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

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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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2008 at 09:44    Image of day on 25 Oct 2008

We are normally pleased to see just one jay fleeing from us, but here 3 flew by some 10's of metres away. The one on the left was not quite so well aligned, so we couldn't resist tweaking his position.


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Image of day on 21 Oct 2010

We have often wondered what happens when the Kestrel and Sparrowhawk happen along together. Well it turns out to be an extended fight - here are 8 time ordered pairs in a chaotic montage, moving from dark blue sky overhead to pale haze lower down but further away. All these are at the same scale.


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Image Taken on 20 Sep 2015 at 12:49    Image of day on 21 Nov 2015

After several attempt this Jackdaw finally sees off the Kestrel. We notice the Kestrel's claw lowering in the last 2 frames, but have no idea why.


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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2009 at 10:42    Image of day on 04 Nov 2009

But the TOP view of the blonde bird is much more striking than the bottom.


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Image Taken on 27 Feb 2011 at 10:17    Image of day on 31 Mar 2011

An un-forecast sunny morning brought out a number of 'old friends' we hadn't seen for many days. This female Kestrel graced the skies for a minute or two and we have montaged 2 fly-bys. Images were taken about 150mS apart but the featureless sky prevents alignment using real spacing so both are 'artistic interpretations' undoubtedly much more closely spaced than they should be.


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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2015 at 09:27    Image of day on 13 Sep 2015

This female Kestrel made a nice circle of the house probably using the heat from the dark slates as a mini-thermal.


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Image Taken on 18 Feb 2015 at 10:48    Image of day on 02 Apr 2015

Finally attacking her target, the female Kestrel never actually touched down. Here is her upward flight from near the ground into the nearby Black Poplar tree where she rested for a minute or two before flying off.


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Image Taken on 18 Feb 2015 at 10:43    Image of day on 02 Apr 2015

The local female Kestrel spent a couple of days intensively hunting around our patch.
Here are 3 images vertically spread of her hovering. She spent about 5 minutes in a hover near the farm entrance oblivious to the traffic, dropping down in steps over what was obviously a 'beak-watering' prey.


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Image Taken on 25 Feb 2016 at 12:43    Image of day on 29 Mar 2016

After spending a few minutes hunting from a Black Poplar by the roadside this female Kestrel was hovering to our east facing into biting north wind.


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Image Taken on 08 Oct 2014 at 16:16    Image of day on 16 Dec 2014

Moving between hovers we get a view of the top of this female kestrel's wings


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Image Taken on 08 Oct 2014 at 16:16    Image of day on 16 Dec 2014

During one hover this female Kestrel's attention gets taken with something we had no sight of off to our left.


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Image Taken on 08 Oct 2014 at 16:16    Image of day on 16 Dec 2014

We spotted this female Kestrel hunting over our meadow and photographed her through the bars of a security gate - she is intolerant of humans in the open. The end of her third hover, when she flew off to the South.


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