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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 6

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 http://www.moorhen.me.uk/iodsubject/insects_in_flight_in_controlled_setup_01.htm#01


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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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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2015 at 15:34    Image of day on 19 Sep 2015

Flying across the wind keeping approximately the same distance from us before turning towards us. Here is part 1 of the sequence.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2015 at 15:34    Image of day on 19 Sep 2015

Flying across the wind keeping approximately the same distance from us before turning towards us. Here is part 2 of the sequence.


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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2020 at 17:58    Image of day on 10 Sep 2020

The middle image in more detail.
The damaged wing is very typical of the insect after a few days in the sunshine. Damage can get much worse than this before it has any impact on ability to fly well.


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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2020 at 17:58    Image of day on 10 Sep 2020

The Brown Hawker Dragonfly is well named - even their wings are tinged brown. Here is one flying by taken at about 7 fps.


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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2023 at 16:11    Image of day on 23 Aug 2023

A Brown Hawker Dragonfly veering upwards to avoid the cap wearer This camera-lens pairing is a little faster at 8 fps.
The black at the bottom left isn't a privacy thing - following the insect just didn't catch the cap-wearers head!


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2015 at 15:43    Image of day on 19 Sep 2015

This Brown Hawker Dragonfly was flying into the strong wind giving us a much closer spacing in this accurate montage. The flight appeared level to the eye, but you can see it wasn't!


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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2014 at 12:36    Image of day on 24 Sep 2014

A male Brown Hawker Dragonfly flying by. We have approximately halved the overall width to give a better view of the insect


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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2018 at 14:35    Image of day on 22 Aug 2018

A few days later this male Brown Hawker Dragonfly is patrolling the concrete access track. It is a really good heat trap.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2015 at 15:38    Image of day on 19 Sep 2015

We think this Brown Hawker must have been hunting something we can't see - they use their legs as a sort of 'net' to snare insects in flight. Read the sequence from left to right - this stuff is all too quick for our eyes to catch the detail.


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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2009 at 19:58    Image of day on 26 Oct 2009

We saw about a dozen bats leaving the loft and got pictures of what we think are Brown long-eared bats. They exit through a long existing hole under the eaves several metres from this point, but this is where they all seem to fly and by the time you have spotted one exiting its too late unless you photograph where they (mostly) go.


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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2016 at 02:39    Image of day on 07 Sep 2016

A Brown Long-eared Bat photographs itself over the tree-stump at about 2.30a.m.
We don't actively take bat photos any more after threats of prosecution over the use of flash (many times weaker than the bat got unintentionally 'wacked' with here) but there is no point in throwing away accidental photo unrelated to any roost.


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Image Taken on 03 Aug 2011 at 04:58    Image of day on 17 Sep 2011

This is a Brown Long-eared bat zooming past an upper floor window leaving his shadow on the wall.


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2010 at 05:59    Image of day on 06 Nov 2010

The upright posture of the bat at the top looks like something out of a Dracula story.
People frightened of bats getting tangled in hair etc. should know that we have spent hours with them flying around our heads and Marie has long fine hair, and although we sometimes feel the breeze of them passing none has ever touched us or our equipment. They seem to 'see in the dark' (echolocate) better than see in the day.


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