Friday, 27 November 2009

Long-eared Owl Pellets and Dropppings

Pellets and droppings (amongst fallen leaves) of Long-eared Owl Asio otus on a newspaper booth roof. Dozens of owls were roosting in the tree above. Banat, Serbia, November 2009.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Storage Mound of Steppe Mouse

Food storage mound of Steppe Mouse Mus spicilegus. Such mounds can contain 10kg of grain and be a metre in diameter. Photo taken near Kikinda, Serbia, November 2009.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Great Capricorn Beetle Larva Burrows

The attractive pattern made by the exposed burrows of the larva of Great Capricorn Beetle Cerambyx cerdo in an oak tree. Lednice, South Moravia, Czech Republic.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Hoof Print of Roe Deer

This photo shows an interesting hoof print. It was made by a Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus and taken in the UK in November 2009 (by the carcass shown in the previous post). Because it is in wet mud and fresh, the print is splayed and far from classic. For example, the dew claws at the rear (bottom of photo) have made impressions. This does not always happen with Roe Deer. But note the very narrow, pointed shape of the cleaves.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Roe Deer Carcass

This photo of a dead Roe Deer was sent to me by Mike Crutch in southern England. While out one morning recently he came across this carcass. Note the eyes are still intact, so it is right to assume that it’s fairly fresh as scavengers have not yet arrived. So what killed this deer? Obviously it was large and the ripped hind indicates a dog (no wolves in England). Though the area does have the usual ‘mysterious large black cat’ sightings, a cat can be ruled out as large cats attack the neck area not the rear. In addition, the many paw-prints in the soft mud around the carcass (not really visible here) were of dogs, not cats.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Pine cone fed on by Red Squirrel

Pine cone fed on by Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris. Budapest, Hungary, October 2009.