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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 4

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

A Black Backed Gull flying past.

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Image Taken on 29 Nov 2016 at 13:06    Image of day on 09 Jan 2017

The unusually slow progress of the Black-headed Gull against the wind means that this has to be alternate frames which still didn't avoid some overlap. The background here is accurate.

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Image Taken on 29 Nov 2016 at 13:06    Image of day on 09 Jan 2017

This Black-headed Gull is taking off into a strong wind (from the right here). These first 7 images were mostly a vertical climb we have spread out horizontally. The background relates to one of the earlier of the frames.

Ref: 20170109_df3_20161129_1306_112-118 black-headed gull (eclipse) take-off 01-07 of 24 (horizontally spread montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 12:49    Image of day on 30 Nov 2014

The next frames (adding nothing to the action) reveals no fly - it went in the beak of this Black-headed gull!

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 12:49    Image of day on 30 Nov 2014

In this montage the fly is still visible just above the left wing of the middle image of the Black-headed gull and it is visible in the beak of the bottom frame. For once we actually got the whole thing!

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Image Taken on 13 Sep 2016 at 11:02    Image of day on 31 Oct 2016

Black-headed Gulls (in eclipse so no black head) were swooping about and jinking in mid-air, obviously catching insects 'on the wing'. This bird has just caught something which went down the throat in about 300mS.
Read this bottom right moving upwards

Ref: 20161031_df3_20160913_1102_073-075 black-headed gull in eclipse swallowing insect caught in flight 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 30 Jun 2015 at 12:34    Image of day on 31 Aug 2015

The air was full of tiny fragments of fluff that allowed us to accurately position these 4 images - a sort of 'join up the dots' exercise! We have left in the white specks.

Ref: 20150831_df3_20150630_1234_279-282 black-headed gull in flight 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 30 Jun 2015 at 12:34    Image of day on 31 Aug 2015

In the hot midday sun a couple of Black-headed gulls went wheeling overhead with the high sun shining through their feathers. Here is an impressions arbitrarily placed against the bland sky.

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Image Taken on 27 Sep 2018 at 12:27    Image of day on 18 Nov 2018

Several Black-headed Gulls (in eclipse with just a black spot) were feeding on the recently seeded crop fields. This one almost hovered as it landed, so we have spread the images so you can see it. We tidied up the repetitive background, but left in the bit of vertical stem at the bottom each time so you can see that the bird actually moves very little during its delicate landing.

Ref: 20181118_df3_20180927_1227_008+1228_009-013 black-headed gull landing on disturbed soil 2-7 of 7 (horizontally stretched montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 14 Dec 2016 at 14:01    Image of day on 20 Jan 2017

Best effort so far at catching a Black-headed gull landing and taking off.
This is a single sequence at about 7 fps (so here about 2 seconds of action) as this gull touches down, presumably to pick up an invertebrate, and take off again with the wings never coming close to the ground. This is probably a necessary technique when picking up items from water.
The first 3 frames (left) are accurately positioned, but we have then had to spread the images thereafter to make any sense. The bird was in contact with the ground for about half a second.

Ref: 20170120_df3_20161214_1401_202-216 black-headed gull touching down to pick food & immediate takeoff 01-15 of 15 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image of day on 07 Feb 2005

Hen Blackbird just taken off from the log feeding area.

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Image of day on 08 Jan 2006

By chance the next batch of photos caught the (probably the same) Female Blackbird landing at the same site (4 days and 142 frames later in real time - hurray for digital cameras rather than a roll of film a day).

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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2015 at 19:23    Image of day on 13 Oct 2015

A female Blackbird not appreciating the arrival of a Dunnock.

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Image Taken on 10 Dec 2007 at 13:46    Image of day on 07 Jan 2008

While trying to photograph Fieldfares flying out of a hedge top this Blackbird carrying a Sloe in its beak came out instead.

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Image Taken on 29 Jan 2020 at 12:33    Image of day on 17 Feb 2020

This male Blackbird lands elegantly on the stone.

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Image Taken on 15 May 2014 at 05:27    Image of day on 06 Jul 2014

If you watch a Blackbird land on the solid surface, over the next few of seconds the bird raise it's tail almost vertical and then lowers it. The whole procedure seems too slow to be for regaining balance.

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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2017 at 08:41    Image of day on 10 Sep 2017

Why is this male Blackbird loading his beak with wiggly worms? He must be feeding a second brood somewhere on our patch.

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