Return to moorhen home page
Return to section index
Image-of-the-Day by Subject
Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 15
Image Taken on 15 Aug 2017
at 10:32 Image of day on 05 Oct 2017
These 4 images are accurately montaged against the clouds - these are big birds that really
pick up some speed.
Ref: 20171005_df3_20170815_1032_123-126 cormorant in flight across clouds 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @ 7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 05 Oct 2014
at 10:12 Image of day on 14 Dec 2014
We occasionally see a Cormorant or pair flying high overhead, but here a single
bird gave us this chance for a reasonably close image.
Accurately positioned at about 5 fps .
Ref: 20141214_df2_20141005_1012_104-107 cormorant in flight over lombardy poplar @5fps 6-9 of 9 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Dec 2017
at 08:12 Image of day on 29 Jan 2018
We usually see Cormorants as individuals, occasionally a pair, high flying overhead,
so this skein of 8 was a first. The skein gradually drifted in our direction
before splitting momentarily into groups of 3 and 5, one of the groups shown here.
Ref: 20180129_df3_20171226_0812_051 3 cormorants (of 8) in flight 3 of 5 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 08 Apr 2014
at 06:38 Image of day on 27 May 2014
We don't often seen Cormorants flying over, but about 20 minutes after
dawn this pair flew almost overhead from the South.
Whenever we see them they manage with very little wing movement.
Ref: 20140527_df2_20140408_0638_019-021 2 cormorants flying overhead 1-3 of 3 (arbitrary montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Dec 2017
at 08:13 Image of day on 29 Jan 2018
The 2 groups then merged back together into a neat Skein that flew almost overhead.
Ref: 20180129_df3_20171226_0813_073 8 cormorants making skein in flight 1 of 3 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 08 Sep 2016
at 15:50 Image of day on 24 Oct 2016
The Red Kite appeared with a Corvid 'snapping at its heels' as it chased
away the Kite
Ref: 20161024_d72_20160908_1550_051-055 corvid harassing red kite in flight @ 10fps 1-5 of 6 (horizontally stretched montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 13 Jun 2008
at 07:40 Image of day on 23 Jun 2008
Out at 07:40 watching for larks, kestrel or anything else heard a
distant cuckoo call and saw a distant atypical bird flying in our
general direction. Beats the usual cuckoo call right over your
head as a sort of 'missed me'.
Ref: 20080623_dc1_20080613_0740_018 cuckoo in flight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 28 Apr 2008
at 17:45 Image of day on 12 May 2008
A first for us - a fly-over by a curlew in the evening sunshine.
Ref: 20080512_da1_20080428_1745_031 curlew in flight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 08 Apr 2015
at 14:59 Image of day on 24 May 2015
This Drone-fly was hovering over one of our meadow paths. We
photographed one at a fast enough shutter speed (1/8000 sec) to
almost freeze the wing motion . These are NOT consecutive frames
- just 3 reasonable efforts arranged for effect.
Drone flies are Honey Bee mimics (making predators wary of being
stung) but Swallows can somehow tell the difference, and gobble them up!
Ref: 20150524_df3_20150408_1459_498+503+506 drone-fly (eristalis tenax) hovering 1-3 of 3 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 19 Nov 2015
at 15:48 Image of day on 04 Jan 2016
A Bluetit in flight and a male Chaffinch in a single shot.
Ref: 20160104_e63_20151119_1548_054_fb1 dunnock + chaffinch female + bluetit in flight + chaffinch male (adjusted crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Mar 2019
at 08:32 Image of day on 16 Apr 2019
This Dunnock was fluttering her (?) wings in the top of the hedge,
and we expected a male to visit and courtship feed her. But he didn't.
Ref: 20190416_df3_20190326_0832_145+148+151 dunnock fluttering wings in hedge top 1+2+6 of 6 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Jan 2016
at 07:57 Image of day on 01 Mar 2016
A Dunnock and a female Chaffinch having a little set-to.
Ref: 20160301_e62_20160126_0757_032_fb5 dunnock in flight attacking chaffinch female on ground (crop 2)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Jun 2011
at 19:12 Image of day on 22 Jul 2011
Dunnock doing a lovely more than 90 degree banking turn while
keeping the head nearly vertical.
Ref: 20110722_d45_20110614_1912_078_fb1 dunnock in flight banking past vertical (crop 1)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 19 Apr 2013
at 20:03 Image of day on 31 May 2013
A Dunnock in flight chasing off a confused merging of 2 birds
hurriedly leaving the log.
Ref: 20130531_d5c_20130419_2003_056_fb2 dunnock in flight chasing others from the log (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 21 Aug 2016
at 07:05 Image of day on 08 Oct 2016
Here a Dunnock flies lower over the ground with head level with ground
but whole underbody facing the camera.
Ref: 20161008_e64_20160821_0705_144_fb2 dunnock in flight close to ground (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 07 Sep 2010
at 18:38 Image of day on 29 Oct 2010
A Dunnock gives us a view of it's underside, claws and both of
the Alulae (singular Alula) which are the birds 'thumbs' with a
few feathers on that it raises to help prevent it 'stalling' at
low speeds. Note the head and wing shadow on the bark on the
stem of the hedging.
Ref: 20101029_d45_20100907_1838_194_fb1 dunnock in flight over ground (crop 1)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 06 Sep 2013
at 06:35 Image of day on 11 Nov 2013
A Dunnock was the first daytime visitor to this heap of food
already nibbled by the nighttime fieldmouse (wood mouse).
Ref: 20131111_d36_20130906_0635_045_fb4 dunnock landing to inspect food heap(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Dec 2007
at 08:35 Image of day on 30 Dec 2007
A dunnock makes an elegant takeoff.
Ref: 20071230_d3b_20071202_0835_160 fb1 dunnock takeoff(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 06 Sep 2016
at 08:36 Image of day on 25 Oct 2016
A Dunnock twisting in the air as it approaches the bird table perch below.
Ref: 20161025_e60_20160906_0836_013_fb3 dunnock twisting in flight (crop 1)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Jun 2001
at 09:43 Image of day on 16 Jun 2008
7 years ago (24 June 2001) we photographed the same species in
flight using a electronically triggered camera and flash. Its a
genuine single image of a rather tatty individual, though the
'sky' was a painted backboard.
Ref: 20080616_d30_20010624_0943_696 elephant hawk-moth in flight with honeysuckle (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Comments and requests for image use
To make a comment, ask for information or to request a full
resolution image, send us an email including the reference or
the date for the image you are interested in.
All initial contacts should be made using the icon below:-