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

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.


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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 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.


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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.


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

This is a closer view of the 3rd image from the right in the previous montage. All of the originals are of similar quality. Individual frames or the montage at camera resolution are available for the asking.


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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2014 at 16:33    Image of day on 06 Dec 2014

The startled heron powering it's way into the sky after being as surprised as the photographer at spotting each other.


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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2014 at 16:33    Image of day on 06 Dec 2014

Stepping up to look over a hedge surprised both the photographer and this Heron just on the other side which promptly flew off. This image amazed us with the definition of the body contours, presumably a mix of feather patterns and muscles powering the startled climb, with lighting just right to accentuate the shapes.


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

At the end of the same sequence the heron faded from view through the trees. The montage is accurately spaced at 7 frames/sec


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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2010 at 16:31    Image of day on 11 May 2010

The herons are still going after the newts and several make occasional visits over our patch, but do a flyover if we are already outside. Always trying for that unusual image, this flyover produced an unusual shadow of the heron's head on its own under-wing, complete with light spot when the sun is shining through the nostril holes in the beak (no fiddling - genuine single frame just exposure corrected & cropped).


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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2013 at 17:54    Image of day on 29 Aug 2013

"Heatwave Heron"
This Heron quietly flew past beak wide open and tongue lolling from side to side. We guess the bird was HOT!


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Image Taken on 13 Jan 2012 at 12:40    Image of day on 12 Feb 2012

This juvenile heron seems to have taken a 'shine' to our patch, and hunts in the meadow and 'Duck' pond for hours on end. It doesn't land if we are out but makes a leisurely exit as here. Taken at about 5 fps but spaced too close in this montage so you can enjoy the bird.


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