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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 28

Image Taken on 01 Apr 2016 at 10:16    Image of day on 06 May 2016

Very few views of the Little Egret this year. We enjoyed this one flying over the Rookery. Note that the Rooks do not consider the Egret a threat - if this was a Buzzard they would rise en-masse to mob it!

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Image Taken on 14 Dec 2016 at 09:28    Image of day on 19 Jan 2017

Our first good sighting of a Little Egret for months was in and around trees at the brook to the north.
Here is an elegant landing.

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Image Taken on 20 Dec 2010 at 07:01    Image of day on 14 Feb 2011

The local Little Owl can't be finding much food under the snow covered fields (no animals are grazing so it is unbroken cover) and it is spending some time in our more fruitful patch. Here it is landing (back to us) on the perch outside the kitchen.

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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2009 at 19:29    Image of day on 08 Nov 2009

Another Long eared bat this time flying straight at the camera but veering off well in time.

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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2013 at 16:32    Image of day on 17 Dec 2013

The Long-tailed Tits have finally arrived at our site (after being heard in surrounding hedges for a few days). Here one was landing on an overhead mains wire as another hung underneath the same wire.
This is about half a second of action top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right.

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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2016 at 10:23    Image of day on 24 Nov 2016

Magpies in the countryside are really wary of humans - with good reason. So an opportunity for a fly-by montage rarely occurs and this is the first we have included on the web site. Bland sky prevents accurate spacing.

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Image Taken on 28 Dec 2017 at 13:46    Image of day on 05 Feb 2018

A Magpie in the frost, undoubtedly pleased to find some easy 'fill-belly'.
Note the subtle grey and black outline to the flight feathers when viewed from beneath.

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Image Taken on 07 May 2018 at 08:53    Image of day on 20 Jun 2018

A chance moment catches a Magpie flying up and over the boundary hedge.

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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2015 at 05:28    Image of day on 13 Aug 2015

The juvenile Magpie has not even finished landing and he is demanding food from a parent out of crop to the right.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2016 at 05:29    Image of day on 12 Aug 2016

Half an hour after sunrise this Magpie is already out and about with wings and tail looking like a geometric puzzle.

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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2010 at 18:03    Image of day on 08 Sep 2010

Change over at the tree-stump - the arriving magpie has his claws rather more threatening than needed for just a landing. The iridescent green sheen on the tail feathers is an optical interference effect (real - not a photographic effect).

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Image Taken on 18 Feb 2013 at 07:46    Image of day on 24 Mar 2013

A magpie caught at the moment of landing with the wing feathers and tail catching the flashlight very attractively

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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2016 at 11:42    Image of day on 26 Aug 2016

A magpie providing a good show of feathers as it lands on the kitchen window perch.

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Image Taken on 07 Oct 2017 at 16:17    Image of day on 13 Nov 2017

The bird on the left is suggestive of a juvenile, but without any real evidence. The bird on the right is just about to land. We have no idea what followed.

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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2017 at 09:53    Image of day on 24 May 2017

A Magpie landing on the tree-stump provides a detailed view of the black/grey edges to the flight feathers.

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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2017 at 16:02    Image of day on 19 Jun 2017

Isn't Magpie plumage just wonderful? Primary (flight) feathers outlined in black and sharp white-black transition lined up diagonally across sequences of feathers

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2015 at 20:23    Image of day on 23 Sep 2015

A glorious show of feather colour as the young Magpie misjudges his landing spot and probably fell off the front and went round to try again or go somewhere else.

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Image Taken on 22 Feb 2017 at 13:19    Image of day on 03 Apr 2017

Most of the really vivid colours in nature derive from the effects of iridescence an interaction between fine structure and the wavelength of light and vary widely according to the lighting, subject and viewer angles.
This chaotic image shows an incredibly bright iridescent Magpie tail.
We haven't altered the brightness or colour at all.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2016 at 05:02    Image of day on 12 Aug 2016

At sunrise a juvenile Magpie arrives for his pick of the invertebrates hidden under the clover.

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Image Taken on 05 Dec 2012 at 09:02    Image of day on 31 Dec 2012

We think the Magpie on the right is just landing. The lack of reaction from the bird on the left suggests that this might be a 'pair' waiting for Spring!

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