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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 9

Image Taken on 04 Jun 2011 at 13:51    Image of day on 18 Jul 2011

One advantage of birds feeding young is that rather than eating what they catch immediately, they carry some of it back to the youngsters and give us a chance to see it.
Firstly a Buzzard carrying a rodent. It never got close enough to identify the prey accurately.

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Image Taken on 09 Dec 2011 at 12:05    Image of day on 14 Jan 2012

A cold but sunny and still middle of day unexpectedly had this buzzard flying right over us in the characteristic circle and climb indicating it had found a 'thermal'. Of course it is a local temperature difference that creates the thermal, rather than warmth.

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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2016 at 10:23    Image of day on 20 Nov 2016

A juvenile Buzzard passing over.
This is a particularly light individual, apparently not particularly unusual.

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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2016 at 10:39    Image of day on 21 Nov 2016

This 'approximate' montage is very close to reality - the wind was blowing all the birds sideways when they tried to fly across it!

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Image Taken on 10 Nov 2016 at 12:17    Image of day on 20 Dec 2016

Birds landing on perches are difficult to represent because the landing speed is so controlled that everything overlaps. This is one way of representing this Buzzard landing.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2016 at 07:38    Image of day on 18 Sep 2016

This bird landed in a willow tree at the brook.
Image 1 (left): The Talon are extended to grip the branch a few centimetres away.
Image 2 (middle): The landing was accompanied by a call - this is the 'noisy Buzzard'.
Image 3 (right): Is from a changed camera position were we could see the Buzzards eye peering between the leaves.

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Image Taken on 18 Nov 2016 at 09:06    Image of day on 28 Dec 2016

Another 'dice with death as the buzzard lands on the 11kV crossbar. Our neighbouring farmer told us many years ago that he saw a bird 'flash into nothing' between an earlier incarnation of these high voltage wires. Many years ago we found an immaculate drake mallard lying dead below the 240V power pole on our patch, and can only think it was electrocuted at the much lower voltage, not leaving any visible burns - this perfect bird dead in our hands has made an indelible impression on us.

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2009 at 12:15    Image of day on 11 Sep 2009

Heard a buzzard calling and arrived for a view just as it appeared rising up toward a dead branch on a black poplar and landed on it for a few seconds. This is an accurate montage of two shots about 1 second apart. The black speck was one of a number of insects apparently dislodged by the draft.

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Image Taken on 27 Jan 2016 at 13:18    Image of day on 28 Feb 2016

A couple of days later we disturbed the Buzzard while hunting in our woodland section, and thought we wouldn't see it again for days. But only 2 hours later, with no disturbing humans about, the Buzzard makes an unexpected visit to the Woodland camera site, unusually left active all that day in the dreary weather. It looks like the bird wing probably broke the IR beam over the log to take his portrait - the first time a buzzard has been photographed at any of the ground level cameras or the tree stump, though it was seen on one occasion in Feb 2015 at the kitchen window perch (see 2/3 down page 2015 mar.htm)
Jan 2016 and Feb 2015 have been our only Buzzards seen inside our patch - maybe the Parents are kicking out the youngsters ready for a new batch.

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Image Taken on 01 Feb 2015 at 10:35    Image of day on 12 Mar 2015

We spotted this Buzzard standing upright on the perch on CCTV, but we couldn't get near the camera without frightening away the bird. We also saw it on the meadow post but failed to get an image. We finally saw the bird leaving our patch pursued by a couple of Corvids as is traditional around here.

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Image Taken on 06 Feb 2017 at 12:18    Image of day on 19 Mar 2017

When we arrived here the bird was already on the ground near the 'favourite' pole, and then flew 100m or so to a similar pole carrying some sort of rodent. A Rook took exception and made a couple of passes as the Buzzard shrieked at it (right image as the Rook had passed), but soon the buzzard was left in peace to eat his lunch. All this action is about 200m away where the bird completely ignores us.

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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 23 Apr 2017

The local buzzard on our south side makes a landing on the wooden railings some 300m from us that surround the underground waste tanks at the farm.

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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2013 at 10:39    Image of day on 17 Apr 2013

A breeze and sunshine brought out the local 3 buzzards and one of them came close enough to us for some portraits

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Image Taken on 24 Feb 2010 at 13:41    Image of day on 24 Mar 2010

A solitary buzzard found a thermal right over our patch and up it went, but not before we caught this portrait.

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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2008 at 15:57    Image of day on 15 Sep 2008

We have at least 5 buzzards seen together a few times soaring in the thermals over and near our patch. You would think this was the middle of nowhere rather than a few miles outside Milton Keynes. One or two of them are particularly voluble as here flying directly overhead (guess 20m high).

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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2014 at 15:22    Image of day on 17 Oct 2014

For a couple of weeks this Buzzard spent a lot of time perched on the Crossbars of the 11KV overhead cable. On this afternoon the bird flew from this nearer crossbar down into the stubble of the recently harvested Oil-seed.

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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2014 at 15:23    Image of day on 17 Oct 2014

The bird stayed on the stubble for about a minute, not obviously catching anything (but we may have missed it), and then took off back towards the high voltage poles.

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Image Taken on 20 Mar 2016 at 11:15    Image of day on 21 Apr 2016

As the sun gains some warmth we have started seeing Buzzards using the local thermals to gain height. Usually single birds as here, but so far up to 3 in a single shaft of rising air.

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Image Taken on 16 Jan 2018 at 09:11    Image of day on 20 Feb 2018

The Buzzard swung back and made this turn over about 1 second.

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Image Taken on 19 Oct 2018 at 14:03    Image of day on 12 Dec 2018

This Buzzard makes an appearance, shown here turning over about 1.5 seconds.

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