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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 35

Image Taken on 16 Sep 2017 at 09:34    Image of day on 26 Oct 2017

By now the Rooks had noticed the Red Kite in 'their' patch and set off in hot pursuit.


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Image Taken on 09 Nov 2008 at 09:54    Image of day on 22 Nov 2008

Surprise first sighting here of a Red Kite. The rooks took a dim view of this 'interloper' and soon chased it off.


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Image Taken on 25 Oct 2018 at 10:16    Image of day on 18 Dec 2018

This Red Kite was flying over the fields to our South West is defending itself intermittently from the Rooks and Gulls. They want to win the Kite's prize of what looks to us like a male Blackbird clasped in the talons.


Ref: 20181218_df3_20181025_1016_043-045 red kite in flight with blackbird male in talons 03-05 of 11 (accurate montage at @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 16 Sep 2017 at 09:33    Image of day on 26 Oct 2017

A beautiful Red Kite, beak open and peering at the ground. We can just see that there is something grasped in the talons.


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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2017 at 12:02    Image of day on 26 Nov 2017

Against the here clearly orange sky from the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia, here is a good view of the orange tail-top and the sharp hooked tip of the bill.


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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 14:35    Image of day on 03 Oct 2017

A Red Kite was making the characteristic circles while climbing in a thermal. We got the whole of a circle in 76 frames, so at 7 fps it took about 10 second per 'lap'. Trying to rebuild the real positions for 76 images would not show much detail, so here is a selection arranged in a circle. The sequence starts at 10 o'clock, and ends with the slightly smaller image (because higher and further away) at 8 o'clock.


Ref: 20171003_df3_20170813_1435_262-337 red kite making complete circle in thermal 01+11+19+32+41+51+58+65 of 76 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 26 Aug 2017 at 14:43    Image of day on 17 Oct 2017

Here a Red Kite was rising in the thermal making 'lazy circles in the sky'.
This montage is built from a continuous sequence of photos at about 7fps (given a few momentary hesitations near the end when the camera could barely cope) and we montaged this (about 12 seconds) of flight using clouds for reference. This is typically every 3rd frame with a few adjustments to overcome obvious discontinuities.
This seemed like a 'circle' to us at the time, but it is a sort of epicycle like those needed to make the Ptolemaic Geocentric model of the solar system approximate reality. How many 'modern' scientific ideas will seem as silly the future?
We have all 84 images archived if anybody is mad enough to want them.


Ref: 20171017_df3_20170826_1443_156-236 red kite making complete circle in thermal approx every 3rd 04-84 of 84 (near accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 24 Sep 2016 at 12:37    Image of day on 12 Nov 2016

The same bird continued circling, but then made this abrupt aerobraking manoeuvrer to turn in just over 1 second. We never worked out what the 'hurry' was.


Ref: 20161112_df3_20160924_1237_089-098 red kite making sharp turn in flight 02+06+-08+11 of 11 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 26 Aug 2017 at 14:44    Image of day on 17 Oct 2017

The circling Red Kite then flew right overhead as it used it's potential energy to head off south.


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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2018 at 12:29    Image of day on 11 Nov 2018

Here over 2 seconds you see the Red Kite 'rolling' to give us views of top and bottom of the wings.


Ref: 20181111_df3_20180918_1229_083-095 red kite rolling in flight 1-5 of 5 (montage just under 2 seconds)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 24 Sep 2016 at 12:36    Image of day on 12 Nov 2016

This Red Kite made a graceful turn in front of us over perhaps 4 seconds. Bird spacings are just for appearance.


Ref: 20161112_df3_20160924_1236_048-1237_067 red kite turning in flight (discontinuous) 01+03+05-07+10 of 10 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 21 Oct 2018 at 15:22    Image of day on 12 Dec 2018

This Red Kite makes an appearance, shown here turning over about 2 seconds.


Ref: 20181212_df3_20181021_1522_020+031+036 red kite turning in flight (discontinuous) 1+3+4 of 4 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 08 Dec 2017 at 12:29    Image of day on 15 Jan 2018

This Red Kite flew past us really rather slowly against the northerly wind, much more interested in eating his most recent kill than in the humans on the ground. Read this sequence right to left.


Ref: 20180115_df3_20171208_1229_023+029+037+052 red kite with bird prey in talons eating in flight 02+08+14+15 of 16 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 08 Dec 2017 at 12:29    Image of day on 15 Jan 2018

As good an image of the Red Kite as we got at full resolution as it eat it's prey (looks like a pigeon) on the wing.


Ref: 20180115_df3_20171208_1229_025 red kite with bird prey in talons eating in flight 04 of 16 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 08 Dec 2017 at 12:31    Image of day on 15 Jan 2018

Still with the prize in it's talons, the Red Kite landed in a distant tree at the brook where it continued to devour the remains.


Ref: 20180115_df3_20171208_1231_088+091+097 red kite with bird prey in talons landing in tree and feeding 01+04+10 of 11 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 01 Sep 2018 at 10:05    Image of day on 25 Oct 2018

Not in this Red Kite's finest appearance, but a stunning moment circling overhead.


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2018 at 10:05    Image of day on 25 Oct 2018

After flying overhead, the Red Kite flies off.


Ref: 20181025_df3_20180901_1005_025-027 red kite with moulting feathers in flight @7fps (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 15 Aug 2018 at 00:57    Image of day on 06 Oct 2018

This is a Red Underwing Moth flying over the ground, complete with shadow to lower right. We have no record of seeing this moth since 2011, and very few images of any of the 'Underwing' moths in flight - they are reluctant to fly in our 'flight tunnel' though we did manage a few pics in 2009 to 2011.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2015 at 15:06    Image of day on 01 Aug 2015

Looking over the farm hedge this Red-Legged partridge was startled into flight. This first image caught the bird flying over the untidy 'turning' area of the farm road which is loose tarmac lumps.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2015 at 15:06    Image of day on 01 Aug 2015

The short flight and rather clumsy landing as one sequence. The hazy green sections are overgrowth from the hedge that the low angle and being only part way up the mound resulted in. This also confused the camera's continuous auto-focus into making the images rather irregular as it tried to make sense of the focus point information. The stuttering final stop is genuine.


Ref: 20150801_df3_20150529_1506_066-073 red-legged partridge flying over grass and landing on farm road 03-10 of 11 (accurate montage variable rate about 5 fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


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