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

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 22 Dec 2018 at 14:14    Image of day on 28 Jan 2019

A Magpie making a dynamic landing on the tree-stump.


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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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Image Taken on 29 May 2006 at 18:07    Image of day on 14 Jun 2006

We never tire of Mallard Drakes in Flight. He will soon be moulting and losing those lovely colours until Autumn.


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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2011 at 17:37    Image of day on 30 Apr 2011

What? Female chasing the males? Genuine single frame.


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Image Taken on 05 Mar 2012 at 16:28    Image of day on 05 Apr 2012

A Mallard duck female circling the plot waiting for the 2-legs (us!) to 'vanish'


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Image Taken on 18 Mar 2012 at 16:09    Image of day on 16 Apr 2012

A female Mallard duck showing the signs of her 'boyfriend's affections' on the nape of her neck where he has gripped her while having his 'evil' ways with her.


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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2011 at 18:22    Image of day on 30 Apr 2011

One pair of Mallard ducks don't let us get closer than a few metres but seem to realise we are 'harmless'. Here this female saw us at the meadow post providing a later than usual baiting, and decided to fly in for a look.


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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2012 at 18:04    Image of day on 30 Apr 2012

We bought the least expensive Thermal camera we could find to help us find nests. This is the thermal image (rather wider angle than the cropped natural image) of a concealed Mallard duck nest from maybe 8 metres away, highlighting her presence very well.


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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2012 at 10:42    Image of day on 28 May 2012

This female Mallard duck (with male a couple of metres left of her) took off as we approached the pond. This montage is of the 2nd and 4th images (from a set of 9) with the bird accurately positioned (apart from the Lily fronds blowing about in the wind).


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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2014 at 17:52    Image of day on 04 Jun 2014

The male of this pair of Mallard ducks was following (or chasing!) the female on the right. We can't determine the accurate movement per frame, but read the action top left to bottom right.


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Image Taken on 20 Mar 2012 at 15:30    Image of day on 16 Apr 2012

Perhaps the 'culprit' of the females feather loss - an accurate montage of a male mallard climbing steeply from take-off. This was probably at 7fps.


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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2013 at 17:51    Image of day on 02 Jun 2013

There are now several lonely male mallard ducks sitting disconsolately or flying about. This is an arbitrary montage of one quacking as it went by.


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