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

Image Taken on 05 Apr 2016 at 15:42    Image of day on 11 May 2016

A closer view of the next to last frame of the montage.


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Image Taken on 14 Mar 2013 at 12:26    Image of day on 21 Apr 2013

We currently have 2 pairs of Mallard Ducks feeding in our ponds. Here one pair circled the site a couple of times before choosing the pond furthest from us. Here is a one frame close-up


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Image Taken on 14 Mar 2013 at 12:26    Image of day on 21 Apr 2013

This pair of Mallard ducks were photographed at about 7 fps. Ducks really do fly fast - this is half a second of flight in an accurate montage (based on cloud perceived motion being MUCH slower).


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Image Taken on 24 Mar 2017 at 16:48    Image of day on 03 May 2017

A slightly delayed feeding time - a pair of Mallard ducks fly by (at 7 fps so they fly at s-p-e-e-d) but decide against landing until the humans have gone.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2019 at 17:32    Image of day on 05 Jul 2019

A genuine moment from 3 Mallard Ducks in flight. The female (left) and two males flew past, perhaps 100m away.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2019 at 17:32    Image of day on 05 Jul 2019

A few seconds later, this time against some blue sky, the female has moved to the front.


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Image Taken on 19 May 2013 at 12:07    Image of day on 30 Jun 2013

The Mallard ducks are still with us - we expect them to vanish when they moult. We have not seen any ducklings yet and may not - most years they are promptly marched down to the local brook dodging the traffic :-(
Here is a typical flyby - a female with 2 males. Females seem to be able to fly faster than the males as here (female in the middle) - she started behind the males and ended up in front.


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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2016 at 16:33    Image of day on 05 Jun 2016

The two Mallard Drakes chasing one (female) Duck is a fairly common sight. This skyful of ducks is an accurate montage of 6 sequential frames of the action. The female ends at the lower left and is the lowest bird for the previous 5 images.


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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2009 at 16:20    Image of day on 26 Apr 2009

... and an unrelated flight on the next day.


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Image Taken on 16 Mar 2009 at 17:38    Image of day on 02 Apr 2009

When walk about at this time of year we often disturb mallard ducks at one or more ponds. These are 'wild' ducks rather than park ducks looking for handouts! The female is between two males.


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Image Taken on 16 Mar 2009 at 17:38    Image of day on 02 Apr 2009

The females often keep going until none but the fittest male is left. Here the male at the rear is beginning to tire.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2008 at 16:02    Image of day on 25 Apr 2008

... and now Her ...


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2008 at 16:02    Image of day on 25 Apr 2008

The Mallard duck pairs often take off together, but not so far close enough for a satisfactory 'pair of ducks in flight' pic. So here they are one at a time having panned from one to the other. First Him ...


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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2016 at 10:01    Image of day on 05 Jun 2016

A Male Mallard duck flies by making his soft quack as he goes. Those lovely colours will soon be moulted away into the summer 'eclipse'.


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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2016 at 10:01    Image of day on 05 Jun 2016

A Male Mallard duck flies by making his soft quack as he goes. Those lovely colours will soon be moulted away into the summer 'eclipse'.


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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2010 at 16:34    Image of day on 25 Apr 2010

The same bird decided the photographers (on their way to chuck some food into the pond) were altogether close enough, and off he went.


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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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