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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 stone.

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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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