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

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.

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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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Image Taken on 07 Dec 2014 at 10:59    Image of day on 23 Jan 2015

Did the Red Kite want another look at us before it departed? We doubt it, but it gave us a final look at this glorious bird (arranged for effect rather than accuracy) before it drifted South towards Milton Keynes.

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Image Taken on 07 Dec 2014 at 10:59    Image of day on 23 Jan 2015

The Red Kite's languid flight eventually took it almost overhead of us. There is no doubt the bird was keeping it's eyes on the strange creatures (us) below.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2017 at 15:12    Image of day on 07 Oct 2017

If we keep still the Kites mostly ignore us, as this one flying overhead.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 15:13    Image of day on 20 Jul 2014

This Red Kite made a couple of circles overhead

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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2019 at 15:28    Image of day on 13 Sep 2019

At the other end of the flying-creature scale, this Red Kite glides overhead in the baking afternoon sun. The images are close-spaced at about 1 per second

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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2017 at 12:02    Image of day on 27 Nov 2017

This single image seemed to us to capture the endless harassment Red Kites get from the Rooks - usually 3 to 10 rooks (sometimes FAR more) chasing the bird with one or two brave or particularly fit birds doing threatening swoops.
The orange tinge to the sky is from the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018 at 10:07    Image of day on 06 Aug 2018

A Red Kite flies quite low overhead.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 12:12    Image of day on 29 Jul 2010

This Red Kite made a momentary flyover.

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