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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 33

Image Taken on 28 Nov 2016 at 10:25    Image of day on 01 Jan 2017

We never expect to see Swans of any sort on our patch because of the lack of a long enough take-off strip to get airborne again. But this single Mute Swan made a lovely Flyby near the North East corner. It was hard to decide what to do with the 44 images - a 44 images sequence would reduce the bird to little more than a 'dot', and the bland blue sky provides no hint on how to align the images anyway. So here are our impressions.
We have the whole 44 frames 'on file' should anybody want to see them.


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Image Taken on 28 Nov 2016 at 10:25    Image of day on 01 Jan 2017




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Image Taken on 28 Nov 2016 at 10:25    Image of day on 01 Jan 2017

This Mute Swan's huge feet and powerful legs can't retract into the feathers like the claws of smaller birds, but are nicely aligned with the air flow for minimum drag.


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Image Taken on 05 Mar 2011 at 09:50    Image of day on 09 Apr 2011

We don't see much of mute swans in the area (and never landing in our patch) so this chance flyby while we were standing by the roadside was a lovely surprise. Alternate frames from a 6 fps sequence accurately aligned.


Ref: 20110409_df1_20110305_0950_028-38 mute swan in flight across house & fields to north 1+3+5+7+9+11 of 23 (3 fps accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 25 Feb 2012 at 07:27    Image of day on 25 Mar 2012

Just after dawn the whistle of wings turned our eyes skywards just in time to enjoy this juvenile Mute Swan flying over our patch, swinging round in a circle and then flying on. The montage below had no reference points to make the spacings accurate.


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Image Taken on 25 Feb 2012 at 07:27    Image of day on 25 Mar 2012

As this majestic juvenile Mute Swan departed we felt as always that the feet belong on a different creature!


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Image Taken on 03 Apr 2010 at 10:46    Image of day on 09 May 2010

We never see swans in our patch (not safe for takeoff) but in the last couple of days a couple have been feeding on the sprouting 'whatever' in an arable field to our north undoubtedly to the farmer's annoyance. Here we caught their arrival 'on the wing' though this time they landed out of our sight.


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Image Taken on 17 Aug 2014 at 04:42    Image of day on 23 Oct 2014

We have stopped deliberately photographing bats at night with flash, but if they fly through a static beam break in the middle of a wood we are not going to waste the image.
This might be a Natterer's Bat, but we are not known for our skill in these matters!


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Image Taken on 03 Aug 2011 at 04:54    Image of day on 17 Sep 2011

A muggy night 2-3 August 2011 got us up in time to see Bats on the CCTV at about 04:30 - too dark to photograph them because you can't see them at all. By about 04:50 the lightening sky lured us out with the camera set up for Bats, and found 2 species flying around the house.
We think the smaller of the species are Natterer's Bats - three moments of one bat at about 5 frames/sec timed from bottom upwards.


Ref: 20110917_db1_20110803_0454_097-099 natterers bat in flight (about 5 fps) 1-3 of 3 (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 19 Nov 2008 at 16:22    Image of day on 08 Dec 2008

At sunset the puffy white clouds over the whole sky turned to candy-floss pink. This is pretty much the sky and cloud colours we both remember.


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Image Taken on 20 Jul 2006 at 23:57    Image of day on 02 Aug 2006

A chance image of a Orange Swift Moth (Male) as it flew by. Rarely seen with wings spread, identification books always show it with the wings folded down the body.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2010 at 10:30    Image of day on 04 Jun 2010

We watched these 2 birds for some time in a thermal to our North. We didn't realise that one was an Osprey until later. Neither did we appreciate how fast they were rising in the thermal until we started making this montage with the top bird starting at 'constant height' but realised that the cloud features were moving downwards! So using some cloud edges (out of frame) as a new reference we see these birds rising and then tumbling down as they manoeuvre round each other. Frames are about 200mS apart except the last pair at about 600mS. The Wingspan of both birds is about 1.5m and they are rising about one third of a wingspan per frame or 2.5m/sec = 6 mph all without a flap of the wing


Ref: 20100604_df1_20100501_1030_185-190+193 osprey & buzzard sparring in thermal 08-13+16 of 18 (approx montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 28 Oct 2008 at 09:42    Image of day on 13 Nov 2008

Almost a week to the hour since the previous sighting we arrived at the corner of our patch to see an/the Osprey again with another huge fish, this time a little closer to us than before. One of our email group suggests that the fish is a carp. There were a couple of rooks about but not close enough to be in frame.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2006 at 12:15    Image of day on 20 Aug 2006

The swallows have returned to feeding over our own and the surrounding fields. Now the youngsters have gained some skill in the air they chase after the parents and sometimes get fed on-the-wing. They ascend together and transfer the insects near the top of the sweep - the moment shown here. Its all over in an instant and very hard to film or photograph.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2011 at 10:12    Image of day on 01 Sep 2011

This Peacock butterfly was repeatedly irritated by the hover-flies and kept flicking it's wings when they got close.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2018 at 11:20    Image of day on 04 Sep 2018

Hover-fly, Peacock Butterfly, and a Soldier Beetle all caught by chance in the same frame.


Ref: 20180904_df3_20180714_1120_067 peacock butterfly feeding on thistle flower as hover-fly is about to land and solder beetle to right(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 22 Dec 2010 at 08:27    Image of day on 23 Feb 2011

During an extended frozen period birds will frequent places they would not normally visit. Here are a couple of montages of a female and then a male pheasant arriving on the kitchen window perch to pick up dropped peanut fragments. The female even had a go at extracting her own from the metal feeder but her beak has the wrong shape to succeed.


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Image Taken on 03 Feb 2013 at 13:55    Image of day on 31 Mar 2013

Pheasants are hardly 'nimble', but they can make it onto perches more readily that one might think. We caught images like this several times over a week.


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Image Taken on 26 Dec 2015 at 14:02    Image of day on 28 Jan 2016

About a week later 2 visits by the male Pheasant an hour apart, both made too early to catch the daily delivery of food.


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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2014 at 16:32    Image of day on 21 May 2014

Two startled female pheasants calling and fleeing in the flowering Rape-seed crop attracted the male who flew to their location over our heads - we only rarely get this chance of a pheasant in flight.


Ref: 20140521_df2_20140329_1632_102 pheasant male flying overhead into rapeseed field to guard startled females (selected) 1 of 5 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


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