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

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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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Image Taken on 26 Nov 2017 at 14:39    Image of day on 06 Jan 2018

Tail still spread from aerobraking, this Blue Tit almost glows on the ground.


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Image Taken on 14 Jan 2015 at 15:22    Image of day on 23 Feb 2015

We think this Bluetit and Robin are both landing from different directions. (There is usually very little wind in this sheltered hedge bottom so the routine 'landing into the wind' rule doesn't apply).


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Image Taken on 14 Oct 2011 at 17:10    Image of day on 04 Dec 2011

A nice show of feathers from this Bluetit fluttering through the hedge bottom.


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Image Taken on 25 Apr 2015 at 12:35    Image of day on 15 Jun 2015

We can only guess why this Blue tit spent several minutes fluttering it's wings in the hedge outside the living room window. We couldn't hear any calling (although through double glazing) or see any other bird. At one point the bird landed on the Windowsill and pecked the glass, so perhaps it was displaying to it's reflection.


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Image Taken on 25 Apr 2015 at 12:35    Image of day on 15 Jun 2015

4 more images from the Bluetit's excited behaviour outside our living room window.


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