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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 37

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 10 Sep 2020 at 07:07    Image of day on 24 Oct 2020

Mallard ducks moult by losing all their flight feathers and staying safe on the water. As they end the moult they start 'exercising' in groups for flights lasting several minutes. Here a group of 4 (plus a 'tail-end-Charlie' we have left out) flew round the brook several times, a lot of the time with their wings beating in accurate synchrony as here.


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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 09 Jul 2021 at 11:14    Image of day on 17 Aug 2021

The Marmalade Hover-fly stops on this buttercup, only a bit bigger than the insect.


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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2021 at 12:13    Image of day on 17 Aug 2021

Another Marmalade Hover-fly, this time hovering over the much larger Rose of Sharon flower.
Apparently they eat nectar, so this one is above a feast!


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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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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2013 at 15:56    Image of day on 19 Sep 2013

One of the Marmalade Hoverflies ... err ... hovering.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2008 at 16:54    Image of day on 11 Sep 2008

The 1st of two new raptor identifications over our patch. We wouldn't have known what they were without the photos. On the 22nd August this Merlin did a single brief flyby.


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