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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 27

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

About 1 second from the end of the first montage her prize is swung forward to eat it, all in half a second, too quick for the eye (our eyes at least) to catch.

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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 15 Aug 2019 at 13:51    Image of day on 03 Oct 2019

Here the female Kestrel flies to another hunting hover. We didn't see her drop to the ground before she vanished hundreds of metres away.

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Image Taken on 03 Oct 2021 at 13:35    Image of day on 16 Nov 2021

The Kestrel spotted something from the extended hover and makes a controlled but speedy descent out of sight on the other side of the hedge as usual :-(

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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 29 Dec 2019 at 10:44    Image of day on 30 Jan 2020

The female Kestrel has been hunting intensively over the farm's fields. Here she turns a hover into a dive to the ground, but presumably her prey 'did a runner' and the bird pulls out of her dive.
Unfortunately photographer has already 'lost' her against the hedge and carried on panning downwards to the landing that didn't happen, so losing focus on the bird as she flies away.

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