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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 36

Image Taken on 20 Aug 2019 at 12:54    Image of day on 10 Oct 2019

This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is eating her latest catch (some sort of Midge) while on the wing. Once she has sucked her prize dry she will drop the body and wings to the ground.

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Image Taken on 11 Sep 2015 at 14:57    Image of day on 05 Nov 2015

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly turning in the air at just the distance that the camera was pre-set to.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2017 at 12:48    Image of day on 16 Sep 2017

The only Hawker or Darter Dragonflies we are seeing at the moment are a couple of male Migrant Hawker Dragonflies hawking high over the meadow. To get a decent sized view of the insect this half-a-second montage has closed the gaps between the frames which at 7 fps should be spaced at about 3 body lengths.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2017 at 16:24    Image of day on 16 Sep 2017

A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was making circles over the meadow giving a chance to get this sequence (again at 7 fps) on a pre-focussed camera (auto-focus is too slow).
Read this montage strictly right to left ignoring height. No wonder it is so hard to follow them - this montage is less than 1 second of flight.

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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2014 at 15:53    Image of day on 02 Oct 2014

A 'lucky' couple of frames (where luck = 100s of frames trying!) of a migrant male Migrant Hawker flying by above us. The spacing is arbitrary.

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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2019 at 12:48    Image of day on 15 Oct 2019

The most numerous Hawker Dragonfly this year is the Migrant Hawker. Here is a male flying by accurately positioned at about 7 fps.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2018 at 15:03    Image of day on 11 Oct 2018

The predominant Dragonfly here is, as usual, the Migrant Hawker. One evening we saw at least 4 at once hawking over the meadow. Here is one of the males flying overhead.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2019 at 15:57    Image of day on 09 Nov 2019

A few Migrant Hawker Dragonflies hunt over the meadow during the warmer parts of the day. Here is one in an accurate montage (so slowing down) with a larger scale portrait from what would have been on the right.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2009 at 15:10    Image of day on 28 Sep 2009

This view solved a riddle hanging over from last year when we caught a 'white faced' dragonfly which escaped from the net before we could identify it. The sex and stage of life vary the body & facial colour.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2009 at 15:14    Image of day on 28 Sep 2009

2 Days later a male also obliged with some photos in flight.

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2016 at 15:37    Image of day on 19 Aug 2016

Modern Motor Gliders mostly seem to sport pop-up motors behind the pilot, but this one flew silently overhead with the front propeller idling in the wind and found the same up-draft that the male Kestrel was using 10 minutes earlier.
A web search finds it was built in 1974 (that's 42 years ago!) of a German manufactured type ASK16. We find mention of it in UK yearbooks back to 1986. 'Google' the string G-BCTI for images of the wildly out of date instrument panel and controls burnished by years of use, plus a (has to be modern-ish) GPS box.
This sequence starts bottom middle and goes clockwise.

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Image Taken on 18 Mar 2009 at 08:19    Image of day on 06 Apr 2009

On a different time scale to yesterdays bluetit, this mute swan majestically flew by, turning as it went. We rarely see mute swans here in flyovers, and they never land (they would need a long stretch of water to take off again). These over several seconds and laid out for artistic effect rather than accuracy.

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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.

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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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