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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 19

Image Taken on 02 Feb 2015 at 12:57    Image of day on 17 Mar 2015

This Great Tit is just landing. The front claws have just touched the surface, but the back claws have not. The wings are already folded.


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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2013 at 14:25    Image of day on 27 Apr 2013

Robin this time getting some resistance from a Great Tit. We expect the Robin 'won' anyway


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Image Taken on 16 Dec 2013 at 14:58    Image of day on 01 Feb 2014

The Great Tits had a good breeding season.
(We are sure the Sparrowhawk will be pleased as well)


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Image Taken on 14 May 2018 at 15:02    Image of day on 29 Jun 2018

We think that this is our first sighting of a Great White Egret, but our two experts are not sure based only on the photo without any notion of size. The bird had none of the grace of the Little Egret and was flying much faster and more powerfully than we would expect to see in a Little Egret. The feet appear dark - Little Egrets have yellow feet, but they can become smothered in mud.


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Image Taken on 14 May 2018 at 15:02    Image of day on 29 Jun 2018

2 frames about 140mS apart show that what we think is a Great White Egret was flying fast, even though it did have a tailwind.


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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2019 at 06:49    Image of day on 20 Jul 2019

A really soggy adult Green Woodpecker starts a rainy day.
Here begins 4 days of almost continuous rain and drizzle, during which over 90mm of rain (3.5 inches) was accompanied by endless overcast skies.


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Image Taken on 03 Aug 2019 at 09:14    Image of day on 23 Sep 2019

The flowering Mint has run riot this year after the warm spell gave it an early start, and is attracting masses of insects. Here a Greenbottle and a Long Hover-fly share adjacent flower spikes.


Ref: 20190923_df3_20190803_0914_004 greenbottle (lucilia caesar) + long hover-fly (sphaerophoria scripta) on mint flowers(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 01 Nov 2015 at 12:35    Image of day on 21 Dec 2015

A Greenfinch flying in to the peanut feeder has just spotted a rival already in 'possession'.


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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2015 at 13:12    Image of day on 11 Nov 2015

The Greenfinches have suddenly returned after the summer, this one making a not very accurate landing on the perch (dropping a bit short)


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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2017 at 17:14    Image of day on 16 Nov 2017

A silly montage of most likely the same Squirrel in action (right image came first) and a quarter of an our later nibbling what is left of the food. We like the latest 'layering effect' of the fur.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2014 at 19:06    Image of day on 29 Jul 2014

"Look Mum - No Paws. Ouch!"
We don't even know whether this was the same squirrel, but you get the idea.


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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2017 at 10:26    Image of day on 01 Mar 2017

It is easy to miss Greylag Geese flying overhead because they are almost silent. Canada Geese calls can be heard before they come into sight, and swans powerful wings whistle if they get close. So spotting these before they got to us from behind allowed this nearly vertical above image. We particularly like the 4 birds at the bottom of the image managing to overlap but not hide any heads.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2019 at 08:16    Image of day on 25 Jun 2019

Hawthorn Blossom is forming patches of white hedge all over the area.


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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2016 at 17:46    Image of day on 01 Sep 2016

This Heron circled a couple of times just to our south-east.


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Image Taken on 19 Mar 2011 at 09:03    Image of day on 17 Apr 2011

This low-flying Heron didn't seem to notice us. The long neck is often folded back like this in flight and sometimes for hunting gradually preparing to shoot the head forward.


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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2019 at 08:32    Image of day on 23 Apr 2019

Heron flies overhead.
We see far fewer Herons now that the Frogs and Newts have ceased visiting the ponds to breed. Amphibians are having a terrible time worldwide.


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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2019 at 08:32    Image of day on 23 Apr 2019

Eyes of Herons sometimes appear almost unreal.


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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2017 at 16:33    Image of day on 16 Jun 2017

Flying into the wind the Heron makes a flight against a partly blue heavens, allowing the creation of an accurately positioned montage at about 7fps.


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Image Taken on 30 Nov 2017 at 12:21    Image of day on 04 Jan 2018

A Couple of hours later probably the same Heron made a fly-over. This is about 1 second of flight before it disappeared over the house, changing course a bit with the head not turning with the body.


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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2013 at 13:02    Image of day on 06 May 2013

The late start to the season has the farmer out harrowing, seed sowing and rolling in an intense week of ground disturbance. This heron also liked the opportunity for some easy to catch protein from the freshly turned soil, and didn't seem the least bit fazed by being surrounded by black-headed gulls.
No sign of any Frogs or Newts for us at all this year, and the Herons have not had their usual feast. Ponds have been frozen for just about every night for many weeks.


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