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Molluscs - Snails & Slugs Page 6
Image Taken on 06 Sep 2008
at 19:08 Image of day on 21 Sep 2008
And down came the rain and out come the molluscs (slugs and snails).
Here a couple of the latter.
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Image Taken on 23 Sep 2006
at 02:02 Image of day on 09 Oct 2006
This assortment of snails (not an arrangement nor montage) shows
the shell variations from almost plain yellow to almost all brown.
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Image Taken on 18 May 2006
at 01:38 Image of day on 27 May 2006
We often see the odd snail on the logs (almost in 'animation'
as you flick through reject shots) but on this wet night
these 3 beautifully shelled individuals appeared together.
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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2014
at 12:41 Image of day on 11 Oct 2014
"Clang - Clang - Clang"
"What on earths that" we said.
Through a gap in the trees we saw this Song Thrush beating a
snail against the corrugated iron (placed to attract amphibians and snakes).
Of well over 60 frames taken these 2 seem to catch the moment. On
the left the top of the arc before swinging the snail down onto
the metal, and 50 frames later (so maybe 10 seconds later) the
now destroyed shell and the bird extracting the 'good bit'.
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Image Taken on 27 Feb 2018
at 13:46 Image of day on 07 Apr 2018
A Song Thrush complete with snail in beak. We haven't found what we assume is a
'convenient' Thrush 'Anvil' as yet.
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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2015
at 19:51 Image of day on 17 Oct 2015
90 minutes later at the same site what looks like the same Song Thrush
with more traditional fare - a snail to smash open on the stone.
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Image Taken on 26 May 2011
at 10:28 Image of day on 22 Jun 2011
We have been seeing fresh broken snail shells in more places than
usual, and here is one of the culprits!
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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2010
at 05:57 Image of day on 14 Sep 2010
Various stony places are littered with broken snail shells. Here
is the culprit - a Song Thrush. We think this is a youngish one -
it has certainly taken the snail to where there is no convenient
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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2013
at 04:03 Image of day on 17 Sep 2013
Spider on the shell of a
Snail clambering on
Potato peel resting on the
Tree stump top
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Image Taken on 15 Nov 2011
at 00:46 Image of day on 25 Dec 2011
Another day on we see a landing from straight ahead, and maybe
discover one of the attractions of this tree-stump - one claw has
trapped one of the Leopard slugs - a nice easy meal for the owl?
The next image was 4 hours later so we will never know!
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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2012
at 01:37 Image of day on 05 Nov 2012
This is a Tawny Owl landing on the tree stump. We don't have CCTV
at this site so have no idea how long the bird stayed, nor
whether he ate the slug and snails (the next image is 9 hours
later meaning nothing)
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Image Taken on 19 Dec 2009
at 15:11 Image of day on 25 Jan 2010
Long after installing and removing a camera at a known thrush
anvil (which got some nice images) two existing sites each took
some images of a thrush with a snail.
At this site we found a few snail shells round the stone.
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Image Taken on 22 Dec 2009
at 15:52 Image of day on 25 Jan 2010
This site doesn't seem to have a suitable 'anvil' anywhere near.
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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009
at 07:27 Image of day on 01 Aug 2009
Thrush bashing a snail on the stone to get at breakfast.
He ate at least two like this in 5 minutes.
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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2009
at 09:33 Image of day on 19 Jul 2009
Clearing up the site a bit and getting his stone back level with
the surface has brought back the thrush. Interesting what little
details are important.
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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2009
at 13:30 Image of day on 04 Jul 2009
We found a stone surrounded to broken snail shells - the first 'thrushes
anvil' we have ever found. Installing a camera and beam-break
at it with care not to disturb the anvil site was quickly rewarded
with some images of the thrush with snails. First a thrush with snail
approaching the stone which is at the left edge a quarter of the way up.
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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2009
at 16:07 Image of day on 04 Jul 2009
Several hours later a closer image (with presumably a fresh snail).
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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2013
at 09:44 Image of day on 18 Oct 2013
The duck-weed on the main pod is covered in these little trails.
Where they don't vanish into the bank or under vegetation
we will find a pond snail (details in the insert).
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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2020
at 03:29 Image of day on 18 Oct 2020
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.
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Image Taken on 30 Oct 2021
at 20:38 Image of day on 15 Dec 2021
This 'Yellow Slug' seems to have started the climb up the
mini-mountain, didn't see anything interesting from the top
so started back down. The eye stalks show better as shadows.
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