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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 3

Image Taken on 15 Sep 2018 at 07:09    Image of day on 05 Nov 2018

A closer look at another frame shows the Barnacle Goose below one of the Canada Geese. This is our first sighting of a Barnacle Goose here.


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Image Taken on 03 Aug 2018 at 04:35    Image of day on 24 Sep 2018

Near the end of the night a Bat breaks the sense beam just as a Plume Moth (species unknown) flies away. Did the Bat miss his prey?


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Image Taken on 22 May 2020 at 15:07    Image of day on 23 Jun 2020

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly makes final approach to land on this fresh leaf. Beautiful and Banded Demoiselle Damselflies are the largest UK species at about 48mm long, while more often seen Damselflies like the Common Blue are about 35mm long and appear much more delicate
These creatures are Midge hunters & have no interest in vegetation apart from somewhere to perch.


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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2019 at 17:45    Image of day on 24 Jul 2019

A few female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies appeared over the 'Duck-shaped' pond, perching on the Hop-sedge and then dashing off after prey (too small for us to see). This female flew into the frame from the right, looped around and landed into the breeze at a crease in the leaf which she had left a second or two before. All this in about 2/3 of a second.
The sequence is middle right, left along the top, middle left, bottom on leaf. The Montage is fairly accurate but slightly adjusted to avoid overlaps.
We can supply the camera originals if you should want them. Both of our 'favourite pic of the week'.



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Image Taken on 21 Jun 2018 at 15:56    Image of day on 02 Aug 2018

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly (judging from the brown wings not the very similar female Banded) flicking her wings momentarily so you can see them spread out.


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2015 at 13:41    Image of day on 10 Aug 2015

This immature (teneral) male Beautiful Demoiselle was flitting about in the hedges. The left and centre images were two perching places on the edge of the same Hazel leaf. The right was a flyby just over the same leaf (note that the legs are folded which takes a few wing-beats to accomplish).


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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2020 at 16:23    Image of day on 02 May 2020

A Bee-fly hovers in the sunshine
Completely Harmless! - that long probe is NOT a stinger!


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Image Taken on 19 Apr 2018 at 10:44    Image of day on 29 May 2018

Early Spring brings Bee-flies out to hover over anything, photographers included. They are not bees, but true flies that mimic bees. The long proboscis is not a sting, and the insect in completely harmless to humans.


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Image Taken on 19 Apr 2018 at 17:45    Image of day on 29 May 2018

The range of wing movement of the Bee-fly seems to be very small - this montage includes the full range of up and down movement.


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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2015 at 15:01    Image of day on 02 Jun 2015

A Bee-fly with characteristic long straight Proboscis hovering perhaps 2.5 metres up over the rough meadow grass. The brown pattern on the wings almost looks 'painted' on with brush streaks, but has not been 'fiddled' with.
Manual exposure 1/4000Sec F7 170mm (not allowing for 1.4x teleconverter) 2500 ISO


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Image Taken on 30 Mar 2019 at 14:57    Image of day on 01 May 2019

... and here a Bee-fly hovers back to camera 'into the wind'. Look for that long (harmless) proboscis - it is NOT a stinger.


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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2021 at 07:29    Image of day on 20 Oct 2021

A Black Backed Gull flies past, here shown at about 140mS intervals but more closely spaced than reality.


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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2014 at 15:53    Image of day on 29 Nov 2014

Another Cranefly goes down the throat of an ever hungry Black-headed gull. The third image just shows one of the wings hanging out of the beak - enlarged at the bottom right.


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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2014 at 15:52    Image of day on 29 Nov 2014

With the air full of various insects, especially the juicy Craneflies (Daddy Long legs for the uninitiated) we discovered that Black-headed gull can catch & eat them in flight.
This bird almost stopped horizontal motion as it swung up to catch the insect, so the vertical positions of the bird are arbitrary, but the horizontal positions are approximately right. We were fortunate that the wing positions of the last 3 images almost fit together like a jigsaw for a nice compact presentation!


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2014 at 15:28    Image of day on 25 Nov 2014

This montage from the same set of originals is at the camera's resolution. Look carefully to see what we described above.


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2014 at 15:28    Image of day on 25 Nov 2014

We noticed that many of the gulls were jinking about in flight, and wondered why, so spent several hundred frames trying to catch the behaviour. This one event really surprised us - chasing and catching a small insect in the tip of it's beak, then opening the gape and letting the breeze of flight blow it in.
Subsequent photos show that this is not typical - gulls catch crane-flies and similar in an open beak - perhaps this was a bee that it needed to subdue first.
Read this montage left to right - that black dot really is the insect which is in the beak tip in the second and third image and is in the gape in the last.


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Image Taken on 07 Dec 2015 at 15:00    Image of day on 17 Jan 2016

A Black-Headed Gull in Eclipse flying by (close spaced for detail).


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Image Taken on 21 Jul 2012 at 15:10    Image of day on 24 Aug 2012

6 days later several hundred Black headed gulls flew over in about 15 minutes in all stages of moult. This bird with fully developed head plumage (actually 'chocolate' colour rather than black) was too busy scratching the side of his beak with his left foot to notice the photographer. This is just before the foot reached the beak.


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Image Taken on 07 Dec 2015 at 12:58    Image of day on 17 Jan 2016

Fields to our North are being ploughed this year, and flocks of gulls arrive for the bounty uncovered by the blades. This Black Headed Gull is moulting his black head back to what will become the single dots behind the eyes for the Eclipse (winter) plumage


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2006 at 20:08    Image of day on 28 Aug 2006

A first sighting for us of what we think is a Female Black Redstart. We have a more conventional view, but this shows the glowing orange tail to good advantage.


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