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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 11

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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Image Taken on 27 Oct 2019 at 12:30    Image of day on 10 Dec 2019

10 minutes later the much bigger Buzzard made a similar pass at a greater height.

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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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