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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 5

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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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2010 at 10:32    Image of day on 28 Aug 2010

Apparently Great tits and Bluetits occasionally produce a second brood.. Maybe all the peanut feeders & other food offerings we provide speed up raising the first brood, because we are seeing multiple batches of new young tits at the kitchen window feeders, and here 50m away at the tree stump they photograph themselves. This is a montage of a young Bluetit and young Great Tit photographed about an hour apart but in their actual positions.

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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2016 at 18:01    Image of day on 22 Jul 2016

Bluetits from the nearest nest box make a visit every minute or two until the peanut butter (saltless variety) has gone.

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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2010 at 10:02    Image of day on 04 Sep 2010

Genuine single frame (the bluetit at the left selectively sharpened) of a couple of the new inhabitants of our patch. Tits sometimes produce second or late broods - this year both Bluetits and Great tit have done just that.

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Image Taken on 21 Dec 2009 at 09:07    Image of day on 23 Jan 2010

The tree trunk top camera got a lot of snow related portraits of which this Bluetit is a sample.

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Image Taken on 09 Jan 2014 at 15:21    Image of day on 27 Feb 2014


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Image Taken on 22 Dec 2014 at 09:52    Image of day on 04 Feb 2015

Morning and afternoon moments of a Bluetit in flight, montaged to make a little composition of unusually sharp images in flight.

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Image Taken on 18 Apr 2019 at 10:46    Image of day on 15 May 2019

This female Brimstone Butterfly doesn't have the bright yellow top of wings of the male, but still has the orange spot at the wing centre.
These two moments of flight are about a third of a second part.

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Image Taken on 28 May 2009 at 14:23    Image of day on 27 Jun 2009

Brimstone butterflies have been a delight this week, the male fluttering around the perched female and spiralling together into the sky

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Image Taken on 26 Feb 2022 at 12:40    Image of day on 31 Mar 2022

First of the year - male Brimstone Butterfly whizzing about over the garden bushes, hedges etc. This time we got lucky with a hand-held camera to get a reasonable image of this delight-in-flight.
We hope this year to refurbish the kit we use to photograph insects in flight. You can see our efforts over the last few years as about 400 images starting at page

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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2018 at 12:30    Image of day on 01 Oct 2018

This brimstone moth (not to be confused with the brimstone butterfly) was quite visible against the dark green of the hedge. It fluttered about in the hedge and then seemed to disappear. We just could not see it against this Yellowed leaf in the dark of the hedge, but the camera following the action shows a brilliant piece of camouflage we only discovered on-screen later.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2018 at 13:52    Image of day on 22 Aug 2018

A female Brown Hawker Dragonfly flying above.

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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2011 at 18:06    Image of day on 09 Sep 2011

This Brown Hawker Dragonfly female was having great time feeding on midges - you can see one here hanging out of the bottom of her mouth.

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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2012 at 13:35    Image of day on 11 Oct 2012

A bit of sunshine on not too-cold days bring the dragonflies out - mostly on feeding hunts over the long grass.

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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2012 at 13:37    Image of day on 11 Oct 2012

A bit of sunshine on not too-cold days bring the dragonflies out - mostly on feeding hunts over the long grass.

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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2012 at 14:25    Image of day on 14 Sep 2012

The Brown Hawker Dragonflies come out and hunt over the meadow as soon as the afternoon sun shows his face.

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