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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 32

Image Taken on 17 Jul 2017 at 09:49    Image of day on 31 Aug 2017

We have 2 types of 'wild rose', a pink variety which flowers first, and then this white petalled type here adorned with a couple of nicely symmetrical Marmalade Hover-flies typically 12mm (under half an inch) in length.


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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2019 at 15:50    Image of day on 04 Sep 2019

A pleasingly symmetrical arrangement of Marmalade Hover-flies on a single Thistle flower.


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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2019 at 15:50    Image of day on 04 Sep 2019

In this closer view of one of the Marmalade Hover-flies you can see detail of the flower's centre and a scattering of pollen on the back of the insect to hopefully fertilise another plant's flower.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018 at 09:58    Image of day on 05 Aug 2018

A Marmalade Hover-fly stops off for a feed at this Oxeye Daisy flower.


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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2013 at 15:56    Image of day on 19 Sep 2013

One of the Marmalade Hoverflies ... err ... hovering.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2008 at 16:54    Image of day on 11 Sep 2008

The 1st of two new raptor identifications over our patch. We wouldn't have known what they were without the photos. On the 22nd August this Merlin did a single brief flyby.


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Image Taken on 24 Apr 2010 at 15:47    Image of day on 27 May 2010

A few buzzards identified a thermal that included these 2 not so immediately identified birds climbing with them. Turns out they were a 'pair' of Merlins. The female on the left is said to be bigger than the male on the right, but they were also climbing in the thermal and taken about 1 minute apart, so don't take the relative sizes literally.


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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2010 at 14:30    Image of day on 31 Oct 2010

This Migrant hawker dragonfly female was hunting over our North boundary on a chilly but sunny day and this was taken as she flew by into the wind slowing her progress enough to follow it with the camera. Note how the legs are neatly folded underneath - something you don't see in our indoor pictures because the insect hasn't had time to pull them up.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 18:11    Image of day on 23 Oct 2015

Perseverance sometimes brings its own 'luck' - here we caught this moment of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly just failing to catch an insect. Read the montage left to right, all of this taking about half a second:-
  1. Dragonfly starts the swerve toward the insect.
  2. Dragonfly starts to lower it's legs to make a catch net.
  3. Insect almost caught in net.
  4. Missed it. Oh well, there are thousands more to try for!



Ref: 20151023_df4_20150822_1811_407-410 migrant hawker dragonfly circles to catch but drop insect 4-7 of 8 (accurate montage mirrored)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 13 Aug 2014 at 12:31    Image of day on 22 Oct 2014

A couple of hours later a female Migrant Hawker dragonfly was hunting back and forth over the warm concrete, and we got this unexpectedly sharp image as she glided by.


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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2018 at 12:29    Image of day on 04 Oct 2018

Outside our East border several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies were hunting in the fitful sunshine, occasionally swerving from their path to catch some insect too small for us to see. This moment of flight is about half a second


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Image Taken on 11 Sep 2015 at 14:57    Image of day on 05 Nov 2015

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly turning in the air at just the distance that the camera was pre-set to.


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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2017 at 12:48    Image of day on 16 Sep 2017

The only Hawker or Darter Dragonflies we are seeing at the moment are a couple of male Migrant Hawker Dragonflies hawking high over the meadow. To get a decent sized view of the insect this half-a-second montage has closed the gaps between the frames which at 7 fps should be spaced at about 3 body lengths.


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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2017 at 16:24    Image of day on 16 Sep 2017

A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was making circles over the meadow giving a chance to get this sequence (again at 7 fps) on a pre-focussed camera (auto-focus is too slow).
Read this montage strictly right to left ignoring height. No wonder it is so hard to follow them - this montage is less than 1 second of flight.


Ref: 20170916_df3_20170801_1624_041-046 migrant hawker dragonfly in flight 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage @ 7fps right to left)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 26 Jul 2014 at 15:53    Image of day on 02 Oct 2014

A 'lucky' couple of frames (where luck = 100s of frames trying!) of a migrant male Migrant Hawker flying by above us. The spacing is arbitrary.


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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2018 at 15:03    Image of day on 11 Oct 2018

The predominant Dragonfly here is, as usual, the Migrant Hawker. One evening we saw at least 4 at once hawking over the meadow. Here is one of the males flying overhead.


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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2009 at 15:10    Image of day on 28 Sep 2009

This view solved a riddle hanging over from last year when we caught a 'white faced' dragonfly which escaped from the net before we could identify it. The sex and stage of life vary the body & facial colour.


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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2009 at 15:14    Image of day on 28 Sep 2009

2 Days later a male also obliged with some photos in flight.


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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2016 at 15:37    Image of day on 19 Aug 2016

Modern Motor Gliders mostly seem to sport pop-up motors behind the pilot, but this one flew silently overhead with the front propeller idling in the wind and found the same up-draft that the male Kestrel was using 10 minutes earlier.
A web search finds it was built in 1974 (that's 42 years ago!) of a German manufactured type ASK16. We find mention of it in UK yearbooks back to 1986. 'Google' the string G-BCTI for images of the wildly out of date instrument panel and controls burnished by years of use, plus a (has to be modern-ish) GPS box.
This sequence starts bottom middle and goes clockwise.


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Image Taken on 18 Mar 2009 at 08:19    Image of day on 06 Apr 2009

On a different time scale to yesterdays bluetit, this mute swan majestically flew by, turning as it went. We rarely see mute swans here in flyovers, and they never land (they would need a long stretch of water to take off again). These over several seconds and laid out for artistic effect rather than accuracy.


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