Itchy nose

Jan. 27th, 2017 12:28 pm
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Scratch that itch, sheep
Fluffy sheep had an itchy nose. Fluffy sheep was determined to scratch that itch!
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Sparrows in hedgerow

I went for a walk on a cold, clear, crisp morning here in the UK Midlands, and these two gave me a very thorough squiz from their vantage point above the footpath!

Blue tit

Dec. 9th, 2016 08:14 am
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Blue tit

Winter's nearly here in the UK Midlands. Heralding its impending arrival are the flocks of adorable little floofy birds that frequent our feeders. :)

Blue tit

Mar. 13th, 2016 09:18 pm
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Excuse me, don't stare, I'm eating

Today I got a chance to camp out for a few minutes near the toroid fat ball feeder and wait for a photo opportunity. This blue tit was kind enough to oblige me, although I'm not sure it appreciated having quite so attentive an audience for its afternoon snack.
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Bee in crocus
[Pollen-covered bee in white crocus flower]

Today I could believe that spring was on its way to the northern hemisphere!
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Lapwings at Upton Warren
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We went to Upton Warren this weekend to try and catch a glimpse of the avocets. We didn't see the avocets, but we did see a lot of lapwings and black-headed gulls on the flashes. Every time I visit the hides Upton Warren I wish for a slightly longer reach for my telephoto (max 200 mm)...
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[YouTube video, 00:00:10 in length, of a muntjac deer checking out the IR camera]

I took the motion-sensitive IR camera on our holiday trip to rural Norfolk, and it captured a couple of members of the feral muntjac deer population (which is quite large in that area) nosing about in the out-laws' garden. I like how the one in the video above is clearly having a squiz at the camera on its tripod!

+1 video )

Fox in IR

Dec. 18th, 2015 01:20 pm
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[YouTube video, 00:00:10 in length, of a fox nosing about in our garden.]

I've been putting out our motion-sensitive IR camera again. The hedgehog appears to have gone into hibernation, probably in the big pile of garden waste at the bottom of our garden. In its place, however, we seem to have acquired a fox!
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Ducks and Geese and other birdies, seen in Utrecht and Soest (a small town nearby).

Ducks in stupid poses on the edge of the canal

more duckies )

Photos culled from those posted at [tumblr.com profile] speculumannorum/[syndicated profile] speculumannorum_feed
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At last, an image that conveys why I have to refill the seed feeder twice a day in winter!

Jay

Jan. 22nd, 2015 04:18 pm
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Finally managed to catch the jay reasonably close to the house! I hold out a slim hope I may see it whilst I'm actually in the garden (and when it's not so overcast), but they're quite shy.
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[Two blue tits in an aerial battle for prime position on a peanut feeder. Highlights are blown on these photos, but I love the poses.]

+3 )

Goldfinch

Jan. 14th, 2015 03:18 pm
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[Goldfinch sitting on a nyger/thistle seed feeder.]

Inspired by the success of the toroid fat ball feeder, we bought another feeder, for nyger seed, to try to tempt the redwings and goldfinches from the field over the canal into our garden. There were no takers for several days. Just as we were starting to despair, we spotted a flock of goldfinches descending on it! This is the best shot we've gotten so far, but I'm hopeful we'll be able to capture them in action over the coming weeks (and the nuthatch we spotted, too).
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[Long-tailed tit on a toroid fat ball feeder, executing a bow.]

Our new fat ball feeder has been brilliant for attracting even more of the bird population of our village. It may, however, bankrupt us as it takes 10 fat balls at a time and currently has to be refilled every three days.

+2 )

All images can be clicked to embiggen.
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[Sparrow in flight, about to take a peanut from a bird feeder. Click to embiggen.]
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(Note: I didn't take any of these caps but I have credited as many as possible. Please click through to flickr for further information or ask me in comments.)

The flood defences built in Worcester (pop. c.100,000) and the surrounding area, especially Upton upon Severn and Bewdley, after the record floods of July 2007 have worked despite new record high river levels in the Severn and Teme but there were only a few centimetres to spare and there are about 50 homes flooded in Worcester, mostly around the suburb of Diglis (I think?), with more in the wider local area. The fastest/largest flow/volume of water through the centre of the city was about 500 metric tonnes per second under Worcester bridge (built 1781 and 1841). The only road bridge and both pedestrian bridges in the city were all closed at least temporarily but the Carrington Bridge across the Severn, for the bypass south of the city, remained open. It’s invidious to pick out one token worker or act of bravery but, for example, at one point two Western Power electricity workers waded through three feet of fast flowing water to fix a flooded electrical substation.

Floods and defences, 13 images total )
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Six small images in total. )

Tree with tangled branches.

4 Tangled tree, Malvern 01-14

A hole in the tree trunk, about a metre above ground level: who lives in a house like this?

Knock, knock. Is anyone at home? )
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In December I went for a walk on the Malvern Hills and spotted a midwinter fungus, probably a Clitocybe.

6 Midwinter fungus, probably a Clitocybe, Malvern Hills 12-13

At one point I seemed to have strayed into Middle Earth and saw what appeared to be HUGE fantastical gates in the forest of Broceliande below.

2 more images. )
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Evergreen mistletoe growing high in treetops, in Worcester city centre during April 2013, before leaves came out on the deciduous trees.

05 Mistletoe in Worcester city centre 04-13

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