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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 9
Image Taken on 13 Jan 2017
at 11:12 Image of day on 18 Feb 2017
The local Buzzard took off from a nearby Ash tree but turned back on itself in
flight and then made this abrupt change in direction in only about a third of a
second. Bird positions are arbitrary here, but the first 6 frames
(moving downwards) are contiguous over about 1 second.
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Image Taken on 05 Mar 2012
at 12:31 Image of day on 04 Apr 2012
One of the buzzards flew over us viewed through the branches of a Black poplar
tree on our access track.
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Image Taken on 27 Feb 2013
at 16:03 Image of day on 05 Apr 2013
After weeks of absence in the dull weather 3 Buzzards made an
unexpected appearance. 2 flew off but the third bird did a few
loops a few hundred metres away before flying off in another
First a pair of a single wing flap with alternate wings lit by the
lowering sun (2 images about 300mS apart but correct spacing unknown)
Ref: 20130405_df1_20130227_1603_107+109 buzzard in flight with alternate wings lit 1+2 of 2 (arbitrary montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 05 Jun 2011
at 11:17 Image of day on 18 Jul 2011
Next day a Buzzard carried a rabbit along the line of the brook.
The bird was flying into wind (making poor progress) but we
noticed that it was doing the Osprey trick of lining up the prey
with the direction of flight to reduce drag. A brief skirmish
with a rook had it back in it's normal feet together position,
but quickly reverted to the aligned position here. 7 days later
we saw a similar flight but the rabbit was just hanging down as
we usually see.
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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.
Ref: 20110718_df1_20110604_1351_041 buzzard in flight with rodent in talons (@432)(r+mb id@432).jpg
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
Ref: 20120114_df1_20111209_1205_017 buzzard in unexpected thermal over our plot on cold still sunny midday(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20161120_df3_20161006_1023_132 buzzard juvenile in flight 1 of 3 (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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!
Ref: 20161121_df3_20161006_1039_485-488 buzzard juvenile in flight about 5fps 1-4 of 4 (approximate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20160918_df3_20160801_0738_352+355+360 buzzard landing in willow tree @ 6fps 1+4+9 of 9 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20161228_df3_20161118_0906_045 buzzard landing on 11kv crossbar(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
http://www.moorhen.me.uk/imgofday/arch 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 09 Feb 2019
at 09:35 Image of day on 08 Mar 2019
A Visit by the Buzzard starts with a wings-spread arrival, both Alula
(anti-stall feathers sticking up half-way along the wing) fully extended for the
Ref: 20190308_d01_20190209_0935_031_fb6 buzzard landing on meadow post (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20150312_e60_20150201_1035_134_fb3 buzzard landing on peanut feeder perch (crop 1)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20170319_df3_20170206_1218_036+043+1219_069 buzzard landing on power pole with rodent prey then harassed by rook (selected) 1+3+5 of 6 (mirrored montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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
Ref: 20130417_df1_20130313_1039_244 buzzard soaring overhead(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20100324_df1_20100224_1341_087 buzzard soaring overhead (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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).
Ref: 20080915_dc1_20080827_1557_017 buzzard soaring overhead & calling(r+mb id@576).jpg
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