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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2020 at 12:57    Image of day on 12 Jul 2020

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.

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Image Taken on 28 Oct 2014 at 12:41    Image of day on 27 Dec 2014

One of a pair of White Wagtails caught an insect taking off from the roof ridge. The top image shows the White Wagtail launching towards the fly just above the surface of the ridge cap. The second image (about 140mS later) the insect was fleeing but the bird has caught it anyway already within the open beak. It is clearer in the shadow than in the direct image!

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Image Taken on 28 Oct 2014 at 12:41    Image of day on 27 Dec 2014

This was our first attempt at the above montage. The initial position of the insect was muddled in with the shadow of the foot of the flying bird, so we didn't include it. The third image was obviously delayed but it sort of finishes the sequence.

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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2014 at 12:22    Image of day on 30 Dec 2014

In the conservatory we hear the scrabbling feet of Wagtails exploring the roof. By leaving through the front door and walking round the house we can sometimes get to see & photograph them from the outside. This White Wagtail has shortened the usual 'wait for a fly to emerge and dive on it' strategy - it just picked this torpid fly out of the crevice!

Ref: 20141230_df2_20141031_1222_036-038 white wagtail picking fly out of crevice in conservatory roof 1-3 of 4 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 10 Jun 2016 at 16:22    Image of day on 24 Jul 2016

A week after the initial flourish of white wild rose, we get the more conventional pink flowers with much less perfume - even a whole bush with 100 flowers produces less perfume than a handful of white flowers in the hedge. The Honey Bee is making the most of the pollen.

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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2019 at 10:32    Image of day on 27 Aug 2019

Details of Yellow Meadow Vetchling flowers complete with the ever present Hover-fly (which seem atypically numerous this year).

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Image Taken on 26 May 2006 at 13:05    Image of day on 02 Jun 2006

This yellowhammer female has a cranefly in its beak so must be feeding young on a nest somewhere.

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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2010 at 05:35    Image of day on 21 Jul 2010

We know Yellowhammers nest near our South East corner but its nice to get it confirmed by this adult female collecting caterpillars.

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