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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 21

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 04 Sep 2021 at 17:47    Image of day on 15 Oct 2021

This more advanced juvenile male Green Woodpecker lands on the Meadow post.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2021 at 16:25    Image of day on 29 Sep 2021

The juvenile male Green Woodpecker makes a flamboyant landing. We has obviously been probing the ground and bought some of it back with him.

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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2020 at 13:11    Image of day on 10 Jul 2020

A male Green Woodpecker checking over the Meadow post.

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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2021 at 11:14    Image of day on 12 Oct 2021

An adult male Green Woodpecker graces the meadow Post for a few minutes. Read this right to left - a heavy landing, a scramble for secure footing, and then a few minutes watching the world go by.

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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.

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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 28 Jan 2020 at 14:15    Image of day on 18 Feb 2020

When we have put out this type of large un-caged Peanut feeder Grey Squirrels often work their way around the bottom, scraping out fragments of peanut. This series over a couple of minutes.

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Image Taken on 07 Nov 2021 at 14:05    Image of day on 15 Dec 2021

This abstract pattern is the tail tip of a Grey Squirrel.

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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 26 Jul 2021 at 14:37    Image of day on 06 Sep 2021

A Hawker Dragonfly (we are not confident of the species) flies by us ...

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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2021 at 14:37    Image of day on 06 Sep 2021

... and suddenly swerves upward to catch an insect in the 'net' made with the legs before flying back the other way.
An unbroken sequence at 10 frames per second - Dragonflies can manoeuvre incredibly quickly.

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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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