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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 18

Image Taken on 11 Nov 2015 at 11:01    Image of day on 24 Dec 2015

Several small (10 or 20) bird well spaced flocks of Fieldfares are flying around the area. Here is a single bird in a strong wind from the right initially gliding with wings partly folded, and then spreading the wings for a few power strokes.
The Fieldfare version of 'Bounding flight' without losing much height with wings closed - you don't notice their height changing as they fly like you do with Woodpeckers who completely fold their wings.

Ref: 20151224_df3_20151111_1101_044-048 fieldfare gliding then flapping flight overhead in strong wind 1-5 of 5 (approx accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 23 Mar 2009 at 16:07    Image of day on 16 Apr 2009

This is the first year we remember fieldfares still being around in March. We used to only see them on the windfall apples in the Autumn.

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Image Taken on 23 Nov 2007 at 14:36    Image of day on 24 Dec 2007

The fieldfares were fluttering through the Hawthorn hedges and we love the spread and translucency of the wings in this fleeting moment.

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Image Taken on 05 Dec 2009 at 09:57    Image of day on 02 Jan 2010

Fieldfares are a regular delight this time of year, though they are very nervous birds that it is very hard to get close to. So one flying past (as opposed to 'away') is a nice bonus. Here 2 successive frames are montaged, mirrored to give a 'left to right' feel, but the positions are for appearance rather than accuracy - the bland blue sky provides nothing to register the images against.

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Image Taken on 02 Dec 2008 at 14:02    Image of day on 20 Dec 2008

Flocks of fieldfares are about but very wary of humans, so we were lucky to get close enough to this one 'out in the open' to catch it departing.

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Image Taken on 01 Dec 2015 at 12:46    Image of day on 11 Jan 2016

A small group of Fieldfares flew by and while concentrating on keeping the bird starting at middle left in focus and in frame 2 other birds crossed it's path. Spacing is possibly half the true spacings but there is nothing to align for accuracy.

Ref: 20160111_df3_20151201_1246_073-079 fieldfare in flight with 2 others 1-7 of 7 (close spaced montage 1)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image of day on 21 Jan 2005

Night Photo Kit 1: Fieldfare turning in flight taken 19 Jan 2005 16-45

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Image Taken on 08 Dec 2010 at 12:16    Image of day on 02 Feb 2011

Next day about half the local flock of Fieldfares (plus a few interlopers) perched in one of our 20yr old black poplars just long enough to get this picture - they are very skittish birds and don't allow humans to get anywhere near.

Ref: 20110202_df1_20101208_1216_002 100 fieldfares (of about 200 flock) in black poplar (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 01 Dec 2015 at 12:42    Image of day on 12 Jan 2016

Fieldfares are nervous birds and tend to depart when we appear, but often inexplicably flying over us as they go. In this photo we count 3 Fieldfares with a berry in the beak, but there may be more.

Ref: 20160112_df3_20151201_1242_042 50 fieldfares in flight 3 with berries in beak (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 16 Oct 2017 at 05:08    Image of day on 24 Nov 2017

A couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) in the hours before dawn, practising spectacular leaps. Such ability might be very useful in escaping from the local Cat.

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Image of day on 14 Mar 2005

We have no idea what startled these two fieldmice (wood mice).

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Image Taken on 17 Jan 2009 at 20:52    Image of day on 06 Feb 2009

This mouse isn't movement blurred enough to have fallen the 2 meters from the conifer overhead, so is presumably at the top of it's leap. Hope it made a better landing than looks likely.

Ref: 20090206_d3a_20090117_2052_033 fb2 fieldmouse (wood mouse) in mid-air head down (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 07 Sep 2008 at 22:23    Image of day on 24 Sep 2008

The fieldmice (wood mice) population has exploded over the summer, and the energetic and incautious youngsters are doing their customary acrobatics.

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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2006 at 19:13    Image of day on 21 Oct 2006

This vertically landing fieldmouse (wood mouse) is a puzzle as there is nothing closer than about 1m from which it could have jumped. Their gymnastics constantly amaze us.

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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2007 at 21:50    Image of day on 08 Oct 2007

We often see mice in positions we can't see they can land properly from, and now we see that sometimes they don't.

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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2020 at 10:51    Image of day on 13 Aug 2020

We do enjoy these 'Fox & Cubs' flowers self-set around the house and providing flashes of brilliant orange. The insects like them too.

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Image of day on 18 Mar 2005

First 'sighting' of a frog here this year would be this fun if rather inelegant image.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2011 at 13:40    Image of day on 05 Sep 2011

This pair didn't have it all their own way - another individual (probably a male) fluttered around them but they ignored him.

Ref: 20110905_df1_20110727_1340_106 gatekeeper butterflies mating on thistle down with another fluttering round the pair(r+mb id@432).jpg

Image Taken on 25 Mar 2016 at 12:31    Image of day on 27 Apr 2016

A few hours after the Buzzards found a nearby thermal, this glider spirals up in a thermal on the sun-facing slope to our south.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2015 at 12:39    Image of day on 27 Aug 2015

This glider appeared in a Thermal. Taking a frame about every 2 seconds we hoped to produce an accurate montage. But it would have been as wide as a desk so we have contracted the gaps and simply softened the cloud discontinuities. The Green arrow is the first exposure, moving counter clockwise.

Ref: 20150827_df3_20150624_1239_264-277 glider g-ckdo circling in thermal about 2 second intervals 01-13 of 14 (tight impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg




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