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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 17

Image Taken on 10 Mar 2009 at 17:32    Image of day on 30 Mar 2009

This pair of collared doves were 'playing' in the wind at sunset with the orange sunlight 'playing' over them.

Ref: 20090330_db1_20090310_1732_015 pair of collared doves in flight in low evening sunlight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 04 Apr 2009 at 13:41    Image of day on 25 Apr 2009

Took us a while to identify this as a 'bee-fly' - then discovered we first identified one last year on 15 April 2008, so this sighting is over a week earlier. It is hovering in front of the blackthorn flower - you can see the wings as smudges left and right of the insect. Here is the 15 Apr 2008 Bee-fly on Leaf litter (click to view).

Ref: 20090425_db1_20090404_1341_101 common bee-fly (bombylius major) hovering in front of blackthorn flower (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 20 Aug 2020 at 13:11    Image of day on 27 Sep 2020

One of the fun things about Darter Dragonflies is that they often return to the perch from which they have just flown, given a chance to photograph a landing as here.
NOT an accurate montage but a decent 'impression'.

Ref: 20200927_d73_20200820_1311_155+156+158 common darter dragonfly female landing on woodpile twig 2+3+5 of 5 (impression montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 06 Aug 2016 at 14:35    Image of day on 29 Sep 2016

A Common Darter Dragonfly was repeatedly returning to this bent over Hop Sedge providing the opportunity for an image of the landing.

Ref: 20160929_df3_20160806_1435_181+182 common darter dragonfly landing on desiccated hop sedge 1+2 of 3 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 09 Sep 2020 at 17:38    Image of day on 20 Oct 2020

A magical moment at the time, and still is in this photo, as this Common Darter Dragonfly gently lands next to his shadow.

Ref: 20201020_d73_20200909_1738_105 common darter dragonfly male landing on corrugated iron with shadow 2 of 3 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 18 Aug 2014 at 12:45    Image of day on 26 Oct 2014

A Common Darter Dragonfly landing on a pondweed encrusted twig. The right hand image is moved right - it was making a more vertical landing than appears here.

Ref: 20141026_df2_20140818_1245_487+489- common darter dragonfly male landing on stick 1+3 of 3 (adjusted montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 18 Sep 2009 at 14:52    Image of day on 01 Nov 2009

This a montage of 5 images showing a common darter dragonfly taking off from a branch. The spacing of the first 3 is forced horizontally because they would overlap, but the vertical rise is accurately montaged.
The transition between still and having left the branch takes 66mS (2 frames at 30fps). Hooray for a camera that can store what happened before you press the button even if the quality is not 'premium'.

Ref: 20091101_cf1_20090918_1452_885-889 common darter dragonfly male vertical takeoff @ 30fps (vertically accurate montage of 2-6 of 7)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 01 Feb 2011 at 14:48    Image of day on 15 Mar 2011

A flock of gulls flew over, with this one near the end coming very low and suggesting this little montage taken about 150mS apart. They should probably be further apart, but the bland blue sky provides nothing to register the frames, so we just went for artistic effect.

Ref: 20110315_df1_20110201_1448_048+049 common gull (q) in flight (arbitrary montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 05 Jul 2017 at 11:12    Image of day on 24 Aug 2017

Convolvulus flowers brighten up the ground at this time of year.
In about 1992 we had dug out 'Round Pond' but not yet lined or filled it, and it erupted with a carpet of thousands of these flowers right down to the bottom about 2 metres deep. We conclude that the soil must be 'saturated' with long-lived seeds awaiting their chance.

Ref: 20170824_df3_20170705_1112_165 convolvulus flower with hover-fly (crop 2)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 07 Oct 2010 at 10:59    Image of day on 06 Dec 2010

Next morning a much rarer siting - a cormorant flying over our patch.

Ref: 20101206_df1_20101007_1059_295 cormorant in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 05 Oct 2014 at 10:12    Image of day on 14 Dec 2014

Another sequence (not accurately spaced) gives you a closer look at the Cormorant's wings in up and down positions.

Ref: 20141214_df2_20141005_1012_132+133 cormorant in flight (selected) @5fps 09+10 of 10 (close montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 15 Aug 2017 at 10:32    Image of day on 05 Oct 2017

Passes by a couple of Cormorants, not as high as usual, gave us a chance for some pics.

Ref: 20171005_df3_20170815_1032_110 cormorant in flight 03 of 10 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 05 May 2016 at 07:48    Image of day on 12 Jun 2016

This cormorant in flight happened to be near a well defined airliner contrail which provides a 'static' reference that allows re-construction of accurate spacing. We are not fond of Airliner contrails (which sometimes veil the whole otherwise clear sky) but this one (bottom right) was at least 'useful'.

Ref: 20160612_df3_20160505_0748_356-360 cormorant in flight 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage by contrail)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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




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