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

Image Taken on 03 Jul 2016 at 15:29    Image of day on 18 Aug 2016

This is another accurate montage of the male Kestrel's flight, but this time leaving out the even numbered frames to avoid the image getting too crowded. So just over 2 seconds of flight here.

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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2010 at 16:20    Image of day on 30 Nov 2010

Continuing from the previous dive down, we lost her in the grass but picked her up flying nearly straight at the camera with some small morsel in her left claw (right as viewed). We have had to spread the images left to right as they hopelessly overlapped if montaged in their proper places. The hunt, dive and this takeoff all taken within the same exciting minute!

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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2007 at 15:43    Image of day on 09 Sep 2007

Two kestrels in flight together (NOT a montage). Neither is an adult male, and according to the books juveniles and females are difficult to tell apart. From the behaviour our guess this is mother and her offspring.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:16    Image of day on 21 Jun 2015

"I want your catch!"
Arriving at our South boundary we immediately spotted 2 distant Kestrels swooping around each other at high speed. The bird behind was shrieking at the bird in front, who we only later discovered was carrying a rodent clutched in it's claws pulled tightly to the bird's body.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:18    Image of day on 21 Jun 2015

The chasing bird eventually gave up the chase, and the other flew our way which gave us the chance of a image showing the bird and prey more clearly, even if against the bright sky towards the sun.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2018 at 12:17    Image of day on 02 Nov 2018

The Red Kite flying into a headwind, flapping rather than a relaxed glide.

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Image Taken on 26 Dec 2016 at 10:17    Image of day on 03 Feb 2017

A few birds in a flock of about 50 lapwing.

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Image Taken on 27 Dec 2016 at 12:49    Image of day on 03 Feb 2017

We slogged though the mud around the farm perimeter for a better view, but before they came into view they flew back past us.

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Image Taken on 02 Jan 2019 at 08:54    Image of day on 04 Feb 2019

One of the delights of the winter is flocks of Lapwing (also known mainly outside the UK as a Peewit or Green Plover) sweeping about in the sky changing from dark birds to flickering white as they sweep back and forth, the change often sweeping through the flock in a wave as here. These 4 images taken within a few seconds.

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Image Taken on 08 Feb 2009 at 11:01    Image of day on 06 Mar 2009

About 200 sheep feeding in the adjacent field have attracted Lapwing. Here one of the flocks flying overhead

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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2008 at 17:36    Image of day on 19 Jul 2008

The lapwing and heron flew over the middle of our patch 5 minutes apart, and these were taken from just outside the back of the house. Lapwings are not often seen here, Herons are.

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Image Taken on 11 Feb 2012 at 12:50    Image of day on 10 Mar 2012

A 'Closer' view of a Lapwing in flight.

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Image Taken on 11 Feb 2012 at 12:50    Image of day on 10 Mar 2012

For once a small flock of Lapwing came close enough for some good images of a single bird in flight. Spacing is arbitrary.

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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2006 at 01:05    Image of day on 15 Sep 2006

An old friend from our early (early 1970s) moth watching days is this Large Yellow underwing Moth. Never could get them to fly down our flight-tunnel to take their own photos, and here we get an interesting image without trying.

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Image Taken on 28 Oct 2010 at 12:32    Image of day on 28 Dec 2010

Over the Roof
Earth moving works on the adjacent farm has had the same effect on the gulls as ploughing - a flock of maybe 50 sweeping about looking for disturbed food. Here a part of the group of Black-headed Gulls in eclipse (the black spot is the ID) make a pleasing random pattern.

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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2011 at 23:41    Image of day on 23 Dec 2011

This is a montage of two leopard slugs on the side of the tree-stump over about 30 minutes around midnight. We are assured that this behaviour is definitely the prelude to mating. The initial frame looks like the initial nip the slug finding the invitational slime trail gives to the slug it finds.
The mating itself is an amazing sight - you can see a Video of it from a BBC documentary we remember seeing 'off air' at

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2011 at 17:45    Image of day on 15 Aug 2011

A couple of frames on from the above, the egret might have noticed us, but we are apparently in the 'harmless' category!

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Image Taken on 27 May 2013 at 10:32    Image of day on 07 Jul 2013

A slightly horizontally stretched montage (at about 7 fps) of a little Egret Flying past.

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2011 at 17:45    Image of day on 15 Aug 2011

Another Little Egret flyby along the side of our patch. Even taken at about 7 frames/second these images are show much to close together to get them into one image.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2013 at 10:32    Image of day on 07 Jul 2013

Accurate montage (at about 7 fps) of a little Egret Flying past.

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