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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5375 on: 28 June, 2019, 07:55:20 am »
The woodpecker is back on our nuts the last couple of days. The squirrels on the other hand seem to have vanished, must be better food on offer elsewhere. Tilly Dog stood down from squirrel watch duties and getting more naps in.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5376 on: 28 June, 2019, 08:34:09 am »
Tammy norries?

Hoo yus, notably the other day down at Sumburgh Head.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5377 on: 29 June, 2019, 12:06:58 pm »
Bonxies?

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5378 on: 29 June, 2019, 12:47:59 pm »
Dead red squirrel on road; first lizard of year.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5379 on: 29 June, 2019, 04:27:20 pm »
Over the last 24 hours, a pod of bottlenose dolphins, a bunch of choughs and some long trailing jellyfish.  Not in Buckinghamshire, in case you were wondering.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5380 on: 30 June, 2019, 06:09:12 am »
I was trying out a new light - actually an old one found hibernating in the loft yesterday - and it must have worked pretty well, because I spotted this little guy early this morning:



He was a willing enough model. After putting away my camera camera (which I started carrying after being stuck with a phone camera for an encounter with a pair of runaways last month), I went back to check on his progress. When he wasn't immediately visible, I became horrified that I had rewarded his patience by squashing him. Fortunately not. So I helped him across the road, which must seem like an ocean of tarmac on that scale. He wee’d* on my cycling glove, possibly in gratitude.



It reminded me of another King Kong encounter:



I don't recall the circumstances, though that looks like a gardening glove.

Also not spotted today, but since I can’t go back in time, meet someone who turned out not to be a vine:



It almost looks like we have the makings of a food chain.


* Past tense of wee is woe, according to one wag on the web

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5381 on: 30 June, 2019, 10:32:30 pm »

Sea Labrador by Mr Larrington, on Flickr

 There are three who follow the boat - Charlie, George and Phil.  I think this is George.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5382 on: 02 July, 2019, 04:45:16 am »

Obvious caption

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5383 on: 02 July, 2019, 08:09:17 am »
Gove bridge s the gap  ;)
the slower you go the more you see

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5384 on: 02 July, 2019, 08:51:32 am »
Yesterday I saw my fourth - or maybe even fifth - butterfly this year. :( :o
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5385 on: 03 July, 2019, 05:22:29 am »
This a.m.’s ride was more about what I didn’t see: deer, which have been reliably popping up lately. Yesterday, for example, they made three guest appearances along my route, including in my neighbour’s driveway after setting off the motion sensor activated security lights. (Watch out deer, the guy’s got a kitchen garden and he’s not afraid to defend it.)

There are enough of them in the area to make me slightly nervous about going downhill at speed, as they’re often impossible to spot until they’re right there. Link shows Bambi swearing. You’ve been warned.

Tally did include a fox, cats having a conference of some sort, and a bat who graduated at the bottom of his echolocation class. To make up for the lack of topical photos, here’s one I took earlier, of other regulars on my rounds:


Wonder which of us tastes better

Gove bridge s the gap  ;)

Don’t know about Gove, but here’s Boris, either in a previous life or his next one:


Re: Seen today
« Reply #5386 on: 06 July, 2019, 05:29:53 am »
Q: Why did the badger cross the road?
A: To laugh at me from behind the hedge as I fumbled to get my camera out of the saddlebag in time. As if I ever had a chance.


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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5387 on: 07 July, 2019, 07:11:16 pm »
what I think was a hummingbird hawkmoth in my garden feeding on verbena.
I was just finishing the lawn edges when I spotted it, gawked for a few seconds and ran in to get my camera, but too late, it had gone.

Looking at the recognition guides I'm fairly sure that's what it was.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5388 on: 07 July, 2019, 07:37:02 pm »
A big grass snake swimming across the Thames near Cricklade.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5389 on: 07 July, 2019, 08:10:52 pm »
what I think was a hummingbird hawkmoth in my garden feeding on verbena.
I was just finishing the lawn edges when I spotted it, gawked for a few seconds and ran in to get my camera, but too late, it had gone.

Looking at the recognition guides I'm fairly sure that's what it was.
I saw one of those in Germany a couple of weeks ago. Amazing thing!
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5390 on: 08 July, 2019, 06:42:54 am »
Another early morning hopper, outside my front door then off on a jungle adventure.





(What can I say, I’m fond of creatures that wouldn’t have required the services of Eadweard Muybridge.)

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5391 on: 09 July, 2019, 08:41:28 am »
what I think was a hummingbird hawkmoth in my garden feeding on verbena.
I was just finishing the lawn edges when I spotted it, gawked for a few seconds and ran in to get my camera, but too late, it had gone.

Lovely creatures aren't they. I first saw one in a the South of France years ago and was amazed when they turned up in our garden in North Yorkshire last summer. Not seen any this year though.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5392 on: 10 July, 2019, 09:49:59 am »
Admittedly not today - but it was only today that I got round to transferring photos from my camera.  Chuffed to see these chaps near New Quay on the Cerdigion coast path the other weekend.  (A couple of other shots in link.)

https://photos.app.goo.gl/cGJsCzGzEyuLVDBAA

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5393 on: 10 July, 2019, 10:02:30 am »
and a few minutes later, these fellas came to play

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5394 on: 10 July, 2019, 09:18:48 pm »
Apologies if this isn't in the spirit of the thread. I did see this, only it was at the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. It goes with my penchant for night rides. Under cover because when a creature gives its life to science, it isn’t pretty.

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Then there was the Micrarium, which you can step into like taking an elevator down to the level of things which you might call too small to be seen, or at least, normally noticed.





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Badger up!
« Reply #5395 on: 13 July, 2019, 04:21:50 am »

Could it be…?
 

Yes, caught you!


Not exactly wildlife photographer of the year stuff. Even though I had a camera reasonably handy, it just wasn’t handy enough.

It was actually a four badger night, including two mid-assignation in the middle of the road.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5396 on: 19 July, 2019, 04:51:17 am »


Alpaca not impressed with the hunt for focus.

. . .

A few mornings later, watching the sunrise and his charges.


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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5397 on: 22 July, 2019, 10:06:09 am »
Two not really wildlife sightings from Saturday: firstly a pigeon with a hole in its chest. Judging by the size I'd say probably air gun pellet rather than shot gun but either way, a suburban park doesn't seem quite the right place for that. Secondly, a dog that was scared of me. At first I thought this was because I was singing, which is a justifiable cause of fear, but no, the woman with the dog said it was because I was sitting down (sorting out a shoe). The range of odd things dogs are nervous of seems to be as great and varied as for horses.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5398 on: 22 July, 2019, 05:14:04 pm »
...At first I thought this was because I was singing, which is a justifiable cause of fear, but no, the woman with the dog said it was because I was sitting down (sorting out a shoe).

Was it one of these songs?

My personal favourite:


T42

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5399 on: 22 July, 2019, 05:22:27 pm »
The first damsons falling off the trees, almost a month early.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.