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Bunnies

I noticed this little bunny (Oryctolagus cuniculus) hopping around my lawn the other day and took a sneaky picture. A few days later I was sitting in the garden looking at things and thinking, and thinking and looking, when two rabbits appeared! Probably a buck and his doe, or the other way round if you are not being sexist, but I am not sure which is which.

They seemed quite happy to coexist with the pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) who also like to roam my lawn in the velvet cool of evening: a cock and his little harem of three hens (much of Nature seems to be regrettably pre-feminist) who like nothing better than to gobble up my freshly-sown grass seed and sometimes steal food off the bird table. The rabbits, while incredibly nervous of any sound or motion, seem entirely oblivious of the pheasants pecking around them, and vice versa.

Interestingly though, when a raptor of some kind flew over, and the cock gave his wild alarm shriek, the rabbits also scattered for cover. Evidently they don’t mind pheasants, but they are smart enough to use them as an alarm system.

It is a fine thing to lounge in the garden and watch so many different species of animals eating all my stuff. Well, there’s plenty to go around.

Breakfast

This was my breakfast the other day, which looked so nice I thought I would share it with you before it got gobbled up into my huge ravenous maw.

It is slow-scrambled Cornish eggs, on buttered ciabatta and topped with fresh-ground black pepper, smoked sea salt, and fresh chives from my newly-installed herb garden. I do not know too much about gardening yet, so I probably should have tested these for poison before eating them, but luckily they were more or less non-toxic. And the scrambled eggs were delicious!

The whole to be washed down with a draught of rich, nutty, fresh-ground Colombian Supremo coffee. This is one of my favourite types of coffee, even if I am only a Cornish supremo and hence technically not entitled to it. Fortunately some inspectors have not come round yet to check my supremo eligibility.

Moonwatch

We are a two-world species, which is probably an extravagance, like a two-car family, but never mind. This is our spare world, which is not in use at the moment, but we keep it in a handy orbit, just in case. And it makes a pleasant companion in the garden on a spring evening.

I took these pictures (in daytime) with the iPhone 5 held to the eyepiece of the 6-inch reflector, and I’m pleasantly surprised with the results. I processed them a little in Lightroom to improve contrast and remove the colour channels. The picture above was taken with the 25mm eyepiece.

Detail view with the 10mm eyepiece. Annotated versions after the jump with some interesting sites and features marked.

Springwatch with keithlard

Daffodils, Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Some local flowers, interviewed yesterday by our intrepid reporter. We ask the tough questions they didn’t want to answer.

Primroses, Primula vulgaris

Forget-me-nots, Myosotis sylvatica

Grape hyacinths, Muscaria armeniacum

Local area

On a cheerful evening walk near my house.