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

Image Taken on 26 Aug 2015 at 15:17    Image of day on 28 Oct 2015

Images about 2/3 seconds apart closely spaced. The blurred small birds were the House Martins that happened to be hunting higher in the sky.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2015 at 15:37    Image of day on 23 Oct 2015

The Dragonflies have arrived, and so predictably does the Hobby - a dragonfly catching specialist.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2014 at 13:30    Image of day on 30 Oct 2014

Now the Dragonflies are about, so is the Hobby - a specialist Dragonfly predator. We love the gentle twist of this unbroken sequence. With no clouds to accurately space the images they are undoubtedly much too close.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2014 at 13:30    Image of day on 30 Oct 2014

A better view of the second image from montage of the hobby in flight.

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2011 at 14:35    Image of day on 18 Jul 2011

Half an hour later this Hobby made a rather high flyover. At the time we could not see the dragonfly clutched in it's talons. The abdomen (tail) is sticking out below the tail and the dragonfly's wing outline can be made out below that. We were out looking for dragonflies & didn't spot one all day!

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2012 at 18:03    Image of day on 05 Sep 2012

We had problems identifying this bird of prey seeing flying over the wheat and dropping into it just as a lorry stopped and obscured the view. We didn't see it again. One of our email members suggested a juvenile Hobby & subsequent sightings of a pair of adults suggests this is right (see 4 Oct 2012). We just keep an eye open for it going after our dragonflies - a favourite prey - before it migrates south in a mid-August.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2015 at 12:52    Image of day on 10 Oct 2015

A Holly Blue butterfly in a ramshackle bit of hedge. The inset shows the insect fluttering - the only time we could see the top of the wing beyond the edges. Only an occasional visitor here - once or twice some years, not at all others

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Image Taken on 23 May 2009 at 13:36    Image of day on 12 Jun 2009

This is a House Martin in flight, the least frequent of our three flycatchers which includes Swallows and Swifts.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2008 at 16:07    Image of day on 02 Jul 2008

This is a House Martin in flight, the least frequent of our three flycatchers which includes Swallows and Swifts.

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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2015 at 15:15    Image of day on 27 Oct 2015

Our first House Martin sighting this year. The spacing is a third of the true flight speed at about 5fps.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2010 at 17:54    Image of day on 12 Oct 2010

During a poor year for flycatchers a brief sunny period after rain brought out a few Swallows, 1 swift and this House Martin which has lifted its head to snatch the insect you can just see as an elongated smudge half a birds length ahead of it's beak.

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Image Taken on 14 May 2008 at 15:28    Image of day on 26 May 2008

At last got some decent images of House Martins. We have selected one that again illustrates birds flying with their heads 'still', in this case still horizontal, with the body, wings & tail all sideways (See Yellowhammer from 22 May 2008).

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2010 at 17:54    Image of day on 12 Oct 2010

Another view of a House Martin banking really hard in flight.

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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2012 at 16:00    Image of day on 06 Aug 2012

A buzzing in the grass led us to this little encounter between what we thought was two rather slim bumble-bees. But one of our weekly assortment readers quickly told us that these are Hover-flies Volucella bombylans which mimic and parasitise bumble-bees. The yellow specks are pollen grains.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2007 at 11:21    Image of day on 24 Jul 2007

The wet weather has made some of the vegetable beds unworkable and they have become wild flower meadows. This one is covered in thistles on which this hover-fly was resting.

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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2011 at 10:19    Image of day on 25 Aug 2011

We didn't realise Hover-flies came this big or Gorgeous and had an expert confirm our ID as a Volucella zonaria. He commented 'I think it's the biggest native species of hover-fly, but only took up residence in Britain in the 1940s. ... The larvae live in wasp nests.'

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Image of day on 21 Aug 2007

Facing into and moderate wind this Female Kestrel (the 'Motorway bird') hovered and eventually dived onto prey over an adjacent hay meadow. Once loaded the sequence runs about 5 times slower than life (a bit over 1 second of real time) - what an athlete.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2011 at 18:15    Image of day on 20 Oct 2011

There is a family of 4 Buzzard in a copse 600m to our East. The young birds seem to be given sparring lessons by the parents. Here the bird below was hovering in a strong wind blowing from the left and had a passing skirmish with the bird flying above. The bottom bird held its position relative to the trees, so we have spread out the montage to the left. All in half a second!

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Image of day on 17 Jul 2007

For a few seconds a Buzzard turned into the wind and hovered keeping position as impressively as a kestrel. This sequence of 7 images plays in approximately real-time.

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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2016 at 07:26    Image of day on 04 Jun 2016

A Jackdaw flew across our path carrying a wad of soft brown material in the beak.

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