This was a literal snap-shot, I saw the cat on the track, then head off around a bend, I tilted the camera in my hand towards the departing animal and fired off a shot without having time to bring it up to eye level or frame the shot.
Ok, it takes a bit of imagination to see the departing cat, but that dark bit is it disappearing around the corner!
Starling on a lamppost. Posted as an example of a starling appearing to have a lighter coloured collar, but it is of course just the lighting on the shiny feathers.
Trying to work out what http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/399101 is. Searched my clothing for a burr and found one and dissected it.
Sliced it horizontally into two halves, then tore each half open, a seed dropped out of each half.
The previous observation was :
Photos taken at same magnification, so the size of the seed is the same in both cases, a possible match.
The biggest colony of gorse spider mites that I've come across. Blanketing most of the gorse in an area aprox 2m long by 1m wide.
Found these two growing next to each other, neither has flowering stems as yet. One had smooth surfaced leaves, the other similar leaves, but fuzzy surface more like a sow thistle.
If I see a black bird feeding from flax flowers I usually expect that it's a tui, but starling have an interest in flax too.
Decided to put two infrared cameras on rat trap to observe rat interaction. But bait is of great interest to the neighbours cat, who rearranges the lighting instead ;-(.
(Now that I have two cameras set up the trap is set so just as well it can't get in - or maybe not ;-)
Neighbours cat inspecting our kitchen scrap compost bin (lid left off especially ;-). My first infrared imaging - setup: 25x 940nm infrared LEDs running at 20mA, USB 640x480 webcam with infrared filter removed. Linux "motion" software running on laptop, recording one pre-trigger shot and 2 frames per second. Resized to 320x240 for upload.
Noticed birds going in and out of a hole under the eaves in a shed. Setup camera with CHCK movement detection program. Initially thought I hadn't caught any images of the birds so moved camera closer, but reviewing images later realised there were birds in the shots.
Maybe multiple nests as at least three different birds seen about the entrance.
Can't particularly remember the date (probably about 2011), and no photo, but saw a cat a long way from any houses on top of Wright's hill, so probably feral. Cleared off when it noticed me.
Can't particularly remember the date (probably about 2009), and no photo, but saw a cat a long way from any houses on top of Wright's hill, so probably feral. Cleared off when it noticed me.
Cat sneaking off through undergrowth, occasionally see cats on Wright's hill away from houses, not sure whether they're feral or domestic moggies with a wide range.
Seeking to document observations of non-native introduced species outside of their original homelands. Observations must be of organisms that were introduced to an area by humans recently (established populations of introduced species are okay), not natural shifts in range, or migrations.