Friday, 27 January 2017

Rabbit - Chas and Dave

The final phase of our 'catch-up' before departing Parley Court Farm and in the first instance it would be a gross understatement to say that we have neglected the Mammals so far this year, in fact we have totally abandoned them! Since 'day one' we have recorded just c4 with each having its own significance as far we are concerned, but there was one huge surprise in fact a 'personal first' for me in our Recording Area.
The first 2
 RABBIT
and

GREY SQUIRREL
 were recorded on New Years Day but we then had to wait a full 24 hours for the next,
ROE DEER
 A full fortnight then passed without addition before driving back along the
course of the Moors River and hearing the c3 Egyptian Geese there going berserk!
That was followed by a number of Mallard springing from the watercourse and a
lone Herring Gull seemingly attacking something on the ground, It was indeed 'something',
the biggest
OTTER
I have ever seen running boldly across the open field. With a tree-line
between myself and it and having to get out of Strange there wasn't even
a dog's chance of obtaining a photo but the consolation was extremely
good views via the trusty Swarovskis.
(image 'borrowed' from Wikipedia)
Another example of our tardiness, the
FULL MOON
was as far back as
Thursday 12 January inst.
There has been a new arrival on the Redundant Aircraft Pan at
Bournemouth International Airport
 
 a rather eye-catching
BOEING 737
minus her engines was thought worthy of a shot.
MEADOW PIPIT
A couple of days after the Otter the
EGYPTIAN GEESE
video
were at it again
going through their full repertoire
video
pre-breeding
as they are early nesters.
video
DISPLAYING
video
PREENING
video
and even seen
EATING LICHEN
 While in the process of filming/snapping these goings-on a female
SPARROWHAWK
obligingly alighted
video
in the tree directly above my head
another addition to the Year List before once again cutting across to
LONGHAM LAKES
simply because you cannot get enough of
 GREAT WHITE EGRET
especially in Dorset where they are extremely 'scarce'.
 There was only a single found today, which was particularly flighty.
but a single is enough!
Additionally,
GREAT CRESTED GREBE
and another Year Tick by way of a pair of squabbling
video

CETTI'S WARBLER
This
CANADA GOOSE
won't see the New Year
but the predator, likely a Fox, will doubtless benefit from its demise.
Finally, just a few shots 'in passing'
COMMON GULL
foreground with
BLACK-HEADED GULLs
COMMON GULLs
STONECHAT
GREY HERON
A pick of the shots from the c11
video
LITTLE EGRET
video
in attendance on the day, with most proving very obliging.
Just before putting the Strange Rover to bed one of the c18
COLLARED DOVE
now in attendance around the Chicken Coup sat still long enough for a pose.
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