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Post  littlewid on Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:42 pm

Well we are officially into September now and it's Autumn by the calendar, so it's time to close our Summer watch thread and open our Autumn Watch thread cheers
If anyone has any pictures they want to start it off with, please go ahead, Welcome to Autumn Watch guy's Very Happy
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Post  littlewid on Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:03 pm

OK, thought I would start off the WAA Autumn Watch thread. September 11th was my Birthday and one of my presents was to go on a Wildlife Experience at Cowdray Park. Cowdray Park is a 16,000 acre estate which has been in the same family since 1066 I believe. It has the most amazing Fauna and Flora and is home to some magical wildlife. We spent the evening with Barry, one of the Estates Rangers and what this guy didn't know wasn't worth knowing, he was amazing and we didn't stop talking and I found out about a new site for breeding Peregrine Falcons that has a web cam that we can watch next year. We got to see birds, leveretts, loads of deer and the twin deer they have, squirrels, the owlets had just flown the nest site in the barn, so I missed them. They have over 100 Badger sets on the estate and we went to one hide to sit and watch and wait, well we sat and waited and waited and waited and nothing, the nuts had been laid and we were very excited but the badgers weren't playing game. However, we were very lucky as barry offered to take us back another day so we didn't miss out and we went last night and hey presto, Badgers. We saw three badgers last night and boy what a sight they were, absolutely gorgeous and so huge, it was just the most magical experience and more than made up for missing them on my birthday. We also got to see a couple of Reeves Pheasant as well. I've got loads of badger pics but I will post a few and the reeves pheasant and later I will post the deer and the leveretts.

The Reeves Pheasant




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Some Fly-Agaric Mushrooms - These remind me of Fairy Houses




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Post  Laikipia on Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:44 am

oooooooooh what fantastic photos Littlewid and what an amazing experience.

Those badger photos are wonderful, i could look at them for hours. The Reeves pheasant is a very fine looking bird, i've not seen those before but they are lovely, and the mushrooms are beautiful, just like they should be in fairytales.

Thanks so much for posting, what a great way to start this rainy Sunday.

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:31 pm

We've been talking about Greater Spotted Woodpeckers so here's a few photos of our visitor today









Apologies for the quality of the photos taken through the window and in the rain and the last one is too cropped but it's just to show the markings

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Post  littlewid on Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:16 pm

Glad you liked the pics Lai, I have some more that I can post later, I will sort them out, Badgers are just so adorable, I have a real soft spot for them.

Love your woodpecker pics, he is a handsome fellow and I wished one would visit my garden, you are very lucky. He's having a good old feast there isn't he.

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:43 pm

more badgers photos - yes please, they really are so special to see ...................

can't wait Littlewid

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Post  littlewid on Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:41 pm

A few more Badgers for you Lai Very Happy











Enjoy, I could look at these little guys for hours Very Happy
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:27 am

Thanks Littlewid - they are such special animals, I think it's because I loved Wind in the Willows when I was young.

Lovely photos and a great memory for you.

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:37 am

Glad you had a really nice Birthday LW, and got to see the Badgers really great Pics. It must have been really special to see them so close. What a great Guy to take you back the next day so you did'nt miss them. Your right the mushrooms do look like Fairy Houses, perhaps thats where the little people that sit behind the Sat Nav screens live lol!
Great Pics of the Woodpecker Lai, we have'nt seen ours for a couple of weeks now, perhaps as he was a young male he has moved off to find his own territory
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Post  littlewid on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:22 pm

Glad you both liked the pics. Oh yes I think Wind in the Willows got me hooked on Badgers too Lai Very Happy

Yep, those are definiatley Fairy Houses WS and im sure they do control the satnavs and if not, their houses are pretty amazing.

My bro-in-Law and I are organising to go on a Fungi walk with the National Trust in October, so hopefully I will have some more magical mushroom pictures to post.

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:43 pm

That will be great LW, lots more snaps for Autumn Watch cheers cheers
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:29 am

That was magical not magic wasnt it Littlewid ? lol!

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Post  Safari Maiden on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:41 am

Brilliant photos everyone.

I have never heard of the Reeve Pheasant before LW. It has lovely colouration.
The badgers look like they were into everything. Having a good nosey around. Did the ranger put some nuts in the stump? Something definitely had the badgers attention.

Glad you had a nice evening on your birthday and the chance to go back and have another attempt to see the badger. Well worth going back for.

The mushrooms look very fairytale!

Lia, What is the difference in yours and the one PPH posted? They look very similar.

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Post  Laikipia on Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:42 am

scratch I think WS and me have both posted Greater Spotted woodpeckers. When WS posted two photos showing the difference between the two the Greater didn't have a red head (just to confuse us, female perhaps or juvenile).

Generally the Lesser is smaller and doesn't have red underneath. I think on PPH's video the woodpecker was behind the nut feeder and we couldn't really see, so we guessed it was a Lesser.

I think we may need to recheck and see if PPH has any more photos.

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Post  Safari Maiden on Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:04 pm

Sorry Lai having a moment.

Yes PPH have you had any more photos of the woodpecker from your friend.

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Post  whitestarling on Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:21 pm

The Greater Mature Male has a red coller at the back, and red underneath. The juvanile Male has a Red Crown and red underneath. The tell tale difference is the wing markings that I showed in the Pics under Lesser Woodpecker
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Post  whitestarling on Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:28 pm

My first ever Butterfly pics, dont know wether these are late Summer visitors or Autumn






Right you insect experts What is it

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Post  Laikipia on Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:51 pm

I need Pete's book scratch

Will have to get back to you on that WS

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Post  Safari Maiden on Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:53 pm

A Butterfly! cheers

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Post  Laikipia on Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:38 pm

Those are some lovely photos WS of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly.

Great that you got it to keep still, or perhaps you were chasing round the garden.

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Post  littlewid on Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:14 pm

What gorgeous Butterfly pictures WS, I really love Butterflys ( loved your quick witted answer to the question SM Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy ) you did really well to capture them WS, I tried in the summer and failed.

Thought I would post one of the twin deer from Cowdary park, just as the picture was being taken the deer looked right at us, it was as if he wanted his picture taken.



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Post  whitestarling on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:19 pm

Safari Maiden wrote:A Butterfly! cheers

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Thats not funny SM Mad Mad Here's me trying to be a budding nature photographer, and thats all the help I get, and you can stop laughing as well Lai Mad Mad .

Whish I'd of thought of it nice one SM' it's worthy of one of mine lol! lol!
Thanks for the info Lai. Lovely pic of the Deer LW
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Post  Safari Maiden on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:24 pm

whitestarling wrote:...

Right you insect experts What is it

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You asked us insect experts what is it!!! And I told you a Butterfly! Question Answered Razz

I thought it was a good one myself WS Wink Wink

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Post  Safari Maiden on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:25 pm

LW your deer photo is like a picture postcard. Very nice!

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