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

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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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2010 at 05:46    Image of day on 28 Oct 2010

And our favourite single frame with all that wonderful texture in the stretched wing membranes.

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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2007 at 05:56    Image of day on 26 Sep 2007

Bats are suddenly in evidence. They are difficult to identify even in photos, but we think we are seeing Pipistrelles in the evenings & these brown long-eared some mornings.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2010 at 05:54    Image of day on 06 Nov 2010

A morning session photographing bats flying round before entering their roost in our loft is portrayed as this montage over about 5 minutes. Positions are adjusted to avoid overlaps. The house wall is accurately positioned for the bat closest to it (i.e. from the same frame).

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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2009 at 19:50    Image of day on 26 Oct 2009

Next day viewed from the other side of the exit hole using multi-exposure flash we caught these 3 moments of a bats flight here accurately montaged back together. A fixed camera setup with 20m cable release so we could react in time watching from the other side.

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Image Taken on 04 Dec 2017 at 12:03    Image of day on 07 Jan 2018

For several minutes the female Bullfinch pecked off dry Blackberry fruit by hovering for a few seconds in front of the bunch. Here you see moments from two separate flights to pick fruit from the bunch, each time returning to an obscured twig above to consume her prize.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2013 at 12:35    Image of day on 29 Jul 2013

Green Alkanet is very attractive to many insects. This is an atypically small species of Bumble-bee without a common name, here caught hovering at a flower.

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Image Taken on 06 Jan 2021 at 15:22    Image of day on 05 Feb 2021

As the sun lowers in the sky (not that it ever gets to any great height at the moment) this Buzzard makes a landing on the Meadow post, but doesn't stay. These two moments are less than half a second apart.

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Image Taken on 21 Jul 2017 at 16:32    Image of day on 06 Sep 2017

This buzzard is a treat - calling our attention with the characteristic plaintive cries.

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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2008 at 10:01    Image of day on 26 Aug 2008

A buzzard appeared from nowhere, made a few loud calls that got Roy stampeding out with the camera, and then did a couple of circles at about 15m high before disappearing out of sight.

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Image Taken on 30 Sep 2017 at 12:36    Image of day on 09 Nov 2017

This Buzzard flew by, shrieking his head off, but soon vanished.

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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2016 at 08:15    Image of day on 11 Sep 2016

The bird decided to join his family in the air and we caught this moment in flight still calling in flight.

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2016 at 13:26    Image of day on 10 Nov 2016

The 'noisy' (forever calling) Buzzard being - err - noisy.

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