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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 26

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 26 Nov 2020 at 14:51    Image of day on 04 Jan 2021

In recent years Jackdaws have mostly disappeared in the summer months, returning for the Winter.


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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 24 Dec 2020 at 10:48    Image of day on 25 Jan 2021

The female Kestrel decides to make a landing on a conifer twig, but for whatever reason has difficulty getting balance after touchdown.


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Image Taken on 24 Dec 2020 at 10:49    Image of day on 25 Jan 2021

She stays only a few seconds before flying back the way that she arrived.


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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 07 Apr 2020 at 14:50    Image of day on 24 Apr 2020

Surprise of the week for us was watching the local female Kestrel flying around jinking in flight as if trying to catch something. Here is the photo evidence of this Kestrel successfully catching insects (presumably 'bee' sized).
We had expected that the catch would be made in the beak like swifts and swallow. But no - the insect is grabbed in one of the claws before being swung forward to the beak to eat.
Yes this bird really was flying backwards as she kept manoeuvring to grab the evading insect. This is about two thirds of a second of action.


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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2020 at 14:50    Image of day on 24 Apr 2020

A detail from next to bottom of the above montage.


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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2020 at 14:50    Image of day on 24 Apr 2020

Another detail of the insect held by the tips of the talons


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