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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 22

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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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2017 at 16:33    Image of day on 16 Jun 2017

Flying into the wind the Heron makes a flight against a partly blue heavens, allowing the creation of an accurately positioned montage at about 7fps.

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Image Taken on 30 Nov 2017 at 12:21    Image of day on 04 Jan 2018

A Couple of hours later probably the same Heron made a fly-over. This is about 1 second of flight before it disappeared over the house, changing course a bit with the head not turning with the body.

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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2013 at 13:02    Image of day on 06 May 2013

The late start to the season has the farmer out harrowing, seed sowing and rolling in an intense week of ground disturbance. This heron also liked the opportunity for some easy to catch protein from the freshly turned soil, and didn't seem the least bit fazed by being surrounded by black-headed gulls.
No sign of any Frogs or Newts for us at all this year, and the Herons have not had their usual feast. Ponds have been frozen for just about every night for many weeks.

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Image Taken on 20 Jan 2019 at 13:00    Image of day on 17 Feb 2019

This Grey Heron flies by us while making it's way to hunt in a Winter Wheat crop some 300m away.

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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.

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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2008 at 17:41    Image of day on 19 Jul 2008

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Image Taken on 20 Jan 2019 at 13:00    Image of day on 17 Feb 2019

This Grey Heron flies by us while making it's way to hunt in a Winter Wheat crop some 300m away.

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Image Taken on 02 Mar 2009 at 08:55    Image of day on 21 Mar 2009

First close flyover of a heron this year, so we have montaged 2 images less than a second apart to celebrate. Not that the frogs and newts will be pleased when he/she spots them in the pond.

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