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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 20

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 25 Jun 2023 at 12:51    Image of day on 23 Aug 2023

This is our first sighting of an Emperor Dragonfly for 3 years.
Positioning is accurate at about 7 fps.

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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2023 at 12:51    Image of day on 23 Aug 2023

The middle pic in the montage at a more easily identifiable scale.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Image Taken on 20 Oct 2021 at 20:16    Image of day on 30 Nov 2021

A chance moment of 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice), one making a very awkward looking landing from which they undoubtedly 'bounced' unharmed, along with 3 leopard slugs in the surrounding leaf litter.
Where are the slugs - under the horizontal mouse, another in front of the horizontal mouse, and another just 'above' that one, half buried in the leaf litter.

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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.

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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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