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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 7

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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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2010 at 15:34    Image of day on 19 Sep 2010

One buzzard (particularly given to calling repeatedly in flight) started frequenting fields to our north giving us some photo opportunities. This sequence is of it flying against a cut crop field 'underneath' local landmark Hanslope Church 1 montage shown in ever increasing detail of the bird as it started to call. Camera frame rate about 7 fps


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2010 at 15:34    Image of day on 19 Sep 2010




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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2010 at 15:34    Image of day on 19 Sep 2010




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Image Taken on 21 Jul 2020 at 10:47    Image of day on 25 Aug 2020

The same bird then started serious circling in a Thermal, though obviously not a very strong one. From 64 continuous frames of one complete circle we offer the montage of 'highlights'
Our paint package just can't handle image big enough to cover the whole event in one go. If any of you want a lengthy distraction and have a paint package to match, please let us know and we will 'zip' up the 64 pics and put them on the web site for you to collect.


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Image Taken on 19 Apr 2014 at 16:12    Image of day on 14 Jun 2014

Buzzards appears on suitable days, sunny with clouds with warm and cold patches to create thermals. This unbroken sequence is alternate frames at 7 fps so this is about 4 seconds of flight. The wind was from the 'right' and you can see how it effects the speed of the bird (hopefully ignoring cloud movement).


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Image Taken on 17 Feb 2015 at 12:55    Image of day on 30 Mar 2015

The weak sun touches the tail feathers of this Buzzard trying to make the most of a rather weak Thermal. This is an impression only - the bird travelled probably 50m between first and last images.


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Image Taken on 06 Dec 2008 at 12:34    Image of day on 23 Dec 2008

A few minutes after yesterdays crow & buzzard montage the buzzard came back. Despite the air temperature of about 5C it was sunny and it was rising slowly in a thermal over the South sloping field to our North. We were quite surprised that this near the winter solstice even the midday sun had this much heating effect.


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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2015 at 15:18    Image of day on 11 Jun 2015

Our old friend the gap-winged Buzzard had a brief fly-by, of which this is an impression


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