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

Image Taken on 09 Oct 2010 at 17:57    Image of day on 14 Dec 2010

But here you see the event in its original context, which somehow changes everything.

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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2013 at 09:13    Image of day on 15 May 2013

The now warm slates have brought out the insects from underneath and this pied Wagtail catches some sort of fly for the camera. The 2 images at the right are only about one fifth of a second apart, the last about 1 second later

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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2016 at 11:11    Image of day on 25 Nov 2016

The Pied Wagtails are back on our roof, hunting the insects warmed under the slates and emerging for the waiting Wagtails to try to catch. This fly looks like 'the one that got away'. Each bird and fly are accurately positioned relative to the roof and each other, but spread out along the right.
The left hand fly was over the edge of the first frame so we have 'photoshopped' in a whole fly at the correct place, along with the sky above.

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Image Taken on 12 Oct 2008 at 18:41    Image of day on 30 Oct 2008

A Pipistrelle bat in flight at night (see 14 Oct 2008 for unexpected daytime visit). We have discovered yet another loft access hole (that looks too small even for a bat but we have watched them use it). Unfortunately the Long-eared bats didn't show this year.

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Image Taken on 24 Oct 2008 at 15:17    Image of day on 11 Nov 2008

In this following frame the bat has it's tail covering it's mouth probably adjusting the bite on the fly. It was 'banking' with wings vertical by then, but its so hard to interpret that we have turned the image to 'normal' to help you work it out.

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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2008 at 18:04    Image of day on 14 Oct 2008

45 minutes before sunset this single pipistrelle bat spent at least 15 minutes over the ponds and rough grass hunting insects. Good for us for some pictures of a species so small and fast that it is hard to get anything at night, but not so good for the bat who must be very hungry to come out so early. He seemed to get a good feed. Didn't see him/her the next evening.

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Image Taken on 24 Oct 2008 at 15:17    Image of day on 11 Nov 2008

Almost a month after the last occurrence we saw a Pipistrelle bat in the day time - this time about 3 p.m. The bat has what looks like some sort of fly in it's mouth. Shortly after this it disappeared back into the loft through an 'impossibly' small slit.

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Image Taken on 08 Dec 2015 at 12:21    Image of day on 18 Jan 2016

Here the farmer is going round the outside edges of his work where the plough is too long to work the soil close to the hedges.

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Image of day on 23 Jul 2005

Most plume moths appear as a white stick 'T' shape when resting, but in flight multiple feather-like plumes form the wings. Here they are partly spread.

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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2017 at 07:28    Image of day on 04 Aug 2017

An early flowering Poppy we found in a sheltered patch near the Farm road entrance. The Insect is a Marmalade Hover-fly.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2008 at 05:04    Image of day on 18 Aug 2008

Hope you laugh at this is much as we did. Nothing else animate in the original frame, so no real idea what it's doing.
Practicing for the Rabbit Olympic High-jump, maybe?

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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2017 at 12:01    Image of day on 27 Nov 2017

The sky had a definite orange tinge from the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia, but our focus was on this lovely Red Kite and we didn't notice until we looked at the images later.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2018 at 11:10    Image of day on 06 Sep 2018

A second and a half of action as this Red Kite flies by and then banks towards us.

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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2018 at 16:00    Image of day on 25 Oct 2018

A Red kite circling overhead.
What a mess the moult makes of the normally pristine feathers.

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Image Taken on 04 Aug 2018 at 15:48    Image of day on 23 Sep 2018

In the hot afternoon sun in a cloudless sky, this Red Kite started drawing circles in the sky as it gained height. The bird made a lovely swoop coming quite close to us. From the 42 pics we took (at 7fps) we selected these 8 to make a close spaced impression. Pics about 2/3 second apart.

Ref: 20180923_df3_20180804_1548_216-1549_256 red kite circling in thermal 1-8 of 8 (compact montage @7fps about every 5th)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 01 May 2015 at 12:18    Image of day on 24 Jun 2015

This Red Kite flew by quite close to us and we captured these 4 images about a half second apart. The bland sky gives us no way to recreate the positions accurately so they are much too close.

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Image Taken on 01 May 2015 at 12:18    Image of day on 24 Jun 2015

As the Red Kite circled it moved against some cloud edges, allowing us an accurate montage at 5 fps giving a better idea of flight speed.

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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2017 at 13:51    Image of day on 07 Oct 2017

A Red Kite with some rodent in it's talons, taking bites from it as it flies along.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2011 at 12:45    Image of day on 26 Sep 2011

This red kite made a nice if distant flyby. This is an arbitrary montage of 3 images. We unusually have the top of the bird as it banked, but this time no wing tags to report the colours/numbers of. Some of you tell us of dozens of kites at once, but we are delighted with just the odd one for now.

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2014 at 12:28    Image of day on 13 Aug 2014

There are between 1000 and 1600 pairs of Red Kites in the whole UK (depending on who you listen to) so we feel quite privileged to see even one at all visiting our little patch several times a year.

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