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

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

The Jackdaw unexpectedly landed on an 11kV power line right in front of us and we could see that the load was probably animal hair to provide comforts to the nest, wherever it might be.


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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2011 at 11:26    Image of day on 16 May 2011

An unusually aggressive looking Jackdaw lands on the perch looking ready for a fight with anything.


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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2014 at 09:53    Image of day on 18 Aug 2014

This Jackdaw is particularly aggressive / confident / stupid / Testosterone driven (you choose!) and launches itself at anything in its way including the normally dominant Grey Squirrels.
Here the Jackdaw is trying to chase away a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker who may have wished it had launched half a second earlier!


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Image Taken on 24 May 2014 at 15:15    Image of day on 03 Aug 2014

"Boo!"
Before we actually saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker we imagined from the name and noise they make that they would be a much bigger bird. Here you can see the size relative to the much larger Jackdaw.


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Image Taken on 09 May 2014 at 20:08    Image of day on 05 Jul 2014

Enjoy the spread tail as the Jackdaw finished aerobraking to land on the perch.


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Image Taken on 04 Nov 2012 at 15:29    Image of day on 09 Dec 2012

We get so used to the plethora of Jackdaws and Rooks here that you can forget what magnificent creatures they are up close.


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Image Taken on 16 Dec 2015 at 14:12    Image of day on 22 Jan 2016

This Jackdaw look particularly villainous as it lands head-on to camera with almost perfect symmetry.


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Image Taken on 16 Dec 2015 at 11:10    Image of day on 22 Jan 2016

Is this Jackdaw directing the traffic?


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