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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 24

Image Taken on 17 Apr 2008 at 16:02    Image of day on 04 May 2008

Yesterday's newt eating heron finally got startled and took off. Fingers were not fast enough to catch the launch, but the wonderful wing shapes during lift-off do make a good sight. This image should animate showing about a second during the takeoff as 6 images.

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Image Taken on 20 Mar 2009 at 14:59    Image of day on 11 Apr 2009

Herons are a great subject - majestic & ruthless killers. These two images are an accurate montage probably about 0.5 seconds apart of a heron lifting off almost vertically.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2014 at 12:45    Image of day on 27 Nov 2014

We photographed this Hobby flying by, but it was only later when the images were on our PC that we saw to our astonishment that this hunting bird caught an insect in front of us.
Read the montage left to right in 3 descending rows:-
    Image 1: The insect is about 3 bird lengths to the right of the bird.
    Image 2: The gap is down to 1 body length and the talons are swinging forward.
    Image 3: The catch!
    Image 7: Transfer to the beak.
    Image 12: All done and the talons start their way back to 'retracted'.
The whole sequence lasts just over 2 seconds.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2014 at 12:45    Image of day on 27 Nov 2014

Here are images 3 and 7 in more detail.
Don't get confused by the numbering - the 12 image montage starts at Frame 3 (Image 1) of the 14 image sequence we have on file.

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Image Taken on 27 Sep 2014 at 12:28    Image of day on 09 Dec 2014

The Hobby collecting lunch. The dot just below middle was in this position in the frame with the left bird, had just caught it about 200mS later, and was already moving it to the beak 200mS after that.
Life in the fast lane!

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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2018 at 12:40    Image of day on 23 Oct 2018

A Hobby flying overhead, poorly lit underneath by the sun high in the clear sky.

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Image Taken on 21 May 2017 at 17:51    Image of day on 11 Jul 2017

Our first definite sighting this year of a Hobby on 21 May 2017
This dragonfly predator only appears just before we can hope to see our first Odonata (Dragonfly family).

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Image Taken on 13 May 2013 at 15:07    Image of day on 25 Jun 2013

This somewhat tatty, but nevertheless welcome, Hobby made a single pass right over the house.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2011 at 11:10    Image of day on 09 Oct 2011

This Hobby made a flyover and opportunity for some photos. They mostly hunt dragonflies so will be having a hard time this year.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2010 at 09:08    Image of day on 31 Aug 2010

This hobby did a nice flyover and circle. The first shot (poor quality not shown) suggest that it had just caught a dragonfly and transferred it from talon to beak, and was circling for a minute to see if there were any more.

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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2008 at 15:17    Image of day on 12 Sep 2008

The 2nd of two new raptor identifications over our patch 3 days later. This Hobby came over a few times in a few minutes, presumably circling round out of sight to the North and East. Spotted momentarily on the top of a concrete post supporting our mains cables the next day.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2009 at 17:39    Image of day on 04 Oct 2009

This is only our second sighting of a hobby in flight, and interestingly just 2 days earlier in the year than the first & only time last year.

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

3 images of the Hobby in flight picked from a sequence.

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

The Hobby appeared again and gave us the chance of some more portraits. This is close to an accurate montage at 6 fps based on hazy clouds that don't show in this crop.

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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 09 Sep 2020 at 15:51    Image of day on 21 Oct 2020

High overhead a Hobby wheels round in search of Dragonflies. We see this bird a few times each year when Dragonflies are about.

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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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