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

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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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Image Taken on 20 May 2020 at 12:43    Image of day on 18 Jun 2020

Over the meadow area there are dozens of these Azure Damselflies. This is a male in flight.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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