Foxes, Marsh Cattle and Muntjacs.

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Hoverfly.

11th September 2011: The marsh cattle have done a marvellous job of removing the Himalayan balsam from the bank of the River Stour, that runs along the edge of the corridor to the tenant farmer’s field. The balsam has blocked my view of the river for many months and the cattle have eaten it all, plus they have reduced the height of the grass and other vegetation to around 75mm, in only a few days. They have not eaten the stinging nettle stalks, but they have eaten its leaves.

The foxes have been busy: four pigeons, one buzzard and a heron have fallen foul of the foxes’ jaws. I found a few heron tail feathers on the edge North Pond. I thought that the fox had surprised the heron and managed to bite its bum, but ended-up with a mouth full of tail feathers for its trouble. My assumption proved  incorrect when I found the heron’s wings and feathers further on along the marsh.  The wings with a few strands of flesh and gristle attached were all that remained of the buzzard, and a cloud of flies gorged on the juicy bits.

The trees overhanging the river on the bank opposite the corridor to the tenant farmer’s field where alive with tits, mostly great tits, and they were surprisingly hyper-active and vocal. They flitted from branch to branch and tree to tree in a very excited way. I wondered if this might be a feeding frenzy, but after watching them for a while, I doubted that this was the case.

I changed the memory card in my fox-cam this afternoon. I have posted a few of the images taken on Friday and Saturday night in the slide show below, and these include foxes, muntjacs and a naughty badger.

The pesky camera fiddling badger has been a nuisance again. I can’t see what  he finds so interesting about my remote camera.

Although my fox-cam is on duty to continuously monitor foxes, I think that every animal on the marsh has passed its lens at one time or another.

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2 Comments on “Foxes, Marsh Cattle and Muntjacs.

  1. Intersting photos. Great shot of the hoverfly. I’ve never hear of a muntjac before I read your article – had to look it up. Are they common in the English woods & marshlands?

  2. Thanks, Victoria.

    Muntjacs are very common in this area and around some other wetlands. They are not easily seen, though: being so small and timid.

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