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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:45 pm

Hi,

New blog post up on the blog - this time about the Short-eared Owls of Papercourt Meadows:

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"The owl began to fly lower when we reached the open ground, before landing near the base of a pylon over the other side of the meadow. We decided to try and get closer. After a lot of creeping and photographing, I got close enough to get a few very clear photos of the owl."
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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:27 pm

Hi,

The last weekend of January was the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch weekend. Blog post up now:

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"The birdwatch itself went well. Coal Tits, Blue Tits and Great Tits arrived almost immediately, and were quickly joined by a Dunnock and a Nuthatch. At one point, we had 8 Wood Pigeons on the lawn and in the trees surrounding the garden, and 2 Mistle Thrush on the wires running alongside the garden. We then had a very quiet spell when a Sparrowhawk visited for a minute or so, sending all the smaller birds deep into the hedge."
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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:34 pm

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A short trip to the WWT London Wetland Centre recently produced a glimpse of a Bittern - photos and blog up now:

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"We tried first at the Peacock Tower to no avail. We were too far from the patches of reed to get a good enough look. So, after waiting for a short while, we crossed the centre to the other side. The next, two storey hide offered a much better, more detailed views of the reeds. There were other people in the hide taking pictures of something, and it didn't take long to see what. A lone Bittern was stalking around in the reeds."
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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:19 pm

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New post up on the blog - the last from Wales, featuring Rock Pipits and another eggcase, this time from a ray!

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"After taking a few photos, we identified it as the eggcase of a spotted ray (raja montagui). This diamond-shaped ray is found across the north-east Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and its eggcases are a common find on UK shorelines."
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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:51 pm

Hi,

There is a new post up on the blog - the first of two about our trip to Selborne, a small village in Hampshire famous for being the subject of Gilbert White's The Natural History of Selborne from the 18th century.

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"Once at the top, we took a route that took us around the side of the common, away from the main paths. Here, we saw two Roe Deer through a small gap in the trees, but they didn't hang around for long; darting off into the foliage. Unfortunately, we didn't see much more activity for quite a while."
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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:37 pm

Latest post: The Lords of the Plains - from Extremadura, Spain.

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"At this time of year, in March and April, the impressive male Great Bustards begin their display dances; coming together in spots called leks. Here, they puff out their feathers, and strut around the fields in the hope of attracting a mate. In Spain, this extraordinary display is called the rueda, meaning 'the wheel'."
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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Wed May 04, 2016 4:24 pm

Latest post: The Iberian Ibex - from Extremadura, Spain.

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"As for our trip, we headed into the Sierra de Gredos mountains in the north of Extremadura to find one for ourselves. And we couldn't have chosen a better day. There wasn't a cloud in the sky as we arrived in the small hill town of Guijo de Santa Barbara. From there, we took a trail up into the valley, keeping our eyes out for the ibex on the hillsides around us."
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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:37 pm

Latest post: The Best of the Rest - from Extremadura, Spain.

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"We saw this stork species in Monfrague National Park, at the Peñafalcon amongst the vultures. There was almost certainly a pair on the cliff face that we didn't see, as we only saw one individual as it flew in front of the cliff, straight past where we were standing. It continued past the face, gliding low over the water, until we lost it amongst the trees. It looked prehistoric as it soared below us - resembling a pterodactyl rather than a bird."
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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:58 pm

Latest post: Camera Trapping Surrey's Wildlife

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"I know most of what lives in Surrey mammal wise, but have never put camera traps out to capture them going about their normal lives, rather than how we normally see them; from behind as they run in the opposite direction. So I put my camera trap out in the countryside overnight to see what we could get."
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Postby exploring.wildlife.26465 » Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:10 pm

Latest post: Camera Trapping Surrey's Wildlife

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"Then, just as we were watching one damselfly flying through the nettles, trying to get a photo, the damselfly flew very close to a dead twig, and suddenly became caught in what was left of a spider's web. As it struggled, the spider came along and tried to hold the damselfly in place to feed on later, but, luckily for the damselfly, the destroyed web wasn't strong enough to hold it for long, and it managed to set itself free."
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