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

Image Taken on 18 Jan 2018 at 15:17    Image of day on 18 Feb 2018

This Buzzard made at least 2 visits to the meadow post on this day. This several minutes stay provide the opportunity for a few portraits.


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Image Taken on 18 Jan 2018 at 15:19    Image of day on 18 Feb 2018

Finger ready over the shutter button, as the Buzzard started to get a little restless, caught the Buzzard as it flew off to the next hunting post.


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Image Taken on 03 Apr 2018 at 12:43    Image of day on 11 May 2018

A closer view of the light coloured Buzzard shows the wings in a shorter and broader configuration, probably better for gliding rather than 'shaking off' the Rook.


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Image Taken on 20 Mar 2016 at 11:24    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. Here Buzzards circling 'lazily' to gain height before setting off on a hunt.


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Image Taken on 30 Sep 2012 at 12:28    Image of day on 08 Nov 2012

What seemed to the eye to be a momentary interaction between these two buzzards turns out to have been a rather more serious attack. These 3 montages show the action at about 5 fps (frames per second) of little more than 2 seconds of action. Read the montages left to right in the order presented.


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Image Taken on 30 Sep 2012 at 12:28    Image of day on 08 Nov 2012

The middle of the attack and the lower birds avoidance.


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Image Taken on 30 Sep 2012 at 12:29    Image of day on 08 Nov 2012

Here is the lower bird fleeing.
Frames 9 & 10 were poor & best omitted.


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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2017 at 10:05    Image of day on 02 Oct 2017

Several Buzzards were climbing in the same thermal, making their usual aggressive interactions whenever they came close enough.


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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2017 at 10:06    Image of day on 02 Oct 2017

Several Buzzards were climbing in the same thermal, making their usual aggressive interactions whenever they came close enough.


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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2013 at 10:41    Image of day on 18 Apr 2013

A couple of distant buzzards having a bit of a set-to. These are at 7 fps but without knowledge of the relative positions


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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2008 at 12:14    Image of day on 08 Oct 2008

Once high enough for the rooks not to bother harassing them, these disagreeable birds squabble amongst themselves! Love the aerodynamic stress bending the upper bird's primary feathers.


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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2013 at 10:41    Image of day on 18 Apr 2013




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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2013 at 10:41    Image of day on 18 Apr 2013

Further along our sequence the Buzzards' plummet to earth started to include some power lines (well out of the crop we show) which let us show the rate of drop (but not enough info to get the left-right positions correct). These are spaced at about 140mS intervals and the interaction stopped as they reached about 10 metres up.


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Image Taken on 03 May 2014 at 11:00    Image of day on 30 Jun 2014

A thermal had these 2 buzzards climbing, but before they disappeared to specks they came close enough for this little talons-out skirmish. It took them perhaps a minute to regain the height that they lost!


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2018 at 07:09    Image of day on 05 Nov 2018

Only later when counting the Canada Geese for the file title did we notice that one of the birds (second from the left) was in fact a Barnacle Goose.


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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2017 at 07:27    Image of day on 20 May 2017

As the pair of Canada Geese flew away their overlapping wings made some interesting patterns that we have tried to turn into an interesting 'design'.


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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2017 at 07:20    Image of day on 20 May 2017

3 Canada Geese circled past before turning into the wind to land in or by a lake by the brook.


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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2017 at 07:27    Image of day on 20 May 2017

A Pair of Canada Geese make a Flyby before disappearing into the distance. Accurately spaced at about 7 fps


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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2014 at 07:05    Image of day on 10 Dec 2014

We could have 'erased' the one bird breaking the symmetry of this Vegetarian society 'V' shape, but think the shape is lovely anyway. Birds fly in these formations to use the wake of the bird in front and to one side to get a 'tow'. At the moment all the geese fly off to the North East rather than to the local lakes.


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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2014 at 07:05    Image of day on 10 Dec 2014

When an image is overexposed and 'burnt out' we often make a negative of it as part of the procedure for correcting the highlights (which become lowlights where you can use gamma correction to selectively correct it). But as the negative appeared on the screen we both went 'oooo' and thought you might also enjoy the purity.


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