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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 31

Image Taken on 08 Mar 2011 at 12:20    Image of day on 08 Apr 2011

We have seen 2 Little Egrets cavorting in the distance, but one did a very nice unconcerned fly-by. First a single image during approach.

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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2019 at 10:40    Image of day on 09 Dec 2019

And now the Little Egret's powerful Downstroke for both forward motion and lift.

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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2019 at 10:40    Image of day on 09 Dec 2019

The camera's 7 fps doesn't match the Little Egret's wing-beats, so here we assemble images in an order to show a complete wing-beat cycle.
First the 'upstroke where the wing is partially folded to minimise the negative lift effect of the upward movement.

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Image Taken on 08 Mar 2011 at 12:20    Image of day on 08 Apr 2011

Now 3 images montaged from a little later (No accuracy at all in spacing or wing positions).

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Image Taken on 12 May 2011 at 13:43    Image of day on 19 Jun 2011

In the distance to the North this Little Egret was having a really hard time trying to make progress into a strong NE wind, at times going backwards. We expected it to give up and land but instead it dropped in height into the shelter of trees & made straight for us, giving an opportunity for flyover shots.

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Image Taken on 24 May 2015 at 13:16    Image of day on 27 Jul 2015

While walking down the road verge this Little Egret made a delightful flight along the 11kV power line. This is an accurate montage at 7fps from which we extracted 3 images for the closer look adjacent.

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Image Taken on 24 May 2015 at 13:16    Image of day on 27 Jul 2015

A Little Egret flying along the line of the 11kV power lines gave us this opportunity for a flight study. These 3 consecutive frames at 7fps are at about half the true spacing in order to enjoy some detail on the bird. The original montage is adjacent.

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Image Taken on 10 Feb 2018 at 07:31    Image of day on 18 Mar 2018

Facing away from a lurid dawn, this Little Egret flew by us, lit by the pink of the sky.

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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2017 at 10:41    Image of day on 28 May 2017

The Little Egret finally departed and was lost from view.

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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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