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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 24
Image Taken on 20 Apr 2007
at 17:54 Image of day on 09 May 2007
In the evening sun a Kestrel swooped and hovered over our patch
for a few minutes, the sun for once lighting the underside.
Here is one while it was hovering - we didn't see it catch anything.
Ref: 20070509_d10_20070420_1754_015 kestrel hovering (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 13 Dec 2009
at 10:59 Image of day on 18 Jan 2010
Despite the difficult lighting, this kestrel hovering in a strong
wind with wings and claws all over the place had to be included.
In this sequence the bird was basically stationary horizontally
but gradually losing height relative to a cloud line near the top.
Ref: 20100118_db1_20091213_1059_154-159 kestrel hovering & slowly losing height 04-09 of 10 (vertically accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 01 Mar 2010
at 10:03 Image of day on 30 Mar 2010
A Kestrel hovering always into the wind with some lovely detail
of the feathers. 2 images from the same 'hover' shown side
by side. They keep their head position amazingly still while the
wings, tail and body move all over the place.
Ref: 20100330_df1_20100301_1003_189+1002_187 kestrel hovering (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 21 Jun 2009
at 17:44 Image of day on 18 Jul 2009
This kestrel has made repeated visits to one corner of the site,
most of the time in drab overcast condition when one enjoys
taking the pics (about 600) but only a few are worth keeping.
Ref: 20090718_db1_20090621_1744_189 kestrel hovering 12 of 19 (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 23 Sep 2015
at 11:01 Image of day on 21 Nov 2015
About 400m from us this Kestrel made a characteristic hunting
hover, dropping down in stages on some hapless prey. We never saw
what happened once below the hedge.
Ref: 20151121_df3_20150923_1101_026+032+040+043+049 kestrel hovering and dropping down in stages against trees 01+02+04+07+12 of 12 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010
at 13:35 Image of day on 24 Jul 2010
The male kestrel doesn't normally put on a good show when we are
about, but was very intent on a hunt. He hovered for several
minutes over the pasture.
Ref: 20100724_df1_20100617_1335_465 kestrel hovering in hunt (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Nov 2011
at 13:27 Image of day on 17 Dec 2011
The previous day he had obliged with a bit of hovering. This is a
selection of 3 images from 31 as he spotted something and dived
out of camera frame and then out of sight.
Ref: 20111217_df1_20111102_1327_151+171+177 kestrel hovering in strong wind 08+20+24 of 31 (vertical montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Oct 2015
at 12:29 Image of day on 17 Dec 2015
A Kestrel hovering above a hedge but not catching anything before
wandering off to the east. The bird was stationary in the air and
the images are spread out downwards
Ref: 20151217_df3_20151026_1229_010-013 kestrel hunting in southerly wind 2-5 of 5 (hovering impression montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 31 Oct 2008
at 08:30 Image of day on 18 Nov 2008
On Thursday at 06:50 with it barely light we saw from the car a
Kestrel hunting over the local road. It flew off as we slowed
down & don't know which sex. But on Friday a bright start tempted
us out with the camera (until the rising wind at near freezing
drove us in) and this female kestrel obliged with a flyby
obviously giving us a number of suspicious glances.
Ref: 20081118_dc1_20081031_0830_017 female kestrel in flight(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 18 May 2008
at 13:00 Image of day on 28 May 2008
The male kestrel is about this area a number of times each day
at the moment.
Ref: 20080528_dc1_20080518_1300_030 kestrel in flight(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 23 Oct 2007
at 13:50 Image of day on 23 Nov 2007
Not the female kestrel this time (possibly a juvenile male)
spent quite a while hovering into the wind over some of our
rough grass. The wind/sun directions were hopeless for good
photos, but it did do a few sweeps round offering this opportunity.
Ref: 20071123_d01_20071023_1350_039 kestrel in flight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 05 Mar 2010
at 12:32 Image of day on 08 Apr 2010
Just for the joy of showing three Kestrel pics in one go.
Ref: 20100408_df1_20100305_1232_194-196 kestrel in flight (arbitrary successive frame montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 13 Oct 2016
at 12:01 Image of day on 24 Nov 2016
A short fly-by by a Kestrel. This bland sky is this time featureless
cloud preventing accurate spacing
Ref: 20161124_df3_20161013_1201_001-010 kestrel in flight (selected) 1-6 of 6 (close spaced impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 04 Oct 2010
at 16:12 Image of day on 24 Nov 2010
A portrait of our new local female Kestrel flying along in the distance.
Ref: 20101124_df1_20101004_1612_045 female kestrel in flight 1 of 4 (crop @ 768)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 21 Feb 2015
at 15:12 Image of day on 05 Apr 2015
This female Kestrel took off from an 11KV power pole crossbar and
flew a series of curves that took her close to us. We captured
this sequence over about one third of a second here accurately
montaged against clouds (which are out of this montage crop).
Ref: 20150405_df2_20150221_1512_148-150 kestrel in flight 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 04 Oct 2010
at 16:12 Image of day on 24 Nov 2010
This is the next 3 images accurately montaged - we are frequently
surprised how far a bird in full flight goes 'per flap' once it
is in full flight.
Ref: 20101124_df1_20101004_1612_046-048 female kestrel in flight 2-4 of 4 (accurate montage @ 7 fps))(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 24 May 2015
at 13:08 Image of day on 26 Jul 2015
After a brief hover this Kestrel flew off to the left just under
the height of the wires (accurate montage at7 fps).
Ref: 20150726_df3_20150524_1308_441-447 kestrel in flight against trees 01-07 of 11 (accurate montage @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 27 Nov 2008
at 10:51 Image of day on 14 Dec 2008
A Kestrel flew about overhead. No doubt any mice out of their
holes bolted to cover.
Ref: 20081214_dc1_20081127_1051_049 kestrel in flight overhead(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Nov 2014
at 12:24 Image of day on 18 Jan 2015
A look at the tail suggests that this is a Juvenile male Kestrel starting
to moult into adult colours. He was hovering (into the wind as always -
hence the bird's name 'Windhover') to our North West with the sun to the
South (it was about mid-day). From about 100 frames we selected the
best few and from them constructed this little impression.
Ref: 20150118_df2_20141130_1224_031+037+064 kestrel juvenile male (q) hovering (selected) 1+4+7 of 8 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 03 Dec 2014
at 11:06 Image of day on 19 Jan 2015
We first saw this Kestrel high over one of our Black Poplar trees
as we walked up the path over the meadow. Judging by the
disapproving stare, we had just disturbed his hunt.
Ref: 20150119_df2_20141203_1106_150 kestrel juvenile male (q) in flight over meadow 1 of 4 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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