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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Tiny's Return

Well as I said in my last post we have a new fox, Tiny: Thick Brush. I also said I had some chicken left for him. I think its a him as of the shape of the head, its more square than One-eyes is. Anyway I left the chicken out for the group in the hope of catching another glimpse of the new member. During the night we had very heavy rain and strong winds which made me wonder if anyone would brave the conditions.

As you can see Tiny was the only one brave enough, or hungry enough, to go in search of some lunch. He didn't stay too long just around a minute. He seems to be a little wary of the camera at the moment, but then a again so was One-eye and now she takes no notice of it. Speaking of which we haven't seen her for a while and hope she is ok.

Hopefully he will get used to the camera and learn that there is a safe feeding station here for him. So far its promising, two nights in a row. Lets hope he sticks around. 


Saturday, 26 November 2011

Tiny, The Big Brushed Fox

Last night I had fish and chips for tea and as I don't really like batter I gave this to the foxes. Non of the usual suspects came for tea last night but a new face (maybe this fox from a previous post (Link)) appeared on the scene.


He has a very thick bushy tail and I was trying to think of a good name for him for identification purposes along the lines of the brush when I showed the video to my mother.

She thinks he is very small but is disagree and as such she christened him Tiny. So there is a new fox to watch for on the blog, Tiny, along with all the other favourites too. 

Today I had some chicken for luch so there are plenty of chicken bones left over for them. I will put this out now and hopefully we will get some more nice shots of Tiny.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Standing on Top of the World

Today I climbed the highest point in all of Cornwall, Brown Willy. I had previously climbed Rough Tor mistaking that for Brown Willy but on reaching the summit saw Brown Willy across the valley. With time running out I decided to leave it for another day. Today was the day. The peak is 420m (1378ft) high and has great views on Bodmin moor. 

A cairn at the peak
Scattered on the moor land around the two peaks are many of the wild horses of Bodmin. They where in the distance so no photos but it was nice to walk with them around. The slopes in places where muddy from the recent rains which made some parts difficult but mot impossible.

View over Bodmin moor
From the peak all you can see in most directions is natural, no roads or buildings in sight. A rare occurrence in England. Granted in one direction is Camelford and Bude but thats about it. Last time from the first peak the sea was clearly visible but today the visibility was not as great unfortunately. Hopefully on the next visit it will be clear enough to see out to sea.

Rough Tor from Brown Willy
At the peak I tried a new app on my iphone that makes 360 panoramas. Below is one of those views. The weather turned cold at the top and went overcast before we headed home.

View from Brown Willy

Monday, 21 November 2011

Instantwild ZSL Camera-Trapping

Here is a camera trap post for all those of you interested in camera trapping. It is a website set up by the ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and asks for the publics help. I don't know how long its been running but my tutor brought it up in one of the lectures today. Basically there are camera traps set up around the world which are updated on the website. To help researchers the animals are identified by the public. This makes you feel as though you are helping with conservation, which you are. It only takes a second so check it out if you have time (link)
I have just received an iphone and downloaded the app. it allows you to do this wherever you are. If you have an iphone I recommend that version. Download it here (link)
Below are some images from the site following through the process of identification. In the last shot you can see how fraudulent identifications are reduced by going on the highest number of identifications.

Select the trap on the right

Click on the correct species

See what most people think and help science.

Incidentally if anyone else has an iphone and knows of any other good nature or photography based apps please comment and let me know. Thanks :)

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Cookworthy Forest

Yesterday my aunty and uncle came to visit for the weekend so as the weather was nice we went for a walk to Cookworthy Forest in Devon. I had always wanted to go as the main road we take to get out of the West Country cuts through the forest. When we arrived I recognised the car park and woodland immediately which means I have been here before but don't remember when. 

Wind damage
I didn't take too many photos as there was not much around. The bad weather had however blow over many of the large trees and pulled up the roots leaving craters in the forest. These had filled up with all the rain we have had recently to create mini water holes. There was a lot of little flies in these.

Up turned tree and pool
We also saw a little bird and couldn't decide what it was. We narrowed it to a bunting of some sort but not the exact species. After placing the image on birdforum (link) it was found to be a female reed bunting

The bunting

Back home at sunset two sparrow hawks settled in the trees across the field. By the time I got the camera out one had flown off. The other left a silhouette in the trees.

Sparrow hawk in a tree

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Don't Fade Away (A Short Film)

Here i a film which I made back on my wildlife education and media degree titled "Don't Fade Away. The film shows the state of the British flora and fauna.  It was the first film I made. looking back the editing is not great and the text overlay is poor but the camera work is ok. After making this I made a few more which you can see here (link). I think I learned from this and also a film workshop we did for a week after making our films.

Monday, 14 November 2011

NASA Timelapse

This is not a video made by me (obvious when you watch it), but its the most amazing example of time-lapse photography I have ever seen. I like time-lapses a lot an like to make my own as you can see in a few of my previous posts but I will never be able to make one like this. Its from the NASA I.S.S (international space center). Enjoy

link here

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Gulls, Gulls, Gulls

 The title may be a Mötley Crüe reference but there was a lot of the black headed gulls about in Bude today. It was a nice day so we took a walk along the beach and down the canal to the marshes. So many that they took a lot of my attention today.

A black headed gull on the canal.

The more observant of you may notice the colours of the head is not black. So why the name? Well in the summer the gulls have a black head. Now in the winter plumage they have only a faint band of black. I much prefer this winter coat.

In a previous post (here) I messed with some long exposure of the owl in flight. Today gave me a great opportunity to try it on the gulls. Below are some examples which I quite like.

Flock of seagulls

As well as the gulls we saw some grey heron perched by the river.

Grey Heron

When walking along the beach we did unfortunately see a dead bird. My curiosity got the better of me, as it always does for some reason when I see a dead bird, and I went to investigate. It was a dead oystercatcer. Below is the image so scroll past if you don't want to see it.

The dead oystercatcher

Ok the dead bird has gone now.

Now to make up for the dead bird I will leave you with this bath that was in one of the fields. It seems as if it is supposed to be used as a trough but looks neglected. Its full of mud which makes me wonder if it is actually Bude's new spa and mud-bath?

The new spa in Bude

Zebra Waxbill

Another one for you all

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

One-eyes Chicken Meal

After not seeing her for a while she is back. One-eye is looking healthy and building up some fat for the winter. Here she is taking a big piece of chicken carcass. Hopefully she will put on enough for the winter and make it to spring. Tonight she is going to have sausages as there is one left from last nights meal, and anything I don't eat tonight.

After eating the big chicken pieces she needed, like most people do, a sit down.

We also are seeing a lot more of Rommel. He was back again if only briefly. Hopefully he will become more of a regular with One-eye. 

He is not so nervous now which is good as we get a good view and he gets a good chance of a free meal. Notice how bright his eyes reflect compared to One-eye. It looks like he has torches as eyes. 


Sunday, 6 November 2011

Rommel's Raid

The camera is back in action! Last night we had a daring raid by our timid, but massive, fox, Rommel. He usually approaches at a distance for one film and then is gone with no food. However left over toad in the hole seemed to be too much of a temptation.

He slowly approached as usual but then did a head bobbing move as if he was checking out the area. He must have smelt the lovely (but so filling thats why it was out there) toad in the hole. This was his que for uncharacteristic daring.

He moved in, slowly and cautiously, and took his pick of the left overs. He then made a mad dash for it to wherever he goes.

The rest of the meal went to Barney the cat who found it.


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Dorset Again

Yep I was in Dorset again, and the weather wasn't great. In fact it gave me a chest infection. While fossil hunting at Kimmeridge we didn't let the weather put us off. We were drencehed. We did however find some amazing fossils, pictures soon.

We also visited a place called Arne, an RSPB center. Here there is a large number of sika deer, a species I have never seen. I was worried that we would not see any. I need not have worried, they where everywhere. One was even on the path and walked right up to me. Here I saw many new species, Sika deer, wood ants, a green woodpecker and a special bird the Dartford warbler, incredibly rare. 

Sika behind a tree

Young Sika

We also went to Radipole lake, another RSPB centre, famous for bearded tits. Incorrectly named as they only have a moustache and what I didn't know they are the only member in Europe of the babbler family. We didn't see any but did see a marsh Harrier.

Marsh harrier being mobbed

Little egret long flight exposure

We also fed the foxes in Poole and they came really close. I managed a few good shots. Then the fireworks came and they scarpered.

A beautiful red fox
Well that is all. I doubt there will be anymore updates for a while as I am stuck in the house with this chest infection. Anyway for anyone in the U.K frozen planet, on wednesdays and repeated sundays at 4pm, is an amazing program, I recommend you watch it. Its a David Attenborough one too which adds to the value.