1801_188+190-194 Kestrel female flying to disused telephone pole and staying there before flying off 05-10 of 12 (impression montage).jpg
Description: Walking round the outside of our south hedge found her still perched on the pole, avidly scanning the ground for some tasty morsel. She took no notice of the photographer, but eventually decided to move off back into our patch. This is an 'impression' of her departure, spaced to maximise the appearance and show all of the frames.

View: DF3_20200331_1801_190+192-194 Kestrel female flying to disused telephone pole and staying there before flying off 06+08-10 of 12 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: Here, skipping frames that overlap, is the departure accurately montaged at 7 fps

Date: 15 Apr 2020
View: E64_20200331_1506_114_FB2 Pheasant male striding across site.jpg
Description: The male Pheasant strides across this photo 'stage'

View: D5C_20200401_1351_001 Pheasant male on north bank of main pond.jpg
Description: Our lovely male pheasant enjoys some hazy sunshine in amongst the Primroses and Daffodils.

View: BU6_20200331_0759_342_SC2 Pheasant male with 2 females.jpg
Description: After months seeing just one female Pheasant on our patch, the male Pheasant suddenly has 2 ladies to squire. Blonde and Brunette no less!

Date: 14 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200331_0954_032 Sparrowhawk female with bird snatched from peanut feeder in Talons 1 of 5 (crop).jpg
Description: From the conservatory we saw this Sparrowhawk lands on the ground between the Conservatory and Study windows. Our scrambling for a good view from the study doesn't seem to bother the Sparrowhawk at all.

View: DF3_20200331_0954_034+038 Sparrowhawk female with bird snatched from peanut feeder in Talons 2+4 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: As she finally took off we see that her left claw is firmly gripping some small bird probably just captured from the nearby peanut feeder.

Date: 13 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200330_1234_020+022-024 Magpie taking off from flowering Blackthorn tree 1+3-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A Magpie launches from the blackthorn tree in blossom.

View: E63_20200330_1245_101_FB1 Blue Tit with Catkin pollen yellow-stained feathers around beak.jpg
Description: This Blue Tit's plumage almost glows.
Note the yellow staining of the white feathers at the base of the beak from feasting on Willow Catkins.

Date: 12 Apr 2020
View: E62_20200327_1441_079_FB5 Song Thrush (prob) with claws grasping Chaffinch male at throat (crop).jpg
Description: A skirmish at the meadow site here takes a more serious turn as what we think must be a Song Thrush has grabbed a male Chaffinch at the throat with the claws in some sort of territorial squabble.

Date: 11 Apr 2020
View: BU4_20200327_1425_106+108 Muntjac Reeves Deer female entering site in dappled light 1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The light seems just right at the moment for creatures in dappled sunlight. Here this female Reeves Muntjac Deer wanders quietly into our patch through an opening in the east hedge.

View: BU5_20200331_1413_220+222+1415_223_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer female stops at Round Pond for a drink 1+3+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A few days later a female Reeve's Muntjac Deer walks up to Round Pond for an afternoon drink. The middle image shows her tongue 'licking her chops'.

Date: 10 Apr 2020
View: E64_20200327_0214_039_FB2 Badger.jpg
Description: Here Brock stops by the woodland camera site.

View: BU5_20200329_1604_054+1318_046+20200331_1413_221+20200329_1630_068_SC1 Round Pond (montage).jpg
Description: Come day-time, the sun sweeps around the Round pond, the shadow of the tree on which this camera is mounted swings around with it.
Not quite the timed sequence it looks like, but you get the idea.

Date: 09 Apr 2020
View: E60_20200326_1715_020_FB3 Sparrowhawk female about to land on kitchen perch (crop 2).jpg
Description: The female Sparrowhawk takes a most satisfying selfie outside the kitchen window.

View: E60_20200326_1715_020_FB3 Sparrowhawk female about to land on kitchen perch (crop 1).jpg
Description: Here is the whole of the bird landing on the kitchen window perch.
Not as spectacular as the crop, but perhaps more informative.

Date: 08 Apr 2020
View: D5C_20200317_0852_103 Mallard pair in main pond Iris bed.jpg
Description: Mallard ducks appear a few times a day in the main pond for a feed and preen.
Away from the unnatural overcrowding and stress inducing public ponds, you get none of the mass-attacks by heaps of males on any female that appears.

View: BU7_20200314_1139_050 Mallard Duck male and female feeding in flooded ditch.jpg
Description: We were surprised to see that what is probably the same pair have found the flooded ditch some 50m away on the other side of the house, and are having a good feed in it. She is crossing from one mini-pool to the other, soon to be followed by him.

View: BU5_20200317_0340_037_SC1 Mallard Duck pair on water as Fox passes by at night (crop).jpg
Description: The Mallard Ducks seem to prefer the Round Pond for their night-time roost. At the limit of the camera IR light's reach, here are the Ducks on the water (brightness enhanced for clarity) as the Fox passes by on the bank. The Fox can probably smell them but knows that ducks on the water are out of his reach.

View: BU5_20200318_0019_053_SC1 Mallard Duck pair on water as Fox passes by at night (crop).jpg
Description: The next night we again see the Mallard Duck pair safe from the passing fox.

Date: 07 Apr 2020
View: BU7_20200314_0815_041 Muntjac Reeves Deer female leaving ditch in dappled sunlight.jpg
Description: The female Reeve's Muntjac Deer has presumably jumped over the ditch, and takes a delicate selfie in the dappled light.

View: BU2_20200314_0058_155+156_SC7 Fox and female Muntjac Reeves Deer sharing site 1+2 of 2 (montage over about 2 seconds).jpg
Description: You would think that a Fox and a Reeve's Muntjac Deer would be mortal enemies, but we have now 'seen' this juxtaposition 4 times now since 13 July 2016, always on this mound or at the nearby edge of Round Pond. This montage shows moments a second or two apart - the left and right frames are as the original.

Date: 06 Apr 2020
View: BU7_20200317_0153_105-0315_124 Rodents using log over flooded ditch 1+2+4+6+8+9 of 9 (accurate montage in IR).jpg
Description: The new log at the ditch generated an unusually high number of pics over this one night. It turns out to be a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) (or perhaps more than one) scampering about on the log. Here accurately montaged are 6 moments from the visits.

View: BU2_20200315_0634_235+236_SC7 2 Rabbits tumbling down slope of mound 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage over about 2 seconds).jpg
Description: Rabbits can be both territorial and hierarchical. Here it looks like a little squabble gets out of hand, and the two combatants end up rolling at some speed down the quite steep mound still locked together. Probably about 2 seconds between these two frames.

Date: 05 Apr 2020
View: DF5_20200314_0930_058 Wood Pigeon eating Ash tree buds 6 of 6 (crop).jpg
Description: This Wood Pigeon lands on very long Ash tree branch which drops half a metre under their weight. Once the branch has stopped bouncing the Pigeon proceeds to eat every bud conveniently within reach.

View: E62_20200318_1234_007_FB5 Wood Pigeon collecting twig.jpg
Description: This Wood Pigeon picks up a twig for the nest.
"This will match the current decor nicely".

Date: 04 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200309_1043_022 Kestrel female on conifer branch.jpg
Description: The 'local' female Kestrel tolerates our presence down to about 15m away. Here she is in a Conifer watching us intently as we passed.

View: D01_20200313_1306_111+112_FB6 Kestrel female with worm at Meadow Post after bonfire 01+02 of 12 (montage over 400mS).jpg
Description: The automatic camera on the 'Meadow Post' captures this image of the female Kestrel arriving with a worm in her left claws. These two images taken about 0.4 seconds apart.

View: D01_20200313_1309_126-1313_154_FB6 Kestrel female makes 9 min visit to Meadow Post 04+06+07+11 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: After eating the worm the female Kestrel spends another 8 minutes intensively studying the ground in the hope that a second helping is on offer.

Date: 03 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200306_1051_256 2 Rooks near nest.jpg
Description: Togetherness - Rook Style.
Two pairs of Rook near the nest guarding their temporary domicile.

View: D73_20200309_0722_005 Rook pair perched together 1 metre above nest.jpg
Description: Togetherness - Rook Style.
This Rook pair are perched about 1 metre above their nest.

View: D5C_20200311_0908_019 Mallard Duck pair visiting Main pond island.jpg
Description: Togetherness - Mallard Duck style.
Mallard ducks are visiting both the Round Pond (no good pics) and here the main pond. After a good feed this pair have hauled out onto the island.

Date: 02 Apr 2020
View: D01_20200308_1628_023+024_FB6 Magpie with long thorn covered twig 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: This Magpie has picked up a thorn covered twig (probably last years Blackthorn) but seems to have the right wing temporarily tangled in the thorns.

View: E62_20200308_1447_165_FB5 Magpie with beak smothered in mud (edge of frame).jpg
Description: At the edge of the frame we see this Magpie has a cargo of mud completely smothering the beak.

Date: 01 Apr 2020
View: DF3_20200308_0704_021 Kestrel female sheltering in conifer (crop).jpg
Description: In some sunshine, but strong wind, we find this female Kestrel sheltering in the Lee of this conifer at the South East corner of our patch.

View: DF3_20200308_0705_023-032 Kestrel female flying into leylandii 01+03+05+07+09+10 of 10 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel decides to fly past us down the East hedge and vanish into this Leylandii. Accurately montaged at 7 fps but skipping some frames as you can see from the numbering. The sunrise adds a warm glow.

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Date: 31 Mar 2020
View: E63_20200311_1650_098+1655_099_FB1 Pheasant male & female (accurate montage).jpg
Description: 5 minutes apart we catch a female Pheasant (right), and the male in a quirky posture

View: BU4_20200307_0624_055-0624_057 Pheasant male making display call 1-4 of 4 (right to left spread montage).jpg
Description: The male pheasant, re-entering our patch at around dawn, makes one of his characteristic display wing flaps to nobody in particular. The 3 images to the left were originally all in the same place - spread here to see the action.

Date: 30 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200306_1018_168-191 Rook carrying beakful of leaves to nest before breaking up clump & dropping some 2+4+6+7+9 of 9 (montage).jpg
Description: On the left this Rook returns to the nest with his beak overflowing with dry leaves. He perches above the nest (middle) and procedes to 'massage' the heap until it about a third of the original size (top right). Several of the discarded leaves drift down, and this one lands in a vehicle rut right in front of us (bottom right).

View: DF3_20200306_1057_317+328+331 Rook flying to nest with several small twigs in beak 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: This nest is getting a delivery of several small twigs as one beakful. The bird bottom left, what we assume is the female, is watching the arrival.

View: E64_20200308_1438_092_FB2 Rook picking up beakful of assorted twigs.jpg
Description: This Rook picks up an assortment of twigs.

Date: 29 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200306_1237_404 Chaffinch male with blue coated beak perched in cherry blossom.jpg
Description: This male Chaffinch, complete with blue coated beak, find it hard to compete with the glowing white of the Cherry Blossom

View: DF3_20200312_0937_031 Robin perched on hedge twig.jpg
Description: One of the many Robins, each in their own patch, perched on a really old hedge covered in lichen opposite the front door.

View: E62_20200309_0556_192_FB5 Song Thrush (ID only).jpg
Description: A Song Thrush takes it's selfie with elegantly arched back.

Date: 28 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200306_0657_004 Rook carrying beakful of leaves to nest.jpg
Description: Another load of Autumn's leaves to line the nest, lit by the sun's early glow.

View: DF3_20200306_0658_010 Rook carrying twig to nest.jpg
Description: This bird's nest would appear to still require more reinforcement before it gets it's lining of leaves

View: DF3_20200306_0727_092-110 Rook breaks off willow twig and flies off with it 1+2+4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Despite the amount of broken twigs carpeting the woodland, this Rook wants fresh springy wood from this Willow Tree. Right to Left: waggle until it break, position it so you can fly with it, and then head for the nest (hidden from us by the house).

Date: 27 Mar 2020
View: D73_20200305_1104_041+046 Kestrel female landing on mains wire connectors near concrete post 1+6 of 6 (approx montage).jpg
Description: While watching the local female Kestrel for about 25 minutes, we caught this moment when she flew to the mains cable next to the concrete pole, showing a wonderful spread of her feathers before she landed.

View: DF5_20200305_1044_036-D73_20200305_1108_074 Kestrel female 25 minute hunt in back garden 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel spent 25 minutes hunting around the south of the house. She starts at the top of the concrete power pole, makes a dive down to the ground out of view but returned 'empty taloned'. 15 minutes later she moves to hunt at the front of the house, perching on a dead branch of an old pear tree. She took off and we expect her to fly away, but she flies back to the cable next to the top of the power pole. After a few minutes she flies down the wire about 10 metres, before finally flying off we know not where.

Date: 26 Mar 2020
View: E63_20200311_1713_102+1728_105_FB1 Yellowhammer male flying to and perched on stone (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A quarter of an hour apart, this male Yellowhammer is caught flying to the stone and then perching on it.

View: DF3_20200302_0922_096 Yellowhammer female.jpg
Description: A dainty female Yellowhammer, no where near as bright as 'hubby', pecks around in the wet grass. We have seen this bird and her male 'playing' together in the hedges, and hope they can find somewhere good to nest.

Date: 25 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200302_1546_167 Rook in flight carrying twig 5 of 6 (crop).jpg
Description: Another stick for the Rook nest. The abnormal conditions have produced what seems to us an enormous amount of dead branches and twigs lying all over the woodland. The Corvids are treating the place as a 'click and collect builder's merchant'

View: D01_20200303_1737_095_FB6 Carrion Crow carrying short thick twig in beak landing on Meadow Post.jpg
Description: A Carrion crow touches down with a short but substantial stick.
So there must a be Crow's nest on our patch but we haven't found it yet. This pair of Crows habitually build in evergreen trees, and it is hard to spot from the ground with them high in the canopy.

View: E62_20200301_0856_133_FB5 Magpie collecting mud for nest.jpg
Description: The Magpies started nest building earlier than the Rooks or Carrion Crows. This magpie is collecting mud to 'glue' the nest into shape.

Date: 24 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200302_0911_011 Rooks courtship feeding over just started nest 1 of 5 (crop).jpg
Description: The Rooks have gone mad this week!
They are building nests in 3 of the 5 Black Poplars down the access track, and 4 more nests in trees inside our plot.
These two are 'cementing' the pair bond with a little courtship feeding over their just started nest.

View: DF3_20200302_0912_034-037 Rook flying to nest with twig in beak 09-12 of 41 (approx montage @7fps).jpg
Description: At first we mainly saw twigs being transported to the nests which over 3 to 4 days grew from 'nothing' to large enough to hide the birds inside.

View: DF3_20200302_0912_049-053 Rook flying to nest with twig in beak 22-26 of 41 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: The flight continued to 'home tree' where the bird was hidden by all the twigs ...

View: DF3_20200302_0912_074 Rook flying to nest with twig in beak 41 of 41 (crop).jpg
Description: ... until landing on one of the thick branches and walking down to the beginnings of the nest, still with the twig in the beak.

Date: 23 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200227_1555_003+013+108 Robin singing (montage).jpg
Description: This Robin sings 'at us' from a branch near the house.
Sadly, most of the song is lost to our ageing ears.

View: DF5_20200302_1024_001 Grey Squirrel on Pollarded willow.jpg
Description: A few years back we had to cut this Willow back because it was shading out everything around. It responded with dozens of shoots while the old wood just rots to the delight of the local insectivores.
This Grey Squirrel likes this spot to sunbathe in the mornings.

Date: 22 Mar 2020
View: E64_20200303_1547_190_FB2 Pheasant pair.jpg
Description: Several sightings of a pair of Pheasants this week, here at the hedge bottom site.

View: E64_20200226_1645_023_FB2 Pheasant male.jpg
Description: The male Pheasant nicely positioning himself in the camera frame. His tail is longer than the rest of the bird.

Date: 21 Mar 2020
View: BU6_20200226_1331_073_SC2 2 Rooks landing in orchard.jpg
Description: 2 Rooks fly in together to see what the departing humans have left.

View: E62_20200226_1338_008_FB5 Rook pair feeding together.jpg
Description: 7 minutes later this pair of Rooks look over the just baited site in the meadow.

Date: 20 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200227_1226_034-036 Sparrowhawk male taking off from grass with prey in Talons 2-4 of 4 (approx montage @7 fps).jpg
Description: The Sparrowhawk flashed by the conservatory window but did not reappear on the other side of the (once) 'miniature' conifer. Venturing quietly out with a camera to see if he was still about, the bird spotted the cameraman before the cameraman spotted him! The camera managed to catch these three moments of the bird making his exit in front of the phone pole. A little calculation based on the birds size and frame rate (about 7 fps) suggests about 15 mph - not bad for a standing start with a load in your Talons.

View: DF3_20200227_1226_036 Sparrowhawk male taking off from grass with prey in Talons 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: So what did the make Sparrowhawk catch? This is an enhanced version of the bird on the right of the montage, and is certainly a small bird of some kind, the bird's face between the orange specks and the white feathers.
Most likely it is one of our many Blue Tits, but it looks like it might be our currently arrived Tree Sparrow.

Date: 19 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200227_1103_013 Kestrel female on telephone pole footrest.jpg
Description: The fairly tolerant female Kestrel watches us walking along the track some 15m away.

View: DF3_20200227_1104_020-023 Kestrel female launching from telephone pole footrest 1-4 of 4 (mixed exposure accurate montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel decided to depart - here is her departure in this accurate montage.

Date: 18 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200225_0956_146-152 Red Kite eating prey in Talons while banking in flight 1+3+5+7 of 8 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: Having escaped an annoying Rook, this Red Kite brings the prey forwards in the Talons to have a bit of it as an in-flight snack. This is about half a second of action.

View: DF3_20200225_0956_154+156+158 Red Kite eating prey in Talons flying past Contrail 01+03+05 of 12 (close space montage).jpg
Description: The bird completes their turn, and we get a profile view of the bird pulling off a bit of the unlucky prey.

View: DF3_20200225_0956_161-164 Red Kite eating prey in Talons flying past Contrail 08-11 of 12 (approx montage).jpg
Description: As the Red Kite flew upwards and away, the birds head is just going down for another peck, as the bird serendipitously passes against an airliner contrail.

Date: 17 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200225_0814_002 Tree Sparrow.jpg
Description: Out first sighting of a Tree Sparrow since the middle of last year. We normally first spot them on Peanut feeders but spotted this one in a tree near the front door.

View: DF3_20200225_1307_184 Yellowhammer male.jpg
Description: This male Yellowhammer has suddenly become a regular sighting at this concrete block where we often leave a scattering of corn.

Date: 16 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200225_0816_006 Cherry Blossom against dark-blue sky (crop 2).jpg
Description: For a short time there is not a cloud in the sky to disturb this Cherry Blossom providing a flourish of Spring.

View: DF3_20200223_1100_062 Primrose flowering on north facing shaded bank.jpg
Description: Primroses can be found at many sites over the plot - here on the North face of a mound in constant shade, but otherwise sheltered, wet with dew.

Date: 15 Mar 2020
View: E64_20200222_1426_085_FB2 Pheasant male leaping to avoid Grey Squirrel attack 1 of 2 (crop 1).jpg
Description: Teeth and claws vs. beak and spur. The next image (not shown) surprisingly shows us that the Pheasant 'won' this contest.

View: E64_20200222_1426_085_FB2 Pheasant male leaping to avoid Grey Squirrel attack 1 of 2 (crop 2).jpg
Description: A different crop shows just the male Pheasant leap.
Oh for more image at the top!

View: E64_20200223_1630_114_FB2 Pheasant male leaping to avoid Grey Squirrel attack (crop).jpg
Description: Next day we get a repeat performance probably between the same individuals.

View: E64_20200223_1345_105_FB2 Pheasant male.jpg
Description: The male Pheasant is apparently undamaged from his encounters with the Grey Squirrel.

Date: 14 Mar 2020
View: BU7_20200218_0236_029+0237_036 Muntjac Reeves Deer female & then male by ditch (montage 1 minute apart).jpg
Description: Inside one minute female and then male Reeves Muntjac Deer pass over the same point by the ditch. Undoubtedly the male was 'following' as they do!

View: BU7_20200218_0237_038+039 Muntjac Reeves Deer male leaping over ditch 2+3 of 3 (accurate montage over 1 to 2 seconds).jpg
Description: A minute later the male Reeve's Muntjac deer leaps over the water.
It seems likely that the female crossed over out of frame to the left.
The positions here do look a bit odd, but this is a genuine accurate montage taken at most 2 seconds apart.


Date: 13 Mar 2020
View: E60_20200217_1811_007_FB3+D01_20200217_1756_029_FB6 Tawny Owl landing on Meadow Post & Kitchen perch (montage 15mins apart).jpg
Description: The local Tawny Owl visited the Meadow post for a couple of minutes (right), then went hunting away from the cameras before arriving 15 minutes later at the Kitchen Window perch for an unknown length of stay.

View: BU7_20200217_1815_016 Owl Flying over flooded ditch.jpg
Description: About 5 minutes later, the camera at the ditch entrance catches this Owl flying along the ditch. We have to assume that it is the same Tawny Owl.

Date: 12 Mar 2020
View: E60_20200217_1126_002_FB3 Sparrowhawk female flying over kitchen feeder (crop).jpg
Description: This female Sparrowhawk has established an interesting hunting regime where several times a day she flashes by the south of the house past the feeder outside the study, loops round the east of the house and, as you see here, does a similar pass over (sometimes under) the bird table and peanut feeder outside the kitchen. Once in a while she goes in the opposite direction.
Now that 'Sparrows' are not 'as common as muck' perhaps we ought to rename 'Sparrowhawks' as 'Tit-hawks'.

Date: 11 Mar 2020
View: D73_20200216_0820_323-331 Kestrel female flying over waterlogged crop 01-09 of 17 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel initially flew away over the waterlogged fields.
This 17 frames sequence is accurately montaged at 10 fps, here cut in two to make the bird images more than specks.

View: D73_20200216_0820_332-339 Kestrel female flying over waterlogged crop 10-17 of 17 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel initially flew away over the waterlogged fields.
This 17 frames sequence is accurately montaged at 10 fps, here cut in two to make the bird images more than specks.

View: D73_20200216_0820_336-339 Kestrel female flying over waterlogged crop 14-17 of 17 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg
Description: The last 4 images from the above montage for more satisfying detail of the female Kestrel.

View: D73_20200216_0822_512 Kestrel female on footrest of disused Telephone pole.jpg
Description: We thought that would be 'bye-bye', but she circled round and finally landed on one of her favourite perches on a disused telephone pole. We decided to leave her in peace.

Date: 10 Mar 2020
View: D01_20200215_1304_129+130_FB6 Kestrel female short visit to meadow post into light rain 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel made several appearances over a couple of days. This is always the same individual - we can always find the single grey feather in her otherwise brown tail.

View: D73_20200216_0817_227 Kestrel female hanging in strong headwind with Alulae pronounced.jpg
Description: The bird flew past us and we caught this view with the Alulae (Alula plural) - the birds 'Thumb' with a few feathers on it - deployed to the same effect as a aeroplanes flaps. Her head was motionless as she hung in the wind, continuously adjusting the angles of her wings and tail. You can see the Grey tail feather quite well here.

View: D73_20200216_0819_293-295+0820_297+298 Kestrel female pouncing on prey at crop margin 1-3+5+6 of 6 (spread montage @10fps).jpg
Description: From a 'hang in the wind' hover the female Kestrel dived down onto the gully at the edge of the crop - only 10m away but just out of our view. Darn!

View: D73_20200216_0820_311+312 Kestrel female flying over waterlogged crop 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg
Description: We didn't move, but the Kestrel launched out of the mud and started to fly away.

Date: 09 Mar 2020
View: D01_20200215_0834_124+0931+126_FB6 Magpie collecting mud and twigs for nest 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: More stuff for the Magpie nest - a sort of wattle and daub in corvid style.

View: BU7_20200215_0942_033 Magpie picking up fallen twig on edge of ditch.jpg
Description: Down in the ditch another twig is selected to build the Magpies' really substantial nest

Date: 08 Mar 2020
View: BU7_20200214_2157_025-027 Badger walking through flooded ditch (repeated 2hrs later) 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: This badger decided to walk across the flooded ditch. Maybe it was so wet already that a paddle wasn't going to make things worse.

View: BU2_20200217_0110_235+237+0112_244_SC7 2 Badgers courting on Round Mound 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Amorous Badgers: First a chase up the mound, a circle around the tree, before getting entwined on the lower shallow slope.

View: BU5_20200217_2148_046_SC1 Badger pair at edge of Round Pond.jpg
Description: The following night most probably the same pair of badgers foraging together.

Date: 07 Mar 2020
View: E62_20200213_1642_044_FB5 Pheasant male.jpg
Description: The male Pheasant walks past the camera like he owns the place - in his way he does.

View: E64_20200216_1527_143_FB2 Pheasant male.jpg
Description: "I think my other side is even more magnificent"

View: E64_20200218_0723_052_FB2 Pheasant pair.jpg
Description: One of the first sightings of our male Pheasant with one of his wives. She is casting a shadow across his chest, but undoubtedly not over his ardour.

Date: 06 Mar 2020
View: E64_20200211_1552_059_FB2 Grey Squirrel collecting dry leaves for Drey.jpg
Description: As much dry leaf as can be crammed into the mouth of this Grey Squirrel on its way to reinforce the Drey.

View: BU7_20200212_0840_026 Magpie with twig in beak.jpg
Description: This Magpie pauses with yet another twig to add to the nest.

View: DF3_20200212_1326_042 Snowdrop clumps in orchard showing tree trunk shaded part not yet open (orig & final).jpg
Description: Snowdrops love a bit of sunshine!
In this clump those in the shade of the tree trunk have not yet opened their flowers.

Date: 05 Mar 2020
View: D01_20200209_1913_101_FB6 Barn Owl landing on Meadow post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: Despite strong winds, this Barn Owl stopped by on the Meadow post for less than a minute, though we had sighting of the bird continuing to hunt from a more sheltered perch.

View: D01_20200213_2352_061_FB6 Barn Owl landing on meadow post face partly hidden by wings (crop).jpg
Description: The 'slightly coy' midnight Barn Owl stops by for a brief visit.

Date: 04 Mar 2020
View: D01_20200211_0440_007-0509-029_FB6 Tawny Owl 3 visits to meadow post over 30 minutes 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: Over half an hour this Tawny Owl made 3 visits to the meadow post. The bird didn't bring back any successful catches, but may have eaten any where caught.

View: E62_20200211_2016_094_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg
Description: 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at an Owl feeding site?
Actually, when we see Owls with a catch it is usually a Vole rather than a mouse, whilst Volves are only occasionally seen at these photo sites.

Date: 03 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200207_1526_061-072 Kestrel female landing on 11kV crossbar 03-05+07+11+14 of 14 (approx montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel has been a regular sighting for a few weeks.
Despite being only 20m away from us she landed on this crossbar. Enjoy her shadows moving up the post (accurately montaged along with the bird).

View: DF3_20200207_1530_097-1531_119 Kestrel female pounces on Prey in grass & flies off 01-05+08-10 of 17 (hor spread montage).jpg
Description: 5 minutes later the female Kestrel has moved about 150m east and we watched her pouncing on some unsuspecting creature in the grass by the hedge. She only spent a few seconds on the ground, so we think she missed her target.

Date: 02 Mar 2020
View: E60_20200213_1613_006_FB3 Sparrowhawk female on kitchen bird table (crop).jpg
Description: A female Sparrowhawk takes an elegant selfie outside the kitchen.

View: E60_20200206_1448_003_FB3 Sparrowhawk male flying over kitchen feeder (crop).jpg
Description: This male Sparrowhawk flashes by over the bird table.
This week we had 3 sightings of a Sparrowhawk flashing past the windows, but too quick to gender, but we know that both male and female quarter our patch.

Date: 01 Mar 2020
View: DF3_20200203_1230_097-101 Kestrel female taking off from grass 1-5 of 6 (20pc stretched montage).jpg
Description: From the top of the old telephone pole the female Kestrel flew over the farm road, landed in a hedge tree, then dived down onto the grass below, out of our view.
She shortly re-emerged, and here caught her departure, seeing (unusually) mainly the top of the bird when in flight.

View: D01_20200203_1656_027_FB6 Kestrel female with single grey tail feather landing back to camera on meadow post.jpg
Description: In the above montage, and more clearly here, you can see that this female has a single Grey tail feather to the left - a tail with the female markings but male colour.
Gender just isn't simple is it!

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Date: 29 Feb 2020
View: DF3_20200203_1004_013+014+018+022 Kestrel female lands on 11kV cable spots human and flies off 01-04 of 27 (spread montage).jpg
Description: This female Kestrel flew up to the 11kV cables to make a delicate landing facing into the wind ...

View: DF3_20200203_1005_028-037 Kestrel female lands on 11kV cable spots human and flies off 05-14 of 27 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: ... but after just a second or two she noticed our presence and quietly launched back into flight.

View: DF3_20200203_1229_056+074 Kestrel female on step on disused Telephone pole footrest then flies to top (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A couple of hours later presumably the same bird was perched on the top rung of the disused telephone pole (bottom).
For some reason, she took off but immediately landed back on the top of the pole.

Date: 28 Feb 2020
View: BU7_20200202_0152_018-0153_027 Muntjac Reeves Deer female crossing ditch 1+2+6+8 of 8 (approx montage).jpg
Description: The temporarily flooded ditch is now firm enough to allow the Reeve's Muntjac Deer to walk across.

View: BU7_20200205_2203_043-045 Badger crossing ditch 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The now fairly dry ditch is now no longer an obstacle for the badger who trundles quietly through the night.

View: BU7_20200203_2219_010 Polecat streaking across ditch.jpg
Description: The Polecat is also happy to cross the ditch, but at such a speed that the one frame each second or two is too slow to catch more than one image.

Date: 27 Feb 2020
View: BU7_20200205_0959_030 Magpie on tree bole carrying twig in beak.jpg
Description: Each year a pair of Magpies make a nest in a tree near to the south edge of our patch. Here a Magpie tries to pick up an awkwardly shaped twig to add to one of the nests 'under construction'.

View: E64_20200105_2242_169+20200203_1854_047_FB2 Rabbit with Myxomatosis recovers with scars (montage 1 month apart).jpg
Description: The picture on the left (taken 5 Jan 2020) show a Rabbit stricken with Myxomatosis.
A month later we see the same rabbit (confirmed by ear damage detail) apparently recovered save for the few scars showing in the facial fur.

Date: 26 Feb 2020
View: DF3_20200201_1505_091 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 009 of 106 (crop).jpg
Description: The Red Kite circling the patch provided some good opportunities for photos.

View: DF3_20200201_1506_234-238 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 047-051 of 106 (montage).jpg
Description: The Red Kite circling the patch provided some good opportunities for photos.

View: DF3_20200201_1506_283-316 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 054-061 of 106 (montage).jpg
Description: The Red Kite circling the patch provided some good opportunities for photos.

View: DF3_20200201_1507_406-416 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 094-104 of 106 (montage alt frames).jpg
Description: And away the Red Kite flies to the south.

Date: 25 Feb 2020
View: DF3_20200201_1505_106 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind 014 of 106 (crop).jpg
Description: Stepping out of the house revealed this Red Kite hanging close by in the sky, facing into the wind and sun. The bird proceeded to make 3 slow circles over about 3 minutes. The enforced slow progress provided a rare opportunity here for lots of Red Kite Photos.

View: DF3_20200201_1505_127 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind top view 015 of 106 (crop).jpg
Description: A chance for the view of the top of the Red Kite's wings properly lit.

View: DF3_20200201_1505_077+082 Red Kite 3 minutes circling in strong wind comparing iris 006+008 of 106 (montage).jpg
Description: Sun in you eye, or not, changes the size of your, or this Red Kite's, Iris.

Date: 24 Feb 2020
View: D01_20200131_1032_071-1039_085_FB6 Kestrel female lands on post with Vole in talons & eats it 01+03+11+15 of 20 (montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel arrives at the meadow post with a Vole in her talons, then rips it to bits and eats it over about 8 minutes.

View: D01_20200131_1040_088_FB6 Kestrel female lands on post with Vole in talons & eats it 18 of 20 (crop).jpg
Description: After her meal she did a short circle round the post and landed again for reasons we can only guess.

Date: 23 Feb 2020
View: D01_20200130_0944_003_FB6 Wood Pigeon landing on meadow post.jpg
Description: A Wood Pigeon aerobrakes for touchdown.

View: D01_20200201_1321_109_FB6 Rook landing on meadow post.jpg
Description: A Rook makes an accurate landing on the Meadow post.

View: D01_20200203_0549_167-0552_171_FB6 Barn Owl 3 minute visit to Meadow Post 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A Barn Owl lands on the Meadow Post and stays for a few minutes.

Date: 22 Feb 2020
View: BU7_20200101_0351_028 Otter running along ditch end (crop).jpg
Description: The new year 2020 was ushered in by this image of an Otter running along a soggy ditch along our south hedge just before 4 a.m on 1 Jan 2020.
This is the first sighting we have of an Otter on our site, taken by a temporarily installed Trail-cam to see what was using an obvious ingress through the hedge.

View: 20160409_163822+163901 Otter found dead at edge of Haversham Road (via John Marshall) (montage).jpg
Description: A search of our archive found that 4 years ago the then farmer across the road had sent us pics of an Otter he found dead near the roadside.
So they have been in the area for a few years, but not visiting our previous photo sites.

Date: 21 Feb 2020
View: E60_20200129_1131_024_FB3 Sparrowhawk male in flight.jpg
Description: The Day Shift: The male Sparrowhawk (with his 'mad yellow eye') - photographs himself as he fails in yet another pass over the bird table and peanut feeder.

View: D01_20200127_2024_050_FB6 Barn Owl landing.jpg
Description: The Night Shift: A Snowy Ghost in the night, this (ringless) Barn Owl takes just this one pic of themselves in the whole week.

Date: 20 Feb 2020
View: DF3_20200127_0947_001-006 Kestrel female flying across meadow (montage @7fps).jpg
Description: On stepping out of the back door, this female Kestrel goes whizzing across the meadow and out of sight. Accurate spacing at about 7fps.

View: DF3_20200127_0953_009 Kestrel female perched in conifer at SE corner.jpg
Description: Just 6 minutes later, walking around the outside of our patch, we find her (presumably the same individual) perched in a conifer at our South East corner. Eventually our walk along the paths (about 20m away) got just that bit too close for her comfort, and she flew North ...

View: DF3_20200127_0956_035 Kestrel female perched in Cherry tree at NE corner.jpg
Description: ... to land in a Cherry Tree at out North East corner where she let us walk by about 30m away without a fuss.

Date: 19 Feb 2020
View: E64_20200127_0409_190_FB2 Badger on rainy night.jpg
Description: A pristine Badger stops by at the Woodland site.It was raining, but this site is sheltered by a large conifer tree that helps keep it dry.

View: BU7_20200129_0406_061+062 Badger walking across ditch 1+2 of 6 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This ditch has recently been flooded enough to encourage Badgers to find a better place to cross, but now that the water has subsided the Badgers can walk across again.

View: DF3_20200129_1303_066 Badger digging near Round Mound (orig & final).jpg
Description: All over the site we find these Badger scrapes where they have been looking for worms and other invertebrates.

Date: 18 Feb 2020
View: D5C_20200126_0912_082 Grey Squirrel wrapped around peanut feeder.jpg
Description: The comfy way to eat peanuts from this feeder - wrap yourself around it and scrape away at the nuts.
For a couple of years we have been unable to use these feeders because all 'wildlife' peanut supplies have been so small that the Squirrels would empty the feeders in a day, simply pulling the nuts out through the holes.

View: D5C_20200126_1347_086 Grey Squirrel reaching for peanuts with tail gripping post.jpg
Description: Grey Squirrels are amazingly limber, assisted by their '5th limb' - their tail. Here the back of the squirrel is resting on the top of the right hand post, and the tail is bent over the side of the post to stop them sliding off.

View: D5C_20200128_1415_068-1416_090 Grey Squirrel circling peanut feeder 2-4+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: When we have put out this type of large un-caged Peanut feeder Grey Squirrels often work their way around the bottom, scraping out fragments of peanut. This series over a couple of minutes.

Date: 17 Feb 2020
View: E63_20200123_1247_044_FB1 Blue Tit taking off from stone with seed in beak.jpg
Description: Seed in beak (and probably several more in the crop), the Blue Tit launches to find a safe place to digest his 'winnings'.

View: E63_20200129_1233_190_FB1 Blackbird male landing on stone 2 days apart.jpg
Description: This male Blackbird lands elegantly on the stone.

Date: 16 Feb 2020
View: E63_20200123_0918_015_FB1 Grey Squirrel standing upright on stone.jpg
Description: This Grey Squirrel stands upright on the stone for a better view of the overcast surroundings.

View: D5C_20200124_1409_031 Grey Squirrel juvenile nervously waiting on grass outside kitchen.jpg
Description: Outside the Kitchen window this small (presumably juvenile) Grey Squirrel watches the world nervously from the ground.

View: E64_20200125_1325_127_FB2 Grey Squirrel shaking head (200th Sec + flash).jpg
Description: A Grey squirrel having a good 'shake out' defeats both the high-speed camera flash and the 1/200 Sec camera shutter to produce this unusual rendition.

Date: 15 Feb 2020
View: DF3_20200122_1056_056+059+061 Kestrel female preening on 11kV cable 2-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: This female Kestrel was preening on an 11kV cable near the blocked gate. After a few minutes she flew off and we continued walking along the farm paths and Road.

View: DF3_20200122_1101_065+066+069+076 Kestrel male dives to ground from 11kV cable & flies away 1-4 of 4 (acc montage + insert).jpg
Description: 250m along we see a Kestrel also on 11kV cable, this time clearly scanning the ground for a meal. More distant, and difficult to make out in the overcast conditions, we assumed that it was the same bird, but we now see that this is the male! After a couple of minutes the bird plunges to the ground, stays for several seconds, mostly hidden in the crop, before flying away through a thin bit of hedge.

Date: 14 Feb 2020
View: E62_20200122_0153_075_FB5 Fox at meadow site (crop).jpg
Description: This apparently solitary fox fits nicely into the camera frame for this portrait.

View: BU6_20200122_0215_313+314+316_SC2 2 Foxes in Orchard 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Less than an hour later these 2 foxes spend a minute or two quartering the orchard 'grass'. Probably just looking out for a snack, but perhaps with 'romance' on their minds.

View: BU5_20200116_1928_123_SC1 Fox walking on edge of Round Pond with Rabbit (q) in mouth.jpg
Description: This Fox walking along the edge of Round Pond appears to have a young Rabbit in their mouth.

Date: 13 Feb 2020
View: E60_20200120_0918_002_FB3 Sparrowhawk male catching Blue Tit (crop).jpg
Description: This image is the first close up and clear image we have of a predator in the act of a kill. The fact that the camera was triggered despite the male Sparrowhawk being well above the sense beam suggests that the Blue Tit saw the threat coming and took off, but the Sparrowhawk was too quick.

View: E60_20200120_0936_003_FB3 Sparrowhawk male flying over kitchen bird table (crop).jpg
Description: "That was good - lets try for another"
15 minutes later the male Sparrowhawk makes another pass you see here, and yet another 5 hours later, and then no more for days.

Date: 12 Feb 2020
View: E62_20200118_1737_146_FB5+D01_1707_079_FB6 Tawny Owl pouncing on Prey at meadow site (crop + mirror insert on post).jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl has to be pouncing on some unfortunate rodent, but we can't see whether or what it catches. 30 minutes before, what was almost certainly the same bird was watching this site from the top of the meadow post.

View: E63_20200122_2021_167_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspecting fir cone.jpg
Description: A pristine little Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) investigates a still closed fir-cone in the dark of the night. Watch out for Owls!

Date: 11 Feb 2020
View: D01_20200117_0727_003+0731_005+0734_009_FB6 Kestrel female on meadow post 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: This female Kestrel spends a few minutes grooming on the meadow post half an hour before sunrise.

View: DF3_20200118_1353_050 Kestrel female on foot bracket on disused Phone pole by south hedge 2 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: Next day this female Kestrel is on the lowest 'step' (perhaps 3.5m high) of disused telephone pole. She was quite tolerant as we walked down the path 20m away, but eventually she flew off back into our patch.

Date: 10 Feb 2020
View: D01_20200116_1130_056_FB6 Kestrel female 6 minute visit after eating rodent - launching 09 of 10 (crop).jpg
Description: Here the photographer caught the moment of this female Kestrel crouching down about to spring into the air.

View: D01_20200116_1130_055-057_FB6 Kestrel female 6 minute visit after eating rodent 8-10 of 10 (montage).jpg
Description: Here is a little more of the sequence - unfortunately only 'two-and-a-half' birds!

Date: 09 Feb 2020
View: BU7_20200115_0106_004+005 Badger arrives at flooded ditch and turns back 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: Badgers are stolid animals with short but powerful legs that undoubtedly can't jump very far. So rather than get a soaking crossing the ditch this Badger turns back to look for a better crossing place (there are plenty).

View: BU7_20200115_2021_015+20200116_0705_019 Muntjac Reeves Deer leaping over flooded ditch (montage).jpg
Description: The following day we see the different approach taken by the much more lithe Reeve's Muntjac Deer - just jump over the water!
Admission - these two taken 10 hours apart at each end of the same night, but we don't think a misrepresentation.

Date: 08 Feb 2020
View: E64_20200113_1419_061_FB2 Grey Squirrel looking over log (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: An almost posed Grey squirrel, paws resting on the log as she looks over.

Date: 07 Feb 2020
View: D01_20200116_1122_015+016+1123_017_FB6 Kestrel female lands on meadow post rodent in talons & eats it 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Here this female Kestrel arrives on the meadow post with some sort of rodent in her Talons, and proceeds to break it up to eat in pieces.

View: D01_20200116_1123_018_FB6 Kestrel female lands on meadow post with rodent in talons and eats it 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: This is a detailed version of the image following the 3 above, complete with the gruesome remains of the partially consumed Rodent.

View: D01_20200116_1125_022-1128_046_FB6 Kestrel female 6 minute visit after eating rodent 01+02+04+05 of 10 (montage).jpg
Description: After eating the rodent the female Kestrel left momentarily and then returned for a few minutes. She is digesting her lunch, occasionally pecking at a talon with her beak - cleaning the utensils? Bottom left is a rather quirky angle to catch.

Date: 06 Feb 2020
View: E63_20200111_1311_193_FB1 Magpie with beak full of dried fruits.jpg
Description: Raisins and other dried fruit crammed into the beak before somebody else comes and grabs it!

View: E63_20200114_1509_161_FB1 Blue Tit and Blackbird female feeding together.jpg
Description: A Blue Tit and female Blackbird share the recently arrived offerings. They had better get on with it - the Squirrels and Corvids will soon arrive!
NOT a montage.

View: E63_20200109_1326_053-20200110_1134_113_FB1 Yellowhammer male + Blue Tit (twice) + Chaffinch male + Great Tit (montage).jpg
Description: An opportunity to compare four of our small bird species in a single montage.

Date: 05 Feb 2020
View: E60_20200111_0943_016_FB3 Sparrowhawk flying above kitchen perch (crop 1).jpg
Description: This female Sparrowhawk takes an atypically sharp photo of herself flying over the kitchen window perch and bird table.

View: DF5_20200116_1203_006+010+011+1204_016 Sparrowhawk female perched on sunny willow stump 1-3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: We spotted this female Sparrowhawk on the stump of the Willow tree on the other side of the main pond, staying for a few minutes. On one occasion (top right and bottom left) she gets knocked off balance by an unexpected gust of wind.

Date: 04 Feb 2020
View: D01_20200114_2326_063+2330_071+2332_075_FB6 Tawny Owl 11 minute visit and departure in rain 3+5+7 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: What looks like the 'local' Tawny Owl pays a midnight visit which includes the departure. It was pouring with rain ...

View: D01_20200114_2329_069_FB6 Tawny Owl 11 minute visit and departure in rain 4 of 7 (crop).jpg
Description: ... as you see here in a frame between the two leftmost images above

View: D01_20200109_1818_025-1827_039_FB6 Tawny Owl 21 minute visit to meadow post in heavy rain 1+3-5 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: Heavy rain on this night does not seem to discourage this Tawny Owl, who spends over 20 minutes getting visibly wetter as the bird stands in the rain.

Date: 03 Feb 2020
View: E62_20200104_1231_109_FB5 Blackbird female with worm in beak.jpg
Description: "OK - the worm is out of the ground.
How do I swallow it when it wraps itself around my beak?"


View: DF5_20200105_1008_018 Long-tailed Tits at peanut feeder.jpg
Description: Long-tailed Tits are nervous birds we get to see only intermittently. Here are 4 inside, and one on the top of a peanut feeder that is Squirrel-resistant so long as we remember to fit the clip and cable-tie to hold on the top!

View: E63_20200108_1535_111_FB1 Magpie + Grey Squirrel + Pheasant female (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: It's Tea Time!
NOT a montage, though reduced width.

Date: 02 Feb 2020
View: D01_20200102_1942_031_FB6 Barn owl landing on Meadow Post (crop).jpg
Description: The Barn Owl visits occasionally, but at the moment we see the landing but the bird moves on within a minute.

View: D01_20200104_0122_049_FB6 Barn owl landing on Meadow Post (crop).jpg
Description: The Barn Owl visits occasionally, but at the moment we see the landing but the bird moves on within a minute.

View: D01_20200108_0217_041_FB6 Barn Owl rising up to land on meadow post.jpg
Description: The Barn Owl visits occasionally, but at the moment we see the landing but the bird moves on within a minute.
Same text 3 times? Well it is Groundhog Day!

Date: 01 Feb 2020
View: DF3_20200103_1533_058 Muntjac Reeves Deer female watching photographer along path 3 of 5 (crop).jpg
Description: The female Reeve's Muntjac Deer and photographer eye each other before she trots down the path to the right and, as usual, vanishes.

View: E62_20200109_0552_187_FB5 Polecat (crop).jpg
Description: This Polecat speeds through the Meadow camera's field of view for this portrait.
Parts of the face are so white that they are 'burned out' in the original.

View: BU7_20200104_0456_016 Fox entering through south hedge about to cross water in ditch.jpg
Description: A temporary camera placed near the SW corner of our patch catches this lovely fox just about to tackle the perhaps 20cm deep water in the ditch.

Image Archive arch 2020 jan.htm (view it Here)

Date: 31 Jan 2020
View: D01_20200102_1710_023-1712_027_FB6 Tawny owl 8 minute visit to meadow post 1+3+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: There are nearly nightly Tawny Owl visits in the last few days.

Date: 30 Jan 2020
View: DF3_20191229_1044_071-084 Kestrel female hovering + diving + pulling upward 01-14 of 14 (montage accurate 03-14).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel has been hunting intensively over the farm's fields. Here she turns a hover into a dive to the ground, but presumably her prey 'did a runner' and the bird pulls out of her dive.
Unfortunately photographer has already 'lost' her against the hedge and carried on panning downwards to the landing that didn't happen, so losing focus on the bird as she flies away.

View: DF3_20200101_1221_055-057+064 Rook flying to 11kV pole top then joined by another 01-03+10 of 13 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A Rook makes an elegant landing on the coupling cable of a rather complex 'T-junction' on the 11kV overhead cabling. This bird was soon joined by their 'spouse' on the other side of the top insulator.

Date: 29 Jan 2020
View: D01_20191228_1844_041_FB6 Barn Owl (no ring) 7 minute visit to meadow post 1 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: Oh what a gorgeous bird is the Barn Owl!
This species of owl just must not let the delicate feathers get drenched, so hunting over the past few weeks has been very restricted by the endless rain.

View: D01_20200101_0245_070+0354_076+0353_074_FB6 Barn Owl 2 3 minute visits over 1 hour (montage).jpg
Description: After new-years midnight this Barn Owl makes a couple of 3 minute visits to the meadow post a bit over an hour apart.

Date: 28 Jan 2020
View: DF3_20191228_1226_009 Groundsel near farm entrance 28 Dec 2019 (orig & final).jpg
Description: Its the silly season for plants this year - here is a small carpet of freshly flowering Groundsel along the crop edge 3 days before the end of the year.
There are also a few Red Campion and Dandelion flowers to be found in not particularly sheltered spots.

View: DF3_20200101_0905_031 Green Alkanet flowering on New-years day.jpg
Description: Flowering Green Alkanet on the first day of the year along our access track.
Crazy - a whole line of fresh growth in winter.

Date: 27 Jan 2020
View: D01_20191227_2241_025+2245_033_FB6+E62_2246_118_FB5 Tawny Owl 5 min visit to post then flyby Meadow 1+4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl spends 5 minutes on the meadow post, and is last seen there crouching low and facing the Meadow camera site ... at which he promptly makes a flyby catching his image (but apparently NOT any prey) as the bird passes. The right edge of this montage is the edge of what we got.

View: D01_20191231_1837_028-1844_058_FB6 Tawny Owl 2 visits and flyby in 2 hours 1+5+6+flyby of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: A couple of hours after dark this Tawny Owl makes two visits to the post, and a couple of hours later flies by the post without landing.

Date: 26 Jan 2020
View: E62_20191221_1254_142_FB5 Magpie manoeuvering food in tip of beak with tongue.jpg
Description: This Magpie has picked up something in the tip of the beak, and is using their tongue to manoeuvre it down the beak.
Bird tongues are generally rather inflexible compared to mammals, but they do the job.

View: E63_20191222_1300_220_FB1 Magpie picking kernel from corn cob.jpg
Description: This Magpie seems quite happy to just peck off the remaining fragments of Kernel from this cooked corn cob as pieces 'in-situ' ...

View: E64_20191221_1251_126_FB2 Grey squirrel carrying away eaten half corn-cob.jpg
Description: ... while this Grey Squirrel has decided to carry off the whole half-corn cob to finish the bits the humans teeth can't reach, without risk of interruption.

Date: 25 Jan 2020
View: DF3_20191224_1225_003+004+006+013 Buzzard flying up to land in tree at brook 1+2+4+6 of 6 (approx montage @ 7fps).jpg
Description: Sometimes when we arrive just north of the farm entrance a Buzzard appears from a perch we have not yet identified and flies 100 metres along the line of the brook to perch in this tree.

Date: 24 Jan 2020
View: E62_20191220_1401_109_FB5 Rook pair whole birds.jpg
Description: This pair of Rooks reminded us of a wedding photo. Perhaps not, but they are together by choice.

View: E62_20191220_1401_109_FB5 Rook pair head detail.jpg
Description: A detail from the above. We think Rooks have 'lovely' interesting faces.

View: E62_20191222_1316_191_FB5 Rook landing on grass.jpg
Description: A Rook landing on the grass at the meadow site. The woodland behind is now mostly leafless and allows in quite a lot of sunlight, so it doesn't look 'black' as it does in summer.

Date: 23 Jan 2020
View: BU6_20191219_1758_409+410_SC2 Tawny Owl apparently carrying prey 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: A Tawny Owl catching what we think was a small bird (see below) at the end of the orchard after dark when small birds are roosting. The frame on the right is the same area perhaps 2 seconds later so you can differentiate bird and prey from ground detail.

View: BU6_20191220_2104_586-588_SC2 Tawny Owl landing and standing at end of orchard 1-3 of 3 (IR montage over a few seconds).jpg
Description: Next night the Tawny owl turns up again at the end of the orchard. This time there is no prey obviously showing.
These pics over 'a few seconds', arrival at the left.

View: D01_20191224_1642_045-1651_063_FB6 Tawny Owl 10+ minute visit 1-5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: 4 days later this Tawny Owl is really active, landing on the Meadow post at the left in the usual 'rising up' flight pattern.

Date: 22 Jan 2020
View: E60_20191219_1359_012_FB3 Sparrowhawk female flyby and later perch at kitchen window 2 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: Following several visual fleeting sightings, the female Sparrowhawk landed on the 'bird table' part of the kitchen perch for this lovely portrait. The legs and claws look incredibly 'lightweight' for the killing they have to do. The claws look almost needle-like stilettos.

Date: 21 Jan 2020
View: E60_20191215_1646_033_FB3 Tawny Owl on Kitchen perch.jpg
Description: The local Tawny Owl lands on the kitchen perch. This bird also visited the Meadow Post but this is the best pic on this day.

View: D01_20191216_2307_031_FB6 Tawny Owl 3 minute visit 1 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: Next day this Tawny Owl visits the meadow post for just 3 minutes. Here is the talons-forward landing, rising up from just below the level of the top of the post for a perfect landing.

View: D01_20191219_0452_003-0458_015_FB6 Tawny Owl 10+ minute visit to meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: An early morning visit by the local Tawny Owl lasted at least 10 minutes.

Date: 20 Jan 2020
View: D01_20191213_1424_026-1431_040_FB6 Rook 10+ minute visit to meadow post 4+1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A Rook spends at least 10 minutes on the meadow post.

View: D01_20191213_1449_055+056+1450_058_FB6 Jackdaw short visit to meadow post 1-3 of 3 (mirror montage).jpg
Description: Half an hour later a Jackdaw makes a similar stop-over.

Date: 19 Jan 2020
View: E63_20191213_1352_060_FB1 Blue Tit reaching down on stone.jpg
Description: As this Blue Tit appeared on our PC screen it looked almost luminous. We haven't 'wound up' the colour of this lovely little creature.

View: E64_20191216_1513_046_FB2 Pheasant male foraging.jpg
Description: At the other end of the size scale, the now established male Pheasant on our patch quietly steps across the site.

Date: 18 Jan 2020
View: D01_20191213_1221_021+1222_023_FB6 Kestrel female 6 minute visit to meadow post and departure 3+4 of 4 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This female Kestrel spent a few minutes on the Meadow post, with a fortunately timed second frame catching the bird departing exactly a minute later.

View: DF3_20191214_1108_100+104+106 Kestrel female hovering in strong wind without flapping wings 1+5+7 of 7 (offset montage).jpg
Description: Next day we watched her hunting over the farm crop. She took up a series of hover positions, as always facing into the wind, but the wind was so strong that she hardly ever flapped her wings, keeping station by endless adjustments of the wing angles, tail position and the Alulae (the wing's 'thumbs'). Wonderful to watch such accomplished flight.

Date: 17 Jan 2020
View: E62_20191212_1146_025_FB5 Blackbird female in heavy rain.jpg
Description: A drenched female Blackbird has to come out to feed regardless of the rain. Small birds don't have great reserved to sit out bad weather.

View: E63_20191214_1003_107_FB1 Blackbird female in heavy rain.jpg
Description: Did we mention it's been raining?

Date: 16 Jan 2020
View: D01_20191210_1359_073+074+1400_079_FB6 Kestrel female 4 minute visit to meadow post 1+2+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel stops on the Meadow post for a few minutes.

Date: 15 Jan 2020
View: d01_20191208_1823_136+1824_138+1827_144_fb6 barn owl (no ring) 6 mins @ meadow post blustery wind 1+2+5 of 6 (R-L montage).jpg
Description: A Barn Owl with no leg ring makes several visits to the meadow post over one night. The feathers look very scruffy, most likely from one of many gusty winds overnight this week.

View: d01_20191209_0243_148+0308_174+0439_176_fb6 barn owl (no ring) 13 minute visit & 2 landings at meadow post 1 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: The landing bird (left) is aiming at the post in the same position as the perched bird at the centre. The second landing (right) occurs 2 hours later.

Date: 14 Jan 2020
View: D73_20191208_0839_012 Vertical shaft of light from sun hidden by cloud (orig & final).jpg
Description: A strange lighting effect from the sun hidden by the clouds. A vertical shaft of light rises from behind the cloud and seems to illuminate the clouds above.

View: E63_20191205_0756_012_FB1 Muntjac Reeves Deer female on path behind feeding site.jpg
Description: One of those serendipitous moments - a Magpie triggers the camera as a female Reeve's Muntjac Deer quietly browses on the path behind.
This bit of hedge used to have several woody stems obscuring the path behind, but intense animal activity has damaged and killed them all.

Date: 13 Jan 2020
View: DF1_20191207_1102_010 Sparrow female with Great Tit (q) just taken from inside of caged peanut feeder 2 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: On the CCTV we saw a Sparrowhawk grabbing a bird from inside the kitchen window Peanut feeder and flying off with it.
Later the same day this bird was perched on the grass outside the kitchen with what we think is a Great Tit clasped firmly in the talons.

View: E60_20191207_1534_037_FB3 Sparrowhawk flying over kitchen perch (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: This is a different pass by the female Sparrowhawk on the same day as the kill. Most of the bird is movement blurred even in a camera flash, but you can see those impressive claws catching the light from the flash.

View: E60_20191209_1428_010+20191210_0833_014_FB3 Sparrowhawk male flights over kitchen perch afternoon & next morning (montage).jpg
Description: We only occasionally see a male Sparrowhawk here, but over 2 days the camera catches these two images around the kitchen feeder/perch, both triggering the camera shutter a good deal further away than the woodwork so smaller and not well focussed. But the male Sparrowhawk is in any case about 80% of the size of the female.

Date: 12 Jan 2020
View: d01_20191207_1953_102-1955_106_fb6 barn owl (ring on right leg) 10+ minute visit to meadow post 1-3 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: A Barn Owl with a leg ring makes another appearance on the meadow Pole, this time for a couple of really active stays on the post.

View: d01_20191207_2014_126+2012_122+2013_124_fb6 barn owl (ring on right leg) 3 minute visit to meadow post 3+1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A Barn Owl with a leg ring makes another appearance on the meadow Pole, this time for a couple of really active stays on the post.

View: D01_20191212_0612_001+0433_107_FB6 Barn Owl landings (montage).jpg
Description: Two Barn Owl landings a couple of hours apart. This is the Owl with no leg ring.

Date: 11 Jan 2020
View: D01_20191205_1408_011_FB6 Green Woodpecker male on meadow post.jpg
Description: A Green Woodpecker stops briefly on the meadow post.

View: E60_20191210_1521_019_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker female in flight (ID).jpg
Description: A female Great Spotted Woodpecker flies from the kitchen feeder/perch.

View: DF3_20191206_1229_011+012 Bark pecked from dead Willow branch 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: This mat of fallen leaves to the rear of 'Round Mound' was where we first spotted this scatter of wood particles, and looked around to find the source - a dead Willow branch thoroughly pecked over by woodpecker(s).
Green Woodpecker are mostly ground feeders, so most likely this damage was caused by Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Date: 10 Jan 2020
View: E60_20191206_0242_009_FB3 Tawny Owl take-off from kitchen perch (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: A Tawny Owl flies from the kitchen perch having managed to land on the right hand end without triggering a photo.

View: D01_20191207_1650_088+1652_092_FB6 Tawny Owl 6 minute visit to meadow post 1+3 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: What looks like the 'local' Tawny Owl arrives for a few minutes hunt. This bird always seems to fly 'up' to the perch.

View: E62_20191129_1944_131-20191130_1916_264_FB5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) from 6 of 12 frames (accurate montage).jpg
Description: 12 frames of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frolicking at the meadow site gave us 6 frames from which we built this fun (but also accurately positioned) montage.
Judging by the almost nightly Tawny and Barn Owl visits, we guess our 'meadow' is heaving with these little creatures & voles!

Date: 09 Jan 2020
View: DF3_20191204_0948_008-010 Redwing eating Hawthorn Berries (Haws) on roadside tree 1-3 of 3 (montage over a few seconds).jpg
Description: This Redwing was some 20m away across the road in a Hawthorn bush/tree. The 3 images (separated by a re-focus each time so over a few seconds) caught the bird perched by a Haw, pulling the Haw off, and then beak open to swallow it!

View: DF5_20191202_1056_002 Green Woodpecker female on side of raptor post.jpg
Description: The Green Woodpecker has made a few visits lately. Here she is wonderfully disguised as some mould-coated wood.
Suddenly the green colour makes sense!

Date: 08 Jan 2020
View: D01_20191203_2215_087+2216_089+2217_091_FB6 Tawny Owl landing + perching + takeoff at meadow post 1-3 of 3 (mirror montage).jpg
Description: 3 successive frames at 1 minute intervals are lucky to catch the arrival, a short look about, and then departure of this Tawny Owl in natural sequence.

Date: 07 Jan 2020
View: DF3_20191203_1103_130+1105_132-136 Kestrel male takeoff from 11kV cable 1+3-7 of 7 (horizontally stretched montage).jpg
Description: The male Kestrel disappeared from site and we wandered home, only to find him perched on one of the 11kV cables near our house. We watched each other for a couple of minutes before he took off.

View: DF3_20191203_1114_189+1110_182 Kestrel male hunting from roadside tree and hedge 5+1 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The male Kestrel flew off North-west so we walked that way and across the main road and there he was hunting from the hedge along the main road, first from a Hawthorn bush/tree, and then moved to the top of the cut hedge only a few metres from the mid-morning traffic. You can see the top of a red car just gone past him - the resting sheep is on the other side of the road. He was hunting in the sprouting crop, and leapt down a couple of times out of sight. We guess he was eating worms or insects.

Date: 06 Jan 2020
View: DF3_20191203_1049_013-015 Kestrel male hovering 1-3 of 3 (vertical separated montage).jpg
Description: This male Kestrel was intensively hunting over the surrounding fields.
Here he was hovering, so we have spread the images downwards in natural order.

View: DF3_20191203_1049_054-059 Kestrel male hovering 1-6 of 6 (montage spread downwards).jpg
Description: This male Kestrel was intensively hunting over the surrounding fields.
Here he was hovering, so we have spread the images downwards in natural order.

View: DF3_20191203_1049_026-032 Kestrel male controlled descent @ 7fps 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This montage of the male Kestrel is NOT a static hover, but an accurate montage of just over a second as the male Kestrel makes a controlled drop towards a target hidden from us by the roadside hedge.

Date: 05 Jan 2020
View: E63_20191201_1444_227_FB1 Pheasant male displaying to female.jpg
Description: The male pheasant (left) is displaying to the female on the right.
It's never too soon to butter up the girls!

View: BU5_20191201_1557_627_SC1 Pheasant male displaying to female (IR crop).jpg
Description: Only an hour later as darkness falls, and 70m away at the Round pond, we see what we believe is the same male trying the uncannily similar move on what looks like the same female.
She will succumb to his charms when she is good and ready :-)

Date: 04 Jan 2020
View: E64_20191130_1511_110_FB2 Grey Squirrel attacking Pheasant male leaping into flight.jpg
Description: Grey squirrels vary widely in their behaviour. Some are content to feed alongside other harmless creatures, while here this Grey Squirrel at the woodland site chases away a male Pheasant.
You can see that the Pheasant's tail is still curled from the takeoff.

View: E64_20191204_1614_153+1617_154_FB2 Pheasant male resisting repeated attacks by Grey Squirrel 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: Usually the Grey Squirrels can simply shoo away male or female Pheasants, but here the Squirrel is getting faced-off by the male Pheasant who is standing his ground against the pesky not-so-little rodent.
These are at the same scale but different distances from the camera.

Date: 03 Jan 2020
View: DF5_20191130_1151_028 Sparrowhawk female sunbathing on branch for 11 minutes 07 of 13 (crop).jpg
Description: This female Sparrowhawk arrived in the tree across the pond, spread the wings and tail and spent 11 minutes 'sunbathing'. Air temperature was barely about freezing, so the bird may have been enjoying a warm glow from the sun as well as collecting his dose of UV light to make Vitamin D.

View: DF5_20191130_1150_010-1158_045 Sparrowhawk female sunbathing on branch for 11 minutes 03+04+-9+11 of 13 (montage).jpg
Description: Tits and other small birds regularly passed quite close to the sunbathing Sparrowhawk who reacted in various ways.

Date: 02 Jan 2020
View: E62_20191128_1827_052_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) fleeing as Fox walks by on path behind (crop).jpg
Description: A Red Fox saunters along the path up the meadow, causing this Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) to leap to safety & triggering the camera to catch them both in the frame. The Fox was apparently unaware of the mouse, or once it heard it knew the alerted rodent would now be impossible to catch.

Date: 01 Jan 2020
View: D01_20191205_0126_005_FB6 Barn owl (ring on right leg) short visit 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: This Barn Owl makes a spectacular landing on the Meadow post an hour and a half after midnight.
This Barn Owl carries a ring on the right leg, the first time we have spotted a ringed bird of any sort here for some years.

View: D01_20191203_2342_093_FB6 Barn Owl landing on meadow post (crop).jpg
Description: This Barn Owl makes a flamboyant landing on the Meadow post.
Note that this bird has no ring on the right leg, so we are seeing at least two different Barn Owls visiting.

View: D01_20191204_0330_095-0333_101_FB6 Barn Owl landing 5 minute visit to meadow post 1+4+3 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Several hours later on the same night, a Barn Owl visits again. Eye plumage detail suggests that this is the same bird as the previous visit.
The ringed Barn Owl appears two days later.

Image Archive arch 2019 dec.htm (view it Here)

Date: 31 Dec 2019
View: E63_20191126_1436_102+1440_105_FB1 Blue Tit + Great Tit (accurate montage).jpg
Description: On the left is a Blue Tit, on the right a Great Tit photographed just 4 minutes apart.
The word 'Great' does seem an exaggeration, but it IS more sturdy than the Blue Tit.

View: E63_20191126_1332_087_FB1 Grey Squirrel with piece of banana skin.jpg
Description: Ever since we started cutting up the banana skins, instead of making a horrid mess all over the place, or just needing to be composted, it all now gets eaten, mainly by Grey Squirrels!

Date: 30 Dec 2019
View: E62_20191124_1134_223_FB5 Green Woodpecker female (crop).jpg
Description: This female Green Woodpecker pays a mid-day visit to the meadow camera. We notice that the lower bill colours don't match the upper, although both the light and dark appearance of BOTH bills appears variously in our different reference books. The only image we have showing this asymmetric colouring is in an RSBP guide 50 years old.
The appearance is consistent on different days so unlikely to be mud smeared on the beak.

View: E62_20191126_0813_078_FB5 Green Woodpecker female in drizzle 1 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: This female Green Woodpecker is standing in the drizzle on a desperately grey morning. The feet barely touching the ground suggest she is just landing.

View: E62_20191126_0813_079-0926_091_FB5 Green Woodpecker female and male visits to meadow site over 75m 1-4 of 4 (approx montage).jpg
Description: Over 75 minutes we find 4 pics of Green Woodpeckers at this site. Only when we build this montage do we notice that the birds at the two ends are females, and the third from the left is a male. We choose 'don't know' for the last!
The male has the same asymmetric coloured beak that we noted earlier in the female. The image on the right is the same as the one above, but at the smaller scale the raindrops are too small to more than glimpse.

Date: 29 Dec 2019
View: DF3_20191124_0830_066+067 Rook pair courtship feeding at nest in Black poplar 1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: On 24th November and this pair of Rooks have already started refurbishing a last-years nest, and observation suggests that they have already started courtship feeding in the Black Poplar nearest the house. This is over a month before our reference books mention earliest attempt at breeding.
Most likely the female is on the nest at the left and male arrived on the right to make his courtship offering of some disgusting morsel.

Date: 28 Dec 2019
View: E60_20191128_0119_030_FB3 Tawny Owl visits kitchen perch and meadow post over 40 min 1 of 8 (crop 2).jpg
Description: The local Tawny Owl takes this one frame of himself at the kitchen window.

View: D01_20191124_0357_115-0404_129_FB6 Tawny Owl 10+ minute visit to meadow post 1+3+2+4 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The Tawny Owl pays a 10 or more minute visit to the meadow post.

Date: 27 Dec 2019
View: E62_20191122_1134_125_FB5 Blackbird male leaping up to use claws to defend aerial attack (crop).jpg
Description: A Blackbird does gymnastics to defend against the aerial attack.

Date: 26 Dec 2019
View: D01_20191121_1138_024_FB6 Sparrowhawk on meadow post 2 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: A brief glimpse as she flies by the house is later supplemented by this moment as the female Sparrowhawk lands on the meadow post.

Date: 25 Dec 2019
View: E62_20191113_1820_019-20191114_2249_177_FB5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 28 Hour (montage from 4 frames).jpg
Description: Lots of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at the meadow camera over a day and a bit.
This montage was selected from four originals to capture some of the action.

View: E62_20191118_1645_069_FB5 Robin pulling worm from ground.jpg
Description: This robin has caught another worm - a rather small one this time, but obviously worth the effort to pull out of the ground.

Date: 24 Dec 2019
View: E64_20191119_0117_046_FB2 Badger splattered with mud (crop 3).jpg
Description: A Badger visits one of the high resolution cameras, complete with mud splattered face and mud encrusted nose.

Date: 23 Dec 2019
View: D01_20191115_0833_027-0857_053_FB6 Kestrel female visits meadow post for 10mins then 3mins 1 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel is visiting several days a week. This montage starts an hour after a really dingy 'sunrise' lightens over the next half hour. A visit of 10 minutes (first 3 images) is followed by a short visit (last 2 images).

View: D01_20191120_1306_057+058_FB6 Kestrel female landing on meadow post 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel makes another brief visit to the meadow post.

Date: 22 Dec 2019
View: BU5_20191116_2158_413+415+416_SC1 Roe Deer female visit to Round pond 2+4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Roe Deer visits the Round Pond.

View: BU6_20191116_0914_407_SC2 7 Pheasant females (crop).jpg
Description: Having seen only 1 or 2 female Pheasant wandering the plot for weeks, suddenly there are a group of 7 wandering quietly through the orchard. Not a montage.

Date: 21 Dec 2019
View: E63_20191113_0334_206_FB1 Badger.jpg
Description: In the small hours of the morning this Badger is attracted to the smells left on the stone under the hedge.
On many weeks we see dozens of photos taken by silent camera without visible light, but the quality for portraits is just inadequate.

View: BU6_20191111_1829_086+1831_090+1907_105+2153_129_SC2 Muntjac Deer fem + foxes + Muntjac male inspecting apples (montage).jpg
Description: Apples are still occasionally falling from the orchard trees, and the nighttime denizens come to enjoy the bounty. Here we have a female Reeve's Muntjac Deer, what looks like 2 different Foxes, and then a male Muntjac, all sampling these hard and bitter apples over a few hours.

Date: 20 Dec 2019
View: DF3_20191110_1015_028-030 Kestrel female hovering 1-3 of 3 (vertically separated montage).jpg
Description: Several sightings of Kestrels this week have been mostly whoosh and gone. But this bird is intent on a hunt over the sprouting crop.

View: DF3_20191110_1016_047+1020_58+59+65 Kestrel female taking Rodent kill to hedge top to eat 2 + insert 3-5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel's hunt is successful - she pounces on a Rodent, probably a Mouse or Vole, and flies to the top of the hedge with to devour her prize.

Date: 19 Dec 2019
View: E60_20191111_1741_013_FB3 Tawny Owl hunting from kitchen perch (crop 2).jpg
Description: A local Tawny Owl drops by shortly after dark. The bird is having a really hard stare at the ground outside the kitchen.

View: D01_20191108_1901_033+1710_023+1713_029_FB6 2 Tawny Owl visits over 2 hours 5+1+4 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: The local Tawny owl has been visiting again - here 2 visits to the meadow post in 2 hours

Date: 18 Dec 2019
View: DF3_20191107_1352_075+076+079 White Wagtail walking down slate roof to perch on gutter (impression montage).jpg
Description: On some years Wagtails hunt over our slate roof looking for insects. This White Wagtail in the sunlight takes up a new vantage point - they often hunt by diving down from the edge to catch insects close to the sun-warned wall.

View: DF3_20191107_1353_092-094 White Wagtail in flight hunting insect on slate roof 1-3 of 3 (approx montage).jpg
Description: Wagtails also hunt over the roof to catch insects emerging from under the sun warmed slates. We couldn't find the insect in any of the 3 original frames.

View: DF3_20191107_1355_105+106 Pied Wagtail of slate roof (montage).jpg
Description: Along with the White Wagtail was this Pied Wagtail behaving similarly.
One of our ID books lists White and Pied as separate species, but our more recent books lists the white as a variant of the pied that can interbreed. No wonder we often have trouble differentiating the two!

Date: 17 Dec 2019
View: E62_20191105_1646_105_FB5 Robin pulling earthworm from ground (crop).jpg
Description: "Heave-Ho - I want my Teatime worm!"

View: DF5_20191107_1014_007 Blue Tit eating seeds from fallen weeds 2 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: This Blue Tit spends a few minutes pecking seeds from this fallen 'weed'. It is most likely a withered Great Willow Herb stem.

Date: 16 Dec 2019
View: E60_20191105_0130_005_FB3 Tawny Owl 20 minute visit to kitchen perch 1 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: Here a Tawny Owl makes a visit to the Kitchen Perch as they tour the site in search of rodents.

View: D01_20191105_0040_021-2351_067_FB6 Tawny Owl makes 3 visits between midnights1of4+3of8+1of3+2of4 (montage).jpg
Description: The Tawny Owl's tour of the site started just after one midnight to just before the next, paying 3 visits to the meadow post, plus probably many more to other perches during the 24 hours.

View: D01_20191107_2349_005-20191108-0553_019_FB6 3 Barn owl visits to meadow post over one night 3+1+6+5+4 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: A Barn Owl made (at least) 3 visits to our site from just before midnight until dawn. Here is a little celebration of this lovely bird.

Date: 15 Dec 2019
View: P10_20191103_0912_368+371 Juniper Shieldbug (Cyphostethus tristriatus) with raindrops comatose on rain gauge (montage).jpg
Description: A few metres from the house we have a simple little conical rain gauge from which we record the last days rain every morning. On this morning the edge glowed with a green speck which close inspection turned out to be a Juniper Shieldbug. The morning was cold and wet and the insect was comatose with several raindrops on their back (very clear in the bottom image) and in the top image one at the centre magnifying the underlying pattern.
We managed to read and empty the gauge without disturbing the 'sleeping' insect!

Date: 14 Dec 2019
View: E60_20191030_1755_030+1804_031_FB3+1816_033_FB6+1858_032_FB3 Tawny owl visiting Meadow post and Kitchen perch over 1 hour 1+2+4+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl spends at least an hour probably touring various hunting posts around the site. Our cameras catch the bird making 4 visits - 3 to the kitchen window perch, and one to the meadow post. Here they are in order of appearance at 5:55 p.m., 6:04 p.m., 6:16 p.m. (meadow post) & 6:58 p.m.

View: E60_20191030_1755_030+1804_031_FB3 Tawny owl visiting Meadow post and Kitchen perch over 1 hour 1+2 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: The first 2 Tawny Owl visits differently montaged to show more detail

View: E60_20191030_1858_032_FB3 Tawny owl visiting Meadow post and Kitchen perch over 1 hour 6 of 6 (crop).jpg
Description: Our final pic of the Tawny Owl landing on the kitchen perch. You can see the birds nictitating membranes at the top inner corner of both of the Owls eyes.

Date: 13 Dec 2019
View: DF3_20191029_1015_057 Clouds.jpg
Description: An Autumn morning shows this 'comet and tail' effect in Cirrus clouds. Such ice clouds are said to be 6 to 12 km high.

View: D73_20191025_1436_128 Red Kite mobbed by some of about 50 Rooks (crop).jpg
Description: A Red Kite being pursued by 50 Rooks when venturing too near the Rookery. Not a chance moment - every time the Kite changed direction so did the Rooks!
Ever felt unwelcome?

Date: 12 Dec 2019
View: E64_20191029_1612_104_FB2 Rabbit youngster leaping above Grey Squirrel (crop).jpg
Description: Crouching Squirrel, Leaping Rabbit
Totally genuine single frame.

View: D5C_20191029_1223_003 Grey Squirrel hanging by single rear foot.jpg
Description: Look Mum - one Foot!
Grey Squirrels sometimes seem indestructible, but their luck sometimes run out

View: E60_20191027_1257_008_FB3 Grey Squirrel climbing up to attack another on table.jpg
Description: The Grey Squirrel on the right appears to have decided to see off the Squirrel already at the top, but the top Squirrel seems to have other ideas.

Date: 11 Dec 2019
View: D01_20191025_1807_017_FB6 Kestrel female landing on Meadow Post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: A local female kestrel lands on the Meadow post in the gathering gloom of evening.

View: DF3_20191028_1037_002 Rook calling from 11kV cable linkage.jpg
Description: A Rook using the tip of an 11kV power pole to cast his call far and wide.

Date: 10 Dec 2019
View: DF3_20191027_1219_008-020 Sparrowhawk male in flight 01+06+10+13 of 13 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: Sparrowhawk sightings are usually Whizz-by events, but this one hung in the air for minute of so to allow this little sequence.

View: DF3_20191027_1230_045+049+053+057 Buzzard turning in flight @7fps (selected) 1-4 of 4 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: 10 minutes later the much bigger Buzzard made a similar pass at a greater height.

Date: 09 Dec 2019
View: DF3_20191023_1040_031-044 Little Egret in flight 11+14+09+02+15 of 15 (close spaced montage of upstroke).jpg
Description: The camera's 7 fps doesn't match the Little Egret's wing-beats, so here we assemble images in an order to show a complete wing-beat cycle.
First the 'upstroke where the wing is partially folded to minimise the negative lift effect of the upward movement.

View: DF3_20191023_1040_036-030 Little Egret in flight 07+05+03+01 of 15 (close spaced montage of downstroke).jpg
Description: And now the Little Egret's powerful Downstroke for both forward motion and lift.

View: DF3_20191023_1040_038+039 Little Egret in flight - upstroke and downstroke @ 7fps 09+10 of 15 (montage).jpg
Description: The difference between the mid wing positions on the upstroke and downstroke is worth comparing.

Date: 08 Dec 2019
View: E62_20191023_0343_206_FB5 Badger (crop 2).jpg
Description: Badger faces look rather nice - unless you are their next meal.

View: BU6_20191022_1321_268_SC2 Fox running across orchard.jpg
Description: Our 'favourite' fox with lovely bushy tail, streaks through the orchard past this camera in the lovely dappled light.

Date: 07 Dec 2019
View: D73_20191020_1752_003-011 Muntjac Reeves Deer male foraging along hedge towards camera (impression montage).jpg
Description: A few minutes before sunset - if the sun had been visible anyway - this male Reeve's Muntjac Deer was wandering quietly down the hedge to our east foraging as he went. Standing still behind our hedge he didn't spot the photographer.

View: D73_20191020_1753_023 Muntjac Reeves Deer male walking up to Farm Road.jpg
Description: The Reeve's Muntjac Deer reached the edge of the Farm Road and stopped for a moment ...

View: D73_20191020_1753_028-051 Muntjac Reeves Deer male walking over Farm Road (impression montage).jpg
Description: ... before stepping up onto the concrete, walking across, and finally disappearing from view at the bottom of the hedge only a couple of metres away. But standing right in front of the cut section of the pignet that lets animals through, the human legs were finally spotted and the Deer 'scarpered'.

Date: 06 Dec 2019
View: D01_20191020_1845_095+1851_105+1852_107_FB6 Tawny Owl 8 minute visit to meadow post 1+5+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: A Tawny Owl visits for a few minutes. This Owl closes their eyes as they land.
We don't remember ever seeing an Owl with nictitating membrane across the eye, and went on the web search to find if they had one.
The answer is YES as you can see in this fascinating YouTube short video of tame owls 'blinking' in slow motion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THdThDeyLu4.


Date: 05 Dec 2019
View: D01_20191019_0312_051+0313_053+0322_065_FB6 Barn Owl 13 minute visit to meadow post 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: After a few weeks absence a Barn Owl stops by for nearly a quarter of an hour at 3 a.m.

View: D01_20191019_0313_053_FB6 Barn Owl 13 minute visit to meadow post 2 of 3 (detail crop).jpg
Description: Owls are normally photographed as tame animals with beaks hidden in the feathers as they contentedly stand on their 'pets' arm, undoubtedly already replete with a mouse or two. Here this hunting bird shows us the upper and lower bills as they alertly scan the ground for the next meal.

View: D01_20191021_0135_111-145_129_FB6 Barn Owl 10+ minute visit to meadow post 1+2+5+6 of 6 (montage 2).jpg
Description: Two days after the first Barn Owl visit we get another, this time at 1.30 a.m. The bird spent at least 10 minutes on the post, first having a little hunt and then settling down to a preen.

Date: 04 Dec 2019
View: D01_20191018_0744_015_FB6 Buzzard 2 minute visit to meadow post with mud on claws (crop).jpg
Description: On a gloomy day, at around the time for a sunrise, this Buzzard makes a short stay on the Meadow post.

View: D01_20191018_0744_015_FB6 Buzzard 2 minute visit to meadow post with mud on claws (detail crop).jpg
Description: A closer look highlights the talons caked in mud.
Being a 'predator' has some down sides.

View: D01_20191019_1010_071+073+1011_078_FB6 Buzzard 2 minute visit to meadow post 1-3 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Next day the Buzzard lands in some sunshine

View: D01_20191019_1010_071+073_FB6 Buzzard 2 minute visit to meadow post 1+2 of 5 (montage of nictitating membrane).jpg
Description: Bird's nictitating membranes (an extra semi-transparent eyelid) makes birds eyes look cloudy. Here are the eyes of the landing bird - protecting the eyeball with his membrane as many birds do as they land, and a little later perched normally with the eye uncovered.

Date: 03 Dec 2019
View: DF3_20191017_1548_005 Pampas grass seeds heads (crop).jpg
Description: Pampas Grass next to the main pond shows wonderful graduated colours as the seed heads emerge each year despite the heavy winter cut-backs.

Date: 02 Dec 2019
View: E62_20191014_1729_081+1731_082_FB5 Magpie taking off from ground in rain making cloud of spray 1 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: In the rain, a foraging Magpie decides to fly off making a spray of water droplets.

Date: 01 Dec 2019
View: E64_20191014_0013_325_FB2 Badger with muddy snout.jpg
Description: Just after midnight this Badger snuffles his way across the woodland site. The land has changed from desiccated clay to soft and slushy leaf litter, spattering the muzzle with mud as it roots around for worms.

View: BU6_20191016_0315_257_SC2 Badger spending 5 minutes tackling apple 3 of 5 (crop).jpg
Description: Yet another fallen apple gets the Badger treatment.

View: BU6_20191016_2357_376+377+2358_378_SC2 Polecat crossing orchard 1-3 of 3 (approx montage).jpg
Description: The Polecat made a midnight voyage across the orchard.

Image Archive arch 2019 nov.htm (view it Here)

Date: 30 Nov 2019
View: E60_20191012_1202_022_FB3 Jay about to land on Kitchen perch (crop).jpg
Description: Our first sighting of a Jay since June this year, and only single visit last year also in June. The vivid blue patches are mostly hidden on the hidden top of the bird, but you get a hint along the top edges of the wings.

View: D01_20191016_1125_050_FB6 Jay on meadow post.jpg
Description: Another sighting of a Jay this month, this time on the more distant meadow post.

Date: 29 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20191010_1243_046-049 Buzzard in flight @7fps 3-6 of 9 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: This Buzzard slowly circled overhead making the most of what little thermal updraft this bird could find.

View: DF3_20191010_1243_064-066 Buzzard in flight @7fps 1-3 of 8 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: This Buzzard slowly circled overhead making the most of what little thermal updraft this bird could find.

View: D01_20191012_0822_065+0824_078_FB6 Buzzard 4 minute visit to meadow post 1+3 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: One of the local Buzzards lands on the meadow post for a few minutes. We think the bird spotted movement at the window and had this hard stare, but stayed for a couple more minutes.

Date: 28 Nov 2019
View: BU2_20191009_2002_440+441+2004_442_SC7 Fox on Mound as Muntjac Reeves Deer arrives 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A fox on the Mound turns his head to watch a Reeve's Muntjac Deer walk up to a couple of metres behind the Fox.
We had always assumed these creates to be 'mortal enemies' but we have seen this kind of behaviour several times now - 2 other events in August 2019 are show as images for 24 Sep 2019

Date: 27 Nov 2019
View: E62_20191009_2030_209_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) sparring.jpg
Description: A couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) fighting or loving - we fancy the latter.

View: E63_20191008_0930_085_FB1 Grey Squirrel with sprig of Sloe berries in mouth.jpg
Description: The un-withered leaves on this 'bunch of Sloe berries' suggests that the Grey Squirrel has broken this off itself.

View: BU6_20191008_0302_154_SC2 2 Badgers rubbing faces.jpg
Description: In the hours after midnight 2 Badgers keep a tryst.

Date: 26 Nov 2019
View: D01_20191006_1925_097-1928_103_FB6 Tawny Owl 4 minute visit to Meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A Tawny Owl spends a few minutes on the meadow post, undoubtedly hoping for supper to scamper by on the recently cleared meadow area.

View: D01_20191010_0156_047+0157_049+0411_055_FB6 Tawny Owl 4 minute visit + another landing 2hrs later 1+2+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Over a single night, 2 visits from what looks like the same Tawny Owl. Firstly a few minutes stay, and then a couple of hours later a touchdown but not a stay.

Date: 25 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20191008_0723_002-0727_041 Sunrise over hedge to south-east 1-8 of 8 (aligned montage).jpg
Description: The hazy sky let us photograph the sun rising behind a hedge to the South-east. The montage is aligned to hold the hedge stationary so you can see how the sun rises at a substantial slant at this time of year. The sequence is over about 4 minutes. The last 2 pics were taken closer together than the rest.
Exposure is awfully difficult to control - we took dozens of pics at varying exposures and picked those that made some sort of sense.

View: DF3_20191006_1001_129 Water drops on horizontal twig (crop 1).jpg
Description: Shortly after a rain shower these glistening water drops caught the light all the way along a half-metre long twig (only part of it here).

View: DF3_20191006_1001_129 Water drops on horizontal twig (crop 2).jpg
Description: Each drop acts as a little lens showing an inverted and distorted view of the world behind.
Early 'microscopes' used water drops as the lens, and later 'glass' droplets became the norm.

Date: 24 Nov 2019
View: D01_20191004_0809_017_FB6 Buzzard 7 minute visit to Meadow post 1 of 8 (crop).jpg
Description: A Buzzard makes a magnificent landing as big as we can show you.

View: D01_20191004_0809_017-0813_026_FB6 Buzzard 7 minute visit to Meadow post 1+2+4+6 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: After landing on the post the Buzzard stayed for several minutes.

View: D01_20191006_1717_093_FB6 Buzzard landing on Meadow post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: The Buzzard visits again - here just about to make first contact with the post.

View: D01_20191006_1717_094_FB6 Buzzard landing on Meadow post 2 of 2 (crop 1).jpg
Description: The Buzzard visits again - landing complete buy yet to settle the feathers.

Date: 23 Nov 2019
View: D01_20191003_1327_009_FB6 Kestrel female landing on Meadow post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: The local female Kestrel has been gracing our patch.

View: DF3_20191004_1543_004 Kestrel male fleeing as human appears.jpg
Description: We have a regular male Kestrel who is at least as nervous of humans as the female. We caught this glimpse outside our South boundary.

View: D01_20191004_1657_045-1701_051_FB6 Kestrel female 5 minute visit to Meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel spends a few minutes on the meadow post.

Date: 22 Nov 2019
View: D01_20190927_0322_017+20191003_0115_081-0120_091_FB6 Barn and Tawny Owls landing on Meadow post (same scale montage).jpg
Description: About a week apart we notice that the landing positions of these Barn and Tawny Owls are so similar that we couldn't resist this same-scale montage for you to compare them.

Date: 21 Nov 2019
View: D72_20191001_0916_002 Hornbeam seed cluster ready to disperse (crop).jpg
Description: A Hornbeam seed cluster nicely dried ready for a gust of wind or clumsy bird to set the winged seeds into 'flight'.

View: DF3_20190927_0756_015 Seed with 2 wings each 25mm long - found on ground unidentified.jpg
Description: The solitary winged seed was lying on a concrete slab. Moved onto a wooden table to photograph we have finally concluded that this must have come from the a Hornbeam tree some 25m away.

View: D73_20190922_1452_050 Raindrop on Pampas grass magnifying leaf ridges (crop).jpg
Description: After a short but heavy shower, raindrops were beading the Pampas Grass stems. On closer inspection (here looking downwards) we see the drops magnifying the ridges on the grass leaves, and the drops at the edge imaging the surroundings.

Date: 20 Nov 2019
View: E62_20190930_1644_038_FB5 Magpie with iridescent wings and tail.jpg
Description: A Magpie shows off the wonderful iridescence - it seems always blue on the wings, but basically Green with a rainbow of colours on the tail.

View: E63_20191001_1326_149_FB1 Grey Squirrel with front paws together facing apple.jpg
Description: "Let us say Grace".
Not likely - head down before anybody else snaffles it.

View: E63_20191002_2339_358_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg
Description: "Come on Sweetie"

Date: 19 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190930_0654_007 Threatening sunrise with cloud textured by oblique sunlight.jpg
Description: Red Sky in morning - and lo - 12mm of rain descended by next morning. The sun still below the horizon is lighting the bottom of the clouds and highlighting their structure.

View: D73_20191003_0715_007 Sunrise through distant trees.jpg
Description: A glowing sunrise ...

View: D73_20191003_0716_013-016 Red Kite in flight at sunrise 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg
Description: ... underlights this Red Kite ...

View: D73_20191003_0716_018 Sunrise through distant trees.jpg
Description: ... as the sun 'climbs' through the trees.

Date: 18 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190929_0908_087-093 Red Kite flying low over field to south @7fps 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Across the field to the south this Red Kite flew low over the tilled field, on his way ...

View: DF3_20190929_0908_101-105+107 Red Kite calling as it lands on recently flailed hedge @7fps 4-8+10 of 11 (montage).jpg
Description: ... to land in the top of this recently flailed really broad hedge.
The appearance of the talons strongly suggests that they are carrying a mouse or vole size prey item up to the hedge top to eat it.

Date: 17 Nov 2019
View: D01_20190924_1649_060+1650_061+062_FB6 Wood Pigeon dozing on Meadow Post 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Just editing this Wood Pigeon montage on the screen is enough to make us yawn.

View: D01_20190924_1649_060+1650_061+062_FB6 Wood Pigeon dozing on Meadow Post 1-3 of 3 (montage detail).jpg
Description: Even at the largest size we allow for web images you couldn't see the details of the sleepy bird, so we did another montage to give you a better look.

Date: 16 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190923_0911_013 Galls each about 2cm across on miniature conifer outside conservatory.jpg
Description: We first saw Galls on this Conifer in Mid July.
Some hundreds of Galls now smother just the South-West side of this miniature conifer (2m tall if you can call that miniature).
GALLS IS WRONG - we discover 2 months later that these are forming seed cases.

View: DF3_20191211_0932_078 Miniature conifer seed pods opening.jpg
Description: 2 Months on we discover that growths we thought were galls are simply a type of conifer seed case we have never seen before. Here they are showing some of the un-fallen seeds inside their 'pods'.
The wild world is a continuous exploration, and we sometimes get it wrong.

View: DF3_20190923_1537_030 Robins Pin-cushion gall 3cm across on cut-back rose.jpg
Description: Another sort of Gall on a self propagated wild Rose at the front of the house. These Robins Pin-cushion Galls are really rather attractive, and don't seem to degrade the plants too much.

Date: 15 Nov 2019
View: E63_20190922_1200_181_FB1 Grey Squirrel with stick in mouth & carried away.jpg
Description: We don't remember seeing a Grey Squirrel collecting sticks before. This stick was gone from the site in the next frame.
Their Dreys are made of twigs interwoven with soft materials, so they must collect twigs. Its just we have never caught it on camera before.

View: E63_20190922_1521_193_FB1 2 Grey Squirrels nuzzling.jpg
Description: This pair of Grey Squirrels are undoubtedly enjoying each other's company.

View: E63_20190922_1523_194_FB1 Grey Squirrel eating carrot.jpg
Description: Petting over, it's time to eat!

Date: 14 Nov 2019
View: E63_20190924_1705_149_FB1 Grey Squirrel eating banana skin coated in Blackberry strainings.jpg
Description: The Blackberry fruit season is upon us with enough to make a batch of Blackberry Jelly. So the pips and skins get strained out and offered to the wildlife that just LOVES it.
It's no good - we think this Grey Squirrel has a grin of delight on the little face for the sweet and sticky coating on the banana skin.

View: E62_20190924_2219_127_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) eating Blackberry strainings.jpg
Description: The Blackberry fruit season is upon us with enough to make a batch of Blackberry Jelly. So the pips and skins get strained out and offered to the wildlife that just LOVES it.

View: D36_20190924_1250_015_FB4 Grey Squirrel carrying Crab Apple up tree-stump.jpg
Description: If the Grey Squirrel puts the apple down before clambering up the tree-stump maybe something else will steal it. So to check the top of the tree stump the apple goes with the Squirrel.

Date: 13 Nov 2019
View: D01_20190921_1519_109_FB6 Kestrel female landing on Meadow Post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: The female Kestrel flew to the Meadow post.
What a fantastic bird!

View: D01_20190921_1519_110_FB6 Kestrel female landing on Meadow Post 2 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: A third of a second after the previous frame the female Kestrel is already poised on the top of the post.

Date: 12 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190920_1230_117 Comma Butterfly on Mint flower.jpg
Description: Comma Butterflies seem to have been about since Spring. These will overwinter as Adults in some protected spot (like a shed!) to appear next April to lay the eggs for the new 2020 generation. This one is on a Mint flower.

View: DF3_20190920_1234_121 Comma Butterfly on Ivy flower viewed from below but top lit.jpg
Description: This view through the underside of the wing just shows the 'comma' of the Butterfly showing through from the 'top' side. This one is on an Ivy flower.

View: DF3_20190920_1433_153 Comma Butterfly on Mint flower.jpg
Description: Back on a Mint flowers, the underside of this Comma Butterfly emphasises the wonderful scalloped edge and the white 'comma' mark.

Date: 11 Nov 2019
View: D73_20190919_1312_020 Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on Mint flowers.jpg
Description: Green Veined White Butterflies have been seen here regularly this year. This one is on the seemingly never ending supply of Mint flowers Now in their second brood, eggs laid now overwinter as Chrysalises.

View: D73_20190919_1312_028 Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on Mint flowers.jpg
Description: Green Veined White Butterflies have been seen here regularly this year. This one is on the seemingly never ending supply of Mint flowers Now in their second brood, eggs laid now overwinter as Chrysalises.

Date: 10 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190917_0715_002+003 Moon slightly Gibbous setting against autumn leaves (montage for focus).jpg
Description: As the rising sun in the east glows orange on the leaves, the moon nears setting in the west.

View: D73_20190919_0634_117 Moon in waning Gibbous phase.jpg
Description: 2 mornings later we catch the moon against a darker sky. Notice how the line of shadow (the 'terminator') accentuates the craters.

Date: 09 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190915_1557_032-036 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight @7fps 4-7 of 7 (accurate montage) + 3 of 7 insert.jpg
Description: A few Migrant Hawker Dragonflies hunt over the meadow during the warmer parts of the day. Here is one in an accurate montage (so slowing down) with a larger scale portrait from what would have been on the right.

Date: 08 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190914_1740_091 Common Darter Dragonfly male.jpg
Description: This is a male Common Darter Dragonfly perched on a cut hedge twig

View: D73_20190915_1232_010 Common Darter Dragonfly female (crop 1).jpg
Description: In the mid-day sunshine a female Common Darter Dragonfly waits for lunch to fly by.

View: D73_20190915_1232_010 Common Darter Dragonfly female (crop 2).jpg
Description: Detail of a head and legs of this female Common Darter Dragonfly.
Note the yellow stripe down the leg - a characteristic of this species.

View: D73_20190918_1624_044 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on cardboard packing with detailed shadow (crop).jpg
Description: This female Common Darter Dragonfly decided that this side of a cardboard box would be a good place to perch in the sun, and perhaps make an even better shadow.

Date: 07 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190914_0952_038 Prickly Sow-thistle (Sonchus asper).jpg
Description: In a field margin the Prickly Sow-Thistle pops up it's head after the recent cut. Its a rather smaller flower than the familiar dandelion.

View: DF3_20190914_1553_064 Mallow Flowers.jpg
Description: In front of the house (in something you might call a flower bed) Mallow flowers continue to bloom.

View: DF3_20190914_1006_041 Hawthorn Berries.jpg
Description: All around, and in our patch, the Hawthorn hedges are producing their bounty.

Date: 06 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190914_0716_028+031+0717_032 Fox near brook 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: For a couple of mornings we have found a fox down by the brook apparently dozing in the morning sunshine. He gave us a good hard stare, apparently classified us as 'mostly harmless', went back to dozing.

Date: 05 Nov 2019
View: D01_20190914_0304_135-0313_153_FB6 Tawny Owl 10 minute visit to Meadow Post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: After a weeks absence, we are pleased to again see the Tawny Owl come to check out our patch.

View: D01_20190916_2008_087-20190918_1937_169_FB6 Tawny Owl short visits 2 nights apart with moth (4 of 5) 1-5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: 2 short visits by obviously the same Tawny Owl 2 days apart.
The 1st & 3rd, and 2nd & 4th (from the left) images are uncannily almost identical despite quite definitely being 2 days apart - notice the new damage to the post at the top right hand edge occurring in the intervening 2 days.

Date: 04 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190917_1247_131+138+143 Red Kite glancing upwards for half a second @7fps 1+3+4 of 4 (impression montage).jpg
Description: This Red Kite flew overhead spending about half a second peering upwards at something we never did see.

View: DF3_20190913_1800_009+011+015 Buzzard landing on 11kV crossbar 1+3+7 of 9 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: We missed the take-off from the crossbar 100m left, but guessing the destination had the camera focussed and running to catch this landing at the next one along.
We sometimes cringe at how close these birds come to an explosive death on the 11kV cables, once seen and described to us by a local farmer.

View: DF3_20190917_1248_182-186 Buzzard in flight @7fps 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Here we see a Buzzard flying by, disappearing behind a poplar that also provided the reference for this accurately spaced montage. Just over half a second of flight.

View: DF2_20190918_0904_020-029 Rook in flight @7fps 01-10 of 10 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A Rook flies by the west side of the house, photographed through an upstairs window.

Date: 03 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190913_0648_125 60 Canada Geese in flight to South.jpg
Description: Groups of 10 or 15 Canada Geese, flying over in the early morning, has progressed to this group of about 60, seen here against the morning sky.

View: DF3_20190913_0649_128 60 Canada Geese in flight to South.jpg
Description: A minute later the Canada Geese have formed into a long skein for their couple of minutes or so journey west.

Date: 02 Nov 2019
View: DF3_20190912_1248_102 Honey Bee collecting Pollen from Ivy Flowers.jpg
Description: After a sad lack of Honey Bees in the last few weeks, a few were feasting on now flowering Ivy, this Bee is well loaded with Pollen.

View: DF3_20190913_1110_347 Sunflower in pot.jpg
Description: A dazzling Sunflower has almost finished offering it's pollen ready to get down to the business of making Sunflower seeds.

Date: 01 Nov 2019
View: E62_20190910_1656_110_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with budding antlers (crop 1).jpg
Description: This male Reeve's Muntjac Deer has arrived to investigate whatever food is left at the meadow site.

View: E62_20190910_1656_110_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer male with budding antlers (crop 2).jpg
Description: Much more detail of the male Reeve's Muntjac Deer face, with Antlers still barely buds.

View: D73_20190912_0722_092 Muntjac Reeves Deer male at north end of east inner path.jpg
Description: Looking down our site's eastern path we catch this lovely male Reeve's Muntjac Deer staring at us from about 70m away. He sauntered off down the path on the left where we left him in peace.
With the fully grown antlers now showing as bone means we have at least two males visiting our patch.

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Date: 31 Oct 2019
View: DF3_20190910_1211_005 Woodpigeon juvenile on roof ridge.jpg
Description: One end of a Roof ridge has made a perch for this juvenile Wood Pigeon.
This scruffy mess exactly matches the description in the ID book!
Sorry about the pile of guano in front of the bird.
"It was like this when I arrived!"

Date: 30 Oct 2019
View: BU6_20190906_1751_585+1752_592_SC2 Muntjac reeves Deer male in dappled evening light 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: In the dappled sunlight of late evening a male Reeve's Muntjac Deer walks quietly through the orchard, we assume deciding which apple to pick up.

View: BU6_20190906_1753_597+598+1754_601_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer eating large Windfall Apple 1-3 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: Two minutes later this Reeves Muntjac Deer is crunching away at an apple.
Reeve's Muntjac Deer usually take the small apples into the mouth whole and then crush and chew it. This one took about a minute to finish this apple.

View: BU6_20190911_0535_656+657_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer biting lump out of windfall apple 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: But really big apples get lumps bitten off just like a human might.

Date: 29 Oct 2019
View: D01_20190904_0813_003+004+0815_007+0816_009_FB6 Kestrel juvenile 4 minute visit to meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: What we think must be a juvenile Kestrel has made several appearances while establishing a hunting territory.

View: D01_20190904_1844_054+1849_096_FB6 Kestrel juvenile (q) displaced by Sparrowhawk harassed by Kestrel 19 of 26 (montage).jpg
Description: The (probably) juvenile Kestrel looking for places to hunt has made a number of visits to us, here including the meadow Post. On this occasion a single image of the Kestrel was replaced (while the camera was re-cycling) by this gorgeous male Sparrowhawk.

View: D01_20190904_1847_079-1851_106_FB6 Sparrowhawk male harassed by Kestrel 7 min visit to post 08+14+18+23 of 26 (montage).jpg
Description: The male Sparrowhawk spent about 7 minutes on the post, being 'buzzed' repeatedly by the Kestrel it had displaced, although we never got lucky with her in flight on the camera. But the Sparrowhawk assumed some fascinating positions while following the Kestrels path.

View: D01_20190904_1848_087-1851_110_FB6 Sparrowhawk male harassed by Kestrel 7 min visit to post 12+13+20+25 of 26 (montage).jpg
Description: Whether the out-of-frame Kestrel's antics, or just finished his visit, we don't know, the Sparrowhawk decided to leave.

Date: 28 Oct 2019
View: DF3_20190903_1020_719 Ruddy Darter mature female.jpg
Description: A mature female Ruddy Darter Dragonfly on the tip of a cut Blackberry stem shows the sun shining through the orange pterostigma - the coloured patches near the tips of the wings - that are present but takes many forms in the various Odonata species.

View: DF3_20190903_1226_008 Common Darter Dragonfly female (crop).jpg
Description: In the fitful midday sun female Common Darter Dragonfly rests on a twig waiting for a meal to fly by.

View: DF3_20190903_1226_008 Common Darter Dragonfly female (crop detail).jpg
Description: The intricacy of Dragonflies is incredible - this is a zoom on the female Common Darter Dragonfly to relish her complicated form. Note the yellow stripe down each leg that (among other things) differentiates this species from the 'Ruddy'.

Date: 27 Oct 2019
View: D71_20190901_1733_009 Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina).jpg
Description: Found on the drying washing was this Green Shieldbug who stayed put long enough for his portrait.

View: D73_20190915_1233_025 Green Shieldbug in the hand.jpg
Description: Two weeks later we see our third Green Shieldbug of this season, here in the hand. Looks like this species is having a 'good year'.

View: DF3_20190903_1015_707+1014_693 Red Admiral Butterfly on Yellow Buddleia flowers shows both sides of wing 2+1 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: Two views of a Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on the flower of the moment - a Yellow Buddleia that we expect to flower until the first serious frost.

Date: 26 Oct 2019
View: DF3_20190902_1221_026 Tortoiseshell Butterfly on small Sunflower petal tip.jpg
Description: What used to be seen by the hundred here, this lone Tortoiseshell Butterfly perches on the edge of a small sunflower.

View: DF3_20190903_1000_552 Comma Butterfly (new emergence).jpg
Description: The next generation of Comma Butterflies has emerged, and will be making the most of nectar, juice from rotting fruit, and the like, ready to survive the coming winter.

View: DF3_20190903_1001_562 Comma Butterfly (new emergence).jpg
Description: Here you see the white 'comma' that appears only on the bottom of the rear wings of the Comma Butterfly.

Date: 25 Oct 2019
View: D73_20190901_0658_006-024 Rabbit running across grass margin @10fps 01-19 of 19 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Whoosh - 2 seconds of a Rabbit streaking across the grass margin to gain the safety of our plot at the left. The Rabbit started running upon seeing us about 70m away to the right and reached 'peak speed' on the 'level' grass. Rabbit shooters have been about for the last few weeks and by now any tolerance of humans will be long gone.

View: D73_20190901_0658_009-012 Rabbit running across grass margin @10fps 04-07of 19 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A closer view of the speeding Rabbit.
Muybridge (the Victorian moving image photographer) might have loved this, and then got how Horses run as completely wrong as the artists of the time!

Date: 24 Oct 2019
View: E63_20190830_0042_067_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspecting Earwig.jpg
Description: Ooh - that looks tasty!
"Crunch!"

View: E63_20190902_2106_077_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping from rock with detailed shadow.jpg
Description: Increasing numbers of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are appearing at the hedge bottom, this one showing a lovely shadow on the stone.

View: D01_20190905_2324_037+20190906_0020_053+0014_041_FB6 Tawny Owl 2 & 8 min visits after brushcutting 3+1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: After several weeks absence the Tawny Owl makes a couple of visits to the meadow post half an hour apart on either side of midnight, top and then bottom right in this montage.
The return may be have been encouraged by either the increase in the Mouse population, or the previous afternoons hack down of undergrowth around the post.

Date: 23 Oct 2019
View: DF3_20190823_1244_444 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male.jpg
Description: A male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on bent over Iris leaf.
This is how they hunt - perch over the water and dash out when they see something to catch.

View: DA1_20190825_1323_098+1601_144_FT1 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male in flight (bottom view) + Flag Iris leaf (montage).jpg
Description: We caught this male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly while perched on a piece of Iris leaf, which accompanies it in the photo.
This is the BOTTOM view of the insect - the red top and sides of the abdomen is not carried through underneath - something we noted many years ago when photographing dragonflies in UV light on both sides. Details of this project are on the web site.

View: DF3_20190829_1231_006 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male perched on tip of dead Blackberry stem.jpg
Description: A Few Ruddy Darters are stationed around the ponds. This one was perched on a dead Blackberry stem ready to leap out to catch any passing midge.

Date: 22 Oct 2019
View: DF3_20190829_1244_030 Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on Mint flower.jpg
Description: We have let the Mint flowers go riot this year and have been rewarded by lots of insects stopping by to enjoy the flowers. This is a Red Admiral, wings closed, enjoying 'lunch' in the sunshine.

View: DF3_20190828_1109_070 Red Admiral Butterfly resting on Hawthorn leaf.jpg
Description: A Red Admiral Butterfly perched on a decidedly caterpillar munched Hawthorn leaf.

Date: 21 Oct 2019
View: DA1_20190825_1606_168+1128_031_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly female in flight + Oxeye Daisy flower (montage).jpg
Description: The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect, as you can see relative to this smaller than average Oxeye Daisy. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.

View: DA1_20190825_1606_168+1607_180_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly female in 2 flights (montage).jpg
Description: The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.

View: DA1_20190825_1610_201+1608_189_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly female in 2 flights (montage).jpg
Description: The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.

View: DF3_20190826_1206_010 Common Blue Butterfly female on opening Convolvulus (ID only).jpg
Description: On one of the recently cut Field margins this opening Convolvulus (which sort of 'unfolds' origami style) attracts this Common Blue Butterfly for a feed. This is the only pic we got before it flew off into the adjacent hedge. Not 'Common' here at all.
The label is not a mistake - the female Common Blue Butterfly isn't blue on either side of the wings!

Date: 20 Oct 2019
View: DA1_20190825_0934_156+0935_161+1126_019_FT1 Common Carpet Moth (Epirrhoe alternata) in flight + Greater Willow Herb flowers (montage).jpg
Description: A Common Carpet Moth makes a couple of flights

View: DA1_20190825_0943_193+1941_177_FT1 Lesser Swallow Prominent Moth (Pheosia gnoma) on box & in flight (montage).jpg
Description: This Lesser Swallow Prominent Moth was a reluctant flyer, but is such an stunning woodland stick mimic we had to show you.

View: DA1_20190825_1007_279+1125_014_FT1 Brimstone Moth in flight + Convolvulus flower (montage).jpg
Description: A tiny Brimstone moth flies by. The wings are similar marked on both sides as you see here.

Date: 19 Oct 2019
View: D73_20190825_0929_014 Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus vespillo) (crop)).jpg
Description: This Sexton Beetle, with bright orange patches, made its first recorded appearance here caught in the overnight moth-trap. We released the Sexton Beetle onto the grass for a photo against something natural. We adore the orange tips to the antennae at the bottom. After a couple of minutes he flew away just fine.

View: DA1_20190825_0921_127+0918_123_FT1 Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus vespillo) in flight & perched on vertical stick (montage).jpg
Description: Before releasing the Sexton Beetle out of doors (see above) we tried to get him to fly for us. But Beetles are generally reluctant to 'fly to order', and these are the best we got.

Date: 18 Oct 2019
View: DA1_20190825_0901_035+0855_011+0904_047_FT1 Lesser Yellow Underwing Moth in 3 separate flights (montage).jpg
Description: This is a Lesser Yellow Underwing Moth who flew quite well for us. We have assembled 3 separate flights into this interpretation.

View: DA1_20190825_1000_245+1003_261_FT1 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Moth male (Nocta fimbriata) in 2 flights (montage).jpg
Description: Like many 'Underwing' moths, this Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Moth looks a dull brown when perched, but comes to life in flight.

Date: 17 Oct 2019
View: DA1_20190825_0911_096+1124_005_FT1 Poplar Hawk Moth in flight + Mint flowers (montage).jpg
Description: We only found a single Hawk Moth in the trap - this Poplar Hawk Moth. The Brown patch doesn't show at all in the resting insect.

View: DA1_20190825_1011_287-289_FT1 Frosted Orange Moth (Gortyna flavago) flying from brush head @4fps (montage).jpg
Description: Out first sighting of a Frosted Orange Moth, but a reluctant flyer. The photo-kit here takes 3 consecutive frames (all with flash) at about 250mS intervals. This insect tended to jump onto the soft paintbrushes we use to tease them into flight, and we catch the moment that this one departed. Read bottom upwards.

View: DA1_20190825_1017_310+1123_004_FT1 Plume Moth in flight + Teasel flower head (montage).jpg
Description: A Plume Moth in flight. When perched the multiple wing 'plumes' merge together to make the insect look a capital 'T' with long top bar. We are not sure of the exact species, but it was brownish rather than the more usual 'white' varieties we see here.

Date: 16 Oct 2019
View: E63_20190824_0221_231_FB1 Polecat clambering over stone (crop).jpg
Description: We thought the Polecat would steer clear of this site after an earlier encounter, but apparently the flash and camera noise isn't that scary.

View: BU5_20190827_0015_112+0016_115_SC1+E63_0020_037_FB1 Polecat visits Round pond & Hedge bottom in 6 mins 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The Polecat, first seen on the left first moving left, then right at the Round Pond, continued right for 70 metres to arrive at the Hedge bottom about 5 minutes later.

View: E64_20190824_0304_172_FB2 Badger.jpg
Description: At the Woodland site (set up for larger creatures) the camera manages to catch the whole of this Badger passing through.

Date: 15 Oct 2019
View: DF3_20190823_1503_577 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male perched in tree over south hedge.jpg
Description: A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly perched in shade in the south hedge. It's been too hot for most insects to be out in the sun during the early afternoon.

View: DF3_20190828_1108_061 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hanging from cut hedge twig.jpg
Description: A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hangs from the desiccated leaves of a cut Blackberry stem.
Blackberry is a valuable wildlife resource, but keeping access past areas where they grow is a constant chore - stems can grow across a path in just a week.

View: DF3_20190829_1248_056-058 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight @7fps 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: The most numerous Hawker Dragonfly this year is the Migrant Hawker. Here is a male flying by accurately positioned at about 7 fps.

Date: 14 Oct 2019
View: DF3_20190823_0916_286-288 Swallow in flight diving downwards 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage @7fps).jpg
Description: A Swallow making a lovely aerial twist into a dive.

View: DF3_20190823_1302_562-566 Swallow in flight 1-5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: A Swallow flying over head, photographed at about 7 fps. The gaps between the images have been closed up.

Date: 13 Oct 2019
View: E63_20190822_1703_040_FB1 Chaffinch male in flight attacking another on ground.jpg
Description: A male Chaffinch 'having a go' at another on the ground.

View: E62_20190828_1038_088_FB5 6 Chaffinches (3 each male and female).jpg
Description: Generally, out of breeding season, Chaffinches are aggressive to other of their species. But here 3 each males and females seem to be feeding quietly together. Perhaps this bunch are just easy-going - our experience is that most creatures with complex behaviour also have varying personalities.

Date: 12 Oct 2019
View: E63_20190819_2228_076-20190821_0449_224_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 2 nights 5-1 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Of about 15 images, we offer this 5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 3 nights.

View: E63_20190822_0236_298+0559_305_FB1 Short-tailed Field Vole (left) + Bank Vole (montage).jpg
Description: Next night it was the turn of some Voles to be out and about. On the left we see a 'Short-tailed Field Vole' and on the right a 'Bank Vole'.

View: E64_20190820_2048_106_FB2 2 Rabbits nose to nose.jpg
Description: A Rabbit's tryst as darkness falls?

Date: 11 Oct 2019
View: BU6_20190819_1945_150+151_SC2 Fox in Orchard eating Windfall Apple 4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The red speck (a partly hidden Apple) just in front of the fox in the top frame appears seconds later firmly clamped in the foxes jaws.

View: BU2_20190819_2015_108-2021_112_SC7 2 Foxes Squabbling on Round Mound 1+3-5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The Fox arrived peacefully (left) is suddenly joined by a second Fox (with less marked tail) and a scuffle ensures. 5 minutes later just the original Fox regains his place.

View: BU6_20190820_2140_467-469+2141_472_SC2 Badger biting off piece of large Windfall Apple 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A badger at the end of the orchard finds a large windfall apple. It is obviously too large to swallow whole, so bites off a lump. The bottom frame is after the Badger has wandered off, and you can see the remains of the apple in the grass.

Date: 10 Oct 2019
View: D73_20190817_1343_060 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female perched in hedge.jpg
Description: A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly perched for a little portrait.

View: DF3_20190818_1557_055+064 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male perched 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: As in most years, there are several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies feeding on Midges over the meadow. This male perched long enough for a profile and full 'mug shot'.

View: D73_20190820_1254_057-059 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female in flight with prey in mandibles @ 10fps 1-3 of 3 (close montage).jpg
Description: This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is eating her latest catch (some sort of Midge) while on the wing. Once she has sucked her prize dry she will drop the body and wings to the ground.

View: D73_20190820_1254_077 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female in flight (crop).jpg
Description: One of several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies feeding over the meadow.

Date: 09 Oct 2019
View: D73_20190817_1537_098 Oak Tree acorns mostly knopper galls this year.jpg
Description: All of our Oak trees are producing Acorns almost entirely spoiled by Knopper Galls. We guess the early start to the season has spoiled the Oak tree 'strategy' of late start and early finish to minimise a plethora of diseases and insect infestations.

View: DF3_20190818_1727_068 Rose of Sharon Seed head.jpg
Description: The Rose of Sharon is now producing seeds.

Date: 08 Oct 2019
View: D01_20190816_1931_471_FB6 Sparrowhawk female (crop).jpg
Description: A female Sparrowhawk lands on the meadow post for an at most one minute visit in the evening light.

View: D01_20190816_1931_472_FB6 Sparrowhawk female (crop).jpg
Description: A female Sparrowhawk lands on the meadow post for an at most one minute visit in the evening light.

View: D01_20190821_0722_138-0732_158_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 11+ minutes preening on Meadow post 1+3+6+9 of 9 (montage).jpg
Description: 5 days after the evening visit we showed earlier, another visit by the Sparrowhawk, this time for at least 11 minutes in the early morning with completely different lighting. Here is a selection.

Date: 07 Oct 2019
View: D36_20190815_1608_008_FB4 Speckled Wood butterfly + flies + wasps on freshly baited tree-stump.jpg
Description: This days particular juicy foods attracts an assortment of insects.

View: D36_20190817_2246_038+2251_039_FB4 Red Underwing Moth on tree-stump (montage).jpg
Description: Food on the top of the tree-stump here attracts a Red Underwing Moth to have a feed. These two moments 5 minutes apart and montaged.

Date: 06 Oct 2019
View: D01_20190815_0804_023-20190817_0833_591_FB6 Wood Pigeon on Meadow Post with 30 twigs (selected) 02-30 of 30 (montage).jpg
Description: We must stop deriding Wood Pigeon Nests as 'three sticks is enough'!
The meadow post automatic camera captured images of (presumably just one) Wood Pigeon endlessly stopping on the top of the post with 30 different twigs in little over 24 hours. The bird may of course stopped off elsewhere as well, and we don't know where the nest is. But enjoy 12 of the 'twigs' - its quite hard to see how the bird can fly with some of the more awkward shapes.

View: D01_20190816_0910_226_FB6 Wood Pigeon lands on Meadow Post with 30 different twigs 23 of 30 (crop).jpg
Description: A more detailed view of another of the 30 twigs we saw brought to the meadow post.
Over the next few days a few more twigs passed this way.

Date: 05 Oct 2019
View: E63_20190814_0236_193_FB1 Polecat (head only crop).jpg
Description: The Polecat makes a rare visit to one of the high quality photo sites, providing a sort of 'head and shoulders' portrait.

Date: 04 Oct 2019
View: E63_20190812_1243_013_FB1 Great Tit on stone with immaculate plumage.jpg
Description: A perky and pristine Great Tit.

View: E63_20190820_1840_152_FB1 Chaffinch male approaching landing (crop).jpg
Description: This male Chaffinch is flying in to land.

View: E60_20190820_0634_052_FB3 Robin juvenile flying in to threaten already defensive Great Tit.jpg
Description: In the Red corner, a Juvenile Robin redbreast.
In the Blue corner, a great Tit.
Let battle commence - we have no idea what happened.

Date: 03 Oct 2019
View: DF3_20190815_1351_032+034+035 Kestrel female hovers multiple times for a few seconds over harvested field 1-3 of 3 (spread montage).jpg
Description: This female Kestrel made a sudden appearance, hunting over the recently harvested fields. While in our view she made about 7 hovers, each of only an atypically short 3 or 4 seconds, before sweeping across to another hovering position. Here, vertically stacked top to bottom, is one of the short hovers. As you can see the bird was unusually active in the blustery wind. These 3 taken in less than half a second.

View: DF3_20190815_1351_052-054 Kestrel female flying between short hovers over harvested crop 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: Here the female Kestrel flies to another hunting hover. We didn't see her drop to the ground before she vanished hundreds of metres away.

Date: 02 Oct 2019
View: BU5_20190813_1626_300+1627_301-303_SC1 Roe Deer male 2-5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Having startled the Roe Deer in the meadow, we later discovered that the camera at the Round Pond has already 'seen' the Roe Deer.

View: E64_20190813_1900_078_FB2 Roe Deer male with one antler point broken (crop 1).jpg
Description: The male Roe Deer also visited the woodland feeding site, and provided this clear view of the Deer's head. We notice that the antlers have had a 'point' broken off - the short point on the left in this photo.
"You should see the other guy ..."

View: BU6_20190814_1451_526_SC2+BU2_1515_302_SC7+BU5_1528_514_SC1 Roe Deer male afternoon visits orchard + Mound + Pond edge in 40 minutes 1+3+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Two days after the first appearance, probably the same male Roe Deer wanders over a diagonal (with a double back) across the plot over 40 minutes

Date: 01 Oct 2019
View: D73_20190812_0706_022 Leopard Slugs mating while hanging 50cm on thread from tree bark to bottom of slugs 01 of 38 (crop).jpg
Description: On an early morning walk after a wet night we came across this strand of slime hanging from a tree next to a path with a pair of Leopard Slugs at the bottom tightly entwined in a mating embrace. Over the next 20 minutes we took over 100 pics of this event, overheating the flashgun on the 'little' camera with us.
This initial shot (poor natural light) helps provides context. The strand plus Slugs at the bottom is about 0.5m long, and the same distance for the slugs down to the ground.

View: D73_20190812_0707_026 Leopard Slugs mating while hanging on thread from tree bark 02 of 38 (crop).jpg
Description: A close up of the Slugs, with their genitalia entwined. These enormous organs are extruded from the bodies and pulled back in after mating.
Slugs are Hermaphrodites - they are both male and female and here fertilise each other's eggs.

View: D73_20190812_0708_036-0716_099 Leopard Slugs mating hanging on thread from tree bark 06+11+21+26+29+32 of 38 (montage).jpg
Description: The action over 8 minutes, as they writhe around each other and then withdraw their organs. In our case one of the Slugs then simply dropped to the ground (bottom right frame is just the upper slug still on the 'rope').

View: D73_20190812_0718_102+0726_110 Leopard Slugs mating while hanging on thread from tree bark 33+36 of 38 (montage).jpg
Description: Passion spent, the Slug that dropped quietly crawls under the leaf litter (recently 'enhanced' by green leaves dropped in the storm) while the other climbs back up the slime rope and then up the tree trunk.

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Date: 30 Sep 2019
View: E63_20190809_1755_181_FB1 Chaffinch male.jpg
Description: This male Chaffinch was poised towards a couple of other Chaffinches on the ground. The Blue coating on this one's beak, which appears for the breeding season, has almost gone.

View: E63_20190809_1300_117_FB1 Chaffinch flying off with seed in beak.jpg
Description: A Chaffinch flies away from the site with some unidentified seed (sunflower?) in their beak.

View: E63_20190809_1303_119_FB1 Chaffinches fighting on ground.jpg
Description: A nasty little scrap between 2 male Chaffinches, one apparently trapped underneath another. A juvenile attacking an adult male?

Date: 29 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190808_1055_009 Common Blue Damselfly female perched to eat prey insect (crop + detail insert).jpg
Description: This Common Blue Damselfly is sucking the juices from some sort of Midge that she has just caught. In the insert you can see the legs of the prey below the damselfly's eyes.

View: DF3_20190808_1054_008 Common Darter Dragonfly male.jpg
Description: A male Common Darter Dragonfly quietly glowing in the backlighting sun.

Date: 28 Sep 2019
View: D73_20190806_1335_001 Tawny Owl (q) living room window impact mark (wing width 62cm) (inside then outside) 1 of 5 (crop 1).jpg
Description: What we think must have been a Tawny Owl left this impression on the living room window. We fortunately didn't find a dead Owl outside, and it looks like the bird was aerobraking at impact, so probably 'just' had a headache for a while.

View: D73_20190806_1335_001 Tawny Owl (q) living room window impact mark (wing width 62cm) (inside then outside) 1 of 5 (crop 2).jpg
Description: The Owl impact feather detail is incredible. This is a detail from the full image.

View: D01_20190807_0245_288_FB6 Tawny Owl 8 minute visit to meadow post 2 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: Next day a Tawny Owl stops off for a few minutes on the Meadow Post. We are only aware of one Tawny Owl individual visiting the site at the moment, so hope that this uninjured bird is the same one that hit the window.

Date: 27 Sep 2019
View: E62_20190804_2352_185_FB5 Tawny Owl pouncing on rodent (crop).jpg
Description: After two spells on the meadow post facing this site (so back to camera!) the meadow camera catches this apparently successful Tawny Owl hunt.
Most Owl captures that we see at this site are, like this one, messy affairs where the capture requires one talon to be extended sideways to capture the by now fleeing prey. The Owl never seem to be looking at the prey as they catch it, but obviously know where it will be as they swoop in.

View: E62_20190804_2352_185_FB5 Tawny Owl pouncing on rodent (detail crop).jpg
Description: Here is an enhanced detail of the talons on our right complete with the grey-ish body of what is likely to be a rodent. Not very clear, but there is something in that Claw.

View: D01_20190805_0029_575-0037_591_FB6 Tawny Owl 3 overnight visits 05-07+09 of 10 (montage).jpg
Description: Half an hour later the Tawny Owl appears again on the meadow post for a few minutes.

View: E62_20190805_0059_186_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) after Tawny Owl departed.jpg
Description: The one that got away!
And another half-hour later this little Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) ventures out.

Date: 26 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190804_1232_048 Blackberry flowers with very pink petals (montage for focus).jpg
Description: A cluster of Blackberry flowers that have a particularly strong pink tint. This one at one end of the path shows this colour each year.

View: DF3_20190808_1049_002 7-spot Ladybird on Blackberry leaf.jpg
Description: Not many Ladybirds of any sort at the moment, so we're pleased to see this native 7-spot walking around on the Blackberry leaves, undoubtedly in search of their favourite food - Aphids.

View: D73_20190807_1236_032 Small White Butterfly on stinging nettle leaf.jpg
Description: A Small White Butterfly perched on a Stinging Nettle leaf.

Date: 25 Sep 2019
View: E62_20190804_0334_146_FB5 Fox (crop 2).jpg
Description: This immaculate Fox is creeping forward over the bait for something more tasty. The camera flash will have destroyed his stealthy approach :-(

View: E64_20190808_0410_200_FB2 Badger (crop 2).jpg
Description: Badger(s) visited all 3 high resolution camera sites over a couple of days, but this is the only 'good' pic. Even this one is partly out of the left edge of the original camera frame.

Date: 24 Sep 2019
View: BU5_20190802_2001_461+2002_463_SC1 Fox walks to Round Pond where Muntjac Reeves Deer arrives 2+3 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: A real surprise was seeing this Reeve's Muntjac Deer (lower left) actually walk up to a couple of metres from a Fox, who studiously ignores it. Although the end of the day, at 8 p.m. there is enough light to see each other, so it's not an 'accident'.

View: BU2_20190804_2126_574+576_SC7 Fox and Muntjac Reeves Deer confrontation 1+3 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: 2 days later, and truly in the dark, we get exactly the same behaviour, this time at the mound. We have never previously seen these two species together at any site simultaneously, and now in 2 days we see it twice.
Most probably a Fox can not safely tackle a fully grown Muntjac Deer.

Date: 23 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190802_1549_141 Painted Lady Butterfly feeding on Teasel flowers 3 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: Many years we don't see Painted Lady Butterflies at all, but this year has been 'bumper'. This one on Teasel (where we are mostly seeing them) looks so delicate when perched above the spikes.

View: DF3_20190805_1310_027 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding on Teasel.jpg
Description: More male Brimstone Butterflies have appeared, this time in the meadow where they go straight to the flowering Teasels.

View: DF3_20190803_0914_004 Greenbottle (Lucilia caesar) + Long Hover-fly (Sphaerophoria scripta) on Mint flowers.jpg
Description: The flowering Mint has run riot this year after the warm spell gave it an early start, and is attracting masses of insects. Here a Greenbottle and a Long Hover-fly share adjacent flower spikes.

View: DF3_20190808_1505_037 Magpie Moth.jpg
Description: A Magpie Moth doing an only marginally successful job of hiding in the foliage.

Date: 22 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190802_1542_034-042 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding on Purple Loosestrife flying to another flower 1+3+4+6-9 of 9 (approx montage @5-7fps).jpg
Description: A couple of male Brimstone Butterflies have provided opportunities for capturing short flights between flowers. The sequence for this fairly accurate montage is
         Bottom, half way up 45 degrees (edge on), top right, sweep left, top left.

View: DF3_20190802_1542_034-041 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding on Purple Loosestrife flying to another flower 1+3-5+8 of 9 (proboscis detail montage).jpg
Description: At the camera resolution of the above we enjoyed the antics of the Butterflies proboscis (feeding tube). Here are the details of its rolling and unrolling from the frames where we could see it.

View: DF3_20190802_1543_111-117 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding on Purple Loosestrife flies away 2-8 of 8 (approx montage).jpg
Description: Another Brimstone on Purple Loosestrife flowers, flying up from a flower before fluttering off to the left.

View: DF3_20190802_1543_115 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding on Purple Loosestrife flies away 6 of 8 (detail crop).jpg
Description: Detail of the top right image of the Brimstone Butterfly

Date: 21 Sep 2019
View: D01_20190801_1726_087_FB6 Wood Pigeon landing on meadow post back to camera.jpg
Description: A Wood Pigeon lands on the meadow post.
The light falls differently on the left and right primary feathers making them appear to be different 'shades of Grey' (perhaps even 50).

View: D01_20190802_1849_228_FB6 Wood Pigeon in flight.jpg
Description: A Wood Pigeon heads towards the camera in the house.

Date: 20 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190801_1555_040-042 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding on Purple Loosestrife flower flying to another 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: Over the main pond 2 obviously 'brand new' Brimstone Butterflies were intensively feeding on the recently emerged Purple Loosestrife. The camera caught this one moving away from one flower to land on another further up. 3 frames accurately position and about 7 fps.

View: DF3_20190801_1556_051 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding on Purple Loosestrife flower (crop).jpg
Description: One of the Brimstone Butterflies landed on a much closer Purple Loosestrife flower - you can see the proboscis is deep in the flower.
The backlight sunshine really makes these colours.

View: DF3_20190801_1557_059 Brimstone Butterfly male removing iridescent proboscis from Purple Loosestrife flower (crop).jpg
Description: This moment caught the Brimstone Butterfly's proboscis fully exposed and glinting in the sun in all the colours of the rainbow, a sure sign of iridescence in this bit of anatomy where we have never observed it before. The light and viewing angle to make this visible is very critical - frames only 140mS before and after show only a hint of this effect.

Date: 19 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190801_1234_009 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched by pond (crop).jpg
Description: A female Common Darter Dragonfly warming herself in the sun while waiting for a meal to fly by.

View: DF3_20190801_1250_017 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male on Hop Sedge.jpg
Description: A male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on Hop Sedge.
The colour really is this red - paintings in ID books just don't do him justice!

View: DF3_20190805_1301_013 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male.jpg
Description: A few days later a male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly again shows his rich red colouration.

Date: 18 Sep 2019
View: D73_20190801_0740_003 Cinnabar Caterpillar one of a few each on single Groundsel plant (orig).jpg
Description: We didn't realise that Cinnabar Caterpillars could eat ANYTHING but Oxford Ragwort - ID books mention no other food plant - so were surprised to find a few of these striking insects on patches of Groundsel. The mostly decimated plants, with mostly only one caterpillar per plant, shows that Groundsel is a useable but barely adequate plant food for this insect.
This information/advocacy from web site http://www.ragwortfacts.com/cinnabar-moth.html from which we quote:-
The Cinnabar Moth can use many members of the genus Senecio as foodplants but for long term success larger plants that persist for a long time are necessary. Some uninformed people who campaign against ragwort say that groundsel is sufficient as a foodplant. This is not true. While the caterpillars can and do use groundsel the plants are small and unlikely to support large batches of eggs also groundsel is a more ephemeral plant that does not normally persist on sites.


View: D73_20190801_0741_009 Cinnabar Caterpillar on Groundsel.jpg

Date: 17 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190729_1041_006 Gatekeeper Butterfly with Proboscis partly uncoiled.jpg
Description: This Gatekeeper Butterfly has it's Proboscis only loosely rolled. Look under the Antennae - it looks like a few specks of pollen are stuck to it.

View: DF3_20190729_1215_033 Peacock Butterfly feeding on Teasel flower.jpg
Description: A Teasel Flower-head attracts this Peacock Butterfly.

View: DF3_20190801_1544_034 Bumble Bee feeding on ring of Teasel flowers.jpg
Description: This Bumble Bee makes a couple of 'circuits' of this ring of flowers around this teasel.

Date: 16 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190729_0706_123 Convolvulus flower wet with dew opening as 5 point star (crop 1).jpg
Description: This little patch of Convolvulus looks quite striking at the flowers open making a 5 pointed star.

View: DF3_20190729_0706_123 Convolvulus flower wet with dew opening as 5 point star (crop 2).jpg
Description: The opening Convolvulus flower is drenched in dew.
No, we DIDN'T squirt it with a sprayer!

Date: 15 Sep 2019
View: BU5_20190729_0217_919_SC1 2 Reeves Muntjac Deer rubbing heads 2 of 5 (crop).jpg
Description: A sweet moment while two Reeve's Muntjac Deer gently nibble each other's necks for a minute or two.
They are probably just mutual grooming, but it looks affectionate.

Date: 14 Sep 2019
View: DF5_20190725_1200_002 Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly (crop).jpg
Description: Out first sighting for several years of a Black-tailed Skimmer spotted on what is nominally a bird perch stick outside the living room and photographed through the window. We unusually see blue pruinescence on the underside of the insect.

View: DF5_20190725_1321_022 Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly (crop).jpg
Description: A trip round the outside of the house sneaked a pic from the other side shows the conventional appearance from the top with no trace of blue pruinescence.
There is uncertainty about the status of this insect - a juvenile male or a female.

View: DF5_20190725_1203_016 Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly (crop).jpg
Description: Just to be sure that these pics are different sides of the same Black-tailed Skimmer, here is a side view taken while approaching for the first attempt to photograph the 'top' that clearly shows the blue underside and Yellow + Back top. It flew away on this occasion, but returned about an hour later.

Date: 13 Sep 2019
View: D72_20190723_1619_027 White plume Moth (Pterophorus pentadactyla) perched inverted on foliage.jpg
Description: We startled this White Plume Moth hiding in the path and it flew off to find another safe place. It perched upside down partly in shade under these 'weeds'.
How different the world must be to these tiny creatures. In the Insect Flight Tunnel we often see insects flying inverted, but tend not to show them as aberrations caused by the artificial setup, but maybe it is quite normal.

View: D73_20190724_1528_095-120 Red Kite gliding overhead 1-5 of 5 (close spaced montage about 1 per second).jpg
Description: At the other end of the flying-creature scale, this Red Kite glides overhead in the baking afternoon sun. The images are close-spaced at about 1 per second

Date: 12 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190720_0830_001 Small White Butterfly on Convolvulus flower.jpg
Description: An early morning Small White Butterfly makes a visit to an early-opening Convolvulus flower surrounded by several still closed after the night.

View: DF3_20190723_0858_008 Convolvulus flowers opening with Buttercup & fly.jpg
Description: Many of the Convolvulus flowers seem to have been bleached by the sunshine with little trace of pink remaining.

Date: 11 Sep 2019
View: D72_20190723_1608_009 Common Blue Damselfly male immature perched on Blackberry fruit staying in shade.jpg
Description: This immature male Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a blackberry cluster. A heat-wave has produced an air temperature of about 36c and the insect does not need to warm itself in the blazing sun.

View: D72_20190723_1609_015 Common Blue Damselfly male immature perched on Blackberry stem staying in shade.jpg
Description: This immature male Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a blackberry stem. A heat-wave has produced an air temperature of about 36c and the insect does not need to warm itself in the blazing sun.

View: D72_20190723_1624_031 Common Blue Damselfly female (blue form) aligned for shade from stem.jpg
Description: This mature female Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a plant stem. A heat-wave has produced an air temperature of about 36c and the insect does not need to warm itself in the blazing sun.

Date: 10 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190722_1607_022 Common Darter Dragonfly male immature (crop).jpg
Description: Our first Darter Dragonfly of the year - an immature male Common Darter.

View: DF3_20190723_0920_062 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male with wings incompletely dried.jpg
Description: Our first Migrant Hawker this year seen in flight quite soon perched on this stem where we could get a photo. The wings have not yet finished drying and clearing so we assume that this individual has emerged from one of our ponds that morning.

View: D73_20190725_1504_020 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on Iris leaf (1st of 2019).jpg
Description: A male Ruddy Darter is perched on an Iris leaf.
First sighting of this insects 2019.

Date: 09 Sep 2019
View: D72_20190722_1223_021-024 Swift in flight @10fps 3-6 of 6 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Swifts fly fast - this montage is accurately spaced (based on the tree) at about 0.1 second intervals.

View: D72_20190721_1039_392-394 Swift catching insect in flight @10fps 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage with insect & bird).jpg
Description: Because they fly so fast, accurate montages of Swifts in flight show little detail, so here the outer birds are brought closer to centre bird, but the centre bird and the insect in front of it what the camera captured.
You have to be really lucky to catch the insect this close to the open beak. In the many images we have of Swift catching insect, the beak is never open in the previous or following frames only 0.1 seconds before or after. Wow - a real 'snapper'.

View: D72_20190722_1223_005 Swift catching insect in flight 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: Another single frame with a movement blurred insect trying to avoid the Swift's flying trapdoor.

View: DF3_20190722_1747_054-059 Swift in flight @ about 5 fps 1-6 of 6 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: More Swifts (again shown with the 10 body length between images reduced to very little) showing the variety of wing positions in normal flight. These images are about 0.2 seconds apart

Date: 08 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190724_0714_004 Evening Primrose at front of house (wilts before sun reaches it) (orig).jpg
Description: We have seen Evening Primrose flowers around the house for several years, but just hadn't noticed that the flowers are in their glory in the early morning.

View: D72_20190724_1245_001 Evening Primrose flowers wilted by mid-day.jpg
Description: Evening Primrose flowers, beautiful in the morning, soon wilt in the heat of the day just 5 hours later.

View: DF3_20190721_0721_022+0720_019+0721_025 Woody Nightshade flowers + green Berries + ripe Berries 2+1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: On just a metre of hedge, Woody Nightshade shows us all the stages from flower to ripe fruit.
The fruit is poisonous, but is so bitter that accidental poisoning is not a problem.

Date: 07 Sep 2019
View: E63_20190719_0738_142_FB1 Roe Deer male 95m visit over site 1 of 6 (crop 1).jpg
Description: This male Roe Deer spent an hour and a half wandering over our site. Here he is at the bottom of the hedge at the South Boundary.

View: BU2_20190719_0912_256-258_SC7 Roe Deer male 95m visit over site 3-5 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: Now the male Roe Deer is 80 metres north quietly walking past the mound.

View: E64_20190719_0913_076_FB2 Roe Deer male 95m visit over site 6 of 6 (crop 2).jpg
Description: The last sighting of the male Roe Deer is in the middle of the plot.

Date: 06 Sep 2019
View: D72_20190718_1150_067-072 Swift in flight at 10fps against trees 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Swifts really fly fast - this and the next sequence are photographed at about 10 fps (Frames per second). That's about 100 body lengths per second!
The detail of the bird is lost at any size of image that it is sensible to email or put on the WWW, which is why we mostly provide 'Close spaced Montages' to get a better view of the creature.

View: D72_20190717_1727_075-077+648z Swift approaching and eating insect @10 fps 1-3 of 4 (close spaced interpretation montage).jpg
Description: The images of this Swift are close spaced, but the spacing between insect and the middle bird is accurate. The beak is open for less than a tenth of a second.

View: D72_20190717_1731_355-358 Swift in flight @10fps 1-4 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: A close spaced montage at about 10 fps.

Date: 05 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190716_0833_048 Green Veined White Butterfly sunlit from behind.jpg
Description: A morning Green-veined White Butterfly backlit by the morning sun.

View: DF3_20190716_1330_010 Tortoiseshell Butterfly feeding from Blackberry flower.jpg
Description: The camouflaged underside of the Tortoiseshell butterfly blends well with the foliage which the orange top side does not. Safer to feed like this then.

View: DF3_20190717_1242_043 Red Twin-spot Carpet Moth (Xanthorhoe spadicearia).jpg
Description: Our first ID of a Red Twin-spot Carpet Moth. The two black marks near the tip of the wings give them their name

Date: 04 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190715_1545_011 5 Red Soldier Beetles on small Thistle flower head.jpg
Description: A scrum of Red Soldier Beetles all trying to find someone to mate with. We particularly like the one on the right coming across from a leaf to join in the fray. Also known as the Hogweed Bonking Beetle, its not hard to see why!

View: DF3_20190726_1556_062 14 Red Soldier Beetles.jpg
Description: More Red Soldier Beetles doing what they do best - making MORE soldier Beetles.

View: DF3_20190715_1550_029 5 Marmalade Hover-flies symmetrically arranged on thistle flower (crop).jpg
Description: A pleasingly symmetrical arrangement of Marmalade Hover-flies on a single Thistle flower.

View: DF3_20190715_1550_029 5 Marmalade Hover-flies symmetrically arranged on thistle flower (crop 2).jpg
Description: In this closer view of one of the Marmalade Hover-flies you can see detail of the flower's centre and a scattering of pollen on the back of the insect to hopefully fertilise another plant's flower.

Date: 03 Sep 2019
View: DF3_20190714_1212_006 Stoat on Meadow path (crop).jpg
Description: A Surprise moment walking up the path was seeing this Stoat. We sometimes see Weasels around the house, but rarely see a Stoat. It wasn't pleased to see us, and went straight off the path into the long grass.

View: BU6_20190714_2015_870+2018_882+2019_886_SC2 Fox hunting in Orchard 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A Fox spends a few minutes hunting at this site where we put down a few scraps of food each day.

Date: 02 Sep 2019
View: E65_20190714_0643_004-xxx Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile wedges peanut in crevice to eat it 1+5+6 of (montage).jpg
Description: Manipulating hard items is difficult for birds with just the beak for a tool. Some items can be held in the claws to be pecked at, but a favourite scheme is to wedge items into a crack of a post or bark, and then hammer away. Here this juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker already knows the technique - grab a peanut, wedge in the post, hammer away and eat the bits that come off until it is small enough to eat the remainder.

View: D01_20190714_0131_456+0133_462 FB6 Tawny Owl 5 minute visit 3+1+2 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A few minutes visit by this Tawny owl turned into a little celebration.

Date: 01 Sep 2019
View: E62_20190713_0938_108_FB5 Magpie with prey (fieldmouse (wood mouse) (q)) in beak (crop).jpg
Description: Can a Magpie really catch a live Mouse, or can it only pick them up as carrion? We don't know, but this Magpie looks rather smug with this ghastly beakful of what looks like minced mouse.

View: E63_20190713_1800_209_FB1 Magpie juvenile begging from adult jumping from stone.jpg
Description: Mum or Dad Magpie seems to be jumping down from the stone as one of their eternally hungry Juveniles demands yet MORE.

View: D36_20190714_1654_058_FB4 Magpie juvenile on tree stump begging (crop 1).jpg
Description: "FOOD".
This is on the tree-stump in the daytime 'gloom' inside the woodland.

View: D36_20190714_1654_058_FB4 Magpie juvenile on tree stump begging (crop 2 for beak translucence detail).jpg
Description: The flash shines down into the young Magpies open beak, and the translucent keratin glows red at the base of the beak.

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Date: 31 Aug 2019
View: DF3_20190711_1736_169+180+204 Sparrowhawk female in flight carrying bird prey in Talons 1+3+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: This female Sparrowhawk flies right to left with a medium sized bird in her Talons and some of it's downy feathers stuck to the bottom of her beak. She turns in the air and flies back a bit further away where we got a better view of the prey - colour and size suggest a female Blackbird.
The 3 images are rescaled and exposure normalised to make a decent triplet.

Date: 30 Aug 2019
View: DF3_20190711_1054_007 St Johns Wort (poss Perforate - Hypericum perforatum) outside South hedge (1st record) (crop).jpg
Description: This patch of yellow flowers outside our south hedge turns out to be one of the several types of St John's Wort.

View: DF3_20190711_1054_007 St Johns Wort (poss Perforate - Hypericum perforatum) outside South hedge (1st record) (detail crop).jpg
Description: At the time we didn't notice the little black dots along edge of the Sepals (the green bits at the bottom of the flowers) that help us make a tentative ID of the St John's Wort species (there are several types).

Date: 29 Aug 2019
View: D01_20190708_0928_009+011+013+0934_025_FB6 Green Woodpecker juvenile 7 min visit to meadow Post 1-3+9 of 9 (montage).jpg
Description: There seems to have been a really good 'crop' of Green Woodpeckers this year. Ant hills are dotted all over the meadow and we just let them be - Ants are one of Green Woodpecker's 'favourite' foods. This juvenile stayed on the post for about 7 minutes, most of it staring upwards, as you see here, for reasons we don't know.

View: D01_20190708_0932_019_FB6 Green Woodpecker juvenile 7 min visit to meadow Post 6 of 9 (crop).jpg
Description: A closer view (photographically anyway) of another moment in the bird's vigil.

Date: 28 Aug 2019
View: DF3_20190710_0731_154 Dandelion clock partly dispersed (crop 1).jpg
Description: This Dandelion 'Clock' was about a third dispersed from the side we are viewing, and the geometrical appearance caught our eyes.

View: DF3_20190710_0731_154 Dandelion clock partly dispersed (crop 2).jpg
Description: While working up the Dandelion Clock image we realised that we had never given any thought to how these wind-dispersing seed heads work. The seed at the bottom of the 'parachute' is attached to the centre ball (which looks amazingly like a tiny golf ball) by the pin-prick size joins you can see as a speck in each dip. Ain't nature a marvel!

Date: 27 Aug 2019
View: DF3_20190707_1031_019 Yellow Meadow Vetchling (Lathyyrus pratensis) clump by ditch outside SE corner.jpg
Description: A single patch of small but vivid yellow flowers outside our south hedge seems to be Yellow Meadow Vetchling.

View: DF3_20190707_1032_026 Yellow Meadow Vetchling (Lathyyrus pratensis) flower with Hover-fly.jpg
Description: Details of Yellow Meadow Vetchling flowers complete with the ever present Hover-fly (which seem atypically numerous this year).

Date: 26 Aug 2019
View: BU5_20190706_2319_028_SC1 5 Badgers at front of Round Pond (crop).jpg
Description: This is NOT a montage but a genuine 5 badgers at once paying an approaching midnight visit to the edge of Round pond. We have lightened the left and top to make the pic clearer as the UV 'flash' fades with distance. Given that the nearest Sett we know of is about 400m (1/4 mile) away we are bit surprised to still see a tight group.

View: BU6_20190707_2058_883-2100_893_SC2 Fox feeding at end of Orchard 3+1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A Fox wandering over the end of the orchard in the twilight.

View: BU2_20190710_2028_685_SC7 Fox reaching down Rabbit hole (edge of frame crop).jpg
Description: "Interesting things always happen half off the edge of the frame" (Roy & Marie 2019).
As the daylight draws to an end this fox is really keen to get into the Rabbit hole!

Date: 25 Aug 2019
View: DF3_20190708_1527_011 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male.jpg
Description: Occasional sightings of male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies continue mostly on Yellow Flag Iris fronds. You are looking through 4 wings.

View: DF3_20190705_1411_034 Common Blue Damselfly male horizontal perched on sloping grass stem.jpg
Description: A male Common Blue Damselfly sunning himself on a grass stem. The 'Blue' is that of a mature male. Really almost Cyan.

View: DF3_20190708_1634_022 Harlequin Ladybird Pupa with spines over head (crop).jpg
Description: What we identify as the Larva of Harlequin Ladybird. The white spines all over the head really look very strange.

Date: 24 Aug 2019
View: D01_20190705_0132_155-0134_161_FB6 Tawny Owl landing and then almost motionless for 3 minutes 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A few minutes long Tawny owl visit. After the landing the bird was almost 'frozen' in place watching the grass on the adjacent path.

View: D01_20190709_0212_079_FB6 Tawny Owl short visit to meadow post with Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in Talons 1 of 2 (crop 1).jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl visit to the meadow post has a surprise in store - the Owl has a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in it's Talons which we nearly missed. See if you can spot the Mouse here before looking at the next frame.

View: D01_20190709_0212_079_FB6 Tawny Owl short visit to meadow post with Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in Talons 1 of 2 (crop 2).jpg
Description: A poor little mouse can be seen as just the head looking right just to the right of centre in this detail crop. Hunting birds normally eat what they catch near where they catch it, so maybe this one has Owlets to Feed.

Date: 23 Aug 2019
View: DF3_20190702_1010_031 Scarlet Pimpernel clump.jpg
Description: A substantial clump of Scarlet Pimpernel flowers.
They don't seem as red as we remember them from childhood, nor as red as the normally subdued watercolour paintings in the 1971 edition of W Keble Martin's wonderful 'The Concise British Flora in Colour'. A 1979 'Spotters Guide' also shows them vividly red, but a 2006 Collins Guide photo shows the same subdued tint that we see here.
Sun bleached? Genetic change? Missing nutrients in Arable farming? A doctoral study waiting to be done?


Date: 22 Aug 2019
View: DA1_20190630_1234_028+1241_069+1238_047_FT1 Red Admiral Butterfly in flights + privet flower (montage).jpg
Description: This Red Admiral butterfly made a couple of nice flights for us, here showing only the bottom of the wings.

View: DA1_20190630_1240_060+1238_043_FT1 Red Admiral Butterfly in flight + Privet Flower (montage).jpg
Description: The Red Admiral butterfly here shows the wings from the top.

View: DF5_20190628_1230_214 Red Admiral butterfly on ox-eye daisy flower with proboscis rolled up (crop 1).jpg
Description: A Red Admiral Butterfly on an Ox-eye daisy flower ...

View: DF5_20190628_1230_214 Red Admiral butterfly on ox-eye daisy flower with proboscis rolled up (crop 2 proboscis detail).jpg
Description: ... but not feeding. Here you see details of the curled up Proboscis.

Date: 21 Aug 2019
View: DF5_20190630_0653_012+014+020+021 Fox juvenile resting on crop margin spots humans 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Standing quietly in shade behind the closed farm gate this young Fox nevertheless detected our presence in the early morning, went on alert, and after a few seconds jumped through the hedge a couple of metres to the right.

Date: 20 Aug 2019
View: DA1_20190629_1127_426+1129_436+1137_453_FT1 Buff Ermine Moth in flight + Honeysuckle (montage).jpg
Description: A really attractive regular visitor is this Buff Ermine Moth.

View: DA1_20190629_1537_134+133_FT1 Meadow Brown Butterfly male in flight showing upper & lower sides of wings 2+1 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: A meadow Brown Butterfly shows us the bottom (left) and top (right) of its wings. The differing colours flicker in flight and can be momentarily confusing.

View: DF3_20190702_1746_097+1745_092 Ringlet Butterfly (1st of 2019) show wings open and closed 3+1 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: First sighting of a Ringlet Butterfly this year.
The top and bottom of the wings have completely different appearances as this montage of the same insect shows.

View: DF3_20190703_1450_126 Yellow Shell Moth just landed on dead leaf in shade of live leaf tinging the moth with green.jpg
Description: This Yellow Shell Moth has been given a green cast by sunlight shining through the Laurel leaf above it.
We considered 'colour correcting' the image, but this is what we saw. Checking the ID in a venerable insect ID book this species was alone on the page as being shown on a dead leaf, so maybe this is a typical daytime hiding place.

Date: 19 Aug 2019
View: DA1_20190629_1024_051+1139_468_FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth in flight + Blackberry stem (montage).jpg
Description: Elephant Hawk-moths are about 4cm across, with a beautiful subtle pink colouration. This individual is a bit tatty along the wing edges.

View: DA1_20190629_1045_151+1120_391_FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth in flight and perched on Honeysuckle twig (montage).jpg
Description: Elephant Hawk-moths are about 4cm across, with a beautiful subtle pink colouration.

View: DA1_20190629_1050_174+1045_151_FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth in flight (montage).jpg
Description: Elephant Hawk-moths are about 4cm across, with a beautiful subtle pink colouration.

View: DA1_20190629_1028_069_FT1 Elephant Hawk-moth perched on hand.jpg
Description: A better idea of the scale - this individual is nearly 'perfect'.

Date: 18 Aug 2019
View: DA1_20190629_1010_008+1020_042_FT1 Poplar Hawk-moth in flight and perched on Honeysuckle twig (montage).jpg
Description: The Moth-trap caught 3 different types of Hawk-moths.
This Poplar Hawk Moth is the biggest we caught at about 6cm across

View: DA1_20190629_1054_235+1104_289_FT1 Privet Hawk-moth in flight & perched on Honeysuckle twig (montage).jpg
Description: Also about 6cm across is this Privet Hawk-moth

View: DA1_20190629_1057_257_FT1 Privet Hawk-moth on hand (orig).jpg
Description: This Privet Hawk-moth on the wrist provides a better idea of size.

Date: 17 Aug 2019
View: BU6_20190627_1822_109_SC2 Fox Chasing Squirrel (crop).jpg
Description: The Fox running for his next Meal.
The Squirrel running for his only life.

We would guess that the Squirrel made escape up the tree at the top right corner.

View: BU6_20190701_1104_028_SC2 Fox carrying away Corvid in mouth (crop).jpg
Description: This rather thin adult Fox streaks past the camera with an unfortunate Corvid (presumably Crow, Rook or Jackdaw) grasped in their mouth. This was mid morning so Cubs must need a feed - Foxes normally eat small prey near where they catch it.

View: BU5_20190808_2144_238_SC1 Fox carrying away Pigeon 2 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: This Fox seems to have a Pigeon in its mouth as it trots away from Round Pond.

View: BU6_20190812_1848_106+1849_110_SC2 Fox foraging and eating windfall apple in orchard 1+2 of 2 (acc montage).jpg
Description: This fox appears every evening to search this site, and stuff themselves with Windfall apples as you see on the left.

Date: 16 Aug 2019
View: DF5_20190627_1735_122 Painted Lady butterfly feeding on Privet Flowers.jpg
Description: Here is a Painted Lady Butterfly also choosing one of thousands of Privet heads for a feed. This one has a slightly damaged edge to the wing - quite normal damage from brushing on foliage. We have always felt that the name 'Painted Lady' is a bit strong for this subtly coloured creature.

View: DF5_20190628_1739_296 Painted Lady butterfly feeding on Privet Flowers.jpg
Description: Another slightly less wing edged damaged Painted Lady Butterfly gives us a lovely view of her underwings as she feeds through her proboscis forming a gentle bend lower right.

Date: 15 Aug 2019
View: D72_20190630_1252_014 Rose cultivar with Marmalade Hover-fly (crop 1).jpg
Description: The unexpected re-appearance of this 'antique' rose complete with a 'Marmalade' Hover-fly. Many modern roses are useless to the wildlife, but this old cultivar obviously has lots of goodies on offer.

View: D72_20190630_1252_014 Rose cultivar with Marmalade Hover-fly (crop 2).jpg
Description: Detail from the above ...

Date: 14 Aug 2019
View: D01_20190626_1912_485-1917_498_FB6 Green Woodpecker adult male preening on Meadow post 1-8 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: The adult male Green Woodpecker spent several minutes preening on the top of the meadow post.

View: D01_20190626_1916_495_FB6 Green Woodpecker adult male preening on Meadow post 6 of 8 (crop).jpg
Description: A closer look at our favourite from the above 8 image montage.
They are all of similar quality - if you want others at similar resolution just ask.

Date: 13 Aug 2019
View: D5C_20190622_1541_029+030 Green Woodpecker male flapping up pole to feed juvenile 1+2 of 3 (accurate montage for clarity).jpg
Description: At a distant pole put up decades ago (and repeatedly repaired) we spotted juvenile and adult Green Woodpecker feeding activity.

View: D5C_20190622_1541_033+036-038 Green Woodpecker male feeding juvenile 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Here the juvenile gets a feed, immediately afterwards demanding MORE.

Date: 12 Aug 2019
View: DF5_20190622_1017_170+172 Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Privet Flowers showing top and bottom of wings (montage).jpg
Description: The Tortoiseshell Butterflies have created their next generation. This one was feeding on Privet flowers, and we show here the completely different upper and lower wing surfaces. On the right the flowers are 'burnt out' in order that you see some details on the really dark bottom of the wing.

View: DF5_20190622_1236_210 Meadow Brown Butterfly feeding on Ox-eye Daisy flower (crop).jpg
Description: A Meadow Brown butterfly feeds on another delight of early summer - swathes of Ox-eye Daisies.

View: DF5_20190622_1425_218 Meadow Brown Butterflies mating on grass stem 1 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: A pair of Meadow Brown butterflies flew past us in tandem (coupled at the tail ends as you see here) and landed on this grass stem to continue their tryst. We took a few photos and left them to do their 'thing'.

Date: 11 Aug 2019
View: DF5_20190622_1000_106 Fox and cubs flowers.jpg
Description: A delight of early summer is a patch of Fox and Cubs that each year appears at the front of the house. These are small flowers each only 1.5 to 2 cm across.

View: DF5_20190621_1615_088 Rose of Sharon Flower.jpg
Description: Part of our garden 'inheritance' was a row of Rose of Sharon bushes forming a sort of hedge. The Rabbits don't eat it, so we get to enjoy the vibrant flowers each year.

View: DF5_20190628_1542_289 Rose of Sharon sun-bleached lower half of flower.jpg
Description: The Sun ain't what it used to be.
This is a Rose of Sharon flower after 2 or 3 days open, with the areas with the most sunlight now bleached to white (not photo-burn out). It's not the sun changing of course, but humans messing up the atmosphere.

Date: 10 Aug 2019
View: DF5_20190621_0815_051 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female perched on flowering Privet hedge.jpg
Description: The Beautiful Demoiselle 'invasion' is winding down, but some pristine insects are still about. This one is perched on a Privet leaf above some flowers (in which it will have no interest - these insects are hunters).

View: D72_20190624_1534_017 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly male (first photo of 2019).jpg
Description: A brief sighting of a male Banded Demoiselle male several weeks ago is at last supplemented by 2 male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies in and around the main pond. Here one in an adjacent hedge.

Date: 09 Aug 2019
View: E63_20190621_0348_098_FB1 Fox hunting (crop 1).jpg
Description: This Fox spent several minutes at the hedge bottom site.

View: E63_20190621_0348_098_FB1 Fox hunting (crop 2).jpg
Description: This Fox spent several minutes at the hedge bottom site - detail of the head.

Date: 08 Aug 2019
View: DF5_20190620_1105_032 Shrew found in storage box stored in shed (crop).jpg
Description: Opening what we thought was a sealed plastic storage box in a shed we find a pile of bedding made from the contents of the box ( :-( ) and this little guy indignant at being evicted into the nearest wood pile. But not before this photo 'in the hand'.

Date: 07 Aug 2019
View: E64_20190623_1826_333_FB2 2 Magpie juveniles begging on either side of adult (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: We have repeatedly seen an adult Magpie with juveniles demanding food from either side. We guess we are seeing Mum and Dad at different time, each looking after 2 of their youngsters.

View: E62_20190624_1724_072_FB5 Magpie juvenile begging from parent (crop).jpg
Description: The whole area is now full of screaming youngsters demanding MORE FOOD, Magpies predictably making the most noise about it.

Date: 06 Aug 2019
View: E65_20190610_1247_002+1322_004+007 Great Tit juvenile in rain waiting to be fed (montage).jpg
Description: With several days of non-stop rain the youngsters of all species need to feed regardless. Here a young Great Tit waits on the pole and then top of the feeder outside the study waiting for Mum or Dad to provide the next beakful.

View: E65_20190613_1114_012-014 Tree Sparrows brief failed attempt to mate 1-3 of 4 (montage at about 3fps).jpg
Description: The Tree Sparrows have already got there last nestful out into the world, and Dad thinks it's time to have another go even if it is still raining.
Mum is not co-operating - yet.

View: D72_20190625_1613_009+1612_003 2 Snails in foliage over pond (montage).jpg
Description: The seemingly endless rain has brought the Molluscs out into view. Here a couple of snails in the foliage over the main pond - the variety of shell patterns is amazing.

Date: 05 Aug 2019
View: DF5_20190619_1109_080 Lombardy Poplar Spiral Gall & Petiole Gall on adjacent leaf petioles (crop).jpg
Description: Not noticed in previous years, here are two Galls on one of the 100 Lombardy Poplar trees along the farm road. These adjacent Galls seems to be of different types (see photo label)
Not a montage.

Date: 04 Aug 2019
View: DF4_20190618_1853_004 Muntjac Reeves Deer female eating hedging 1 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: This female Muntjac Deer is eating the hedge at the back of the salad bed. It took several yanks to pull/bite off this mouthful, and took a long time to chew up.

Date: 03 Aug 2019
View: DF5_20190618_1038_043 Mint Beetles mating on mint leaf.jpg
Description: This seems to have been a bumper year for Mint Beetles. The Mint started early in the atypically warm Spring, and these Beetles are making the most of it.

View: DF5_20190614_1232_001 7-spot Ladybird Larva on Mint leaf.jpg
Description: A 7-spot Ladybird Larva on a mint leaf.

Date: 02 Aug 2019
View: D5C_20190615_1636_014+028 Great Spotted Woodpecker male feeding juvenile 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: The Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile (right) waits on the side of the support post as Dad first collects some peanut grits from the feeder (left) and then delivers them to the ever hungry youngster.

View: E60_20190617_0804_003_FB3 Tree Sparrow adult and begging juvenile.jpg
Description: "Feed Me".

Date: 01 Aug 2019
View: DF5_20190615_1025_060 Speckled Wood Butterfly perched on Wheat crop stem.jpg
Description: Walking along the edge of the Wheat crop we found this Speckled Wood Butterfly perched on this Wheat stem.

View: DF5_20190614_1600_033 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male on Hop Sedge over Duck Pond.jpg
Description: Even in the wet, windy and quite cold weather a few Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies are still hunting over the Duck-shaped pond. This is one of the males.

Image Archive arch 2019 jul.htm (view it Here)

Date: 31 Jul 2019
View: D01_20190614_2125_133+20190615_0230_141_FB6 Little Owl & Tawny Owl at identical scales (montage).jpg
Description: A chance to compare Little Owl and Tawny Owl in similar positions.

View: D01_20190615_1328_168+1329_170_FB6 Little Owl short daytime visit to Meadow Post 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: Little Owls always seem to look disagreeable.
But it a more a human perception than an actual display of mental state.

Date: 30 Jul 2019
View: D36_20190614_0619_032_FB4 Jackdaw juvenile in rain.jpg
Description: The morning of last day of continuous rain sees this uncomfortable looking Jackdaw waiting on the bare tree-stump.

View: E63_20190618_1751_225_FB1 Magpie juvenile.jpg
Description: A juvenile Magpie, with no sight of an adult, takes their portrait.

View: E60_20190619_1432_107_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile landing.jpg
Description: We have lost count of the Great Spotted Woodpecker juveniles, now with the full spread from 'Feed Me' to 'I'll Feed Myself' including the 'I'll accept what's offered but find my own as well'.

Date: 29 Jul 2019
View: E64_20190613_1630_077_FB2 Chaffinch female attacking another (out of crop) (crop).jpg
Description: A female Chaffinch flying in to a feeding site determined to see off another already feeding.

View: D36_20190617_1555_012_FB4 Chaffinch male landing on edge of tree-stump.jpg
Description: A male Chaffinch about to make a slight mistimed landing on the edge of the Tree-stump.

View: E60_20190617_1604_029_FB3 Chaffinch female in flight with seed in beak.jpg
Description: A female Chaffinch flies away from the kitchen window bird table with a seed in her beak.

Date: 28 Jul 2019
View: E62_20190608_1330_163_FB5 Red-legged Partridge.jpg
Description: A Red-legged Partridge takes a nice photo of themself.

View: E63_20190611_1444_179_FB1 Yellowhammer male.jpg
Description: A male Yellow hammer stops by for an early delivery of corn and seeds. The beak is powerful with an interesting curve shape.

Date: 27 Jul 2019
View: D5C_20190613_1113_003-011 Tree Sparrows mating in rain twice & Great Spotted Woodpecker juv 02+05-07+10 of 10 (montage).jpg
Description: The Tree Sparrows have produced their first round of youngsters, and are getting down to the business of making the next batch.
The juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker stayed throughout, more interested in looking for the next feed.

View: E60_20190612_1621_136_FB3 2 Tree Sparrow Juveniles huddled together on perch (crop).jpg
Description: Its cold and wet - a good time to huddle up with your sibling.

View: E60_20190613_0735_005_FB3 Tree Sparrow adult with 3 juveniles in drizzle.jpg
Description: A Tree Sparrow family clustered in the drizzle.

Date: 26 Jul 2019
View: D01_20190610_2107_159+2055_155+2102_157_FB6 Little Owl visit(s) to meadow post 3+1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: As darkness descends the Little Owl makes a visit.

View: D01_20190610_0436_081_FB6 Little Owl makes 3 visits to Meadow Post over 8 hours 10 of 19 (crop).jpg
Description: "I may be little, but I can be fierce!"

View: D01_20190611_1546_355+1547_357+1550_365_FB6 Little Owl 5 minute daytime visit to Meadow post 1+2+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: A Little Owl stops on the post for a few minutes in the middle of the afternoon.
These birds can be seen day and night - so when do they sleep?
It seems that they are only partially diurnal and sleep for some of the day. If you find one sleeping in the day you may get a really close look at the bird.

View: E60_20190613_1713_023_FB3 Little Owl flying towards camera.jpg
Description: It's easy to forget that Little Owls are about both day and night. Here unusually caught in flight - the fully stretched out wings appear longer than we expected.

Date: 25 Jul 2019
View: D01_20190609_2117_063-21090610_0552_113_FB6 Little Owl 3 visits to Meadow Post in 8hrs 2-4+7+11+12+15+18 of 19 (montage 2).jpg
Description: On a single night and morning we had quite a procession of visitations.
Left to right, top then bottom:-
1 The Little Owl made a short visit showing the illusory back of the head
         that still looks like a hawk to us even though we know that it isn't.
1-2 Between these frames a Bat flew by - see later.
2,3,4,5 A longer visit by the Little Owl
6 A Wood Pigeon made a brief stop at first light (slightly Grey background)
7, 8 The Little Owl makes another visit as the day lightens.

View: D01_20190610_0038_065_FB6 Bat flying past meadow post (heavily processed crop).jpg
Description: Between the first and second little Owl pics we had a frame exposed for no obvious reason. 'Winding up the brightness' found this bat flying at about 3m high behind the post. The extreme lightening avoids the post, which would otherwise appear almost white.

Date: 24 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190609_1745_031-035 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female in flight lands on Hop Sedge 1-5 of 9 (adj montage @7fps).jpg
Description: A few female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies appeared over the 'Duck-shaped' pond, perching on the Hop-sedge and then dashing off after prey (too small for us to see). This female flew into the frame from the right, looped around and landed into the breeze at a crease in the leaf which she had left a second or two before. All this in about 2/3 of a second.
The sequence is middle right, left along the top, middle left, bottom on leaf. The Montage is fairly accurate but slightly adjusted to avoid overlaps.
We can supply the camera originals if you should want them. Both of our 'favourite pic of the week'.


View: DF5_20190609_1532_122 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male.jpg
Description: On the last sunny day before the rains the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies still flutter around us along the sunny walks. This is a male.

View: DF5_20190609_1532_123 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female.jpg
Description: On the last sunny day before the rains the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies still flutter around us along the sunny walks. This is the female.

Date: 23 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190609_1527_102 Thick-legged Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) on Hogweed (crop).jpg
Description: This is the first sighting here for 8 years (last time in May 2011) of one of these Thick-legged Flower Beetles. Several seen since this sighting.

View: DF5_20190607_0527_030 Mint Beetle on Mint leaf.jpg
Description: What is called a Mint Beetle, living up to it's name, on a Mint leaf.

Date: 22 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190609_0846_004+006 Blue Tit juvenile inn hedge bush (montage).jpg
Description: From the outside of our patch we spotted this pristine juvenile Blue Tit, who offered us forward and profile views.

View: E60_20190607_1124_033_FB3 Great Tit juvenile.jpg
Description: A juvenile Great Tit.
The sharp edge of the head's Black-Yellow boundary always exactly aligns with the bottom of the eye.

View: D01_20190607_0730_168_FB6 House Sparrow with feather in beak.jpg
Description: House Sparrows are becoming a more regular sight here. Not as agile as the Tits, they manage the Peanut feeders by perching on the anti-squirrel 'cage' to reach the nuts. Here is one stopping off on the Meadow Post, beak full of feather(s) that must be for a nest somewhere.

Date: 21 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190608_1221_029+031 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile under perch drops away 1+3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Mother Great Spotted Woodpecker seems to be offering to feed the inverted youngster, but the youngster 'lets go' and within 15cm of so of the fall is already mostly turned over for normal flight. Such agility.

View: DF5_20190609_1007_015+018 Great Spotted Woodpecker adult feeding juvenile 1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: In this pair of images about half a second apart you can see the fragment of peanut in the adults beak (right) appear in the juveniles beak.

View: E60_20190613_1011_010_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile waiting in rain.jpg
Description: This juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker sits in the rain awaiting the next beakful of 'squishy things', or maybe even more peanuts.

Date: 20 Jul 2019
View: D01_20190608_0712_281_FB6 Green Woodpecker female with muddy beak in rain.jpg
Description: A Green Woodpecker female is looking in need of a Preen.
These birds mostly hunt in the ground and in Ant's nests as you can see from the state of her beak.

View: D01_20190611_0649_165_FB6 Green Woodpecker landing rain soaked on meadow post 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: A really soggy adult Green Woodpecker starts a rainy day.
Here begins 4 days of almost continuous rain and drizzle, during which over 90mm of rain (3.5 inches) was accompanied by endless overcast skies.

Date: 19 Jul 2019
View: D01_20190606_1702_082+1709_083_FB6 Great Spotted Woodpecker male takes off from Meadow post 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A male Great Spotted Woodpecker has a rest on the Meadow post before resuming his 'feed the chicks' duties.

View: DF5_20190607_0515_025 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile perched on top of gate post.jpg
Description: A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker waits hopefully for a feed.

View: D01_20190607_1254_178+177+182_FB6 Great Spotted Woodpecker male on Meadow Post 2+1+3(mirrored) of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: All within the same minute, this male Great Spotted Woodpecker managed to take 3 different nicely separated portraits of himself!

Date: 18 Jul 2019
View: DF3_20190605_0611_050+065+066+069 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile swings under perch as male attempts to feed it 03+06+07+10 of 13 (montage).jpg
Description: There are at least 3 juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers (with red over the top of the head) being fed by the adults at our peanut feeding stations.
As we watched this encounter seemed almost unreal - the juvenile spent several seconds slowly revolving around the perch to the underside. Dad (red nape) then gave it a feed.

View: DF3_20190605_0611_070-072 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile under perch drops down after male feeds it 11-13 of 13 (montage).jpg
Description: Once there Dad gave him the food, and the juvenile just let go and dropped down to grab the wooden post below the camera frame.

View: DF5_20190605_1040_089+1039_081 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile on Ash tree (1+2 of 3 seen montage).jpg
Description: There were 3 juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers in this tree at once, but true to form one of them flies off before the camera moves to photograph it. The bird on the right was having a bit of a peck at the Blue Tit nestbox but it is made of woodcrete so did no harm.
After a few years most wooden nest boxes get rendered unusable by Woodpecker damage.

Date: 17 Jul 2019
View: P10_20190602_1141_349 Cockchafer female (Melolontha melolontha) recently emerged - white flecked wing cases.jpg
Description: This large and heavy insect is a Cockchafer Beetle, also widely known as a May Bug. We often find a few in the Moth trap in the morning.
The white flecked wing cases indicate this is a recent emergence.
In common with many Moths and Beetles the males have feathered antennae to detect the chemical signature of females. So this one is a female.

View: P10_20190602_1142_355 Cockchafer male (Melolontha melolontha) opening wing cases to fly away (crop).jpg
Description: This large and heavy insect is a Cockchafer Beetle, also widely known as a May Bug. This one is a male (feathered antennae at the top) lifting the wing cases prior to taking off.

Date: 16 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190602_0720_049 Poppy in field grass edge with Hoverfly.jpg
Description: An early morning walk found this solitary Poppy in the crop margin, along with an attendant Hover-fly. 2 days later it was gone in one of the regular mowing of the field margin and Bridleways. 4 days later the remains of the plant was already working on another flower!

View: D72_20190602_1025_007 White Iris near garage.jpg
Description: We love the flowers of Irises, their slightly untidy interpretation of 3-fold symmetry is delightful

Date: 15 Jul 2019
View: DA1_20190602_1111_124+1158_227_FT1 Burnished Brass moth in flight + foliage (montage).jpg
Description: This startling moth is called the Burnished Brass. The vivid gold wing patches are created by iridescence, and only show when the lighting and angles are appropriate - it is a rather drab little creature otherwise.
So we got lucky with this one!

View: P10_20190602_1136_345 Lempkes Gold Spot Moth (Plusia putnami) (1st sighting here) (orig).jpg
Description: Here is the Lempkes Gold Spot Moth, in the same family as the Burnished Brass.
After a few minutes of trying unsuccessfully to get an image in flight, we put her on a bit of white card for this photo. This moth gold spots are iridescent like the Burnished Brass, but the white spots are not lighting dependent and must be some sort of reflective white pigmented scales which really outshine the white card at all angles.
As usual, the moment you release them outdoors they fly blithely away.

Date: 14 Jul 2019
View: DA1_20190602_1119_142_FT1 Green Silver-lines Moth in Box (1st record here).jpg
Description: This Moth was a delightful 'first' for us - a Green Silver-lines Moth, here in his box warming up for his turn in the spotlight.

View: DA1_20190602_1120_146+150+1159_237_FT1 Green Silver-lines Moth in flight (1st record here) + Blackberry stem (montage).jpg
Description: The Green Silver-lines Moth performed nicely in flight - this is two of the flights.

View: DF5_20190604_0842_028 Small Magpie moth (inverted under twig).jpg
Description: This Small Magpie Moth fly by and landed in a hedge plant.
It turned out not to be a 'vanilla' Magpie Moth, but a different species the Small Magpie Moth.
A search of our archives finds that some of our 'Magpie Moth' ID's should be 'Small Magpie Moth', not yet corrected

Date: 13 Jul 2019
View: DA1_20190601_1421_001+1450_042_FT1 Cinnabar Moth in flight + foliage (montage).jpg
Description: This Cinnabar Moth kept flying by us, and we couldn't resist catching it for a few photos. You don't usually see the bright red whole wing on the resting insect.

View: DA1_20190602_1043_028+1044_035+1157_220_FT1 Light Emerald Moth male in 2 flights + Red Campion flowers (montage).jpg
Description: The moth trap from the previous night caught this elegant Light Emerald Moth that flew for the camera a few times before release.

View: DA1_20190602_1126_162+1225_159+1124_156_FT1 Blood-vein Moth in 3 flights (montage).jpg
Description: The Blood-vein Moth (no actual blood - just a striking red line across the wings) is also an 'old friend'. Here are 3 flights that show you both sides of the wings.

Date: 12 Jul 2019
View: DA1_20190601_1129_089_FT1 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly female in flight (crop).jpg
Description: An early arrival for this female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly. The females don't have the characteristic dark band on the wing that you see on the males. This insect is slightly smaller than the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly and has lighter and green tinted wings.

View: DA1_20190601_1138_144_FT1 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly female in flight (crop).jpg
Description: An early arrival for this female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly. The females don't have the characteristic dark band on the wing that you see on the males. This insect is slightly smaller than the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly and has lighter and green tinted wings.

Date: 11 Jul 2019
View: DA1_20190601_1147_158_FT1 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female in flight (crop).jpg
Description: A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly has a wonderful green and gold iridescent body. Note the complicated tail tip of the female as opposed to the male.

View: DA1_20190601_1149_170_FT1 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female in flight (crop).jpg
Description: A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly has a wonderful green and gold iridescent body. Note the complicated tail tip of the female as opposed to the male.

View: DF5_20190601_1156_034 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female (detail crop).jpg
Description: A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly has a wonderful green and gold iridescent body here shown as the detail of the head.

Date: 10 Jul 2019
View: DA1_20190601_1112_036_FT1 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male in flight (crop).jpg
Description: A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings.

View: DA1_20190601_1114_042_FT1 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male in flight (crop).jpg
Description: A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings.

View: DA1_20190601_1336_228_FT1 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male in flight (crop).jpg
Description: A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings.

View: DA1_20190601_1354_251_FT1 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male in flight (crop).jpg
Description: A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings. The Grey wings are accentuated here as he shows overlaps of 2 and 3 wings.

Date: 09 Jul 2019
View: D01_20190530_1703_043+044+20190531_0750_132+0751_133_FB6 Great Spotted Woodpecker female & Green Woodpecker male (montage).jpg
Description: An identical scale montage of a Great Spotted Woodpecker female and a Green Woodpecker male. The sexes of each species are of similar size.
So Green Woodpeckers are substantially bigger the GSWs.
Our venerable reference book says 12" and 9" respectively, giving likely weight difference of more than twice (the cube of the linear size).

Date: 08 Jul 2019
View: E63_20190523_0752_004+20190527_0431_334+20190526_0500_239_FB1 Blackbird male collecting food on 3 increasingly early mornings 1+3+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Here we see the male Blackbird on 23rd May at 07:52, 26th at 05:00 and 27 at 04:31.
"The children wake up screaming for food earlier each morning".

View: E63_20190528_0613_101+20190527_1911_082+1933_084_FB1 Blackbird female visits (montage).jpg
Description: 5 days later the female Blackbird also made several visits over a couple of days. In the leftmost image (taken last) she has some tiny morsel in the tip of her beak.

View: E63_20190605_0915_194+20190603_0842_018_FB1 Male and female Blackbirds (montage).jpg
Description: Both male and female Blackbirds are appearing regularly at this site. We have picked one of each for a little comparative montage.

Date: 07 Jul 2019
View: E63_20190529_0536_204_FB1 Yellowhammer pair.jpg
Description: A pair of Yellowhammers breakfasting at 5.30 a.m. (about half an hour after sunrise).

View: E63_20190528_0501_097+20190527_1022_025+1557_046_FB1 Yellowhammer male visits (montage).jpg
Description: Probably the same male Yellowhammer visiting the stone over 2 days.

Date: 06 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190528_1049_018-020 Red Kite in flight 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: A Red Kite glides speedily overhead so we get an opportunity for some accurately spaced montages.

View: DF5_20190528_1050_042-055 Red Kite in flight 01-14 of 14 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: A minute later the Red Kite was circling a little further away.
This is about 2 seconds of flight.

Date: 05 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190527_1732_049 3 Mallard ducks (female + 2 males) in flight 2 of 3 (crop in tight formation).jpg
Description: A genuine moment from 3 Mallard Ducks in flight. The female (left) and two males flew past, perhaps 100m away.

View: DF5_20190527_1732_066 3 Mallard ducks (female + 2 males) in flight 3 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: A few seconds later, this time against some blue sky, the female has moved to the front.

Date: 04 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190527_1231_036 Azure Damselfly male on hedge top.jpg
Description: Still the only species of small Damselfly we are seeing, here a male Azure Damselfly waited long enough to get this portrait. Unusually sharp image along the whole length.

Date: 03 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190526_0959_033 Wild Rose clump outside east hedge (orig & final).jpg
Description: Wild Roses in the hedge give it some sparkle and wonderful fragrance.

View: DF5_20190526_0752_007 Wild Rose with all petals fallen.jpg
Description: Here is one of the flowers that has dropped all it's petals (NO we didn't pull them off!) highlighting the stamens.

View: DF5_20190526_1002_044+045 Honey Bee hovering inside wild rose to pollen into Basket 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: These Rose flowers are a rich source of Pollen. Watching this Honey Bee doing her stuff we noticed that she regularly moved a couple of centimetres from the anthers in order to pack her Pollen Baskets with her most recent collection before returning for more.

Date: 02 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190524_1117_149+148 Bee Melecta albinfrons in Lavender flower (montage 2).jpg
Description: A very attractive Bee on a cultivated Lavender flower in a large pot. Not seen here before, and since seen on other flowers

View: DF5_20190524_1229_193 Harlequin Ladybirds mating with Aphids on leaves.jpg
Description: If you look up Harlequin Ladybirds you will see a huge variety of appearances, not apparently related to their sex. But they know one another all-right!

Date: 01 Jul 2019
View: DF5_20190524_1113_133-137 Swallow in flight approaches & departs another perched on power cable @7fps 1-5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Swallows have started perching on our electrical power lines. Here one of two perched on a wire took off and made this approach to the other. To us it looked like an attempt to mate with a so-far uncooperative female.

View: DF5_20190524_1114_141 Swallow perched on mains cable.jpg
Description: A Swallow perched on a power cable provides a chance at a decent portrait.

Image Archive arch 2019 jun.htm (view it Here)

Date: 30 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190526_1014_086 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male (head and shadow detail crop).jpg
Description: This is the detail of the head and thorax of a male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly.

View: DF5_20190526_1021_115 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male with backlighting highlighting body hairs (crop with 2x insert).jpg
Description: Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies thoraxes are covered in fine hairs, but they don't show well in most photos. Here backlighting makes them more obvious.

View: DF5_20190527_1017_020+1010_015 Beautiful Demoiselle female (left) and male (right) (montage).jpg
Description: Finally female Beautiful Demoiselle on the left and male on the right.
NOT EXACT SCALE - Don't read anything into the slightly different sizes.

Date: 29 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190524_1221_166 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly female.jpg
Description: The site is wonderfully awash with Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies. 'Beautiful' is part of the common name, as well as being a good description. About 20 individuals flutter about as you pass a sheltered warm patch.
The females bodies are iridescent and vary in colour from green to gold according to the lighting. Females also have the white dot (pseudo-pterostigma) near the upper tip of all 4 wings, though it is sometimes hard to see.

View: DF5_20190525_1229_006 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly male.jpg
Description: The male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies have intense blue bodies, and no white dot on the tip of the wings.

Date: 28 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190524_1056_064 Rustic Sailor Beetle (Cantharis rustica) on Flag Iris leaf.jpg
Description: A rather magnificent little Beetle on a folded over Iris leaf.

View: DF5_20190527_1004_009+008 Red Soldier Beetle (prob Rhagonycha fulva) (montage).jpg
Description: A rather magnificent Red Soldier Beetle gives us a couple of different views.

Date: 27 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190523_1004_006+007+009 Wood Pigeon with stick in beak flies from concrete power post 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: We have an in-house joke that 3 twigs is enough for a Pigeon nest.
Here a Wood Pigeon is obviously not convinced by our counting.

View: E62_20190523_1802_037_FB5 Rook juvenile begging from adult.jpg
Description: Here is a Rook youngster demanding food from the hard-pressed parent.

Date: 26 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190522_1556_197 Honey Bee with Pollen Baskets (corbicula) filled on Green Alkanet flower (crop).jpg
Description: The 10m length of Green Alkanet (covered in BLUE flowers) are now attracting Honey Bees. Here is one with proboscis deep in a flower with the Pollen Baskets just about full enough to take the bounty back to the hive - wherever that may be.

View: DF5_20190521_1033_045 Wood Carpet Moth (Epirrhoe rivata) on Sweetheart (first sighting here) (crop).jpg
Description: We have seen lots 'Carpet Moths' here over the years, but it seems to be the first time we have seen this 'Wood Carpet Moth'.

Date: 25 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190521_0816_012 Hawthorn Flowers with Hover-fly.jpg
Description: Hawthorn Blossom is forming patches of white hedge all over the area.

View: DF5_20190521_0816_012 Hover-fly probably Syrphus Ribesii female on Hawthorn Flowers (detail crop).jpg
Description: On the Hawthorn Flowers we spotted this Hover-fly which promptly departed before we could get some more detailed pics of it. We seem to be seeing a number of new-to-us species of Hoverfly this Spring. This seems to be Syrphus Ribesii.

View: DF5_20190521_1015_029 Hover-fly probably Dasysyrphus venustus (previously thought to be Scaeva pyrastri).jpg
Description: Another new Hover-fly for us, perched on a leaf. A hover-fly specialist has corrected our original ID, which we agreed with once we had studied ours and two apparently reliable reference pics in detail.

Date: 24 Jun 2019
View: DF2_20190521_1231_001+006 Red-legged Partridge preparing to walk away to right (montage).jpg
Description: A pair of Red-legged partridges were resting on the edge of the concrete track opposite the front of the house. Here is one of them (montaged) as it got up to walk down to the track.

Date: 23 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190519_1334_082 Hornbeam seed cluster (first sighting here).jpg
Description: We couldn't buy Hornbeam trees for our initial planting, but were gifted some saplings which have been quietly growing in the depth of the wood, and have started making these delightful seed clusters.

Date: 22 Jun 2019
View: df5_20190522_1340_147 beautiful demoiselle male (first of 2019) (crop).jpg
Description: Our first Odonata (Dragonfly family) of the year was this delightful male 'Beautiful Demoiselle'. This is a big insect for the UK - length about 50mm (2 inches) and in flight has a characteristic slow fluttering wing beat.

View: DF5_20190519_1328_066 Orange-tip Butterfly female feeding on Ground Ivy flower.jpg
Description: We tend to mostly notice the male Orange Tip Butterflies, so catching this female (no orange!) feeding on a ground ivy flower was worth a pic.

View: DF5_20190521_1459_096+1500_102 Comma Butterfly with wings closed camouflaged as dead leaf 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: This overwintered Comma Butterfly has had a few pecks on the edge of the wings (symmetrically so the wings were closed at the time). This quite large butterfly then 'vanished' when finally closing it's wings - that irregular edge disguises the insect remarkably well.

Date: 21 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190521_1301_073 Spider (probably Trochosa ruricola) on ground (crop).jpg
Description: We are not very good at spider ID's but are fairly sure that this one scurrying over the disused concrete track (cracks full of lovely wildlife friendly weeds!) is called Trochosa ruricola
We understand that no British Spiders are dangerous to humans.

View: DF5_20190519_0916_052 Spider web in grass wet with dew.jpg
Description: In the farm crop margin a spider has spun this web on the ground, now soaked with overnight rain.

Date: 20 Jun 2019
View: E63_20190518_0545_166_FB1 Blackbird male with worm in beak.jpg
Description: The male Blackbird is collecting breakfast for his (and Mrs.) nestful of screaming youngsters.

View: DF5_20190521_1440_091+093 Blue Tit preening on Dogwood branch 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: Blue Tits are actively breeding in every suitable nest box we have installed. This scruffy individual is perched high in a Dogwood bush for a much needed preen in the sunshine. We couldn't resist the 'ball' effect on the right.

Date: 19 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190514_0803_192 Chaffinch male on dead branch of Pear Tree.jpg
Description: A male Chaffinch showing off his still glorious colours.

View: E63_20190518_1919_207_FB1 Yellowhammer male on stone.jpg
Description: Whilst Chaffinches have bred here for the last 30 years, Yellowhammers came for a couple of years, disappeared for some more, and this year have returned with several 'couples' in the area.

Date: 18 Jun 2019
View: E63_20190510_0054_140-20190513_0232_388_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 4 nights (montage).jpg
Description: From 20 frames at this site taken over 4 days, we have assembled this little fun montage, actually mostly accurately placed.

Date: 17 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190514_1244_241+242+244+246 Brimstone Butterfly male and female courting 1+2+4+6 of 6 (approx montage).jpg
Description: Here are a pair of Brimstone butterflies indulging in their aerial ballet. This set of 4 exposures of the rising pair are at about 150mS intervals. Here the male is always below, with the yellow upper wing that has been moderately bird pecked along the edges.
Sorry about the ugly orange of the traffic barrier, but it helped the camera find and keep on focus for the half second of this sequence.

View: DF5_20190514_1734_021 Orange-tip Butterfly male feeding on Ground Ivy flower.jpg
Description: Orange-tip butterflies often feed on Garlic Mustard flowers - the same plants on which the females lay their eggs, but for 'fuelling' purposes Orange-tip Butterflies will use any suitable source of nectar - here the flower of the 'dreaded' Ground Ivy.

Date: 16 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190512_0659_062 Chaffinch male in young Lombardy Poplar tree with 2 or more grubs in beak.jpg
Description: A male Chaffinch collecting live food for the nestlings

View: DF5_20190510_1226_075 Rock with invertibrate pulled picked out of soil.jpg
Description: The Rooks breeding is already well advanced, and they are collecting live food for the youngsters high in the trees above us.

Date: 15 Jun 2019
View: D01_20190511_2127_027+2126_023+025_FB6 Little Owl 2 minute visit to meadow post 3+1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: On the night that we put out the moth trap only 10 metres from this pole (with a powerful 125 watt mercury vapour lamp) the Little Owl spent a couple of minutes on the pole top. Little Owls also hunt in daylight, so the light probably didn't bother the Little Owl at all.

Date: 14 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190511_1355_052 Pollen falling from Lodgepole Pine catkins (crop 1).jpg
Description: "Achoo!"
The Lodgepole pine trees every year make a HUGE amount of Pollen that the slightest movement or puff of wind releases clouds of.

Date: 13 Jun 2019
View: BU5_20190511_1006_601_SC1 Mallard Duck male guarding female sees off Grey Squirrel 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: We often comment on male Mallard Duck 'guarding' feeding females intending a slight air of irony - guarding usually means quacking a warning as he flies off in panic. But here the male on the bank guarding the duck in the water is threatening the Grey Squirrel a couple of metres away, and the Grey Squirrel veers away.
We need to be more respectful of the males efforts in future!

View: DF4_20190511_1220_002+003+007 Mallard Duck female taking off from pile of dried Lily roots 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Mallard Duck was on the front bank of the main pond, sitting on a heap of Iris Roots racked from the pond The bird didn't like the appearance of a human at the window, and decided to depart.
No - she is NOT sitting on a nest by this pond.

View: DF4_20190511_1220_007 Mallard Duck female taking off from pile of dried Lily roots 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: Here is a detail of the female Mallard Duck in flight.
The splash of blue is her partly obscured speculum.

Date: 12 Jun 2019
View: D01_20190511_0552_169_FB6 Wood Pigeon about to land on meadow post.jpg
Description: "Gangway"

View: E60_20190508_1743_069_FB3 Wood Pigeon pair perched together.jpg
Description: Wood Pigeons pairs are so affectionate.

View: E60_20190506_1748_012_FB3 Wood Pigeon and Grey Squirrel arrive simultaneously at the bird table.jpg
Description: The Wood Pigeon starts to land on the kitchen perch just as the Grey Squirrel emerges from underneath the bird table. Quite a shock for the Pigeon we imagine.

Date: 11 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190510_1559_096 Tortoiseshell Butterfly overwintered and faded feeding on Dandelion (crop).jpg
Description: This Tortoiseshell Butterfly has lost some of it's scales, but has mostly avoided the birds. After stoking up on this Dandelion it will continue the search for a mate.

View: DF5_20190510_1601_104 Hedge + Margin + Crop along road to north Seq (detail) (orig & final).jpg
Description: Along the crop margins the Dandelion are mostly now 'clocks'.

Date: 10 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190506_0940_004 Yellowhammer male eating seeds on concrete track.jpg
Description: The male Yellowhammer that frequents the bend in the Farm road is here caught selecting a small oval seed from the bird seed mix we sprinkle about.

View: E62_20190513_0646_284_FB5 2 Yellowhammers.jpg
Description: A few days on, we are lucky to get male and female Yellowhammers in the same frame and both reasonably in focus.

View: E63_20190514_0602_058-20190515_1055_138_FB1 Yellowhammer male visits to hedge bottom over 30 hours (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A montage in celebration, over 30 hours, of the male Yellowhammer at the hedge bottom.

Date: 09 Jun 2019
View: E60_20190506_1821_018_FB3 Great Tit with insect in beak.jpg
Description: At the kitchen window bird table the automatic camera catches this Great Tit stopping by with a beakful of grubs destined for a nest somewhere.

View: DF5_20190507_1744_082 Great Tit flying from Woodcrete Nestbox 3 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: Next day we spot a bird leaving one of the new Woodcrete nestboxes, and waiting for the next exit is rewarded by this image of a Great Tit flying off in the direction of the kitchen window some 30m away. So youngsters being fed already.

Date: 08 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190505_0830_001 Canada Goose on pond north of brook.jpg
Description: A Chance view of the pond on the other side of the brook catches this (what appeared to be) solitary Canada Goose gliding across the pond, complete with reflection and framed by the nearer trees we were peering through.

Date: 07 Jun 2019
View: E63_20190504_2121_165_FB1 2 Foxes sparring (crop 1).jpg
Description: Wow!
We don't know what is going on between these two Foxes, but we think that it is more 'play' than fight

Date: 06 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190504_1225_005 Fruit tree blossom.jpg
Description: Fruit tree blossom is spread around the site.
We would love to add 'Apple', 'Pear', 'Plum' or whatever, but the trees we were allowed to transplant were mostly unidentified and we don't remember which is which!

View: DF5_20190504_1227_023 Fruit tree blossom.jpg
Description: Fruit tree blossom is spread around the site.
We would love to add 'Apple', 'Pear', 'Plum' or whatever, but the trees we were allowed to transplant were mostly unidentified and we don't remember which is which!

Date: 05 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190505_1613_039+043+044+046 Roe Deer female walking down tractor rut spots photographer 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Half an hour after the female Roe Deer visited the mound, a glance over the southern hedge showed her walking through the Wheat Crop along one of the sprayer tractor ruts. She ambled down the rut but somehow detected the distant presence of a human, and decided to depart.

View: DF5_20190505_1614_127+129+131+134 Roe Deer female leaping along hedge @7fps 01+03+05+08 of 21 (acc montage skipping frames).jpg
Description: The female Roe Deer could have 'escaped' through a hedge further away, but instead made a speedy but un-panicked progress along this hedge.

View: DF5_20190505_1614_134+136+138 Roe Deer female leaping along hedge @7fps 8+10+12 of 21 (accurate montage alternate frames).jpg
Description: At one point the female Roe Deer made this graceful leap. At 7 fps the images would overlap. We toyed with 'stretching' the montage, but decided to keep the dimensional accuracy by skipping frames. This is the even numbered frames ...

View: DF5_20190505_1614_135+137 Roe Deer female leaping along hedge @7fps 009+011 of 21 (accurate montage alternate frames).jpg
Description: ... while this fills in the gaps with the odd numbered frames.

Date: 04 Jun 2019
View: BU5_20190504_0237_392_SC1 Roe Deer male visits over 5 hours after midnight 2 of 9 (crop).jpg
Description: The male Roe Deer spent about 5 hours overnight on our patch. This is the best picture of the Antlers, in Infra Red, at 2.30 a.m. at the edge of the Round Pond.

View: BU5_20190504_0722_446_SC1 Roe Deer male visits over 5 hours after midnight 8 of 9 (crop 2).jpg
Description: Monarch of the Glen?
The male Roe Deer was still on the site 5 hours later after sun-up, here back at the edge of Round Pond, possibly for a drink.

View: BU2_20190505_1542_681_SC7 Roe Deer female visit in mid-afternoon 3 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: The day after we saw the male Roe Deer tis female visited, here staring at the camera. Did she hear a sound from the camera that we have never detected?

Date: 03 Jun 2019
View: BU5_20190503_0155_232+20190504_0237_391_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer male (left) + Roe Deer male (montage at same scale).jpg
Description: Roe Deer (which we see only occasionally) are MUCH bigger than our regular Reeve's Muntjac Deer, This little identical scale montage shows you the difference, Muntjac on the left.

View: BU5_20190507_2147_542+2149_546+547_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn and Mother 2-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: The Reeve's Muntjac deer Fawn is now perhaps 2/3rd the height of Mum. It is weaned but is often seen with Mum.

Date: 02 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190502_1132_009 Pheasant male lying on his side and sunbathing in loose dry soil.jpg
Description: A moment of panic upon spotting 'our' male pheasant lying on his side in the dry soil of the salad bed. But he is just having a sunbath, soon up and about again, clucking and displaying.

View: DF5_20190505_1218_015 Pheasant male keeping pace with us along grass outside south boundary.jpg
Description: As we walk along the farm track, the male Pheasant follows us for 50m, probably hoping that some corn would magically appear. We put some down, we looked around for the Pheasant, but he had given up the wait and disappeared through the hedge.

Date: 01 Jun 2019
View: DF5_20190430_0958_048 Field Maple trees at Brook edge shining Spring Green (orig & final).jpg
Description: A view to the North of the leafing trees at the brook - a glorious vivid green of Field Maple in it's first flush.

View: DF5_20190505_0833_008 Field Maple leaf and flower detail.jpg
Description: A few days later a walk down to the brook allowed us to capture this detail of the emerging Field Maple leaves and flowers.

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Date: 31 May 2019
View: DF5_20190430_0954_042+043 Yellowhammer male on Farm Road 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: This lovely male Yellowhammer is often to be found around the bend of the Farm Road. Here he is on a particularly rough part of the corrugated concrete surface.

View: DF5_20190430_1103_054 Chaffinch male on Pollarded Cherry tree.jpg
Description: At the front of the house we have had to pollard a Cherry tree starting to grow over the roadway. The stump is a great favourite - particularly with some corn grains on the top!

View: DF5_20190430_1107_066+067 Speckled Wood Butterfly and Spider in Leaf Litter (acc montage for focus).jpg
Description: In a shaft of sunlight in the woodland, both a Speckled Wood Butterfly (in remarkably good condition after over-wintering) and a small Spider (unidentified) warm themselves on an otherwise chilly day.

Date: 30 May 2019
View: DF5_20190429_1103_017 Groundsel seed heads and flowers.jpg
Description: There are lots patches of Groundsel on our patch and the Farm field margins. The seed heads are a bit like miniature Dandelion clocks, but yellow flowers open no wider than we see here.
Dandelion  clocks watches?

View: DF5_20190501_1232_103 Groundsel seed head and flowers (crop).jpg
Description: Even on a phone screen this top view of a Groundsel seed head will be larger than life!

Date: 29 May 2019
View: D5C_20190428_1125_103+1126_113+115+124 Grey Squirrel ripping apart desiccated Iris Roots to eat 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Weeks ago we raked a load of Iris Roots out of the pond to open up the water area, and left them to dry on the bank so any creatures caught inside could get back to the water. Typically for us, they are still there, and now this Grey squirrel has started ripping them apart to select some of the best bits to eat.

View: DF5_20190428_1130_008+009+1131_012 Grey Squirrel carrying away dried grass for bedding 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Dried grass seems to make a good lining for the Drey. This Squirrel wraps the grass into a bundle before running off with it.

View: E64_20190429_0944_019_FB2 Grey Squirrel sprinting with rear legs well in front of forelegs.jpg
Description: We don't remember seeing a Grey Squirrel like this, running with back paws well in front of the front paws.

View: E64_20190501_1815_142_FB2 Grey Squirrel (short tailed) sprinting with rear legs well in front of forelegs.jpg
Description: 2 days later, we see the same behaviour at the same site, this time featuring our short-tailed (broken or bitten off) Grey Squirrel.

Date: 28 May 2019
View: D01_20190502_0417_141_FB6 Tawny owl 2 minute visit to meadow post + landing 4Hrs later 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: On the second visit of the night, this Tawny Owl makes a really rather awkward landing on the post. This is the only image from the second visit, and the bird may have flown on to perch on one of the many other posts and branches that 'he' uses.

View: D01_20190502_2240_023-2245_037_FB6 Tawny Owl 6 minute visit to Meadow Post 1+8+3+5 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: The next night the Tawny Owl spends a few minutes watching the world go by.

Date: 27 May 2019
View: DF5_20190501_0804_090+091 Fox hunting in field margin to south 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: Out on a morning walk we see this Fox hunting along a field margin.

View: DF5_20190501_0806_092+093+096 Fox walking along field margin to south 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A couple of minutes later the Fox spots us, and decides to saunter away.

Date: 26 May 2019
View: D01_20190428_0503_061+063+0504_065_FB6 Little owl 2mins on meadow post with rear of head eyes illusion 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A visit by the Little Owl.
Left to right we have Profile, Head-on and Rear view of head.
The rear view plumage shows false eyebrows and large dark 'eyes' make an illusion that the bird is watching you. Without optical equipment, and in the poor light, it is surprisingly effective, and we have been fooled in the past.

View: D01_20190502_2107_019+2108_021_FB6 Little Owl 1 minute visit to Meadow Post 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: Another short visit from the Little Owl. On the left just hanging on to the ledge, and on the right 45 seconds later standing on top.

Date: 25 May 2019
View: DF3_20190427_1746_001 Muntjac Reeves Deer on other side of hedge.jpg
Description: This Reeve's Muntjac Deer female is just on the other side of the hedge by our living room window, so only a few metres away.

View: BU5_20190430_2052_524_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn running to mother.jpg
Description: The Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn runs up to Mum.

Date: 24 May 2019
View: E60_20190425_1915_046_FB3 Wood Pigeon Pair aligned.jpg
Description: Frankenpigeon?
No - just an affectionate pair of Wood Pigeons.

View: D5C_20190428_0955_023 Tree Sparrow pair together on short post top.jpg
Description: On the top of the double-post arrangement supporting the adjustable height bird table, a pair of our Tree Sparrows spending 'quality time' together before ...

View: D5C_20190428_1125_083 Tree Sparrow pair mating several times in bush 3 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: ... making whoopee.
He had about 10 goes before finally succeeding!

Date: 23 May 2019
View: E60_20190424_2316_014_FB3+D01_20190424_2322_037_FB6 Tawny Owl on Kitchen perch visits Meadow post for 6m 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl first landed at the perch by the Kitchen window, and two minutes later arrived at the meadow post (about 30m away) for a 6 minute hunt, spent almost entirely in the pose you see on the right.

View: D01_20190425_2047_035+2052_039_FB6 Little Owl visit(s) to meadow Post over 7 minutes 1+3 of 4 (mirrored montage).jpg
Description: Not seen here since the middle of 2018, a Little Owl (the actual common name of species) made a short re-appearance at the new Meadow post shortly after dark. Both images are mirrored to place the first on the left. The bird did actually move to the other side and face the other way.

Date: 22 May 2019
View: DA1_20190422_1459_151+20190421_1310_145_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly in flight with Forget-me-not flower (montage).jpg
Description: Blue Butterflies are not well represented here, so we were pleased that an hour's effort 'bagged' this male Holly Blue Butterfly which obliged with a few flights.

View: DA1_20190422_1501_165+1458_145+20190421_1545_299_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly in 2 flights + Green Alkanet (montage).jpg
Description: This Holly Blue Butterfly shows the top of the wings on the left, and the bottoms and on the right. As usual we then sent him on his way across the fields.

Date: 21 May 2019
View: D72_20190422_0635_083-088 Mallard duck female dropping onto crop margin (male out of frame) 1-6 of 8 (acc montage @10fps).jpg
Description: A pair of Mallard Ducks that had been circling the area came down to land about 50m from us. Here is the female Aerobraking down to the ground. The male landed a few metres away and they waddled through a hedge to feed.

Date: 20 May 2019
View: DA1_20190421_1338_174+1345_213+1545_298_FT1 Brimstone Butterfly male (2 flights) with Green Alkanet (montage).jpg
Description: This shows two flights by a male Brimstone Butterfly.
The top of the male's wings are a much more vivid colour than the bottom.

View: DA1_20190421_1540_279+276+20190422_1508_188_FT1 Comma Butterfly in 2 flights with Laurel (montage).jpg
Description: Comma Butterflies used to be Autumn-only visitors here, but now we see them in Spring as well. The upper and lower wings are completely different colours, the white 'comma' only showing on the bottom of the wing (right hand image of 2 separate flights).

View: DA1_20190422_1227_013+1536_227_FT1 Speckled Wood Butterfly with Ground Ivy (montage).jpg
Description: This is an overwintered Speckled Wood Butterfly - a bit tatty but not much faded. You can't see the bird peck on the rear of the far wing, totally by our choice of photo.

Date: 19 May 2019
View: DA1_20190421_1301_142+1105_169_FT1 Green-veined White Butterfly in flight with Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) (montage).jpg
Description: This is a Green Veined White Butterfly 'visiting' which is somethimes seen feeding on Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flowers.

View: DA1_20190421_1605_357+20190422_1507_184_FT1 Green-veined White Butterfly in flight with Garlic Mustard (montage).jpg
Description: A different Green-veined White individual flies towards the camera - a direction totally the decision of the insect. Once they are in flight they can do whatever they like!

Date: 18 May 2019
View: DF5_20190420_1118_010 Orange-tip Butterfly male feeding on Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower).jpg
Description: The caterpillar food plant of Orange-tip Butterflies is Garlic Mustard, and we have managed to allow quite a lot of this to grow. So this year we are seeing more than our usual '1 or 2' adults. Although the females lay on garlic Mustard, the adults will sip nectar from other flowers, and this Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) is one of their favourites. Notice the proboscis curved round into the flower.

View: DA1_20190421_1251_109+1105_073_FT1 Orange-tip butterfly male in flight with Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) (montage).jpg
Description: Here is the male Orange-tip Butterfly in flight, showing the upper surface of the far wing, and wonderful lattice pattern on the lower surface of the near wing.

View: DA1_20190422_1258_058+1507_183_FT1 Orange-tip butterfly female in flight with Garlic Mustard (montage).jpg
Description: This is a FEMALE Orange-tip Butterfly - which doesn't have even a trace of the orange wing tips, but has a similar wonderful lattice pattern on the lower surface of the wing.

View: DA1_20190422_1303_088+1319_121_FT1 Orange-tip butterfly female & male in flight (montage).jpg
Description: We caught another male Orange-tip Butterfly on this day, so took the opportunity to show you female (left) and male Orange-tip Butterflies, so you can compare.

Date: 17 May 2019
View: E64_20190419_0747_072+0745_071_FB2 2 Red-legged Partridges (accurate montage).jpg
Description: At the Woodland site a couple of Red-legged Partridges feed together. This image is actually an accurate montage to catch both birds in focus.

View: D5C_20190423_0650_033 2 Red-legged partridges.jpg
Description: 4 days after their appearance at the woodland site, what we THINK is the same pair of Red-legged Partridges were wandering on the grassy compressed gravel outside the front door.

Date: 16 May 2019
View: DF5_20190419_0823_008+002 Muntjac Reeves Deer female at hedge opposite house by main road (montage).jpg
Description: This female Reeve's Muntjac Deer is walking quietly down the hedge to our west right by the main road. The Traffic on the other side of the hedge didn't bother her at all, but she spotted us watching her from behind our own hedge, stopped for a look, and then continued her stroll down the crop margin.

Date: 15 May 2019
View: DF5_20190418_1046_004+006 Brimstone Butterfly female in flight on Ivy 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This female Brimstone Butterfly doesn't have the bright yellow top of wings of the male, but still has the orange spot at the wing centre.
These two moments of flight are about a third of a second part.

Date: 14 May 2019
View: D36_20190416_0749_035+1453_038_FB4 Jackdaw(s) collecting twigs (montage).jpg
Description: The Rooks have mostly finished their nests, but the other Corvids are just getting around to constructing their's. This a montage of Jackdaws collecting twigs.
The cloudy eye of the right hand bird is just it's nictitating membrane.

View: E62_20190417_0800_163_FB5 Magpie carrying twig in beak.jpg
Description: This Magpie, out in the Meadow, chooses something a bit more manageable.

Date: 13 May 2019
View: DF3_20190415_0950_001+005+007 Wren singing from top of hedge 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Outside the living room this little Wren is singing its heart out.
Unfortunately the double glazing and our deteriorating hearing means we hear - zilch.

Date: 12 May 2019
View: E60_20190415_0235_069_FB3 Tawny Owl (crop).jpg
Description: A Tawny Owl visits the kitchen perch. Bon Appetit!

View: D01_20190416_0130_017_FB6-E60_0138_018_FB3+D01_0140_027_FB6 Tawny Owl visits meadow post + kitchen perch + Meadow post in 11mins 1-6 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl checked out the recently replaced post in the meadow for a few minutes, then flew to the perch outside the kitchen, and then flew back for a another couple on minutes on the new post.
Bottom Middle is the visit to the Kitchen perch.

View: E63_20190415_2016_084-20190417_2252_283_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) visits over 3 nights (montage).jpg
Description: A few Fieldmice (Wood Mice) this week at the bottom of the hedge. Here is a little montage of 3 visits over 3 nights.
Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are a Tawny Owl's second favourite 'food' here - Voles being at the top of the menu.

Date: 11 May 2019
View: E62_20190414_1620_250_FB5 Mallard Duck pair.jpg
Description: A pair of Mallard Ducks are regularly evening visitors to the main pond. Here they show us that they visit other feeding sites.
He is at the back 'standing guard'.

View: DF4_20190417_1019_020+1018_013+1017_005 Mallard Duck preening on Iris roots 3+2+1 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Mallard Dick has a major preen on the sprouting Iris roots at the edge of the main pond, while ...

View: DF4_20190417_1018_017 Mallard drake on main pond with reflection (crop).jpg
Description: ... her mate swim backwards and forwards in quiet 'guard duty', providing a chance to catch his reflection.

Date: 10 May 2019
View: DF5_20190412_0930_073 Buzzard harassed by Rook 2 of 7 (crop).jpg
Description: This atypically pale Buzzard was flying near the Black-Poplars being used for nesting by several pairs of Rook.

View: DF5_20190412_0930_080 Buzzard harassed by Rook 7 of 7 (crop).jpg
Description: And Lo - a Rook arrives to harry it away.

Date: 09 May 2019
View: DF5_20190411_1116_006 Chaffinch male on concrete track.jpg
Description: A gloriously coloured male Chaffinch picking up corn scattered on the concrete track.

View: DF5_20190416_1558_036 Chaffinch female on Corkscrew Hazel twig.jpg
Description: A female Chaffinch poised elegantly on a twig of a Corkscrew Hazel. Love the sharp little claws clearly visible.

Date: 08 May 2019
View: D72_20190411_0702_031-044 Muntjac Deer male bounds through winter wheat 1+2+4-14 of 14 (slight stretch montage @10fps).jpg
Description: The male Reeve's Muntjac Deer wasn't pleased by our arrival and made a prompt but not panicked departure through the growing corn.

Date: 07 May 2019
View: D01_20190410_1016_038+1017_040+039_FB6 Green Woodpecker female on meadow post 1+3+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Green Woodpecker spent a few minutes on the post top.

View: DF5_20190410_1518_045 House Sparrow looking back from top of hedge.jpg
Description: Birds don't have expressions, so this disagreeable stare from the hedge of the occasional sighting of a House Sparrow is entirely our imagination.

Date: 06 May 2019
View: E62_20190407_1945_386_FB5 Blackbird female pulling worm out of ground (crop 2).jpg
Description: "I've got this lovely juicy worm, but its hard to pull out"

View: E62_20190408_1756_078_FB5 Mallard Duck female followed by male (out of crop) (crop 2).jpg
Description: Here is a female Mallard Duck quacking with a wonderful sense of joie-de-vie.

Date: 05 May 2019
View: DF3_20190407_0940_005 Wren carrying moss to nest (crop).jpg
Description: Our north-side-of-the-house Wrens are still collecting moss for the nest. These birds build their nests from Moss tied together with spider silk. If we can find the nest without disturbing them we will bring you a pic.

View: DF3_20190407_1130_023 Wren on hedge top.jpg
Description: Between beakful's of moss for the nest, this Wren stops of momentarily on the top of the hedge

Date: 04 May 2019
View: DF3_20190408_1621_012+20190409_1148_023+024 Long-tailed Tit pair on stick in hedge outside living room 3+5+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: On successive days this pair of Long-tailed Tits quite often perch together on this twig pushed into the hedge outside the living room window.

View: E65_20190405_1007_007 Long-tail Tit on Buddleia twig (crop 2).jpg
Description: Long-tail Tits now make regular appearances at the feeders on both sides of the house. They are probably breeding on our site, but we have no idea where. Beautiful little creatures.

View: DF3_20190409_1148_024 Long-tailed Tit pair on stick in hedge outside living room 6 of 6 (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: Aren't Long-tailed Tit absolutely gorgeous.
Here a single shot of a pair on a little stick poked into the hedge outside the living room, with the gap between them a little reduced in the photo editor.

Date: 03 May 2019
View: D01_20190404_0821_032_FB6 Pigeon preening tip of tail feather (crop).jpg
Description: A Wood Pigeon delicately preens the first (or maybe last) tail feather.

View: D01_20190405_0747_101_FB6 Wood Pigeon landing with rising sun shining through wings.jpg
Description: A Wood Pigeon lands with the early morning sun shining through the wings.

View: E60_20190410_1610_028_FB3 2 Wood Pigeons on bird table.jpg
Description: Obviously 'friends' as one lands and the other doesn't take any defensive action.

Date: 02 May 2019
View: E62_20190403_1636_185_FB5 Rook landing on grass.jpg
Description: A Rook lands at this site, already peering down to see what there is to eat.

Date: 01 May 2019
View: DF5_20190330_0908_028 Peacock Butterfly on blossom.jpg
Description: A Peacock Butterfly in quite good condition considering that it has spent 6 months holed up in a shed or something.

View: DF5_20190330_0918_033 7-spot Ladybirds below and on Lodgepole Pine (orig).jpg
Description: A heat-trap made by a 'wall' of Lodgepole Pine trees facing SSW contains a wonderful selection of nooks and crannies, making this a favourite place for the British resident 7-spot Ladybird. In a couple of minutes we found 10, of which this was the most photogenic.

View: DF5_20190330_1127_052 Bee-fly perched in desiccated grass.jpg
Description: The arrival of Bee-flies, a 'True fly, not a Bee, signals the new season is well underway. Here is one perched on some dried grass ...

View: DF5_20190330_1457_074 Bee-fly in flight (1st of 2019).jpg
Description: ... and here a Bee-fly hovers back to camera 'into the wind'. Look for that long (harmless) proboscis - it is NOT a stinger.

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Date: 30 Apr 2019
View: DF5_20190401_0935_044-052 Rook flying to nest in Black Poplar carrying Willow twig with catkins 1+3+5+7+9 of 9 (accurate montage @5fps).jpg
Description: A light twig for this rook flying up to his nest top right. This is alternate frames originally at about 5 fps, so this is about 2 seconds of flight.

View: DF5_20190401_0935_049+051 Rook flying to nest in Black Poplar carrying Willow twig with catkins 6+8 of 9 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: The 'even' numbered frames that would fit between the last 3 bird images in the montage above.
They are separated out rather than overlapping the images or spreading them out.

View: DF5_20190401_1402_009-012 Rook in flight carrying nesting material 1-5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: A Rook carrying his latest piece of 'timber' to reinforce the nest.

Date: 29 Apr 2019
View: D01_20190331_2312_023-2319_043_FB6 Barn Owl 8 minute visit to meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A Barn owl makes a visit to the meadow post, gracing us with it's delicate plumage.

View: DF3_20190329_0645_033 Carrion Crow weight bending branch through 90 degrees.jpg
Description: "I'm sure this branch was upright when I landed on it"

Date: 28 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190329_0935_093 Blackbird on pollarded Willow with beakful of nesting.jpg
Description: A Female Blackbird loads up on nest building material.

View: DF5_20190330_0609_012 Yellowhammer male on turning area by Farm Road.jpg
Description: Another sighting of a male Yellowhammer on the uncultivated strip to our South. Here he is foraging on what would seem to us to be a unpromising sea of waste tarmac used as turning area at the corner of the Farm Road.

View: E62_20190402_1231_111_FB5 Reed Bunting female (1st sighting since 2016).jpg
Description: A rare visitor here, we last saw a Reed Bunting 3 years ago.

Date: 27 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190329_0924_066 2 Goldfinches feeding on Black Poplar Catkins.jpg
Description: 2 Goldfinches making the most of the Black-Poplar Catkins. There were several Goldfinches coming and going in the trees.

View: DF3_20190329_0909_041 Black Poplar Catkin (about 5cm long) fallen onto concrete track below.jpg
Description: Down our access track at least 90 year old Black Poplars each year make their Catkins and drop a slippery carpet of them on the concrete below. Seen close-up they are very pretty. The leaves don't emerge for some weeks after the Catkins are finished.

Date: 26 Apr 2019
View: E62_20190330_0127_094_FB5 Badger.jpg
Description: The Trail-cams record Badger visits most nights, but most of them are blurry messes of no more than 'its a Badger' interest. But here what must be different individuals visit the high quality photo sites, this one in the meadow ...

View: BU2_20190329_0016_167-0139_189_SC7 2 Badgers Frolicking with occasional third over 80 minutes 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: A 'rough and tumble' on the mound, together with the ever hopeful interloper.

View: BU2_20190401_0011_099+0013_105+0014_106_SC7 2 Badgers frolicking on mound 1-3 of 3 (impression montage).jpg
Description: This pair of Badgers seems to be having a wonderful rough-and-tumble on the slope of the mound.

Date: 25 Apr 2019
View: D01_20190328_1704_041_FB6 Jackdaw aerobraking to land on Meadow post.jpg
Description: This Jackdaw on 'final approach" catches the evening sunlight in has black but shiny underwings.

View: D01_20190331_1755_004_FB6 Rook calling from Meadow post.jpg
Description: "I was Here" - Rook style.

Date: 24 Apr 2019
View: BU2_20190327_0314_502_SC7 3 Badgers on Round Mound.jpg
Description: Several sightings this week of 3 Badgers together on the mound.

View: BU2_20190327_0315_505-0318_523_SC7 2 Badgers Frolicking with occasional third over 8 minutes 1-6 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: We interpret this as a pair of Badgers 'getting in the mood' while a third was trying to inveigle itself into the party.

Date: 23 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190326_0832_155 Heron flying overhead (crop 1).jpg
Description: Heron flies overhead.
We see far fewer Herons now that the Frogs and Newts have ceased visiting the ponds to breed. Amphibians are having a terrible time worldwide.

View: DF3_20190326_0832_155 Heron flying overhead (crop 2).jpg
Description: Eyes of Herons sometimes appear almost unreal.

Date: 22 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190325_1530_077 Holly Blue Butterfly male (1st of 2019) (crop).jpg
Description: An apparently very early sighting of a Holly Blue Butterfly in late March.

View: DF3_20190325_1533_104 Holly Blue Butterfly male (1st of 2019) (crop).jpg
Description: The Holly Blue Butterfly seemed reluctant to open his wings so we could be sure of the sex, but finally HE did.

Date: 21 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190325_1221_022 Chickweed flowers (about 5mm across) among Red Dead nettle.jpg
Description: These tiny white flowers are some sort of Chickweed.
The flowers are only about 5mm across (one fifth of an inch) - it is easy not to even notice them.

View: DF3_20190325_1227_035 Primroses near house.jpg
Description: Primroses positively shine in the sunshine.

View: DF3_20190325_1235_061 Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) (Cuckoo Flower) 1st of 2019.jpg
Description: This pretty flower is widely know as both Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) and Cuckoo Flower. This is our first sighting this year - over the next few weeks we expect masses of these flowers in and around the main pond.

Date: 20 Apr 2019
View: D72_20190324_1528_005 Chaffinch female.jpg
Description: High in this tree this female Chaffinch looks quite atypical when you can't see the wing pattern on her flanks.

View: DF3_20190326_1036_175 Chaffinch female in Lichen covered Rowan tree.jpg
Description: A female Chaffinch looking really sweet in the lichen.

Date: 19 Apr 2019
View: E60_20190323_2151_053_FB3 Tawny Owl 2 visits to kitchen window perch 3 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: A Tawny Owl makes a swooping landing to settle on the perch.

View: E60_20190323_2151_053_FB3 Tawny Owl 2 visits to kitchen window perch 3 of 4 (detail of soft edge of wing).jpg
Description: A detail shows the top edge of the wing with soft feathers to cut down wind noise. Owls are famed for their Silent Flight.

View: D01_20190326_2147_031-2150_039_FB6 Tawny Owl 5 minute visit to Meadow Post 1-5 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: A few minutes on the Meadow post for the Tawny Owl.

Date: 18 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190323_1246_056-060 Rook arriving back at nest chases away pilfering neighbour 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: The lower Rook had made 2 quiet passes to the nest we see on the left to steal nesting material for his own. The third pass was rudely interrupted by the arrival of the rightful owner (flying right to left at nest height) while the thief made a hasty exit downwards complete with his booty.

View: DF3_20190326_0830_128 Rooks courtship feeding 5 of 8 (crop).jpg
Description: A pair of Rooks continuing their irregular courtship feeds.

View: DF3_20190326_1037_179 Rook with beakful of nesting material.jpg
Description: "Bring me back some soft bedding from the furniture shop ..."

View: BU5_20190326_1000_474_SC1 Rook at Round Pond carrying twig.jpg
Description: "... and pop into the timber merchants for some wood."
"Yes dear"


Date: 17 Apr 2019
View: df3_20190323_0916_045 yellowhammer male.jpg
Description: This Yellowhammer is on a disused concrete track.
We love that slightly quirky but powerful beak.

View: DF3_20190325_1202_002 Tree Sparrow in Cherry Blossom (crop 2).jpg
Description: A Tree Sparrow decorating, or being decorated by, Blossom.
A study in Brown and white

Date: 16 Apr 2019
View: DF1_20190322_1133_011+014+020 Wren in Hedge top at living room 1-3 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: A Wren outside the living room.

View: DF3_20190326_0832_145+148+151 Dunnock fluttering wings in hedge top 1+2+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: This Dunnock was fluttering her (?) wings in the top of the hedge, and we expected a male to visit and courtship feed her. But he didn't.

Date: 15 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190321_1238_010+E64_20190322_1616_089_FB2 Grey Squirrel third of tail left on concrete track + Squirrel with a third of tail lost (montage).jpg
Description: A midday walk found this 'end' of a Grey Squirrel tail lying in the middle of our concrete access track. The centre of the tail break shows slightly bloody break. We didn't give much chance of the Squirrel having survived the encounter, but next afternoon the woodland camera caught this tail-tip-less Squirrel apparently not a great deal worse for wear. A couple of other sightings ensued.

View: E64_20190322_0759_060_FB2 Grey Squirrel dragging away Fir cone.jpg
Description: 'Biting off more than 'he' can chew?'
This is a Grey Squirrel - they don't know when to give up!

Date: 14 Apr 2019
View: E63_20190317_1640_232_FB1 Pheasant male with very light plumage.jpg
Description: An unexpected sighting of a truly 'blonde' male Pheasant. Not mature enough to be the one that became the dominant bird a few years ago, this may be his son. This has been our only sighting so far.

Date: 13 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190315_1309_033 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn browsing near garage 2 of 5 (crop).jpg
Description: This Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn was first spotted through the window at a stepping stone path near the garage. The creatures tiny hooves are hidden below the level of the slab nearer the camera. You can see a trace of the 'Bambi' markings.

View: DF3_20190315_1311_066+069-071 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn browsing then startled by event behind and leaping away 4-7 of 7 (impression montage).jpg
Description: The photographer quietly stepping outside and with the Fawn moving into the sunlight, bagged some clearer pics. It didn't seem to notice the photographer at all, but something further up the orchard path disturbed the little creature and it leapt away out of sight.

View: DF3_20190315_1311_070 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn browsing then startled by event behind and leaping away 6 of 7 (crop).jpg
Description: The 3rd frame from the above montage in much more detail.

Date: 12 Apr 2019
View: D01_20190314_1522_016_FB6 Rook with beakful of nesting material about to land on Meadow post (crop).jpg
Description: A Rook arrives at the meadow post with a beakful of 'something' for the nest.

View: D36_20190315_1546_046_FB4 Rook picking up Blueberry.jpg
Description: Huge Beak, tiny berry!

Date: 11 Apr 2019
View: D36_20190313_1738_013_FB4 Chaffinch male showing edge of blue beak coating.jpg
Description: A male Chaffinch with almost perfect blue coating on his beak. You can see the edge of the coating top and bottom near the tip of the beak.

View: DF1_20190316_1707_001-009 Wren in hedge with beak carrying moss for nest 2+4+1 of 4 (mirror montage).jpg
Description: We haven't found the Wren's nest yet, but there is obviously one somewhere at the north side of the house. This through the North facing living room window as the Wren collects soft moss to build the nest.

View: DF3_20190320_1529_135 Robin singing in cherry blossom.jpg
Description: A Robin singing his little heart out is framed by Cherry Blossom.

Date: 10 Apr 2019
View: E60_20190308_0157_013_FB3 Tawny Owl about to land on Kitchen window perch (crop 1).jpg
Description: We capture just the one frame of this Tawny Owl just a few centimetres above the perch outside the kitchen window, arriving 2 hours after midnight.

View: E60_20190308_0157_013_FB3 Tawny Owl about to land on Kitchen window perch (crop 2).jpg
Description: A more 'compact' view of the landing Tawny Owl with a good view of the muddy feet.

Date: 09 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190311_0703_022 Norway Spruce cones on tree about 30 years old.jpg
Description: Norway Spruce is what is known as a 'Christmas Tree' in the UK. Planted soon after we arrived it now produces masses of fir cones we collect up and put out for the animals.

View: E64_20190312_1620_077_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying off whole fir cone.jpg
Description: Grey Squirrels enjoy the seed cones from Norway Spruce, often taking them away to somewhere convenient.

View: DF3_20190314_1457_023 Debris from Grey Squirrel ripping apart fir cone (crop).jpg
Description: Here a Grey Squirrel has chosen the protecting slate on top of one of our outside camera boxes to rip to shreds a Norway Spruce fir cone to eat the seeds. This seems to have been a particularly thorough destruction.

Date: 08 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190313_0839_031+035+038 Rooks Courtship feeding at nest 1-3 of 3 (montage over 1+half seconds).jpg
Description: Rooks Courtship feeding at the nest. The gales have so far failed to dislodge any of the very exposed nests.

Date: 07 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190313_1048_053+054+056 Rainbow to north west with Red Kite (accurate montage for wide angle + bird).jpg
Description: In late morning the sun now reaches a decent height, so the centre of the rainbow is well below the horizon. The rainbow is caught as two adjoining frames, with the bird added at a different focal length from two frames later. But the kite was flying over the bow as you see here.

Date: 06 Apr 2019
View: D01_20190313_2211_055_FB6 Tawny Owl 3 visits to Meadow post (1frame+6mins+3mins) 2 of 6 (crop).jpg
Description: The Tawny owl about to land on the meadow post. It looks a bit like a bad landing and the bird may have gone round to try again before the camera flash could re-charge.

View: D01_20190313_0435_065-0524_156_FB6 Tawny Owl 54 minute visit to Meadow post 1-8 of 8 (montage in natural order).jpg
Description: Do you like our Owl? (Quote from the movie 'Blade Runner')
But there is nothing 'artificial' about ours!
As far as we can see this was an unbroken stay of 54 minutes.

Date: 05 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190311_1607_043+1608_049 Squirrel Drey blown down by gale 1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: We expected the gales to bring down one or more Rook's nests, but they have so far all survived. But inside the woodland this at least year old Squirrel Drey hit the ground remarkably intact. It was bigger than we had imagined - see size 8 UK shoe for scale. Turning it over reveals a lovely soft and snug lining.

View: E60_20190312_1456_017_FB3 Grey Squirrel facing camera with paws crossed over chest.jpg
Description: One of our many Grey squirrel looking longingly at the kitchen window - perhaps trying to 'will us' out with some food.

Date: 04 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190311_0704_032 Ash Tree Seeds - these single winged bunches are called Keys.jpg
Description: One of the characteristics of Ash trees is the clumps of seeds they produce, taking the name 'Keys' (so called because they look like old fashioned keys hanging in a bunch on a wire ring). The seeds have a single wing and spin as they fall, also giving them the name 'Spinners'

View: DF3_20190311_1036_001 Cherry Blossom twig against blue sky (crop).jpg
Description: Cherry Blossom in Japan may be fantastic, but we think the UK blossom is beautiful in a quieter way.

Date: 03 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190308_0654_007 Rook on Telephone cable lit by rising run.jpg
Description: A Rook stops off on the phone cable lit by the orange rising sun.

View: D36_20190310_1511_063_FB4 Rook feeding on tree-stump.jpg
Description: Grubs Up! This Rook gets early access to the freshly baited tree-stump.

View: DF3_20190311_1041_024 Rook sheltering from gale at base of hedge.jpg
Description: On this day a gale is blowing and there is hardly a bird to be seen - they have found sheltered spots where they can wait for the wind to abate.
This Rook on the ground by the hedge is atypical - if they are on the ground you expect them to be actively feeding rather than sitting out a storm.

Date: 02 Apr 2019
View: DF3_20190309_0957_050+1000_060 Muntjac Reeves Deer doe (left) and male on each side of north inner hedge 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: At our northern boundary this male Reeve's Muntjac Deer (right) was between the outer and inner hedges, looking at us with suspicion. He seemed to move left through the hedge and on the other side we saw a Deer again (left). Only later did we discover that this was the female so we assume that they must have been wandering over the site together.

View: DF3_20190319_1216_109 Muntjac Reeves Deer male at main pond 1 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: From inside the kitchen we watched this male Reeves Muntjac Deer quietly feeding on the grass at the pond edge.

Date: 01 Apr 2019
View: E63_20190305_0714_092_FB1 Robin looking upwards.jpg
Description: What's up there then?
We couldn't see anything above the robin in the original camera frame.

View: DF3_20190308_0944_020 Robin calling from hedge.jpg
Description: The Robins now move towards us as we walk about - normally at most 4 at a time when we are at one of their territorial boundaries.

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Date: 31 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190304_0936_029+055+061 Rooks at nest courtship feeding over 4 seconds 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A bit of Courtship feeding high up in the Black Poplar tree. Males feed the females to demonstrate that they will be able to provide for the youngsters, and of course help her make 'his' eggs.

View: DF3_20190304_1543_078-087 Rook pair land on 11kV cables carrying bedding but some falls 01+03+05+09+10 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: One of the many pairs of Rook flew together to land on the 11kV cables, one carrying a large clump of some sort of soft vegetation intended for nest lining. But the lump is so big the jerk of landing shook half it free and it dropped to the ground. The remainder got taken off to the nest, but from our vantage point outside our patch, we never saw which nest it was.

Date: 30 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190304_0933_008 Red Dead-nettle (1st of 2019).jpg
Description: The abnormally warm patch of late winter weather has coaxed several ground-level wild flowers into their first showing of the year

View: DF3_20190304_0933_010 Groundsel flowers (1st of 2019).jpg
Description: The abnormally warm patch of late winter weather has coaxed several ground-level wild flowers into their first showing of the year

View: DF3_20190305_1229_137 Speedwell Persian (Veronica Persica) (1st of 2019).jpg
Description: The abnormally warm patch of late winter weather has coaxed several ground-level wild flowers into their first showing of the year

Date: 29 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190302_1040_047 Red Kite turning head in gliding flight 1 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: Just one close encounter with a Red Kite this week.

View: DF3_20190302_1040_047-049 Red Kite turning head in gliding flight 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: Just one close encounter with a Red Kite this week.

View: DF3_20190302_1041_072 Red Kite turning head in gliding flight 2 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: Just one close encounter with a Red Kite this week.

Date: 28 Mar 2019
View: BU6_20190228_2315_116+120_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer Mother + Fawn + Father together 2+6 of 9 (montage).jpg
Description: Shortly before midnight the little Reeve's Muntjac Deer family make a group visit to the end of the orchard but soon move on down the path (upper left).

View: BU5_20190302_1814_733+1813_732+1814_736_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn + Mother + Father within 1 minute 2+1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: 2 days after seeing the Reeve's Muntjac family in the orchard, here they are a little less tightly grouped walking past Round pond. On the left is the Fawn partly obscured by the Daffodils, along with mother, and within one minute we see Dad with his little sharp antlers.

View: BU2_20190304_1758_109+110_SC7 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn and Doe 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: The Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn stick close to Mum at the beginning of the night.

Date: 27 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190227_1021_141+1022_142 Rook carrying nesting material to partner in nest in Black Poplar Tree 3+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: The Pair of Rooks that 'own' the one surviving nest from last year are taking the business of 'refurbishment' really seriously. This arriving bird, with beak full of nest lining, is flying in to the nest where 'his' partner is already on the nest.
A not quite 'accurate' montage and with a few twig 'anomalies' but true to the event.

View: DF3_20190227_1024_157 Rook calling next to partially built nest.jpg
Description: There are now 4 Rook nests being built in Black Poplar tree nearest the house. Here one of the more experienced birds makes sure all the others know that it is guarding THIS pile of sticks!

Date: 26 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190226_1256_065 Blue Tit flying from Nest Box on Ash tree with bird shadow on box front (crop).jpg
Description: One of the Blue Tits caught exiting, with lovely shadow against the front of the box.

View: DF3_20190226_1256_080-082 Blue Tit flying from Nest Box on Ash tree while clearing box 1+2-3 (accurate) of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Here a complete Blue Tit exit at about 7fps - it is obviously cleaning out the box.

Date: 25 Mar 2019
View: E65_20190226_0833_018+020+021 Dunnock singing in hedge on cold morning with plumes of breath vapour 4+6+7 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: Outside the window we see 'steam' from the beak of this singing Dunnock. The morning is cold and very still (wind free).
We thought there must be a proper name for the 'steam' and 'plumes of breath' we use here because it much more obvious in humans. It is obviously not 'steam' even if it looks a bit like it, but you can't really call it fog or mist either. A hole in the English vocabulary.

Date: 24 Mar 2019
View: E64_20190227_0118_067_FB2 Badger (crop).jpg
Description: This pristine Badger makes it's way across the site, heading right for the mound where we will see 2 Badgers about 2 hours later.
An unusually clear view of the front claws.

View: BU2_20190227_0257_451+0258_458+0301_465+0302_466_SC7 Badger pair on mound 01=top+05=botmid+09=right+10=left of 11 (montage).jpg
Description: This pair of Badgers seem to be enjoying a major 'frolic'.
The Ref: field explains the order.

Date: 23 Mar 2019
View: BU5_20190223_1819_562-564_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Doe and Fawn 7-9 of 9 (IR montage).jpg
Description: The mother Reeve's Muntjac Deer walks quietly past the main pond, followed by her tiny Fawn. She looks back to check that the youngster is following before walking out of frame.

View: DF3_20190227_1549_206 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn after been startled away by Grey Squirrel leaping.jpg
Description: As the cameraman walks up the side of the house a Squirrel unexpectedly leaps away into a bit of hedge, and immediately the Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn comes leaping out the other way to scamper across the front of the house into the woodland. Here the frightened little creature looks back to see if it is being followed.
After dark the CCTV relayed several minutes of continuous Deer barks - we assume that Mum came back to find her 'parked' Fawn gone, and started calling to find it.

Date: 22 Mar 2019
View: E64_20190221_0855_003_FB2 Grey Squirrel kicking up debris as it runs past aggressive Pheasant male.jpg
Description: The Grey Squirrel scurries by, sending the ground debris flying, watched by the male Pheasant in high dudgeon. All that Testosterone boiling over turns a run-for-it creature into a stalwart of determination

View: DF1_20190227_1734_010-1736_035 Grey squirrel falls from bent Willow stem + return & bites off end to eat on stump 02+08+13+16 of 16 (montage).jpg
Description: The Grey Squirrels are all making the most of the Willow catkins. At the back of the main pond, viewed in very poor light after sunset, this Grey Squirrel clambers up a vertical willow stem which bends right over. The Squirrel started to feed, but the oscillating branch makes it lose footing and it falls to the ground about 3 metres below, out of our sight. Wondering if it might be hurt, a minute later it climbs the same twig again. This time it stops above the catkin laden section, bites through the wood to free about 40cm of catkins, climbs back up the stem and then down to the stump of this pollarded willow to eat the prize.
Don't ever tell us that many animals can't plan intelligent strategies!

Date: 21 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190221_1247_004 Buff-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) on Viburnum flower.jpg
Description: A Buff-tailed Bumble Bee enjoys feeding on the Viburnum flowers.

View: DF3_20190221_1248_011 Brimstone Butterfly female feeding on Viburnum flower (1st of 2019).jpg
Description: The female Brimstone butterfly was also enjoying the Viburnum flowers. In flight she did not show the vivid yellow on the top of the wings that the male sports.
When we reported this sighting to 'Natures Calendar' for 21 Feb it was said to be 'earlier than expected'. We looked through our 20 years of photos and indeed have only a single record for mid-March and otherwise all April or May. Ask for more details if you would find them useful.

Date: 20 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190219_0931_018+0930_006+0931_020 Rook perched on Telephone cable 2+1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: We have Rooks now in constant attendance, the birds are obviously 'pairing up' ready to start breeding.

View: DF3_20190224_0906_119 Rook carrying stick to nest.jpg
Description: There are 4 nests in the Black Poplar tree nearest the house. Last year's single survivor is now being refurbished - this bird is carrying a substantial twig to add to the existing tangle.

View: DF3_20190224_1303_181-1304_185 Rook struggling with 60cm twig traps it with feet but finally drops it 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: The newest of the 4 nests in the Black Poplar tree nearest the house is being constructed by an obviously inexperienced pair that have yet to learn how to manage the sticks, or make them stay in place. We keep seeing their attempts as a few sticks appear and then there are none again. Here we have Stick in beak, Stick in beak the other way, stick held by one claw, stick falls and lands on concrete track beneath as we watched.
Oh well - try again.
A week later they have a small pad of sticks that at last seems to be stable.

Date: 19 Mar 2019
View: D01_20190218_1450_040+1451_041_FB6 Carrion Crow landing on meadow post in heavy rain (montage).jpg
Description: A day of heavy rain doesn't put the 'dampers' on the Carrion Crows.
As this Carrion Crow flies in to the post you can see water splashing above it's head.

View: E62_20190218_1455_030_FB5 Carrion Crow in rain.jpg
Description: 5 minutes later what is probably the same crow, still in the rain, looks to see what food the rain might have forced up out of the mud.
The camera window is splashed with rain - hence the blurry patches.

Date: 18 Mar 2019
View: E64_20190214_1700_045_FB2 Grey Squirrel nibbling Banana skin at sunset (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: A Grey squirrel enjoys a piece of Banana peel, oblivious to the glowing sunset behind.

View: DF3_20190221_1601_007 Grey squirrel hiding motionless while waiting for food to appear.jpg
Description: Here you see how well a Grey squirrel is camouflaged when it lurks on a tree-trunk.

Date: 17 Mar 2019
View: E63_20190215_1542_098_FB1 Pheasant male with feathers plumped up.jpg
Description: We love the control that birds have on their feathers, lifting and flattening as they choose.

View: E64_20190220_1627_080_FB2 Pheasant male with iridescent back and breast.jpg
Description: Our male Pheasant calls at irregular intervals throughout the day.

Date: 16 Mar 2019
View: E62_20190217_1627_146_FB5 Chaffinch male with trace of blue starting on beak.jpg
Description: A male Chaffinch showing the first traces of the Blue coating on his beak - getting ready to breed.

Date: 15 Mar 2019
View: E62_20190216_0827_091_FB5 Mallard Duck pair.jpg
Description: A pair of Mallard ducks visit the meadow feeding site, still wet from whichever pond they have been dabbling in.

View: E62_20190216_0829_092_FB5 Mallard Duck pair.jpg
Description: A pair of Mallard ducks visit the meadow feeding site, still wet from whichever pond they have been dabbling in.

View: D5C_20190218_0942_005 Mallard duck male guarding feeding female.jpg
Description: This pair of Mallard Ducks stayed for hours, the female feeding far more than the male.

Date: 14 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190215_1100_031 Crocus miniature at edge of pot still wet with dew.jpg
Description: A tiny Crocus that the Squirrels have missed, hiding at the edge of a pot with water drops clinging to the tips of the leaves.

View: DF3_20190225_1239_014 2 Purple Crocuses on bank of Duck Pond.jpg
Description: A Pair of obviously cultivated Crocuses look up at us - or more likely the sunshine. They 'close' at night - this is as open as they get.

Date: 13 Mar 2019
View: E64_20190216_0709_088_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn (edge of frame) (crop).jpg
Description: As the sun rises we catch this absurdly beautiful little Reeve's Muntjac Fawn photographing itself at the edge of the frame. We can't say that we had noticed an obviously pregnant doe.

View: BU2_20190216_1353_468_SC7 Muntjac Reeves Deer mother and Fawn (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: 7 hours later we catch the fawn following Mum along the bottom of the mound.

View: DF1_20190217_1208_002 Muntjac Reeves Deer Doe with Snowdrops (crop).jpg
Description: Next day from the house we see the female Reeve's Muntjac Deer quietly browsing by a dense patch of Snowdrops on the other side of the pond. At that time we didn't know about a Fawn, and she would have been below the bank anyway.

Date: 12 Mar 2019
View: E60_20190211_2123_008_FB3 Tawny Owl standing on Kitchen bird table (crop 1).jpg
Description: This Tawny owl landed on the kitchen window bird table, catching this single frame before the bird flew off.

View: E60_20190211_2123_008_FB3 Tawny Owl standing on Kitchen bird table (crop 2).jpg
Description: "I See You".
A 'zoom' in on the Tawny Owl image above - those fantastic eyes are so big that owls can barely move them, and rely on their wonderful necks to steer their vision.

Date: 11 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190211_1302_067 Helicopter Chinook showing Wing tip vortices.jpg
Description: This Chinook Helicopter thudded it's way overhead, leaving a few visible vapour trail arcs behind it, something we don't remember seeing before. The Vapour trail follows the tips of the revolving blades. Looking upward, anticlockwise at the back, and clockwise at the front mostly swept away by the rear blades. More info, a movie, and other peoples pics at
https://www.metabunk.org/helicopter-aerodynamic-dashed-linear-contrail.t7959/

Date: 10 Mar 2019
View: D01_20190211_1614_019+020+1615_022_FB6 Buzzard flies from tree-stump to Meadow post 2-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: First landing at a tree-stump in the woodland 70m from this post (head out of original shot and not included here) the Buzzard arrived at this post and stayed here for a few minutes. Left and centre images are about half a second apart.

Date: 09 Mar 2019
View: E63_20190207_1553_041_FB1 Pheasant male head and shoulder plumage detail inc purple breast.jpg
Description: As the afternoon light fades, the camera flash shows us this vivid male Pheasant, with breast feathers showing as an iridescent purple.

Date: 08 Mar 2019
View: D01_20190209_0935_031_FB6 Buzzard landing on Meadow post (crop).jpg
Description: A Visit by the Buzzard starts with a wings-spread arrival, both Alula (anti-stall feathers sticking up half-way along the wing) fully extended for the slow approach.

View: D01_20190209_0935_032_FB6 Buzzard lands on post and Rook immediately tries to chase it away (crop).jpg
Description: Just half a second later what a different view. The Rook has appeared from 'nowhere' to try to see-off the Buzzard, but is not successful ...

View: D01_20190209_0938_039-0940_045_FB6 Buzzard on Meadow post for 6 minutes 3+4+1+2 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: ... because the Buzzard then spent 6 minutes in watchful contemplation.

Date: 07 Mar 2019
View: BU5_20190209_1940_489+20190210_1824_664_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer female calling & 1 day later persued by male (montage).jpg
Description: A female Reeve's Muntjac Deer calls into the night. We thought only the males called, but a check (i.e. Google search :-( ) finds that females do call for males! Next night we see a female pattering by with a very interested male in gentle pursuit.

View: DF3_20190210_1548_006 Muntjac Reeves Deer male standing on field margin in sunlight dappled by hedge.jpg
Description: Earlier on the second afternoon above, this lovely male Reeve's Muntjac Deer stands quietly in the dappled light from the lowering sun through the adjacent hedge.

View: E63_20190210_1744_174_FB1 Muntjac Reeves Deer male at stone.jpg
Description: 2 hours later he visits the hedge bottom camera site, before being photographed pursuing the doe at Round pond.

View: E64_20190211_1755_049_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male (crop).jpg
Description: The night after his assignation with the female, the male Reeve's Muntjac Deer trots (or whatever this gait is called) through the woodland.

Date: 06 Mar 2019
View: E65_20190203_1533_006 8 Long-tailed Tits crammed into single peanut feeder.jpg
Description: Spotting some Long-tail Tits on the peanut feeder outside the Window, all stop for a bit of bird watching of these lovely little birds flitting between a bramble infested Buddleia and this feeder. Here are 8 of these birds crammed into the squirrel proof cage.

View: E65_20190203_1533_015 Long-tailed Tit on Blackberry stem growing through yellow Buddleia.jpg
Description: As the Long-tailed Tits flitted between peanut feeder and brambles, we got this chance for an image of one not 'behind bars'.

Date: 05 Mar 2019
View: E64_20190131_2321_051_FB2 Badger.jpg
Description: An hour before midnight this handsome Brock shuffles and snuffles over a likely area to find food.

View: BU2_20190205_0308_338+0336_351+0308_340_SC7 Badger pair interactive over 30 minutes (montage).jpg
Description: For half an hour this pair of Badgers wandered over the mound, rubbing and sniffing each other.

Date: 04 Mar 2019
View: DF3_20190203_1551_013-022 Buzzard flying up after skimming crop lands in hedge top 1-10 of 10 (1-3 acc then spread montage).jpg
Description: We watched this Buzzard skimming low over the Wheat crop perhaps 200m from us (there are aerodynamic advantages to flying low over ground or water) before using the bird's speed to rise up and land on the top of this hedge (about 2m high) to survey the scene.

View: DF3_20190202_1224_023 Red Kite gliding.jpg
Description: A Red Kite flies by, apparently giving us a suspicious look.

Date: 03 Mar 2019
View: E64_20190131_1327_031_FB2 Robins squabbling in flight (crop).jpg
Description: A bit of a squabble between these two Robins - the claws don't seem to be 'out in earnest'. Possible a potential pair trying to get used to having another Robin in their territory.

View: DF3_20190202_1013_012+014 Robin on twig 1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: As the breeding season approaches, Robins lie in wait for us in the hope (normally fulfilled) of a scattering of corn.

View: DF3_20190202_1016_020 Robin perched on top of vertical cut blackthorn twig (crop 1).jpg
Description: As the breeding season approaches, Robins lie in wait for us in the hope (normally fulfilled) of a scattering of corn.

View: DF3_20190202_1016_020 Robin perched on top of vertical cut blackthorn twig (crop 2 claw detail).jpg
Description: A detail of the above showing this Robin using a Blackthorn 'thorn' to take his weight, while wrapping the other claw round the stem to provide stability.

Date: 02 Mar 2019
View: E63_20190131_0808_013_FB1 Pheasant male with frosty back and tail at sunrise.jpg
Description: A male Pheasant with frost over back and tail, visits near sunrise.

View: D36_20190131_1703_029+20190201_0704_030_FB4 Robin on tree-stump before & after overnight wind-blown snow 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: Here is the Tree-stump at the end of Thursday and first visitor on Friday morning. The east wind (from behind the camera) has stuck the snow on to the side this quite smooth wood.

Date: 01 Mar 2019
View: BU5_20190128_1551_068_SC1 Round Pond with evening sun streaking across (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: A moment when the surface of the Round Pond is unblemished catches these reflections of the setting-sun lit trees.

View: BU5_20190203_1400_054_SC1 Grey Squirrels (1 digging up daffodils) by frozen Round Pond.jpg
Description: All the ponds are frozen over, but nowhere is the ice thick enough to 'walk' on.

Image Archive arch 2019 feb.htm (view it Here)

Date: 28 Feb 2019
View: E64_20190130_1522_154_FB2 Rook.jpg
Description: A Rook displaying the wonderful glossy plumage.
A Penny plain,

View: E64_20190128_1520_017_FB2 Pheasant male.jpg
Description: The lighter coloured male Pheasant standing proud.
And Tuppence (Twopence) coloured.

Date: 27 Feb 2019
View: P10_20190131_0616_266 Venus + Crescent Moon + Jupiter in line above horizon well before dawn 6 of 6 (crop).jpg
Description: For several days the planets Venus and Jupiter (less bright owing to its orbital position on the other side of the sun) have made an attractive show to the south before dawn. Unexpectedly (to us anyway - this sort of astronomical 'clockwork' is well predictable) a view out of the upstairs hall landing showed this juxtaposition of a crescent moon with the planets either side.

View: DF3_20190131_0713_146 Venus + Crescent Moon + Jupiter in line above horizon during sunrise 3 of 6 (planet enhanced crop).jpg
Description: By the time of the murky dawn the moon and planets Venus (left) and Jupiter (right) are all higher in the sky, but still easily visible. While the dimmer planet is perfectly clear in the camera original, for any image size that makes sense here, it is not. So a little enhancement brings back the original impression.

Date: 26 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20190131_1028_003-014 Hare running across winter Wheat @7fps (alt frames) 01+03+05+07+09_11_12 of 12 (approx montage).jpg
Description: This Hare made a lazy gambol across the winter wheat crop before stopping for a nibble.

Date: 25 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20190128_1230_008-010 Blue Tit showing brood patch 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A Blue Tit on a cherry tree branch.
It looks to us that it has already started forming a brood patch.

Date: 24 Feb 2019
View: DF1_20190131_1444_002 Buzzard on raptor post.jpg
Description: A post installed a couple of decades ago as a lonely feature among a 'sea' of plastic tree shelters is now almost lost in the maturing trees at 3 times it's height. But this Buzzard seems to like it.

View: D01_20190130_1703_043_FB6 Buzzard 25 minute visit to meadow post (selected) 01 of 14 (crop).jpg
Description: As darkness falls this local Buzzard lands on the Meadow Post ...

View: D01_20190130_1706_046-1722_068_FB6 Buzzard 25 minute visit to meadow post (selected) 08+04+03+07+10 of 14 (montage).jpg
Description: ... and the Buzzard then spends a whole 25 minutes surveying the scene.
Rearranged for effect.

Date: 23 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20190125_1621_038 600 Startlings (estimate) along single stretch of 11kV cable (crop).jpg
Description: This is Starlings arrayed along all three phases on the 11kV cables a few hundred metres to our south. We estimate 600 birds close packed along the wires.

Date: 22 Feb 2019
View: DF1_20190126_1214_001-026+052+055 Great Spotted Woodpecker female pecks dead Elm branch top & bottom 3+5&1+6 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: Through the living room window this female Great Spotted Woodpecker was hammering away at a branch on this dead Elm tree, presumably to locate grubs in the wood.

View: D01_20190129_1034_021+1217_022+1218_023+1222_024_FB6 Green Woodpeckers (1+4=female 2+3=male) meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: When we first saw this sequence of Green Woodpecker visits over 2 hours we assumed that it was the same individual. But the 1st and 4th (Top Left and Bottom Right) images are of a female (no red under the eye) and the middle 2 are a male. We do hope they have 'found' each other!

Date: 21 Feb 2019
View: D72_20190124_1532_013 Grey squirrel nibbling banana skin dragged from bait bag.jpg
Description: Dragged from the grain bag left in the front 'Garden', this Grey squirrel seem to have actually chosen a piece of Banana Skin over other fruit. They scrape off the inner surface to leave just the thin outer skin.

View: DF3_20190129_1239_078+1240_086 Grey Squirrel stealing food from bag then running off with desert spoon 3+6 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: Returning to the bait bag after a 15 minute walk, we find this Grey squirrel busying nibbling some piece of fruit waste out of the bag. The little b....r was perfectly aware of us arriving, but decided that the desert spoon in the bag, covered in sticky peanut butter, was worth pulling out for a final lick. It carried it a bit away from us, then to our surprise ran off with the spoon and disappeared under a gigantic prostrate juniper. The spoon is nowhere to be found!
An archaeological find for some future owner who will never guess how it got 'there'.

Date: 20 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20190123_1459_129-134 Red Kite in flight 1-6 of 9 (close spaced montage @7fps).jpg
Description: A Thrilling couple of minutes as this Red Kite circled around our heads in some unaccustomed clear blue sky.

View: DF3_20190123_1500_164 Red Kite in flight 3 of 8 (crop).jpg
Description: A Thrilling couple of minutes as this Red Kite circled around our heads in some unaccustomed clear blue sky.

View: DF3_20190123_1500_164+167+177 Red Kite in flight (discontinuous) 3+6+8 of 8 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: A Thrilling couple of minutes as this Red Kite circled around our heads in some unaccustomed clear blue sky.

View: DF3_20190123_1500_187-190 Red Kite in flight overhead with tail twisting 2-5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: A Thrilling couple of minutes as this Red Kite circled around our heads in some unaccustomed clear blue sky. Watch the tail twisting through 90 degrees as the bird turns through the sky, so far that we start to see the 'top'

Date: 19 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20190122_0936_009 Rook pair guarding surviving nest in Black Poplar nearest house.jpg
Description: This year-old nest was the first built for Spring 2018 and seems to have been (re-)appropriated by this pair of Rooks.

Date: 18 Feb 2019
View: E64_20190117_1758_086-20190119_0707_176_FB2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 3 nights 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: The log is positioned just behind (from camera's point of view) the sense beam so we pick up arrivals and departures of the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) family

View: E64_20190119_0436_175_FB2+BU5_20190119_0449_601_SC1 Badger moving 20m in 15 minutes (montage).jpg
Description: This badger photographs itself at the woodland camera, and 15 minutes later continues to forage at the edge of Round pond some 15m away.

Date: 17 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20190120_1300_178 Heron in flight.jpg
Description: This Grey Heron flies by us while making it's way to hunt in a Winter Wheat crop some 300m away.

View: DF3_20190120_1300_197-200 Heron in flight @ 7fps 01-04 of 23 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This Grey Heron flies by us while making it's way to hunt in a Winter Wheat crop some 300m away.

View: DF3_20190120_1300_205-207 Heron in flight @ 7fps 09-11 of 23 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This Grey Heron flies by us while making it's way to hunt in a Winter Wheat crop some 300m away.

View: DF3_20190120_1300_255-258+1301_287 Heron in flight & hunting in crop @ 7fps 1-4 of 7 + still (accurate montage 1-4).jpg
Description: This Grey Heron flies by us while making it's way to hunt in a Winter Wheat crop some 300m away.

Date: 16 Feb 2019
View: E60_20190114_2332_011_FB3 Tawny Owl flying from kitchen window perch (crop).jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl, probably just launched from the right side of the kitchen bird table-perch at half an hour to midnight having arrived earlier without triggering the camera.

View: E64_20190114_1748_067-20190115_1911_135_FB2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) (montage).jpg
Description: An assortment of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) ('Owl snacks'?) over a couple of nights

Date: 15 Feb 2019
View: E62_20190111_1523_077+20190113_1539_170_FB5 Pheasant male walking through site & displaying 2 days 16 mins later (montage).jpg
Description: 2 days (+ 16 minutes!) apart 'our' male Pheasant comes and goes across this site.

View: E63_20190111_0829_063_FB1 Pheasant male.jpg
Description: At the hedge bottom site we see a different male Pheasant with much lighter plumage and different markings.

View: E63_20190112_0832_116_FB1 2 Pheasant females at sunrise (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: 2 of what we now know are at least 5 female Pheasants on the site picking over the hedge bottom at sunrise. The two male Pheasants will presumably have a confrontation to decide who fathers this years chicks.

Date: 14 Feb 2019
View: E64_20190115_1614_127_FB2 Pheasant male threatening Grey Squirrel as female waits in background (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: With Testosterone running high, the male Pheasant is willing to step over the log to see off this Grey Squirrel. One of his 'Girls' waits in the background while he clears the feeding site for her to use.

View: E63_20190113_1222_146_FB1 Grey Squirrel threatening Pheasant male (only beak and claw visible) (crop).jpg
Description: A Grey Squirrel threatens a much bigger male Pheasant. The Pheasant is mostly out of frame with beak tip and neck ring at the top right and a claw just below centre of the right. We have no idea how this confrontation worked out.

Date: 13 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20190111_1233_045 Blackbird female on loose soil.jpg
Description: A patch of loose soil (where the collapsing straw bales spent some years rotting) is a regular hunting patch for this female Blackbird.
Here she kept still long enough here for a little portrait.

View: DF3_20190111_1233_038+039 Blackbird female using nictitating membrane to protect eyes while probing soil 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: These two consecutive images show the female Blackbird probing the soil and obviously finding things to eat (but never letting us see anything). Her eye in the lower image has lost most of it shine as she covers it with her nictitating membrane, a sort of transparent extra eyelid.

Date: 12 Feb 2019
View: E62_20190108_1709_110_FB5 3 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) with one mid-leap.jpg
Description: Probably a male Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in the air, showing off to his prospective female. Another mouse a little further away (middle right) seems oblivious to the whole affair.

Date: 11 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20190108_1419_025-029 Red Kite turning in flight 1-5 of 8 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: In a currently rare spell of sunshine, one of two Red Kites on the wing at the same time makes an elegant glide past us.

Date: 10 Feb 2019
View: E63_20190102_1531_034_FB1 Rook.jpg
Description: Our patch seems to be developing it's own Rookery - here is one of the incumbents.

View: E62_20190102_1457_030_FB5 Blackbird female picking up dried fruit.jpg
Description: Birds don't have 'expressions', but this female Blackbird looks pretty pleased to have found a sultana.

Date: 09 Feb 2019
View: DF1_20190109_1201_026+1202_027-028 Great Spotted Woodpecker male pecking dead Elm tree trunk 01-03 of 11 (montage).jpg
Description: The male Great Spotted Woodpecker is often seen on one of the peanut feeders. But here we catch him in a more natural setting, pecking out grubs from a dead Elm tree deep inside our patch.

View: DF1_20190109_1202_039+054+086 Great Spotted Woodpecker male pecking dead Elm tree trunk 08+09+11 of 11 (montage).jpg
Description: The male Great Spotted Woodpecker works his way up and down the trunk, quite often out of sight on the other side of the trunk. On the right you see a piece of bark he has pecked off flying away seen against the birds breast.

View: DF3_20190109_1307_127 Elm Tree Woodpecker damage (orig & final).jpg
Description: From the other side of the tree we see the peck marks left by the feeding Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Date: 08 Feb 2019
View: E62_20190106_1143_190_FB5 Pheasant male.jpg
Description: The Pheasant males are already 'warming up' for Spring. We hear this one calling on our site and others in the distance. We can hardly believe their plumage!

View: E63_20190105_1428_149+20190106_1209_182_FB1 Pheasant male and female (montage).jpg
Description: At the hedge bottom we see these male and female Pheasants, admittedly almost a day apart. The female is a recent arrival.

View: E64_20190106_1107_194_FB2 Pheasant male in front of new log.jpg
Description: The full width for this camera setup just manages to catch both ends of this lovely bird.

Date: 07 Feb 2019
View: D01_20190106_1644_010-1650_015_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 2 and 4 minute visits to meadow post 1-3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Sparrowhawk made some visits after sunset one evening and before sunrise the next day. This bird uses the subdued evening light for cover when pursuing prey.

View: D01_20190107_0715_001-0723_012_FB6 Sparrowhawk female visits to meadow post over 9 minutes 1+2+4+6+5 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: Sparrowhawks are quite active when looking for prey from the post top.

Date: 06 Feb 2019
View: E60_20190104_1927_020+1928_022+1927_021_FB3 Tawny Owl 5 minute visit to kitchen window perch 2+4+3 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: After 6 weeks absence it seems that the local Tawny Owl has decided to visit a few times. The bird spent several minutes outside the kitchen window.

View: E60_20190104_1927_021_FB3 Tawny Owl 5 minute visit to kitchen window perch 3 of 4 (crop 2).jpg
Description: More detail of the Tawny Owl

Date: 05 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20190101_1425_054-058 Kestrel female in flight 1-5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: The first decent sighting of a Kestrel, here a female, for months. She flew past in the distance ...

View: DF3_20190101_1425_067-064 Kestrel female hovering 4-1 of 4 (montage spread upwards).jpg
Description: ... turned (into the wind of course - she is also know as a 'Wind Hover') and Hovered ...

View: DF3_20190101_1425_072 Kestrel Female landing after Hover.jpg
Description: ... dived down onto the crop, didn't seem to catch her prey, ...

View: DF3_20190101_1426_089+087+090 Kestrel female hovering 4+2+5 of 6 (vertically spread montage).jpg
Description: ... and rose up for another hunt. All in 2 minutes.

Date: 04 Feb 2019
View: D72_20190102_0854_009-011+015 250 Lapwing flock wheeling showing colour change 1-3+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: One of the delights of the winter is flocks of Lapwing (also known mainly outside the UK as a Peewit or Green Plover) sweeping about in the sky changing from dark birds to flickering white as they sweep back and forth, the change often sweeping through the flock in a wave as here. These 4 images taken within a few seconds.

Date: 03 Feb 2019
View: E63_20181230_1247_133+20181229_1258_087-20181230_1320_144_FB1 Pheasant male + 3 females over 1 day (montage).jpg
Description: For many weeks only a single female Pheasant has been on our site, but suddenly there are three accompanying the male. Here is 'his Lordship' along with his Harem of 3 females. The female plumage and head markings always seem to vary sufficiently to tell the birds apart.

View: E64_20181228_0811_040_FB2 Pheasant male new arrival.jpg
Description: 'His Lordship' may not have it all his own way - this is a different male pheasant recently arrived who may be planning to try his luck with the 'girls'.

Date: 02 Feb 2019
View: DF3_20181230_1044_070-074 Red Kite in flight @7fps 1-5 of 5 (impression montage).jpg
Description: A Red Kite (one of 2 in the area at the time) made a few passes past us before vanishing into the distance. During winter there are rarely any 'Thermals', so flying has to be performed using hard work rather than gliding on up-currents.

View: DF3_20181230_1044_079-082 Red Kite in flight @7fps 1-4 of 4 (approx montage).jpg
Description: This montage of the Red Kite is as accurately spaced as we can manage from aligning hazy cloud outlines out of this crop.

View: DF3_20181230_1044_104+105+109+111 Red Kite in flight @7fps 1+2+6+8 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: A Red Kite (one of 2 in the area at the time) made a few passes past us before vanishing into the distance. During winter there are rarely any 'Thermals', so flying has to be performed using hard work rather than gliding on up-currents.

Date: 01 Feb 2019
View: E62_20181226_0300_085_FB5 Fox with grey fur on rump.jpg
Description: An older Red Fox hopes that the smell of food, which may include the smell of Fieldmice (Wood Mice), will turn out well. This foxes Greyish rump as first suggested mange, but a closer look doesn't show missing fur.

Image Archive arch 2019 jan.htm (view it Here)

Date: 31 Jan 2019
View: DF3_20181224_1256_004 Airliner Contrail with turbulence (called Crow Instability) detail insert.jpg
Description: Normally contrails gradually disburse or just fade away, but this one broke in the manner you see. A web search found an article at
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Contrail_with_crow_instability.jpg
which provides an explanation and quite similar picture. On programs about light aircraft it is often described how airliners leave a wake of turbulence even minutes after they have gone, and that is what the ice of the contrail illustrates here.
An interesting aside is that the sky in the insert looks much darker than the point it was copied from. But a check with the paint package shows that it isn't. The human visual system discards absolute brightness for separated objects as part of simplifying the data on the optic nerve. (Info from neuroscientist Colin Blackmore on Documentary DVD 'Tim's Vermeer (2013) @ 0:39 for region 2)

Date: 30 Jan 2019
View: D01_20181225_0925_002+0924_001_FB6 Green Woodpecker on meadow post 2+1 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A male Green Woodpecker stops for a few minutes on the meadow post. First hanging down the side (right) he then shuffled up to perch on the edge.

Date: 29 Jan 2019
View: E64_20181222_1511_085_FB2 Pheasant female.jpg
Description: We are rather fond of the still solitary female Pheasant.
She's not so keen on us though, and flees at a glimpse!

View: E63_20181217_1528_024_FB1 Pheasant female creeps warily past feeding Grey squirrel.jpg
Description: Birds are said to be expressionless, and their faces mostly are. But you can read so much into head positions and 'Jizz' - loosely a birds 'demeanour'.

Date: 28 Jan 2019
View: D36_20181222_1414_034_FB4 Magpie landing on tree-stump.jpg
Description: A Magpie making a dynamic landing on the tree-stump.

View: D36_20181222_1452_039_FB4 Magpie with multi-colour iridescent tail (tail detail crop).jpg
Description: This Magpie managed to hide most of its body in it's own shadow, but the tail colours are just beautiful. We tried to 'rescue' the whole bird to show you, but just couldn't make it work. Tip of the tail is bottom right.
Colours are not 'turned up'.

View: E64_20181218_1136_079_FB2 Magpie with iridescent wings and tail.jpg
Description: Before the legs bend to cushion the landing, this Magpie shows us his blue iridescent wings and green iridescent tail feathers.

Date: 27 Jan 2019
View: DF3_20181216_1216_101-112 Red Kite in flight 01-12 of 12 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: Irregular sightings of Red Kites did catch this flight, accurately spaced at 7 fps, so just under 2 seconds of flight here.

View: DF3_20181216_1216_101-104 Red Kite in flight 01-04 of 12 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: More detail of the Red Kite as the first 4 images above

View: DF3_20181219_1015_067-070 Buzzard in flight against 11kV power lines 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: Not many sightings of Buzzards or Red Kites at the moment, so enjoy this moment of a Buzzard powering upwards behind the power lines.

Date: 26 Jan 2019
View: DF3_20181216_0811_028+0812_037+041+0813_048+0815_064 Sunrise 1-5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: About 4 minutes of sunrise. The sun is moving at a diagonal to the right, so the '2 minutes per sun or moon diameter' rule still applies.

View: DF3_20181222_0821_039 Sunrise.jpg
Description: The endless high haze has made for some interesting sunrises.

View: DF3_20181219_1548_099 Moon nearing sunset.jpg
Description: A Gibbous moon rising shortly before sunset. What Galileo Galilei would have given for this casually taken photo!

Date: 25 Jan 2019
View: DF3_20181214_1350_010 Robin on heating oil tank filler cap.jpg
Description: Walking round the plot, a succession of Robins arrive in the hope of some corn. This one is perched on the filler cap of our many decades old heating oil tank.
Modern 'Plastic' tanks apparently last 10 years if you are lucky.

View: DF3_20181222_1027_051 Robin in hedge.jpg
Description: A Robin in a more natural setting.
The birds don't care whether natural or man-made so long as the humans they are following provide some grub! Come to think of it, is a human planted hedge man-made or not. We think not.

Date: 24 Jan 2019
View: DF3_20181214_1335_002 50 Pigeons in treetop at brook to west.jpg
Description: At first glance this looked like just a row of pigeons along the top of this distant tree. In fact the image shows that the tree was holding some 50, but we still find it fun.

View: E62_20181220_1502_018_FB5 Wood Pigeon.jpg
Description: Hundreds of Pigeons can be a nuisance.
One Pigeon can be a delight.

Date: 23 Jan 2019
View: E62_20181211_1550_044_FB5 Grey Squirrel attacking another.jpg
Description: A Grey Squirrel, back to us with ears and claws sticking up, launches itself at a less aggressive member of the species.

View: E63_20181207_1433_103_FB1 Grey Squirrel chasing away Pheasant male (seen mostly as shadow) with Rook to rear (orig & final).jpg
Description: Whole unprocessed frame shows us the Grey squirrel 'having a go' at the Pheasant male leaping into the air. We can see more of the Pheasant from his shadow than from the bird himself. A Rook on the path behind (the black shape between Squirrel and Pheasant) waits his turn at the food.

View: E63_20181207_1434_104_FB1 Rook & Pheasant male feeding together quietly.jpg
Description: A minute later the Squirrel has gone, so Rook and Pheasant can get on with the important business of feeding quietly together. Pheasants sometimes leap into the air to bring their spurs into play, and it is possible that the Squirrel received a spike in its anatomy!

Date: 22 Jan 2019
View: DF3_20181211_0812_010 Sunrise through high haze - Solar-Power.jpg
Description: Solar-Power?
A chilly morning with a hazy sky and patches of ground mist.

View: DF3_20181211_0814_019 View to SE in morning mist.jpg
Description: A Sunrise view East of the hazy sun showing distant ground mist.

View: DF3_20181211_0818_030 Carrion Crow on Black Poplar twig beak lit by early morning sun.jpg
Description: This Carrion Crow watches us suspiciously as we stop, take this pic, and then walk on. The glowing rising sun is slightly reflected in the black beak.

View: DF3_20181211_0823_035 Rising sun shining though woodland.jpg
Description: From the north we could see the rising sun finding it's was through the now leafless tangle of trees that form our little woodland.

Date: 21 Jan 2019
View: E62_20181208_1452_129_FB5 Pheasant male inspecting food.jpg
Description: The ridiculously attractive male pheasant glows in the camera flash on an otherwise dull December afternoon.

View: E64_20181207_1327_080_FB2 Magpie with iridescent tail held upright.jpg
Description: Mid afternoon caught this Magpie at the Woodland site, probably an early visitor to the fresh bait. But just look at the rainbow display on the tail.
We have not 'wound up' the colours at all.

View: E64_20181207_1353_086_FB2 Rook landing.jpg
Description: A Rook lands at the Woodland site in a flurry of feathers.
Not a trace of the wonderful iridescence we see on the Magpie.

Date: 20 Jan 2019
View: E64_20181203_1457_046_FB2 Grey squirrel and Pheasant male contest with leaves flying (crop).jpg
Description: Setting the autumn leaf debris flying, this Grey Squirrel is attacking the male Pheasant, who is squaring up to defend rather than flee, making himself look as big and impressive as he can.

View: E64_20181203_1538_053_FB2 Pheasant male feeding.jpg
Description: 40 minutes after the Grey squirrel attack peace seems to be re-established - i.e. the Squirrel has gone.

Date: 19 Jan 2019
View: D01_20181206_1308_073-1339_087_FB6 Buzzard makes 2 afternoon visits to meadow post 06+02+04 of 10 (montage).jpg
Description: The 'resident' Buzzard paid a couple of afternoon visits to the meadow post.

Date: 18 Jan 2019
View: BU5_20181203_1558_172-1559_182_SC1 Pheasant male displays to female over 2 mins 3+4+1+2 of 4 (3+4+2 acc montage + 1 Approx).jpg
Description: After sunset, the IR illuminator catches this pair of Pheasant with the male clearly displaying to the female as the pair marched backward and forwards across the site.

Date: 17 Jan 2019
View: E63_20181201_1214_104_FB1 Blackbird male pulling worm out of ground.jpg
Description: A male Blackbird is busy pulling a worm out of the hedge bottom soil.

View: DF3_20181204_0958_002 Robin on dead branch.jpg
Description: A session tackling overgrown trees in the front 'Garden' was accompanied by this Robin on one of the dead branches looking for anything tasty we might disturb.

Date: 16 Jan 2019
View: DF3_20181202_0812_016+017 Venus and Moon in crescents 30m after sunrise + Venus detail (montage for focus & separation).jpg
Description: For a couple of mornings the temporarily clear sky gave a view of the Moon and Venus comparatively close in the sky showing same 'phase'. This photo was taken about an hour AFTER sunrise. You can see bright planets in the day-time if you know exactly where to look, so having seen the Venus-Moon relative positions in the dark, Venus could be found in the lightening sky even with the 'naked eye' and then also the camera. The spacing is a bit contracted and detail box shows Venus at 3 times the 'natural' size. We hope you get the idea.
If this interests you have a look at the video at
Huffington Post Video
slightly explains the moon & planetary orbits. In the video clips Venus seems as bright as the moon, and bigger than we show. Our image chose an exposure where moon and planet detail remains visible.


Date: 15 Jan 2019
View: D01_20181203_1633_017-1630_013_FB6 Sparrowhawk 5 minute visit to meadow post 3+2+1 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The Sparrowhawk pays another pair of visits, first at dusk ...

View: D01_20181204_0705_025-0702_021_FB6 Sparrowhawk 5 minute visit to meadow post 3+2+1 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: ... and the Sparrowhawk returned at dawn.

Date: 14 Jan 2019
View: E64_20181122_2229_055_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer female (orig).jpg
Description: The female Reeve's Muntjac deer seems not so bothered by the camera noise and flash that she doesn't visit this site again after a few days in the dark of a moonless night.

View: E64_20181126_1446_029_FB2 Pheasant male displaying (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: In the depth of the woodland a gloomy and windy afternoon doesn't inhibit this male Pheasant from strutting his stuff.

Date: 13 Jan 2019
View: E63_20181127_1317_108_FB1 Great Tit.jpg
Description: A Great Tit giving the camera a rather coquettish look.

View: E63_20181125_0718_145_FB1 Robin.jpg
Description: A Robin plumping out the plumage to keep warm.

View: E63_20181126_0905_024_FB1 Dunnock.jpg
Description: A Dunnock nicely poised on the stone.

Date: 12 Jan 2019
View: E63_20181125_0220_141+20181124_1926_140_FB1 Rat (left) and Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) at same scale (montage).jpg
Description: People confuse Rats (left) and Mice.
The are actually very different in size, and the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) (right) is actually a bit bigger than the urban House Mouse. The relative thickness of the tail is a major guide if you don't know the actual size - the rats tail looks as powerful as it is.
Scale judgement of images is very difficult - we have looked at pics that look like dumped drink cans that turn out to be an exploded factory. :-(

Date: 11 Jan 2019
View: D01_20181123_1620_001-1626_006_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 16m hunt from Meadow Post 1+2+5+6 of 18 (montage).jpg
Description: Evening visits by the female Sparrowhawk before she arrived with the female Blackbird in her Talons (see previous day).

View: D01_20181125_1637_020+1623_018+1620_015_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 4 minute visit to meadow post 1 of 2 + 2+1 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: 2 nights after arriving with the dead female blackbird, the female Sparrowhawk makes a couple of short visits to the post.

Date: 10 Jan 2019
View: D01_20181123_1628_007-1635_017_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 16m on Meadow Post eats Blackbird fem 07+10+11+16+17 of 18 (montage).jpg
Description: This unexpected arrival of the Sparrowhawk has a female Blackbird in her talons. She proceeded to rip the blackbird apart and eat it over 8 minutes. The Sparrowhawk didn't leave the Blackbird carcass on the post, and next morning there was no sign of it on the ground (but a fox or Badger may have found it). The entrails you see over the edge were ignored by a Tawny Owl later in the night.

View: D01_20181123_1628_007_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 16m hunt from Meadow Post catching & eating Blackbird female 07 of 18 (crop).jpg
Description: At slightly larger scale, and worked up to show the Blackbird more clearly, here is the female Sparrowhawk landing with her prize.

Date: 09 Jan 2019
View: E64_20181119_1819_063_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer female (crop 1).jpg
Description: One of the female Reeve's Muntjac Deer visits the woodland site.

View: E64_20181119_1819_063_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer female (crop 2).jpg
Description: A Detail from the Reeve's Muntjac Deer portrait - we think she is lovely!

Date: 08 Jan 2019
View: D01_20181122_1046_005_FB6 Buzzard 2 minute visit to meadow post 1 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: On really dull days we sometimes turn on the 'Owl' cam for the day.
Here a Buzzard stopped on the post for a couple of minutes.
The reddish item on the top of the post is just a leaf.

View: D01_20181123_0657_033+034+0700_037_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 6 min visit to meadow post missing landing 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Next morning (camera back to 'normal') sees this Sparrowhawk make a botched landing before circling round for another go (too quick for the camera to catch) before spending a few minutes gazing straight at the bathroom where the light being turned on may have made the bird think it was light enough to hunt. Looking out of the window with house light off showed our eyes no detail at all. The bird has already missed the landing when the flash first fires.

Date: 07 Jan 2019
View: E60_20181120_2134_017_FB3 Tawny Owl 4m visit to kitchen perch 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl landed on the perch outside the kitchen window for this 'full frontal' portrait.

View: D01_20181120_2146_002-2156_015_FB6 Tawny Owl 16m visit to Meadow Post 2 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Just 10 minutes later the same Tawny Owl lands on the meadow post and stops there for a quarter of an hour.

Date: 06 Jan 2019
View: E64_20181118_0933_139_FB2 Pheasant male in morning sunshine.jpg
Description: Male Pheasants really are unbelievably vibrant creatures. Most of the woodland now receives a good share of sunlight now that the leaf canopy is mostly 'on the ground'.

View: E64_20181118_1308_154_FB2 Pheasant male in morning sunshine with green+blue+purple iridescent feathers on head.jpg
Description: No, we haven't 'turned up the colour' for this male Pheasant.

Date: 05 Jan 2019
View: DF3_20181115_1248_002+1249_006 Brimstone Butterfly male late in season hiding in bush 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: In the middle of the Autumn days we see occasional butterflies. Here a male Brimstone was flittering around in our excuse for the front garden, and suddenly disappeared. It took a minute or so search to find the insect in among blackberry leaves looking just like a slightly more 'autumned' leaf. Better camouflage than you might imagine.

View: DF3_20181118_1210_023 Oak leaves (small) scattered on concrete track like Jigsaw Puzzle (crop).jpg
Description: This scattering of (rather small) Oak leaves creates the impression that the tree had tossed a Jigsaw puzzle on the ground.

Date: 04 Jan 2019
View: DF3_20181119_0959_021 Robin in hedge.jpg
Description: The Robins are all back to being as friendly as they dare - buttering up the humans in the hope of the hand-out.

View: D36_20181118_1538_083_FB4 Magpie against setting sun.jpg
Description: The days are getting very short now, and the sun 'slides' towards the ground over an extended period. It still moves at about 1 diameter in two minutes, but the path to ground is much more shallow than in summer. Anyway, we get a few more 'sunset' opportunities at this time of year.

View: DF3_20181120_0946_043 Blue Tit preening head with claw.jpg
Description: A Blue Tit, perched on our electrical feed cable, preens his head with his claw.

Date: 03 Jan 2019
View: D01_20181120_0334_007-0403_045_FB6 Barn Owl 34 minute visit to meadow post 01-10 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: This Barn owl made a short visit earlier in the night (no pics worth showing) and then this extended stay of over half-an-hour.

View: D01_20181120_0353_032+0354_033_FB6 Barn Owl 34 minute visit to meadow post turns both ways 07+08 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: These two consecutive pics taken 45 seconds apart show the Barn Owl's wonderful flexible neck.

Date: 02 Jan 2019
View: D01_20181115_1643_008+_009+1646_012_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 9 minute visit to meadow post 1+2+4 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: For a couple of days the female Sparrowhawk becomes an evening as well as morning visitor.

View: D01_20181116_0642_019-20181117_0640_033_FB6 Sparrowhawk female single frame visit to meadow post (montage).jpg
Description: Over the next 2 mornings the camera catches 4 separate landings on the post.

Date: 01 Jan 2019
View: E62_20181113_1715_071_FB5 5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) (single frame).jpg
Description: This is a single moment as 5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) make the most of the food not taken by the birds.

View: E63_20181114_1720_104_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) Frolicking.jpg
Description: "I love you!" - Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) style.

View: E64_20181114_1720_108_FB2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping.jpg
Description: Whee!
Sheer exuberance - nothing else 'animate' is visible in the entire original frame!

Image Archive arch 2018 dec.htm (view it Here)

Date: 31 Dec 2018
View: D01_20181114_0650_007+0655_013+20181115_0655_032_FB6 Sparrowhawk visits to meadow post 1+5 of 7 & 3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The female Sparrowhawk has started to turn up most mornings in the pre-dawn gloom. No idea what she finds.

View: D01_20181115_0654_030_FB6 Sparrowhawk 3 minute visit to meadow post (disturbed by us in conservatory) 1 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: Next day another landing, for us emphasising the slender legs for a bird that catches and kills with the talons.
These lightweight legs undoubtedly help the bird's fantastic speed and manoeuvrability, but limit the bird to small prey.

Date: 30 Dec 2018
View: D01_20181112_0629_063_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 4 minute visit to meadow post 1 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: This female Sparrowhawk unexpectedly started making visits most days to this post top an hour before sunrise.

View: D01_20181113_0632_009-0640_014_FB6 Sparrowhawk female 4 short visits to meadow post in 20 minutes 06+07+02 of 10 (montage).jpg
Description: Next morning the same female Sparrowhawk made 4 visits to the post in 20 minutes.

Date: 29 Dec 2018
View: D01_20181112_0351_051-0412_058_FB6 Tawny Owl 4 minute visit to meadow post 1+3 of 3 & 1+3 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: A Tawny Owl made a couple of visits about 20 minutes apart. We are not sure that this is the regular owl - the feather divide over the head is different, but may just be a moult variation.

Date: 28 Dec 2018
View: D01_20181112_0115_038-0119_043_FB6 Barn Owl 55 minutes of visits to meadow post 09+12+08 of 17 (montage).jpg
Description: This lovely Barn Owl spent almost an hour coming and going from the top of the meadow post.

View: D01_20181112_0144_050+0107_028_FB6 Barn Owl 55 minutes of visits to meadow post 17+05 of 17 (montage).jpg
Description: This lovely Barn Owl spent almost an hour coming and going from the top of the meadow post.

Date: 27 Dec 2018
View: E64_20181105_1327_026_FB2 Pheasant male pecking through leaf litter.jpg
Description: The dominant Male Pheasant picking through the litter of leaves. Don't miss the iridescent feathers at the neck, inside the 'ear' tufts, over the back and above the legs.

Date: 26 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181106_0759_064-068 Buzzard in flight lit by early morning sun of 09-13 of 13 (approx montage).jpg
Description: A Buzzard flies by, lit by the low morning sun.
These are reasonably accurately spaced and positioned.

View: D01_20181107_0933_024-0935_031_FB6 Buzzard on meadow post 4+1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: Next day this buzzard landed on the Post in the Meadow and stayed for a couple of minutes.

View: D01_20181107_0935_031_FB6 Buzzard on meadow post 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: A more detailed crop of the bird at the left of the montage.

Date: 25 Dec 2018
View: E63_20181105_2217_057_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frolicking.jpg
Description: A sweet moment, whiskers intermingled, for a pair of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at the bottom of the hedge.

View: E63_20181104_1844_153-1913_156_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 30 minutes (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This montage is built from 4 frames of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) all taken in same half-an-hour.

View: E63_20181104_1855_155_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nibbling food and shadow on stone.jpg
Description: A closer view of one of the above Fieldmice (Wood Mice) for a little extra 'tweeness'.

Date: 24 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181103_0845_087+089+090+092 Red Kite flying toward camera then turning 1+3+4+6 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: While looking over a farm field this Red Kite arrived and put on a little aerial display.

View: DF3_20181103_0845_090 Red Kite flying toward camera then turning 4 of 8 (crop).jpg

View: DF3_20181103_0845_114 Red Kite flying past 1 of 5 (crop).jpg

Date: 23 Dec 2018
View: D72_20181104_1554_006+1555_015+016 Muntjac Reeves Deer female walks down path towards camera 1+3+4 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Normally the Reeve's Muntjac Deer flee if we appear in their line of site. But this female 100m away at the other end of this path apparently did not see us standing still, and started to wander toward us. When about 70m from us she seemed to spot us, and quietly turned into one of the many paths leading towards the centre. We quietly wandered after her but she had 'vanished'.

Date: 22 Dec 2018
View: D36_20181102_1441_030_FB4 Grey Squirrel Grooming.jpg
Description: If I tie myself in a knot, will the fleas go away?
Grey Squirrels may be flea-ridden but it's not for lack of grooming.

View: D36_20181103_0742_042_FB4 Grey squirrel collecting leaves for bedding.jpg
Description: Next morning and for several following days the serious business of the keeping the Drey warm is underway.

View: E62_20181105_1539_018_FB5 Grey squirrel holding Tesco Hazelnut.jpg
Description: This Grey squirrel is probably quite excited to find a whole Hazelnut.
As Vegans we eat lots of nuts and the Squirrels enjoy the inevitable waste.

View: E64_20181102_1627_058_FB2 Grey Squirrel attacking Magpie (crop).jpg
Description: The sweet fluffy Grey Squirrel showing another aspect of it's behaviour.

Date: 21 Dec 2018
View: E64_20181027_1636_114_FB2 Magpie with tail showing most of the rainbow colours (crop).jpg
Description: We absolutely have NOT 'turned up the colour' on this incredible Magpie tail. Red, Orange and Yellow form a tiny patches near the tip, but Green and Blue are strong and patches tend to Indigo and maybe even 2 patches of Violet. All created by microscopic structures in the bird's feathers.
Mnemonics for Rainbow colours in English:

Date: 20 Dec 2018
View: E60_20181026_1903_046_FB3 Tawny Owl preparing to pounce on ground 1 of 2 (crop).jpg
Description: This Tawny Owl landed in this perch with back to camera, and 3 minutes later the bird looks about to pounce onto some poor critter on the ground below. Fieldmice (Wood Mice) and Voles visit the base of the feeder to eat tiny fragments of peanut the birds drop from the feeder.

View: E62_20181029_1803_042-2041_058_FB5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) visiting over 2 nights (montage).jpg
Description: A somewhat arbitrary collection of Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) images taken over two nights.
A culinary delight for the Owls?

Date: 19 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181025_1020_203 Cow Parsley desiccated seed head on fallen stem.jpg
Description: A Fallen Cow Parsley stem allows this study in symmetry.

Date: 18 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181025_1016_043-045 Red Kite in flight with Blackbird male in Talons 03-05 of 11 (accurate montage at @7fps).jpg
Description: This Red Kite was flying over the fields to our South West is defending itself intermittently from the Rooks and Gulls. They want to win the Kite's prize of what looks to us like a male Blackbird clasped in the talons.

View: DF3_20181031_1120_073-077 Red Kite in flight @7fps 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A Red Kite flying by shown in accurate positions at 7 fps (based on power poles out of this crop).

Date: 17 Dec 2018
View: D01_20181027_0705_003+0706_004_FB6 Barn Owl 1 minute visit 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: This gorgeous Barn Owl only stayed for about a minute.

View: D01_20181101_1750_013+1751_015+1753_018_FB6 Barn Owl 4 minute visit to meadow post 1+3+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: This Barn owl arrived for a few minutes hunt from the Meadow Post.

Date: 16 Dec 2018
View: BU6_20181025_2353_399-2359_447_SC2 Badger eating large apple over 7 minutes 01+03+05+06+08-11 of 11 (montage).jpg
Description: The local 'Apple vanishing' trickster.
This apple vanished into the badger over 7 minutes.

View: BU6_20181027_0539_172+0540_175+176_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male eating large piece of apple 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Another apple vanishes - this time in a Male Reeve's Muntjac Deer.
It looks like as a single mouthful that he subsequently chewed on for a couple of minutes.

Date: 15 Dec 2018
View: E64_20181021_1719_173_FB2 Pheasant female with tail re-growing with shadow of falling leaf on her plumage.jpg
Description: Here we see our (still only one) female Pheasant showing us her re-growing tail. One of a pair of falling leaves is casting it's shadow onto her side as she walks by.

View: E63_20181022_1637_030_FB1 Pheasant male.jpg
Description: The male Pheasant has now re-grown his tail and proudly displays that it can now reach right out of the top of the camera frame.

Date: 14 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181022_1306_031 Speckled Wood Butterfly with 2 small bird pecks.jpg
Description: What may be the last Butterfly we see this year, sunning itself on an Autumn leaf. We assumed that these overwintered as adults like several other resident butterfly species, checked, and found that:-
    Speckled Wood - There are 2 - 3 generations a year and the
    butterfly can overwinter as either a caterpillar or as a pupa.


Date: 13 Dec 2018
View: D71_20181023_1259_007+021+043+048 House Sparrow bathing 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: One or more House Sparrows have turned up in recent days for a Wash-and-Brushup' in this plant saucer. Only in the last 5 years have we seen more than one or two House Sparrows a year, while we have a breeding population of Tree Sparrows.

Date: 12 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181021_1522_020+031+036 Red Kite turning in flight (discontinuous) 1+3+4 of 4 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: This Red Kite makes an appearance, shown here turning over about 2 seconds.

View: DF3_20181019_1403_046+051+056 Buzzard turning in flight 1-3 of 3 (montage over 1 second).jpg
Description: This Buzzard makes an appearance, shown here turning over about 1.5 seconds.

Date: 11 Dec 2018
View: D01_20181021_0049_007-0106_028_FB6 Barn owl 18 minute visit to meadow post 01+06+07+14+15+22 of 22 (montage).jpg
Description: A visit from a Barn Owl that lasted almost 20 minutes was unusually active, changing position between most frames (45 seconds apart). Here is a selection.

View: D01_20181021_0057_017_FB6 Barn owl 18 minute visit to meadow post 11 of 22 (crop).jpg
Description: Another frame of this lovely bird.
The symmetry of the wings frame the bird like Gothic columns.

Date: 10 Dec 2018
View: BU2_20181020_0147_289+0148_291+293_SC7 Badger walking down Round mound and then squatting at bottom (accurate montage).jpg
Description: This Badger walked down the mound and then stopped at the bottom in this squatting but alert position for about a minute. There was no cause obvious in subsequent photos.

View: BU6_20181020_0542_960-0543_967_SC2 Badger lying down to hold hard apple in claws to bite into 01-03+05+09 of 10 (montage).jpg
Description: A few hours later this badger wandered into the end of the 'orchard' and lay down to chew into one of the spoiled windfall apples. Lying down means the front paws are free to grip the food and that is exactly what is happening here.

View: D72_20181021_1225_053 Badger set entrances on Farm land (orig).jpg
Description: The Badger sett hidden in the farmers crop now has 4 major entrances, this being the biggest You can assess the size from the UK size 9 shoes top left.
It appears that Sett can be spelled with one or two t's.

Date: 09 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181017_1527_048+050+053+056 Red Kite gliding by and turning (discontinuous) 1-4 of 4 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: This Red Kite seemed quite oblivious to our presence, so we got well over 100 pics to pick through. A Wonderful bird - do enjoy these.

View: DF3_20181017_1527_058 Red Kite gliding.jpg
Description: A Red Kite flies almost overhead.

View: DF3_20181017_1528_095-097 Red Kite gliding behind autumn leaves @7fps 3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: As the Red Kite departed a young Lombardy Poplar tree adds a little autumn colour.

Date: 08 Dec 2018
View: E64_20181017_2137_286+2146_289_FB2 Fox visit(s) over 10 minutes (montage).jpg
Description: This immaculate fox spent 10 minutes rooting through the leaf litter at the woodland site. Here the start (left) and end of the visit.

View: D01_20181017_2151_008-2200_020_FB6 Tawny Owl 12 minute visit to meadow post 1-3+5+6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: A single Tawny Owl visit during a week.

Date: 07 Dec 2018
View: BU2_20181015_0544_061+063+0545_069+0546_074_SC7 Fox visits mound as Polecat goes down Rabbit hole and emerges 2 minutes later 1+3+5+7 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: An unexpected mini-drama over 3 minutes. As the fox arrives (top left) this Polecat decides to enter the Rabbit Warren in this mound (top right). The Polecat disappears into the mound for a couple of minutes as the fox wanders past the hole. The next time we see the Polecat is as it is leaving the hole 2 minutes later, with the fox watching it from the bottom left of the mound.

Date: 06 Dec 2018
View: E62_20181013_1720_147_FB5 Great Tit standing on Fir Cone on ground.jpg
Description: An elegant Great Tit poses on a convenient Fir cone

View: E63_20181017_1227_272_FB1 Blue Tit.jpg
Description: A Blue Tit stands on the stone looking up at we know-not-what.

View: E62_20181016_1912_122+1919_123+1938_124_FB5 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frolicking over 26 minutes (montage).jpg
Description: A montage of 3 images of a pair of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over about half an hour.

Date: 05 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181013_0726_018 Dawn (orig & final).jpg
Description: An early morning splash of colour in the sky got us out into the cold to watch the dawn and sunrise.

View: DF3_20181013_0731_047+0732_053 Rainbow through dawn & sunrise 01+02 of 13 (original exposure rescaled montage).jpg
Description: We had both noticed a few specks on our spectacles. 'and lo' a rainbow appeared while the rim of the sun was still not visible. The bow therefore started and ended at right angles to the horizon. To start with the bow lacked it's upper section - here are the west and north ends, looking strange in the orange early light.

View: DF3_20181013_0736_090 Rainbow through dawn & sunrise 10 of 13 (orig & final).jpg
Description: Again at the north end, as the east end faded, the bow became a 'double' visible on the right looking really strange in the now rising sunlight.

Date: 04 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181011_1013_004 Mallow flower.jpg
Description: In odd protected corners of the plot Mallow flowers are having a last 'go' before the first severe frost finishes them off. Enjoy the shadow of the stamens.

View: DF3_20181013_0726_023 Shaggy ink cap fungus freshly risen in grass.jpg
Description: Fungi have been growing all year underground, and as the days shorten and cool Fungi fruiting bodies tend to replace the final flowers for the year. This handful of fresh Shaggy Ink Cap fungi has appeared in the same place, and about the same time, as last year. Unfortunately 3 days later they got inadvertently flattened during all day safety maintenance work on the 11kV overhead cables, but more were emerging a few days later

Date: 03 Dec 2018
View: BU5_20181013_1142_352+354_SC1 Buzzard visiting edge of round pond 1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: A few days after a Buzzard visited the woodland site, this one unexpectedly made a visit to the edge of the Round Pond at mid-day.

Date: 02 Dec 2018
View: E63_20181009_2358_125_FB1 Polecat (crop).jpg
Description: Here is what we thought would be our 'traditional' single autumn visit by a Polecat. This one was 2 minutes before midnight at the hedge bottom.

View: E62_20181011_0625_123_FB5 Polecat (crop).jpg
Description: Just before dawn 30 hours later we catch another (or maybe the same) Polecat streaking through the meadow site.

Date: 01 Dec 2018
View: DF3_20181009_1731_067+075+074 Buzzard perched on 11kV power line crossbar (montage).jpg
Description: While watching from about 100 metres away, this buzzard flew from further away to land on this cross-bar and start hunting in the evening sunlight.

Image Archive arch 2018 nov.htm (view it Here)

Date: 30 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20181009_0738_019 Rose in hedge turning to autumn colours.jpg
Description: One patch of roses along the self-set outside east hedge (mostly Blackthorn with patches of Cherry) is making a lovely show of autumn colours

View: DF3_20181009_0738_021 Rose in hedge turning to autumn colours.jpg
Description: One patch of roses along the self-set outside east hedge (mostly Blackthorn with patches of Cherry) is making a lovely show of autumn colours

View: DF3_20181009_0739_025 Rose in hedge turning to autumn colours.jpg
Description: One patch of roses along the self-set outside east hedge (mostly Blackthorn with patches of Cherry) is making a lovely show of autumn colours

Date: 29 Nov 2018
View: E64_20181007_1627_174_FB2 Buzzard by dead Wood Pigeon remains (crop 1).jpg
Description: Only a few hours after moving this bird-strike Pigeon, this Buzzard found the remains at the woodland site where we saw one months ago. Just this one frame - there was very little meat left on the remains to keep the bird active.

View: E64_20181007_1627_174_FB2 Buzzard by dead Wood Pigeon remains (crop 2).jpg
Description: A Closeup of the Buzzard's head - what a Bird!

View: E64_20181007_2206_209_FB2 Fox at dead Wood Pigeon remains (crop).jpg
Description: This adult Fox (with a bit of Mange at his rear - all Foxes here seem to get it as they get older) checks out the Pigeons remains but leaves it. There is no meat left worth taking.

Date: 28 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20181007_0916_105 Grey squirrel female eating fallen sycamore (or similar) single winged seeds.jpg
Description: Grey Squirrels are in full-time 'eating' mode. This one female (with really tender looking teats) was working her way over the grass outside our patch eating the single-wing seeds dropped by something like (but isn't) a sycamore tree overhanging both sides of the boundary hedge.

Date: 27 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20181007_0752_044+046+048 Red Kite in flight 1+3+5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg
Description: The sightings of our regular large Raptors (Buzzards, and here a Red Kite) have increased this week. These early morning rich colours are 'un-fudged'.

View: DF3_20181007_0753_082 Red Kite in gliding 3 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: One of the close approaches by the early morning Red Kite, unfortunately without the sun lighting the body or underwings.

Date: 26 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20181005_1230_017 Harlequin Ladybird on Ivy flower.jpg
Description: More 7-spot ladybirds this year than Harlequin ladybirds, but this is one of the latter walking on the late flowering Ivy.

Date: 25 Nov 2018
View: D72_20181004_1206_014+027+048+050 Blue Tit bathing 03+08+15+16 of 16 (montage).jpg
Description: Outside a window this huge plant saucer that does duty for a bird bath. Various sizes of stones in the bottom provide nice height perches for different sizes of birds. Here a Blue Tit really enjoyed itself.

View: D71_20181010_1200_004-1201_042 Great Tit bathing in bird bath 1+3+6+4 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: Outside a window this huge plant saucer that does duty for a bird bath. Various sizes of stones in the bottom provide nice height perches for different sizes of birds. Here a Great Tit really enjoyed itself.

Date: 24 Nov 2018
View: BU6_20181004_1948_236-238_SC2 Badger opening mouth wide 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The windfall apples seem to attract an endless stream of visitors. Here a badger shows that it can open it's mouth much more widely than we had imagined it might.

View: BU6_20181008_2319_421+426+2320_427_SC2 Badger lies on ground to feed 1-3 of 3 (horizontally accurate montage).jpg
Description: A lie-down meal for this Badger.
Reminds us of Roman banquets.

Date: 23 Nov 2018
View: E62_20181002_0709_026_FB5 Cat domestic ginger examining dead Wood Pigeon.jpg
Description: A little sad drama as a Wood Pigeon struck the kitchen window (despite is being cluttered with a camera, flash on a pole an various plant pots) and dropped dead onto the grass outside. We moved the sad body to the meadow camera site expecting a Fox, Badger or Buzzard to take it away, but nothing touched it for a week.
This Ginger cat takes a look but didn't obviously disturb it.

View: E62_20181002_1702_040_FB5 Pheasant male and female behind dead Pigeon.jpg
Description: Pheasant have no interest in this carrion - here a bird-strike Wood Pigeon.

View: E62_20181004_0116_079_FB5 Fox examining Dead Wood Pigeon but apparently leaving it untouched.jpg
Description: This Fox stopped for a look at bird strike Wood Pigeon, but rather surprisingly didn't even try to drag it away. We think this a youngster, and it didn't know what to do?

Date: 22 Nov 2018
View: BU6_20181002_1941_376_SC2 Badger arrives and Fox leaves.jpg
Description: The windfall apples attract a Muntjac Deer, Foxes and Badger. For the second time in a week a Badger and a Fox cross paths. It is the Fox that leaves.

View: BU6_20181003_2005_643+644+2008_658_SC2 Badger eating apple over 4 minutes 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Next evening the Badger spends a few minutes chomping off lumps of apple.

View: BU6_20181004_0249_687-0308_772_SC2 Badger 20 minute visit to orchard 1-5+7 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: After midnight on the same night this badger spent 20 minutes at one place presumably finding things to eat. The first 5 images are in exactly the same position, while the last is of the badger leaving as we also notice a mist started to descend.

Date: 21 Nov 2018
View: E64_20180928_2325_114_FB2 Fox.jpg
Description: Fox nose to the ground at the Woodland site.

View: E62_20180928_0450_043_FB5 Fox (crop).jpg
Description: A Fox explores the feeding site, looking down the hole in the ground we shortly afterwards filled in.

Date: 20 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180930_1619_061 Weasel under storage bunker (deep shade) 5 of 5 (crop).jpg
Description: We occasionally see a Weasel through windows just outside the house, but here we came across one near the middle of the woodland using the gaps under a storage bunker as a temporary hiding place. We are used to these creatures fleeing from humans and not re-appearing but this one kept looking out from various gaps under the bunker. It finally sprinted across the open ground to the adjacent mound where it went down a small hole we had not noticed before.
Woodlands are dark - hence the grainy quality of the image on a flash-free camera.

View: E63_20181002_0503_093_FB1 Cat domestic ginger.jpg
Description: The Ginger Cat on 'his' night-time prowl.
We did some research on whether all Ginger cats are 'Toms' (males) as we had long understood, but we found that only 3 in 4 are male, the Gene being on the X chromosome and recessive. See Wiki if you don't understand.

Date: 19 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180929_1234_177 Blue Tit in Ash tree with insect in tip of beak.jpg
Description: When you see Tits in a tree full of seeds you might think that it what it is after. But they are also looking for insects as you can see in the beak tip.

Date: 18 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180927_1227_008+1228_009-013 Black-headed Gull landing on disturbed soil 2-7 of 7 (horizontally stretched montage).jpg
Description: Several Black-headed Gulls (in eclipse with just a black spot) were feeding on the recently seeded crop fields. This one almost hovered as it landed, so we have spread the images so you can see it. We tidied up the repetitive background, but left in the bit of vertical stem at the bottom each time so you can see that the bird actually moves very little during its delicate landing.

Date: 17 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180926_1229_056 Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes) Shieldbug (crop).jpg
Description: We have seen this Shieldbug in previous years on the same bit of wooden fence. The yellow splash of colour is Lichen.

View: DF3_20180926_1228_025 Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes) Shieldbug crossing right angled wood joint (crop).jpg
Description: When you see a Shieldbug on a flat piece of wood you can forget that they are perfectly nimble creatures.

Date: 16 Nov 2018
View: BU6_20180923_2054_239-20180925_2332_005_SC2 Fox visits over 3 nights (montage).jpg
Description: A seemingly endless supply of Windfall apples attracts lots of Fox visits. Here is a little montage of some of them over 3 days.

View: BU6_20180921_2106_334+20180920_2151_075_SC2 Badger eating windfall apples over 2 nights (montage).jpg
Description: Badgers visit this end of the 'orchard' on most nights to enjoy some of the windfall apples.

Date: 15 Nov 2018
View: E60_20180924_1724_085_FB3 Sparrowhawk male over kitchen perch (crop).jpg
Description: A male Sparrowhawk flashes by the kitchen window perch.

View: E60_20180924_0951_055_FB3 Wood Pigeon fleeing from perch with Grey Squirrel gripping feathers near tail (crop).jpg
Description: We see a lot of Grey squirrel threatening one another and other species, but rarely see the teeth buried in another creature - here a Wood Pigeon that didn't take off quite quickly enough. Either the Grey squirrel will have lost it's grip, or the Pigeon will lose a few feathers. We haven't noticed an injured pigeon in the following days.

Date: 14 Nov 2018
View: D01_20180921_2143_002-2151_012_FB6 Barn Owl 13m visit to meadow post 1+3-5 of 8 (montage).jpg
Description: A Beautiful Barn Owl graces us with a quarter of an hour visit.

View: E60_20180924_0337_040-0359_045_FB3 Tawny Owl 23 minute visit to Kitchen Window perch 1-3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: A long visit to the Kitchen window perch by this Tawny owl gives us a chance to produce this little montage.

View: E60_20180924_0353_043_FB3 Tawny Owl 23 minute visit to Kitchen Window perch 4 of 5 (crop 2).jpg
Description: Much more detail of the leftmost image in the above montage.

Date: 13 Nov 2018
View: E60_20180921_2040_068+_2043_069_FB3 Tawny owl landing on Kitchen bird table and leaving (montage).jpg
Description: A Tawny Owl visits the kitchen window bird table.
The sense beams now runs to the left of the table so the bird flapping wings on both landing and departure triggered the camera.

View: D01_20180925_0249_038+0255_042_FB6 Tawny Owl landing twice on meadow post 6 minutes apart 1+2(mirrored) of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: Backwards and Forwards landings of 'our' Tawny Owl.

View: D01_20180925_0146_011-0204_034_FB6 Tawny Owl 21 minute visit to meadow post 1-3+7 of 7 (montage).jpg
Description: Landing successfully accomplished, this Tawny Owl then starts to look really intensely at something to the right - probably a rodent at the meadow camera site.

Date: 12 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180918_1240_162 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female perched in Hawthorn.jpg
Description: A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly sunning herself in a hawthorn hedge.

View: DF3_20180918_1246_176+1250_193 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on tip of sticks (montage).jpg
Description: This male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly was flying from stick tip to stick tip as he keeps a look-out for rivals and mates.

View: DF3_20180918_1300_206 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on ground of drought desiccated grass.jpg
Description: This female Common Darter dragonfly resting on the ground almost vanishes in the dead grass, of which there is still LOTS months after the heatwave.

Date: 11 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180918_1229_065+069 Red Kite in flight 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: For a couple of minutes this Red Kite wheels round us.

View: DF3_20180918_1229_083-095 Red Kite rolling in flight 1-5 of 5 (montage just under 2 seconds).jpg
Description: Here over 2 seconds you see the Red Kite 'rolling' to give us views of top and bottom of the wings.

View: DF3_20180918_1230_135-143 Red Kite gliding past trees 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage alternate frames @ 7fps).jpg
Description: As the Red Kite departed it glided against the trees by the brook. It wasn't until we built this accurate montage we realised how steeply the bird was descending.

Date: 10 Nov 2018
View: E64_20180914_1448_106_FB2 Grey Squirrel with conifer frond in mouth.jpg
Description: As the nights get colder Drey maintenance becomes a priority for Grey Squirrels.

View: E62_20180919_0736_046_FB5 Grey squirrel carrying away conker.jpg
Description: The Conker Harvest by the Grey Squirrels is in full swing. Most of these will be buried to dig up and eat in the winter.

View: E64_20180917_1854_037+20180918_1839_075_FB2 Grey squirrel collecting Conkers (montage).jpg
Description: Conkers Wrapped or Unwrapped - the Grey Squirrel doesn't care.

Date: 09 Nov 2018
View: E64_20180913_1741_039_FB2 Pheasant male head detail.jpg
Description: 'Our' male Pheasant really looks fantastic.

Date: 08 Nov 2018
View: E63_20180913_0210_055--20180916_2332_332_FB1 13 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) assortment (from 24 frames) (approx montage).jpg
Description: Over 4 days we found 24 usable images of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over this site. Here is a little celebration of the best, all broadly where they were when the original frames were taken. The owls will be pleased!

View: E63_20180916_0056_267_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) nose to nose (crop).jpg
Description: A little moment of 'togetherness' between a couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice).

Date: 07 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180915_1222_013 Comma Butterfly showing top and underwing.jpg
Description: The same Comma Butterfly, this one highlighting the gorgeous orange colour.

View: DF3_20180915_1222_014 Comma Butterfly showing underwing.jpg
Description: The same Comma Butterfly, this one highlighting darker underwing and white 'comma'.

Date: 06 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180915_1535_024+1536_038 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male perched on Great Willow Herb stem 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly is sunning himself on a stem of great Willow Herb. This is 2 different views of the same individual.

View: DF3_20180917_1357_025 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male in flight.jpg
Description: A male Southern Hawker Dragonfly over the meadow, in among several Migrant Hawkers without obvious conflict.

View: DF3_20180915_1222_006 Common Darter Dragonfly female overmature on Blackberry stem.jpg
Description: In the mid-day sunshine a female Common Darter Dragonfly perches on a dead Blackberry stem. This female is probably past breeding, and hopefully enjoying her last few days before the frosts arrive.

View: DF3_20180915_1225_018 Common Darter Dragonfly male mature.jpg
Description: A male Common Darter Dragonfly surveying the surroundings from the tip of a cut stinging nettle.

Date: 05 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180915_0707_053-060 10 Canada Geese flying in close formation 01+04+08+11+15 of 16 (approx montage).jpg
Description: This is a montage of 5 images, at about half second intervals, of a 'knot' of Canada Geese winging their way. We watched quite a lot of these geese flying to the south of our patch, turning left (as you see here) and making a wide sweep to fly in the opposite direction north of our patch.
Is our 100m square a useful landmark for the airborne?

View: DF3_20180915_0707_061 10 Canada Geese flying in close formation 16 of 16 (crop).jpg
Description: One frame after the leftmost image in the montage, a closer look at the confusing line of Canada Geese.

View: DF3_20180915_0709_187 11 Canada Geese + 1 Barnacle Goose flying in skein 02 of 17 (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: Only later when counting the Canada Geese for the file title did we notice that one of the birds (second from the left) was in fact a Barnacle Goose.

View: DF3_20180915_0709_200 Barnacle Goose below Canada Goose in flight 15 of 17 (crop).jpg
Description: A closer look at another frame shows the Barnacle Goose below one of the Canada Geese. This is our first sighting of a Barnacle Goose here.

Date: 04 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180913_0703_026 Dandelion Clock with frost on it lit by rising sun (air temp 5C) (crop 2).jpg
Description: This Dandelion Clock sparkled in the hazy early morning sunshine. It was only when we looked at this pic on the PC screen that we realised that it was actually frosted. Air temperature was suddenly down to 5C was enough to warrant warm coats and over-trousers.

View: DF3_20180913_0658_013 Shafts of sunlight in mist at sunrise (crop).jpg
Description: A ground mist below a clear blue sky made for some interesting visions. Here the sunlight streams through the hedge trees creating 'star' beams that you sometimes see spread downwards in the sky, but this time sideways and even sloping 'upwards' as a perspective effect.

Date: 03 Nov 2018
View: E63_20180910_0140_406+20180907_2243_194_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) holding corn in paws + leopard Slug + another leopard slug (montage).jpg
Description: A Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) holding a corn grain in it's paws, along with the Leopard slug below it. The Leopard slug to the right is from 3 days earlier (also with a less interesting mouse in the same place as this one so not shown) and was bigger and differently marked to the later individual.

View: E63_20180913_0426_296_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) assortment (montage).jpg
Description: From 14 images of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 3 days we build this little collection.

Date: 02 Nov 2018
View: DF3_20180907_1640_049 Buzzard gliding overhead.jpg
Description: This Buzzard glided silently overhead.

View: DF3_20180909_1217_018 Kite in flight.jpg
Description: The Red Kite flying into a headwind, flapping rather than a relaxed glide.

View: DF3_20180909_1217_049-051 Red Kite in flight against strong wind 3-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: The Red Kite flying into a headwind, flapping rather than a relaxed glide, disappears behind the trees.

Date: 01 Nov 2018
View: D01_20180910_0014_021-0037_052_FB6 Tawny Owl 24 minute to Meadow Post 01+04-06+10+12 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: An extended visit by a Tawny Owl - the only visit in the week.
The divide at the top of the head looks wider than our normal visitor, but may be just moulting.

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Date: 31 Oct 2018
View: BU5_20180909_2104_806+2105_808+2026_799_SC1 Fox by Round Pond 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: Foxes are among our most usual night visitors.

View: BU5_20180909_2135_821+2134_814+2141_848_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer female at Round pond over 8 minutes 1-3 of 3 (acc montage).jpg
Description: Reeve's Muntjac Deer are among our most usual night visitors. This female is called a Doe.

View: BU6_20180908_0241_298-300_SC2 Badger walking in Orchard (montage).jpg
Description: Badgers are among our most usual night visitors. This one is particularly pristine.

View: BU6_20180903_2259_147+148+150+2303_151_SC2 Badger eating windfall apple over 4 minutes 1+2+4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg
Description: Badgers make nightly visits to this 'apple-bar'. There are lots of partly eaten windfalls around, and here we see the before and after a few 'chomps'

Date: 30 Oct 2018
View: E63_20180903_2317_080+2346_082+2326_081_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) visits over 30 minutes 1+3+2 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: It seems some years since we saw Fieldmice (Wood Mice) leaping about, so here a little celebration of our little 'squeakers'. The Mouse on the right of the rock and the one above appear like this in a single frame. The other are from other frames all within 30 minutes.

View: E63_20180906_0209_242+0113_240+0032_238_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) visits over 90 minutes 3+2+1 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: The 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) at the bottom along with all the fir cones come from a single image. The rest taken over and hour and a half.

Date: 29 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180905_1417_113-116 Southern Hawker Dragonfly female in flight 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg
Description: 4 images of a female Southern Hawker Dragonfly in this pic, if you can only find them spread across the confusing ground flying right to left.

View: DF3_20180905_1417_116 Southern Hawker Dragonfly female in flight 4 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: This is a detail of the last image in the montage (far left).
The male of the Southern Hawker Dragonfly is our most commonly seen large Hawker, but we don't often see the females like this one except when depositing eggs at the edge of a pond, so a pleasing moment.

View: DF3_20180905_1420_167 Southern Hawker Dragonfly female in flight holding prey to mouth 2 of 4 (crop).jpg
Description: Here our female Southern Hawker Dragonfly shows that her interest is hunting, here holding the remains of some food item in her legs and her mandibles do their thing.
The males of this species seem to spend far longer 'on the wing' than the females in order to guard their territory and be on the lookout for females.

Date: 28 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180904_1122_033 Fox & Cubs making atypical second flowering.jpg
Description: The crazy weather has induced some of the 'Fox & Cubs' plants to flower again. The tips of the petals look as if they have been cut out with tiny Pinking Shears!

View: DF3_20180906_1254_012 Dandelion flower with partially and fully open seed heads (aka clocks).jpg
Description: This 'Haloed' Dandelion at the front of the house look rather striking in the sunshine.

View: DF3_20180906_1254_009 Dandelion flower with partially and fully open seed heads (aka clocks).jpg
Description: From the side we can see the Dandelion Flower, opening seed head and the full Dandelion 'clock'.

Date: 27 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180901_1007_034 Brown Argus Butterfly female on thistle showing top and bottom of wings (crop).jpg
Description: In a field margin we found this female Brown Argus Butterfly feeding on one of the few still flowering Thistle plants. This pic showing both sides of the wings.

View: DF3_20180901_1008_044 Brown Argus Butterfly female on thistle showing top of wings (crop).jpg
Description: Here we see the same female Brown Argus Butterfly with her wings fully open.

Date: 26 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180903_1216_006 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on dandelion leaves.jpg
Description: A Pristine Small Tortoiseshell butterfly perched on the ground level leaves of one of the few remaining flowering Dandelions. This species overwinters so we may (but probably wont) see this individual next Spring.

View: DF3_20180902_1352_044 Green-veined white butterfly (wing tips well worn) feeding on Dandelion.jpg
Description: A well marked Green-veined white Butterfly feeding from a Dandelion flower. The edges of the wings are well worn, but insects in general have no nervous system in the wing surfaces, so don't get (or really need) any warning sensations.

Date: 25 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180901_1005_010 Red Kite with moulting feathers flying overhead.jpg
Description: Not in this Red Kite's finest appearance, but a stunning moment circling overhead.

View: DF3_20180901_1005_025-027 Red Kite with moulting feathers in flight @7fps (montage).jpg
Description: After flying overhead, the Red Kite flies off.

View: DF3_20180831_1600_057-087 Red Kite circling @7fps (montage every 6th frame).jpg
Description: A Red kite circling overhead.
What a mess the moult makes of the normally pristine feathers.

Date: 24 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180831_1556_052 Shieldbug Bishops Mitre (Aelia acuminata) on drying bedsheet.jpg
Description: On the rotating clothes-line this little (maybe 1cm long) Shieldbug was perched on a sheet. Our first record of this (apparently) common insect.

View: DF3_20180902_0959_072 7-spot Ladybird on debris from clearing scrub in meadow.jpg
Description: There has been a severe dearth of Ladybirds this year, but those we have seen are mostly the native 7-spot species photographed here, rather than more recent years predominantly 'Harlequins'.

Date: 23 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180830_1240_016 Hobby flying overhead.jpg
Description: A Hobby flying overhead, poorly lit underneath by the sun high in the clear sky.

View: E64_20180903_1503_014_FB2 2 Chaffinch males in-flight squabble with 2 females uninvolved (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: Breeding may be over this year for these two male chaffinches, but they are here having a good set-to with claws interlocked. The two females (foreground) don't even appear to watching - perhaps 'boys will be boys' whatever the species!

Date: 22 Oct 2018
View: BU6_20180901_2244_461+2245_464+2246_468_SC2 Badger taking bite out of Windfall apple 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: In the orchard there are lots of partly eaten windfall apples. Here we actually see a Badger taking a lump out of a largish apple. These pics at about 1 minute intervals top to bottom.

View: E64_20180905_2256_209_FB2 Badger.jpg
Description: A Badger at the woodland site heading in the direction of the orchard.

View: BU6_20180905_2318_509_SC2 Badger in Orchard.jpg
Description: 20 minutes after being photographed at the woodland site, the Badger arrives at the end of the orchard to gorge on more windfall apples.

Date: 21 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180824_1718_161+1721_185+1723_191+D5C_1729_007 Sparrowhawk female on Willow branch @ Frog Pond 2+6+7+9 of 9 (montage).jpg
Description: A female Sparrowhawk perched in a large Willow tree 20m from the conservatory window, so we both had a go at some photos. This is our first Sparrowhawk sighting since January (on the meadow post 7 months ago).

View: DF3_20180831_1607_112 Sparrowhawk in flight.jpg
Description: A week later this Sparrowhawk flashed by overhead.
This bird has suddenly become very active in and around our patch, with several piles of plucked feathers in plain view, and new such heaps appearing on most days.

Date: 20 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180829_1544_065 Comma Butterfly (showing upper & lower wing surfaces) on side of meadow post.jpg
Description: On the vertical side of the meadow post (where we see most of our Owls) is this Comma Butterfly. In this pic you can see both sides of the wings, including the white Comma mark that gives the insect it's name.

Date: 19 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180829_1531_030+033 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male discarding remains of prey from mandibles 1+4 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly glides by with his latest afternoon snack, then veers away dropping the indigestible bits as he went.

View: DF3_20180829_1540_060 Common Darter Dragonfly male perched on corrugated iron sheet.jpg
Description: The corrugated iron sheet put down to attract snakes hasn't shown us one for months, But the warm white(ish) metal attracted this male Common Darter Dragonfly.

Date: 18 Oct 2018
View: E63_20180825_2045_175-2344_191_FB1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 1 night 1-8 of 8 (approx montage).jpg
Description: After the heat-wave the Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are back, here between nightfall and midnight at least 2 fieldmice (wood mice) took their pics 8 times, montaged here fairly accurately.

View: E62_20180827_2149_030+2306_036+2327_037_FB5 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) (adjusted montage).jpg
Description: The Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are now regularly firing the ground level cameras overnight, and we are spoilt for choice as to what to show you. Here 3 visits before midnight, slightly re-arranged for effect.

View: E63_20180829_2354_237-20180830_0324_247_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 1 night 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: A montage of 4 images each of a pair of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) visiting the site for a few hours overnight.

View: E62_20180829_0459_115_FB5 Field Vole eating corn grain by fruits.jpg
Description: Not to be outdone by the Fieldmice (Wood Mice), this Vole enjoys a corn grain even though surrounded by fruit.

Date: 17 Oct 2018
View: D01_20180824_0504_001+002+0505_003_FB6 Barn Owl visiting Meadow post over 4 minutes 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg
Description: After months of absence the Barn Owl made visits on 3 successive nights. This is some moments from the middle visit.

Date: 16 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180824_0622_069-077 Roe Deer female running & leaping along Bridleway @5fps 054-062 of 136 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: After crossing the concrete farm road the female Roe Deer turned down the Bridleway and continued the run. This is the longest of our 136 continuous images uninterrupted by trees and other obstructions.
The appearance of the Roe Deer here, and of the hedges is incredibly rich, lit by the rising sun - we haven't enhanced the colours.

View: DF3_20180824_0622_072-074 Roe Deer female leaping along Bridleway @5fps 057-059 of 136 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: The middle 3 images from the above montage of 9 to show the female Roe Deer in more detail.

View: DF3_20180824_0622_106-111 Roe Deer female leaping along Bridleway @5fps 091-096 of 136 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: The female Roe Deer bounded down the Bridleway, the distance covered in each bound seemed to us rather grounded creatures to be ENORMOUS. The spacings are accurate.

View: DF3_20180824_0622_129-133 Roe Deer female leaping along Bridleway @5fps 114-118 of 136 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: As the female Roe Deer moved into the distance we catch a final elegant leap before she disappears through the hedge.
We have all of the 136 original camera frames available on request if any particularly appeal to you.

Date: 15 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180824_0622_017 Roe Deer female running & leaping along west Farm field 002 of 136 (crop).jpg
Description: We first spotted this female Roe Deer speeding over the fallow field (maybe 70m away) away from our patch and towards the Farm Road entrance.
The appearance of the Roe Deer here, and of the hedges is incredibly rich, lit by the rising sun - we haven't enhanced the colours.

View: DF3_20180824_0622_021-23 Roe Deer female leaping along west Farm field @7fps 006-008 of 136 (montage).jpg
Description: The Roe Deer's high speed run was interspersed with leaps.

View: DF3_20180824_0622_056-060 Roe Deer female running across Farm Road @5fps 041-045 of 136 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Running over the concrete track is probably a bit rough on the Roe Deer's little hooves and a little less elegant, and just reaching to land on the softer ground off the edge of the concrete.

View: DF3_20180824_0622_062 Roe Deer female running & leaping along west Farm field & Bridleway (7-5fps) 047 of 136 (crop).jpg
Description: After crossing the 10m side grass strip the female Roe Deer seems to leap for Joy back on the softer footing.

Date: 14 Oct 2018
View: BU2_20180825_0337_249+0325_246_SC7 Polecat hunting over Round Mound and catching Rodent 6+3 of 6 (acc montage right first).jpg
Description: After some weeks of absence this Polecat is hunting over the mound (right) and 12 minutes later (left) has found a Rodent (Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) or Vole judging by size) and is carrying it off.

Date: 13 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180821_1554_037 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male (crop).jpg
Description: This mature male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly's wings are still mostly intact, but the trailing edges are showing signs of wear - mostly likely dragged over the thorns on a few Blackberry stems.

View: DF3_20180821_1555_042 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male (crop).jpg
Description: This mature male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly's worn wings not as obvious here, and you get a proper view of the body.

View: DF3_20180821_1608_044 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on Dock seed head (crop).jpg
Description: In the crop field margin there are many metres of Dock seed heads. This female Common Darter Dragonfly flits between them providing different views of this pristine individual.

View: DF3_20180821_1609_048 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on Dock seed head (crop).jpg
Description: In the crop field margin there are many metres of Dock seed heads. This female Common Darter Dragonfly flits between them providing different views of this pristine individual.

Date: 12 Oct 2018
View: D01_20180823_0042_007+006_FB6 Barn Owl short visit to meadow post 2+1 of 2 (montage).jpg
Description: No visits from the Tawny Owl in the last couple of weeks, so we are specially pleased to be seeing this Barn owl. This was the first 'sighting'. A huge increase in the number of rodents recently is probably a major attraction.

View: E63_20180820_0451_368+20180817_0334_079+20180820_0109_352_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on stone (montage).jpg
Description: 3 fieldmice (wood mice) on the stone on 2 nights, 3 days apart, re-arranged to make a little sequence. The Owl arrived 3 days later - we don't think that this is purely chance.

Date: 11 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180819_1503_035 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly male in flight @7fps 2 of 3 (crop).jpg
Description: The predominant Dragonfly here is, as usual, the Migrant Hawker. One evening we saw at least 4 at once hawking over the meadow. Here is one of the males flying overhead.

View: DF3_20180819_1522_185 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male perched in hedge.jpg
Description: This beauty is a male Southern Hawker Dragonfly stopped to warm up in the fitful sunshine.

View: DF3_20180821_1731_051 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male perched inside Blackberry bush (crop).jpg
Description: This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly went to perch deep in a Blackberry bush/hedge where we catch the beauty in dappled sunlight.

Date: 10 Oct 2018
View: BU5_20180817_2049_459+2051_461+462+465_SC1 2 Foxes mating on edge of round pond 5+7+8+11 of 12 (montage).jpg
Description: A Fox arrives scaring away a Reeve's Muntjac Deer is promptly joined by another Fox. They then proceed to mate by the waters edge for a minute or two.
Very 'Romantic' - if you are a Fox.

View: E62_20180818_0235_071_FB5 Fox.jpg
Description: We can't identify which of our foxes appears in the mating montage, and there are at least 3 individuals visiting at the moment.

Date: 09 Oct 2018
View: D72_20180810_1752_053 Robins Pin-cushion on new rose tendril.jpg
Description: This is the Robins Pin-cushion (rose bedeguar gall) on an overhead tendril of Rose rather than on an established plant where we normally see them. Since nearly getting 'spiked' on the head by this tendril, we have spotted several more instances of Pin-cushions on high growth. We think that the insects that induce these galls must have really enjoyed the heat-wave!

View: DF3_20180821_1250_024 Small White Butterfly (very tatty) on Lesser Burdock flower.jpg
Description: In the crop field margin we found this very tatty Small White Butterfly feeding from what we identify as a Lesser Burdock plant.

Date: 08 Oct 2018
View: E60_20180810_0540_032+0543_033+0537_031_FB3 Wood Pigeon in various positions 2+3+1 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: 3 early morning visits over 6 minutes by this elegant Wood Pigeon (rearranged for effect) lines up along an 'extended' perch to provide a 'Portfolio' of pics.

View: E60_20180806_0605_154_FB3 Wood Pigeon facing camera with wings spread.jpg
Description: A Wood Pigeon make a rather spectacular arrival.

View: E60_20180807_1932_126_FB3 Wood Pigeon juvenile and parent (crop).jpg
Description: On the left a juvenile Wood Pigeon arrive next to (presumably) mum or dad. A really rather sweet moment.

View: E64_20180816_1354_019_FB2 Stock Dove juvenile.jpg
Description: A juvenile Stock Dove wanders over the woodland floor learning what there might be to eat.

Date: 07 Oct 2018
View: E62_20180815_0318_097_FB5 Fox (orig & final).jpg
Description: This sleek Fox trots though the meadow site. This is the whole frame from the camera 'untouched' except for image size reduction.

View: E63_20180816_0014_304_FB1 Badger (whole frame).jpg
Description: One of our bigger Badgers blunders through the sense beam. This is the whole frame.

View: E62_20180813_2300_033_FB5 Badger (crop 2).jpg
Description: One of our young badgers checking out the fruit waste.

Date: 06 Oct 2018
View: E64_20180815_0057_110_FB2 Red Underwing Moth in flight low over ground in woodland (crop 1).jpg
Description: This is a Red Underwing Moth flying over the ground, complete with shadow to lower right. We have no record of seeing this moth since 2011, and very few images of any of the 'Underwing' moths in flight - they are reluctant to fly in our 'flight tunnel' though we did manage a few pics in 2009 to 2011.

View: DF3_20180811_1256_130-158 Large White Butterfly pair attempting to mate 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: This year we have seen more white butterflies (Large and Small) than we normally see over several years. This pair seemed intent on mating, didn't actually finish the job in front of us, and finally took off together to make one of their beautiful fluttering spirals into the blue and over the trees out of view.

Date: 05 Oct 2018
View: BU5_20180814_0325_240_SC1+BU6_20180814_0418_208_SC2 Muntjac Deer pair + hour & 100m away male sniffs female (montage).jpg
Description: What we assume is the same pair of Reeves Muntjac Deer first by the edge of Round Pond, and an hour later at the end of the orchard 100m away, where the male is sniffing the female 'in hope'.

Date: 04 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180811_1239_077 Common Darter Dragonfly male.jpg
Description: A Common Darter Dragonfly perched aligned with a thin frond of Hop Sedge.

View: DF3_20180813_1500_001 Common Blue Damselfly female blue form perched on Blackberry leaf.jpg
Description: The female of the Common Blue Damselfly comes in three colour variants, given various names in various ID books, but they all agree that this one is called the 'Blue' variant'

View: DF3_20180815_1229_028-031 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female in flight @7fps 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Outside our East border several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies were hunting in the fitful sunshine, occasionally swerving from their path to catch some insect too small for us to see. This moment of flight is about half a second

View: DF3_20180815_1230_039 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female hanging from leaf in hedge.jpg
Description: As the sunshine waned this individual landed almost in front of us giving us the chance to capture this portrait.

Date: 03 Oct 2018
View: E64_20180806_1233_016_FB2 Chaffinch male flying in towards female on ground (adjusted crop).jpg
Description: A male Chaffinch, now completely devoid of any blue tinge to his beak, flies straight at a female on the ground. The truce between Chaffinches only lasts just long enough to make a family!

View: E63_20180814_0619_087_FB1 Chaffinch male attacking another on the ground.jpg
Description: Here two lone Chaffinches males, here devoid of any breeding colour, are back to squabbling over anything they can think of.

Date: 02 Oct 2018
View: E62_20180809_0453_225_FB5 Fox with snout down opened crack in ground.jpg
Description: We seem to have at least 3 rather pristine Foxes visiting the camera sites, each with different shapes at the ear tip. The heat-wave has created many cracks in the dehydrated soil, this one opened up by endless probing by birds and mammals.

View: E63_20180807_0527_103_FB1 Fox.jpg
Description: At the hedge bottom similar soil cracks present an opportunity for Foxes to forage.

View: E63_20180807_2254_188_FB1 Fox (crop).jpg
Description: The Fox's large eyes can't move far in their sockets, but have swivelled towards the camera - perhaps in the 300mS between the click of the sensor relay closing and the camera firing.

View: E64_20180809_0346_238_FB2 Fox (crop).jpg
Description: Fox in near total darkness creeps up on something we would never even see.

Date: 01 Oct 2018
View: DF3_20180807_1230_044+1231_046+050 Brimstone moth in hedge fluttering onto camouflaging yellowed leaf 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg
Description: This brimstone moth (not to be confused with the brimstone butterfly) was quite visible against the dark green of the hedge. It fluttered about in the hedge and then seemed to disappear. We just could not see it against this Yellowed leaf in the dark of the hedge, but the camera following the action shows a brilliant piece of camouflage we only discovered on-screen later.

Image Archive arch 2018 sep.htm (view it Here)

Date: 30 Sep 2018
View: D71_20180807_0806_007 Sundogs in early morning (crop and pincushion correction).jpg
Description: An unusually visible pair of Sundogs joining the morning sun.

View: E65_20180807_0807_001 Sundog (left side detail) with gull.jpg
Description: Here is a detail of the left sundog complete with an incidental gull.

Date: 29 Sep 2018
View: E64_20180804_1820_168_FB2 Robin flying by feet to camera and feathers spread (crop).jpg
Description: An adult Robin banks across the photo site with some tiny morsel in the tip of the beak. What a mess a season of breeding makes of the once pristine feathers.

Date: 28 Sep 2018
View: E64_20180803_0227_061_FB2 Badger striding through site.jpg
Description: One of two pristine Badger individuals trundling across the Woodland camera site 3 days apart.

View: E64_20180806_0403_219_FB2 Badger.jpg
Description: One of two pristine Badger individuals trundling across the Woodland camera site 3 days apart.

View: BU6_20180809_0110_574-576_SC2 2 Badgers together in Orchard (IR montage).jpg
Description: We are now sure that we have at least 2 similarly pristine Badgers, the one to the left/behind with slightly duller white fur areas.

Date: 27 Sep 2018
View: E63_20180804_1918_237_FB1 Blackbird juvenile begging from mother (crop).jpg
Description: In successive frames we catch a juvenile Blackbird demanding food from it's Mum.

View: E63_20180804_1919_238_FB1 Blackbird juvenile begging from mother (crop).jpg
Description: In successive frames we catch a juvenile Blackbird demanding food from it's Mum. Here the juvenile Blackbird has it's back to camera and the tip of the upper mandible hides the yellow tip of the adults beak.

View: E62_20180808_2000_217_FB5 Blackbird female with insect in beak.jpg
Description: 4 days later this female Blackbird has some sort of caterpillar in her beak. Parents are still actively feeding youngsters then, as shown earlier.

View: E63_20180807_1853_148_FB1 Blackbird juvenile.jpg
Description: A Gorgeously coloured juvenile Blackbird, presumably from an earlier brood.

Date: 26 Sep 2018
View: E63_20180804_0535_188_FB1 Fox eating piece of apple.jpg
Description: If you can't catch a succulent Rodent, eat the apple instead.

View: E63_20180805_1837_284_FB1 Grey Squirrel eating Apple core held in paws.jpg
Description: Its apple-fall time - so the Squirrels eat apple - here actually the core of a Pink Lady Apple from Tesco!

View: E64_20180803_0711_067_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying away a half Avocado rind.jpg
Description: A Grey Squirrel carries off half of an Avocado rind.
We never find the scraped out remains of the rinds, so suspect that the Squirrels eat the whole thing.

Date: 25 Sep 2018
View: E62_20180805_2019_353_FB5 Wood Pigeon looking down crack in parched ground.jpg
Description: The drought has created wide and deep cracks in exposed soil. Here a Wood Pigeon looks down the Crack hoping for some food dropped in.

View: E62_20180806_0239_370_FB5 Badger sniffing down crack in parched ground.jpg
Description: The drought has created wide and deep cracks in exposed soil. Here a Badger sticks his snout into the crack to check out interesting smells from within. Badgers have very poor eyesight and use a sense of smell to compensate.

Date: 24 Sep 2018
View: E62_20180804_1820_256_FB5 Weasel with arched body (tip of snout off edge of frame) (crop).jpg
Description: This Weasel shows us the wonderful flexible back that we think puts even a Cheetah to shame!
See a Cheetah in action at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icFMTB0Pi0g
Interesting pics always seem to be at least partly out of frame :-(

View: E62_20180804_1835_258_FB5 Weasel possibly attacking Magpie (crop).jpg
Description: Is the Weasel about to attack the Magpie?
Oh for another frame perhaps 2 seconds later!

View: E60_20180803_0435_043_FB3 Bat and Plume Moth in flight.jpg
Description: Near the end of the night a Bat breaks the sense beam just as a Plume Moth (species unknown) flies away. Did the Bat miss his prey?

Date: 23 Sep 2018
View: DF3_20180804_1548_216-1549_256 Red Kite circling in Thermal 1-8 of 8 (compact montage @7fps about every 5th).jpg
Description: In the hot afternoon sun in a cloudless sky, this Red Kite started drawing circles in the sky as it gained height. The bird made a lovely swoop coming quite close to us. From the 42 pics we took (at 7fps) we selected these 8 to make a close spaced impression. Pics about 2/3 second apart.

Date: 22 Sep 2018
View: DF3_20180801_1609_044 Para-glider.jpg
Description: Out for an afternoon stroll we realised that the air was 'full' of Para-gliders, mostly circling high in thermals to gain height but generally moving in the direction WSW to ENE. There must have been at least 20 different craft over the 25 minutes we watched them until they seemed to have finished their passage.
This Para-glider got the closest to us, arriving quite low, circling many times to gain height, but failing to rise. A few minutes later he gave up the unequal struggle with gravity, and landed out of sight over the horizon to our south.

View: DF3_20180801_1606_025-1631_219 Para-gliders over 25 minutes (montage).jpg
Description: A fun montage of some of the 200 images we got. Para-gliders go in for some interesting colours and designs. The 'wing' is actually two sheets of material with openings along the front edge to inflate the wing into an aerodynamic shape. If the top and bottom are different patterns or colours, light through the fabrics can change the appearance as they change direction.
We were expecting to find aircraft G-xxxx numbers on the canopies as seen on hang-gliders, but there are none. The explanation is that ...
"A self-administering organisation is responsible for administering operational and airworthiness standards and for issuing pilot certificates."
Parachutes (as emergency equipment) don't require registration, and Para-gliders are sort of similar. We notice that Para-glider pilots sport an emergency parachute on their backs! Very sensible.

Date: 21 Sep 2018
View: E64_20180731_1458_126_FB2 Stock Dove.jpg
Description: Late summer sees the arrival of what has in recent years become the annual appearance of a few Stock Doves.

View: E60_20180805_2049_146_FB3 Stock Dove juvenile balanced awkwardly on edge of bird table.jpg
Description: The feather down and 'naked' beak tell us that this is a juvenile stock Dove teetering inexpertly on the edge of the bird table. We know of several Pigeon nests around our site and now assume one of them raised this youngster.

View: E64_20180801_0926_236_FB2 Red-legged Partridge.jpg
Description: We keep scaring away Partridges as we walk about outside our patch. Here inside our patch one of the Red-legged variety steps through the photo sense beam right at the right edge of the photographic frame.

Date: 20 Sep 2018
View: E64_20180801_2129_275_FB2 Fox hunting.jpg
Description: We wouldn't want to be in the focus of those eyes!

View: E63_20180802_0546_309_FB1 Fox at Stone.jpg
Description: Wouldn't it be interesting to experience the smell of this stone the way a fox does?

Date: 19 Sep 2018
View: E62_20180731_0658_083_FB5 Robin about to land by Tree Sparrow.jpg
Description: An early morning Robin 'drops in' next to a juvenile Tree Sparrow that doesn't seem particularly concerned - it may not know that some Robin are 'bully boys'.

View: E64_20180801_1401_249_FB2 Chaffinches squabbling (crop).jpg
Description: Chaffinches have bred well this year, so there are lots of opportunities for 'pecking order' disputes.

Date: 18 Sep 2018
View: SW1_20180731_0714_038_SC1 Roe Deer male (crop).jpg
Description: A lovely male Roe Deer displaying his characteristic antlers - strangely 'crusty' at the base and with only 2 (as here) or 3 points.

View: BU6_20180804_0729_557_SC2 Roe Deer female (crop).jpg
Description: 4 days later, and 100 metres away, we see this female Roe Deer delicately stepping through the windfall apples.

View: DF3_20180727_0753_008-013 Muntjac Reeves Deer female walking over grass 1-6 of 9 (montage @ 7fps).jpg
Description: This female Reeve's Muntjac Deer (a much smaller deer than the Roe) patters over the grass verge of the Farm Road, unusually unbothered by our presence.

Date: 17 Sep 2018
View: D72_20180728_1107_016 Cats-ear (Hypochaeris radicata or Hypocho) flowers + 7-spot ladybird in crop margin track end (crop).jpg
Description: This plant is 'Cat's-ear' flowering in the crop margin. Only when we looked at the pic on the screen did we spot the 7-spot Ladybird left and down from the centre. The bright yellow splashes of colour against the dark is how it really looks.

Date: 16 Sep 2018
View: E62_20180727_2302_133_FB5 Badger.jpg
Description: This pristine Badger is becoming a real regular at the feeding sites and in the trail cams. Will be watching for him digging out a bolt-hole or home.

View: BU6_20180801_2224_733-20180802_0128_766_SC2 Badger visits over 1 night (montage).jpg
Description: Over one night this pristine badger trundles around head down. The main attraction is the fall of apples from dehydration and a recent high winds.

Date: 15 Sep 2018
View: E63_20180719_1924_029_FB1 Fox hunting.jpg
Description: One of the local foxes searches the still parched ground for some unfortunate food item. They are omnivores so will most likely enjoy the strawberry as well.

View: BU6_20180726_2121_058-063_SC2 2 Foxes at end of orchard 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg
Description: Two Foxes spent a minute or two companionably together at the end of the orchard.

View: BU6_20180801_2121_735_SC2 2 Foxes.jpg
Description: Exactly 6 days later (to the minute!) this is possibly the same fox 'couple' we showed you as a montage above.

Date: 14 Sep 2018
View: DF3_20180725_1012_025 Common Blue Butterfly feeding on Blackberry flower.jpg
Description: This year has seen the numbers of this pretty little Common Blue Butterfly rise from an occasional one at a time to several in the hedge at once.

View: D72_20180725_1317_031 Brimstone Butterfly male feeding on purple Loosestrife.jpg
Description: Wild flowers have been flowering well and supporting large numbers and variety of Butterflies.

View: DF3_20180725_1003_014 Gatekeeper Butterfly on wilting leaf.jpg
Description: Wild flowers have been flowering well and supporting large numbers and variety of Butterflies.

Date: 13 Sep 2018
View: D72_20180724_1532_013 22 Spot Ladybird on Thistle leaf.jpg
Description: An unusual sighting for us is this 22 spot Ladybird walking over the sharp spines of the thistle leaf with zero concern. Despite its outlandish appearance this is a wholly British species rather than a Harlequin variant.

View: D72_20180721_1318_005 Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum) early instar larva body length 8mm on gate cable lock.jpg
Description: On a cable lock was this less than 1 cm long Shieldbug identified with the image. It will grow by shedding its carapace to become a handsome, if small, creature.

Date: 12 Sep 2018
View: E64_20180722_0035_163+20180719_2210_050+20180720_0446_059_FB2 Fox visits over 3 night (montage).jpg
Description: At the woodland site foxes appearing over 3 nights.
On the left is after rain and looks to be a different individual.

View: E63_20180725_0356_128+0355_127+20180726_0038_217_FB1 Badger (montage).jpg
Description: Visits by what looks like the same pristine Badger on two successive nights. The last visit has the top of the muzzle stained red. We suspect beetroot juice!

Date: 11 Sep 2018
View: E60_20180721_1944_066_FB3 2 Collared Doves sharing corn.jpg
Description: A pair of Collared Doves literally 'billing and Cooing' in a sweet moment.

View: E62_20180717_1801_093_FB5 2 Grey squirrels feeding.jpg
Description: Double Trouble
Two Grey squirrels feeding quietly together can make more trouble than one.

Date: 10 Sep 2018
View: D01_20180721_2300_033+2-0180722_0127_058_FB6 8 Tawny Owl visits to meadow and departure 03+16 of 16 (accurate montage).jpg
Description: Two different visits, one where by luck we caught a take-off, so couldn't resist this accurate montage of events 2.5 hours apart.

View: D01_20180724_2255_008_FB6-E62_20180724_2259_107_FB5 Tawny Owl 3 minute to meadow post followed by visit to ground 1+3+4 of 4 (rescaled montage).jpg
Description: Among several visits to this Post in the same night, all landing with amazingly similar positions, on this occasion the Tawny Owl stayed for a few minutes before flying down to take a photo at the right edge of the 'meadow' site.

View: E62_20180724_2259_107_FB5 Tawny Owl 3 minute to meadow post followed by visit to ground 4 of 4 (crop 2).jpg
Description: We got no right side of the bird making a full scale portrait a bit awkward, but this 'head and shoulders' works nicely. You can clearly see the flesh-ripping beak.
Whole left side of bird is available if wanted

Date: 09 Sep 2018
View: D5C_20180716_1143_003 Blackbird female sunbathing and panting to cool.jpg
Description: By the edge of the main pond a female Blackbird basks in the sun, presumably to top up her vitamin D, though she wouldn't know it, with beak open panting to keep cool!

View: E62_20180717_1829_100_FB5 Blackbird male with yellow beak.jpg
Description: A male Blackbird with the classic yellow beak

View: E62_20180717_1856_106_FB5 Blackbird female with yellow beak.jpg
Description: At exactly the same scale we find this female Blackbird obviously collecting food for what we assume is a second brood.

Date: 08 Sep 2018
View: E63_20180717_1854_069_FB1 Fox.jpg
Description: As the day draws to an end the Fox's day-time pin-prick pupils begin to expand. At this intermediate the shape is a slightly disconcerting vertical oval.

View: E62_20180719_0249_211_FB5 Fox.jpg
Description: This Fox's irises not quite fully open even at 3 a.m. Possibly there is a bright moon lighting this open site.

View: E62_20180717_2256_125_FB5 Fox head-on walk to camera.jpg
Description: An hour before midnight it is here truly dark and the iris has just about disappeared to let in as much light as possible to the Fox's eyes.

Date: 07 Sep 2018
View: E63_20180712_2333_033+20180714_0217_090_FB1 2 Badger visits (accurate montage).jpg
Description: GUILTY - a mug shot montage of the chief knocker-over of things!
(Actually taken 2 days apart, they may not even be the same individual)