Mangalitzas galore, Mary Arden’s Farm

Mangalitzas galore, Mary Arden's Farm

Of all the traditional breeds livestock on Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote, the mangalitza pigs look most like they belong several centuries ago. On a recent visit to the farm, they were the only pig species on show. The ones pictured here were in three different enclosures, one behind the farm and two in the woodland, Coming soon, those which were in two different sties.

Messy eater: jackdaw

Messy eater: jackdaw

Jackdaw on Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote, turning over sheep droppings searching for things to eat. As far as I could see, the bird wasn’t actually after the droppings themselves, but invertebrates which might be revealed by moving them.

Mortal combat: bee style

Mortal combat: bee style

Bee being attacked, probably fatally, by several other bees on a brick wall. The aggressor bees had a nest in the metalwork of the fence of the Mermaid Inn, Wightwick, the fence in turn resting on the low wall which provided the arena for the combat. Possibly the nest being defended from a would-be intruder.

Flying off, towpath heron, Castlecroft

Flying off, towpath heron

Heron fishing from the canal towpath at Castlecroft, already pictured on Wednesday. These pictures are from an hour or so later the same day. By then, I was on the towpath myself, and eventually noticed the heron was still fishing not far from its earlier station. There’s no way of getting past without getting too close for comfort, but it hung on until I got very near before it whent flying off taking refuge by the far bank.

Flying off, towpath heron