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Saturday, 31 August 2013
Red Squirrel - Sciurus vulgaris

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This is another animal that I saw at The British Wildlife Centre this week.  According to their website:

Since the introduction of the grey squirrel into Britain 125 years ago, the native red squirrel has become increasingly rare. Driven out of the whole of their southern range, (except Brownsea Island off the Dorset coast and the Isle of Wight, where there are no greys) by the competition for food and the transmission of the deadly parapox virus.

Although red squirrels were once found throughout Britain in both broad-leafed and coniferous woodland, it is the mature pine-dominated woodland of the far north of England and Scotland which is the preferred habitat, as pine cones retain their seeds longer than broad-leafed species.

Red squirrels are arboreal and diurnal, with major peaks of activity 2 - 3 hours after dawn and 2 - 3 hours before dusk in summer and a single morning peak in winter. They do not hibernate, suffer much from wet and cold, are very timid and are unwilling but accomplished swimmers.

Posted by bigblue on 31/08/2013 at 07:53 AM
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Friday, 30 August 2013
Fox - Vulpes vulpes

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A fox that I saw yesterday at the British Wildlife Centre, in Newchapel, East Surrey.

According to their website:

The fox is a remarkably adaptable and successful animal found, where food is plentiful, in almost every habitat. It is a success because it is willing to eat almost anything and has become particularly adept at surviving alongside man in farmland and urban areas. With its bushy tail, large ears and narrow muzzle, the fox is unmistakable. The coat colour can be extremely variable - usually reddish-brown on top with lighter undersides, but much darker or even silvery forms are not uncommon.

The mating season is December to February when the vixen can be heard at night uttering its eerie, high pitched scream. Four or five cubs are born in the Spring and the female fox stays with them in the ‘earth’ for two weeks, fed by the dog fox. They remain with their mother until Autumn when they disperse to find territories and mates of their own. The life expectancy of the fox is short; 12 - 18 months in urban areas, (58% are killed on the roads) and rarely beyond 3 years in rural areas.

Posted by bigblue on 30/08/2013 at 07:49 AM
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Summer timelapse on Master Park

A short timelapse video that I made last week.

Posted by bigblue on 27/08/2013 at 07:30 AM
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Monday, 26 August 2013
I’m in York

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Where the streets are gates, the gates are bars, the bars are pubs, and the gays are militant queers.

Posted by bigblue on 26/08/2013 at 03:44 PM
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Bus Driver Playing Chicken with me?

As I approached this gap, I got the feeling that the bus driver wanted to squeeze past me, though a space that wouldn’t accommodate both of us.  Or else he expected me to move completely out of his way.  However, as I saw it, the situation was one where if I just stopped dead in my tracks, I would be blocking the bus but if he stopped I could still pass him safely.  So I just slowed down and when he stopped I proceeded forwards, thanking him.  I would love to know what he was thinking of, and why he seemed to react slower to the impasse than I did.

Posted by bigblue on 26/08/2013 at 07:30 AM
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Sunday, 25 August 2013
Cyclist Down at The Oval

It’s never nice to see an accident, and I particularly dislike watching (or being involved in) cycling accidents. Well today I witnessed a driver cross over into a restricted bus/taxi/cycle lane and collide with a cyclist,who then tumbled to the ground. He was badly shaken by the accident, but fortunately it appeared that there was no serious harm to him or his bicycle.

Apologies for the video quality - I recorded it on the wrong settings, so it looks a bit washed out.

Posted by bigblue on 25/08/2013 at 10:50 PM
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Saturday, 24 August 2013
Rainy day today

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It was very wet today, but I was impressed that some lads from the local cricket team appeared to be out practicing.  At first when I saw them diving in the puddles and tackling each other I thought they were practicing rugby, but at the end I decided they were doing (cricket) net practice.

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2013 at 11:40 PM
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Taking advantage of a shared footpath

We were brought to an untimely halt by a temporary traffic light at Kennington Oval. Then the cyclist in front of me noticed the shared footpath, and a second or two later I noticed it too.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2013 at 07:00 AM
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