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

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 06 Nov 2018 at 07:59    Image of day on 26 Dec 2018

A Buzzard flies by, lit by the low morning sun.
These are reasonably accurately spaced and positioned.

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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2016 at 10:22    Image of day on 20 Nov 2016

For about 20 minutes the local 'Buzzard family' of 2 adults and 2 juveniles circled in the air over the adjoining farmland and our patch.

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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2013 at 16:40    Image of day on 08 Nov 2013

This buzzard was flying over a freshly cut hedge just after harvest.

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Image Taken on 18 Oct 2016 at 10:52    Image of day on 29 Nov 2016

The Buzzard is flying over the sprouting Wheat crop (also visible in the background). Perhaps 100 black-headed Gulls can be seen over the fields at many times of day eating either the un-germinated seed or the young plants.

Ref: 20161129_df3_20161018_1052_045-047 buzzard in flight over sprouting wheat crop 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage at about 5fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 01 Aug 2016 at 07:36    Image of day on 18 Sep 2016

Buzzards have returned to the trees at the Brook, and are hunting from them and the 11KV power line crossbars. We have seen 3 Buzzards at once in the area.

Ref: 20160918_df3_20160801_0736_322-323 buzzard in flight over trees @ 6fps 03-06 of 11 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 27 Feb 2013 at 16:02    Image of day on 05 Apr 2013

A pair of images a few seconds apart as the Buzzard circled showing the top and then bottom of the bird.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2017 at 16:38    Image of day on 06 Oct 2017

"I See You"
Apologies to James Cameron's 'Avatar'.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2017 at 16:38    Image of day on 06 Oct 2017

The buzzard zoomed right overhead.

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

The Buzzard then turned towards the camera and from detail in the cloud edge we constructed this accurate montage. The first 5 images (from the left) are at about 7fps, but the remainder are alternate frames to avoid too much overlap.

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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 direction.
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)

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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




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