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

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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Image Taken on 02 Dec 2007 at 08:35    Image of day on 30 Dec 2007

A dunnock makes an elegant takeoff.

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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.

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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.

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Image Taken on 30 May 2020 at 12:24    Image of day on 04 Jul 2020

At the corner of the Wheat crop this immature female Emperor Hawker Dragonfly was hunting over the field margin.

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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2020 at 12:24    Image of day on 28 Aug 2020

We first saw (no photo) a male Emperor Dragonfly some weeks back in this area. At last getting a photo, we see he has led a busy life in the interim, wings now really tatty from endless brushing on foliage, but still flying well. These at 10 fps.

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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.

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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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