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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 12

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.

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Image Taken on 13 Sep 2019 at 18:00    Image of day on 04 Nov 2019

We missed the take-off from the crossbar 100m left, but guessing the destination had the camera focussed and running to catch this landing at the next one along.
We sometimes cringe at how close these birds come to an explosive death on the 11kV cables, once seen and described to us by a local farmer.

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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 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 slow approach.

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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2019 at 17:17    Image of day on 24 Nov 2019

The Buzzard visits again - here just about to make first contact with the post.

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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2019 at 17:17    Image of day on 24 Nov 2019

The Buzzard visits again - landing complete buy yet to settle the feathers.

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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 20 Jul 2023 at 12:48    Image of day on 13 Sep 2023

Here we have a Buzzard spiralling across the sky.

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Image Taken on 20 Jul 2023 at 12:48    Image of day on 13 Sep 2023

The real size of the circles is many times as big as this, but a spiral of 'brown dots' is not very satisfying. So here we offer an 'impression' made from a genuine sequence from an original over 100 frames.

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Image Taken on 13 Nov 2023 at 11:41    Image of day on 21 Dec 2023

A Kestrel suddenly appears over the meadow and makes a few threatening passes above the Buzzard, never getting quite close enough to appear in the fixed camera's frame. Here the Buzzard is following the bird across the sky.

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Image Taken on 13 Nov 2023 at 11:42    Image of day on 22 Dec 2023

This was the Buzzard's reaction to another Kestrel flyovers.

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Image Taken on 13 Nov 2023 at 11:42    Image of day on 22 Dec 2023

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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 28 Jan 2022 at 10:03    Image of day on 28 Feb 2022

From a downstairs window this hand-held camera could follow the action a bit better.

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