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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 10

Image Taken on 31 Oct 2016 at 13:42    Image of day on 12 Dec 2016

A few minutes later (without any prompting from us) it took off and started flying over the fields, coming quite close to us for this unusually nicely lit portrait.


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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2023 at 09:23    Image of day on 29 Nov 2023

Starting at our South west and disappearing at our South East, this Buzzard wings their way through the sky.
All of these montages are accurately positioned at about 7 frames per second.


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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2023 at 09:23    Image of day on 29 Nov 2023

A closer look at the first three moments


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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2019 at 12:43    Image of day on 29 Nov 2019

This Buzzard slowly circled overhead making the most of what little thermal updraft this bird could find.


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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2021 at 12:12    Image of day on 08 Nov 2021

Just after midday this Buzzard glided by.
Accurately spaced at 7 fps.


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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2019 at 12:48    Image of day on 04 Nov 2019

Here we see a Buzzard flying by, disappearing behind a poplar that also provided the reference for this accurately spaced montage. Just over half a second of flight.


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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2023 at 09:23    Image of day on 29 Nov 2023




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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2019 at 12:43    Image of day on 29 Nov 2019

This Buzzard slowly circled overhead making the most of what little thermal updraft this bird could find.


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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2016 at 07:40    Image of day on 18 Sep 2016

This buzzard appeared from our left and started to turn into the wind (blowing towards the post from our position), saw us and basically Panicked - claws down, twisting in flight and calling before accelerating into the distance. It is a shame that humans are so feared, but it is a good survival tactic.


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Image Taken on 19 Dec 2018 at 10:15    Image of day on 27 Jan 2019

Not many sightings of Buzzards or Red Kites at the moment, so enjoy this moment of a Buzzard powering upwards behind the power lines.


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Image Taken on 08 Mar 2009 at 09:54    Image of day on 26 Mar 2009

A different buzzard to 'usual' visitors flew over the brook to the north. This is a montage of 3 frames at about 8 frames/second accurately positioned by aligning the background details in each image - not usually possible against the sky.


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Image Taken on 13 Dec 2014 at 10:58    Image of day on 27 Jan 2015

The Buzzard then got disturbed from it's rest by a territorial Jackdaw. The jackdaw started about 2 buzzard lengths behind the buzzard in this accurate montage. We left the Jackdaw out for the next 2 frames as they overlaid the image of the buzzard in the preceding frames, but the Jackdaw was climbing fast and re-appears above the Buzzard for the last 2 frames.


Ref: 20150127_df2_20141213_1058_093-097 buzzard in flight against trees pursued by jackdaw (frames 1+4+5) 1-5 of 8 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 14 Jul 2011 at 12:36    Image of day on 21 Aug 2011

We think we have a buzzard family of Mum, Dad and one juvenile using the thermals and updraft from local geography to go off and hunt. This one came quite close, banking as it approached (hence the increasing size left to right) and we couldn't resist this montage, much too closely spaced for reality but echoing what you see as your eyes follow the bird.


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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2022 at 17:44    Image of day on 01 Oct 2022

We were startled by a whoosh of wings followed by a loud avian scream right over our heads. This Buzzard had just landed on the top of the 11kv power pole right by us, realised the mistake of landing near humans, and immediately took off.
The Buzzard made several more calls as they flew away, as you see here


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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2022 at 17:44    Image of day on 01 Oct 2022

We generally try to avoid pictures of birds with their nictitating membrane (a semi transparent second eyelid) over the eye.
But here the bird is using it to 'blink' closed for less than 140mS (seventh of a second)


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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2022 at 17:44    Image of day on 01 Oct 2022

Finally a detailed look at the Buzzard in flight.


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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2009 at 15:26    Image of day on 02 Jul 2009

Our friendly neighbour farmer phoned us from his tractor with news that the 'buzzard has just joined me on the posts' and out we rushed to not be able to see it! But we were ready when it flew majestically over the hedge in front of us. Here is one of images.


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Image Taken on 20 Mar 2017 at 14:58    Image of day on 30 Apr 2017

Buzzard near our patch get routinely harassed by Rooks from the local Rookeries. This Buzzard (the lower bird) has unusually light plumage.


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Image Taken on 08 Dec 2022 at 12:59    Image of day on 03 Jan 2023

Now 2 halves of the montage for more detail.


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Image Taken on 08 Dec 2022 at 12:59    Image of day on 03 Jan 2023

We catch this Buzzard's flight while the bird is over the main road in flapping flight, and watch as the bird changes to gliding along the 11kV cables before swooping up to arrive at a cable at 0 m.p.h. Masterful control!
First a montage of the whole sequence, starting at one frame intervals, changing to alternate frames and finally a few 'selected' as the bird lands (the last 2 shuffled along the wire in the paint package).


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