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

Image Taken on 02 Mar 2009 at 08:55    Image of day on 21 Mar 2009

First close flyover of a heron this year, so we have montaged 2 images less than a second apart to celebrate. Not that the frogs and newts will be pleased when he/she spots them in the pond.


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Image Taken on 25 Oct 2011 at 16:36    Image of day on 06 Dec 2011

From the house we have seen 2 herons visiting our patch, but this adult came flying along our East boundary, saw us outside and promptly turned away to fly over the centre of our patch. This single frame of the 12 we kept seemed to catch the light 'just right'.


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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2014 at 15:29    Image of day on 17 Aug 2014

The first frame of the Heron flying over as a more detailed view.


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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2016 at 15:29    Image of day on 29 Apr 2016

This Heron was flying low over the arable farm land so we could build these accurate montages. Bird spacings vary according to the wind direction.


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Image Taken on 05 Oct 2013 at 16:08    Image of day on 05 Dec 2013

This juvenile Heron (no yellow upper beak or crest) made a flyover in gentle sunlight.


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Image Taken on 20 Jan 2019 at 13:00    Image of day on 17 Feb 2019

This Grey Heron flies by us while making it's way to hunt in a Winter Wheat crop some 300m away.


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Image Taken on 20 Jan 2019 at 13:00    Image of day on 17 Feb 2019

This Grey Heron flies by us while making it's way to hunt in a Winter Wheat crop some 300m away.


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Image Taken on 03 May 2014 at 07:53    Image of day on 01 Jul 2014

Grey Herons have made a number of reasonably close fly-bys lately in their majestic style.


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Image Taken on 26 Nov 2017 at 10:34    Image of day on 02 Jan 2018

Exiting the house caught this lovely juvenile Heron flying in to land at the main pond. The bird saw us and aborted his glide path in favour of a powered 'escape'. This montage (stretched maybe 30% but maintaining the angle) gives you an idea of the action at about 2 wing flaps per second.


Ref: 20180102_df3_20171126_1034_060-063 heron in flight aborting approach to main pond 01-04 of 27 (slightly stretched montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 26 Nov 2017 at 10:34    Image of day on 02 Jan 2018

Heron climbing overhead


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Image Taken on 26 Nov 2017 at 10:34    Image of day on 02 Jan 2018

Heron climbing overhead


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Image Taken on 21 Mar 2010 at 09:46    Image of day on 28 Apr 2010

The path of this bird allowed us to get 12 sequential images of a heron in focus against hedge and then tree backgrounds, and from them made 4 & 5 frame accurately positioned montages. The spacing of the birds was just a lucky coincidence with the frame rate of the camera (about 7 fps). Part 2 tomorrow.


Ref: 20100428_df1_20100321_0946_084-087 heron in flight along bridleway to north 03-06 of 12 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 21 Mar 2010 at 09:46    Image of day on 29 Apr 2010

Yesterdays flight continues. The downwards stem from the tip of the beak of the left most bird above is the one in the bottom right hand corner of the previous image.


Ref: 20100429_df1_20100321_0946_088-092 heron in flight along bridleway to north 07-11 of 12 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 25 Mar 2016 at 15:29    Image of day on 29 Apr 2016

This Heron was flying low over the arable farm land so we could build these accurate montages. Bird spacings vary according to the wind direction.


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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2016 at 15:29    Image of day on 29 Apr 2016

This Heron was flying low over the arable farm land so we could build these accurate montages. Bird spacings vary according to the wind direction.


Ref: 20160429_df3_20160325_1529_403-407 heron in flight appearing low over hedge 09-13 of 21 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 05 Oct 2013 at 16:08    Image of day on 05 Dec 2013

This juvenile Heron (no yellow upper beak or crest) made a flyover in gentle sunlight. In this montage at 4 fps (spaced more closely than reality) the bird moved from a glide to flapping flight.


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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2014 at 15:29    Image of day on 17 Aug 2014

This is an accurate montage (based on cloud pattern) of a heron flapping its way overhead in a strong crosswind. Even we are surprised by the offsets of a each frame but checked carefully. This is about two thirds of a second of flight.


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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2011 at 08:34    Image of day on 04 May 2011

Herons have only made one or two visits here this year because of the limited of frog / toad / newt activity. But they still make flybys and we couldn't resist this accurate montage (probably about 7fps) flying 'over' the steeple of the mile distant local landmark Hanslope Church tower.


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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2015 at 15:05    Image of day on 05 Jun 2015

A Heron made a 300 metre flight over the farmers crop at low level - perhaps 1 to 2 metres above the crop. The majesty of the birds progress particularly impressed us. This is an accurate montage at 7fps


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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2015 at 15:05    Image of day on 05 Jun 2015

With the focus locked at the first exposure it is necessary to pause and re-focus regularly when the birds distance changes. This picks up the flight as the Heron moves past.


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