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

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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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2007 at 21:50    Image of day on 08 Oct 2007

We often see mice in positions we can't see they can land properly from, and now we see that sometimes they don't.

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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2020 at 10:51    Image of day on 13 Aug 2020

We do enjoy these 'Fox & Cubs' flowers self-set around the house and providing flashes of brilliant orange. The insects like them too.

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Image Taken on 01 Nov 2022 at 05:16    Image of day on 02 Dec 2022

Most creatures enter at the south straight down into the ditch. For some reason this Fox slinks behind the tree to cross the ditch a few metres to the right.

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Image of day on 18 Mar 2005

First 'sighting' of a frog here this year would be this fun if rather inelegant image.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2011 at 13:40    Image of day on 05 Sep 2011

This pair didn't have it all their own way - another individual (probably a male) fluttered around them but they ignored him.

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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2016 at 12:31    Image of day on 27 Apr 2016

A few hours after the Buzzards found a nearby thermal, this glider spirals up in a thermal on the sun-facing slope to our south.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2015 at 12:39    Image of day on 27 Aug 2015

This glider appeared in a Thermal. Taking a frame about every 2 seconds we hoped to produce an accurate montage. But it would have been as wide as a desk so we have contracted the gaps and simply softened the cloud discontinuities. The Green arrow is the first exposure, moving counter clockwise.

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Image of day on 24 Sep 2005

Gliders are among the more welcome aerial visitors being quiet and graceful, unlike helicopters on their way to Silverstone Racetrack and the military Chinooks which shake the whole house. On 8 August we saw a series of about 40 gliders gaining height in a local thermal.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 07 Dec 2017

A few fleeting glimpses of Goldfinches is augmented by this self portrait as one comes in to land.

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Image Taken on 14 May 2018 at 14:53    Image of day on 28 Jun 2018

Goldfinches have done well this year, through we haven't spotted any of the nests. The fluffy down in the beak was put down on the branch and left there as the bird flew off.

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:08    Image of day on 01 Dec 2014

A couple of juvenile Swallows perched on main electricity cables for what must have been a late brood for these youngsters to be waiting to be fed - supplementary feeding 'on the wing' is more typical for this time of year. Here one of the Juvenile Swallows was briefly joined by a Goldfinch landing on the wire.

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