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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 38

Image Taken on 24 Apr 2010 at 15:47    Image of day on 27 May 2010

A few buzzards identified a thermal that included these 2 not so immediately identified birds climbing with them. Turns out they were a 'pair' of Merlins. The female on the left is said to be bigger than the male on the right, but they were also climbing in the thermal and taken about 1 minute apart, so don't take the relative sizes literally.

Ref: 20100527_df1_20100424_1547_117+1548_148 merlin female (left) & male in thermal also being used by buzzards (montage scaling unknown)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 05 Sep 2010 at 14:30    Image of day on 31 Oct 2010

This Migrant hawker dragonfly female was hunting over our North boundary on a chilly but sunny day and this was taken as she flew by into the wind slowing her progress enough to follow it with the camera. Note how the legs are neatly folded underneath - something you don't see in our indoor pictures because the insect hasn't had time to pull them up.

Ref: 20101031_df1_20100905_1430_119 migrant hawker dragonfly adult female in flight(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 18:11    Image of day on 23 Oct 2015

Perseverance sometimes brings its own 'luck' - here we caught this moment of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly just failing to catch an insect. Read the montage left to right, all of this taking about half a second:-
  1. Dragonfly starts the swerve toward the insect.
  2. Dragonfly starts to lower it's legs to make a catch net.
  3. Insect almost caught in net.
  4. Missed it. Oh well, there are thousands more to try for!

Ref: 20151023_df4_20150822_1811_407-410 migrant hawker dragonfly circles to catch but drop insect 4-7 of 8 (accurate montage mirrored)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 13 Aug 2014 at 12:31    Image of day on 22 Oct 2014

A couple of hours later a female Migrant Hawker dragonfly was hunting back and forth over the warm concrete, and we got this unexpectedly sharp image as she glided by.

Ref: 20141022_df2_20140813_1231_215 migrant hawker dragonfly female immature in flight 1 of 5 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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

One of several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies feeding over the meadow.

Ref: 20191010_d73_20190820_1254_077 migrant hawker dragonfly female in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 15 Aug 2018 at 12:29    Image of day on 04 Oct 2018

Outside our East border several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies were hunting in the fitful sunshine, occasionally swerving from their path to catch some insect too small for us to see. This moment of flight is about half a second

Ref: 20181004_df3_20180815_1229_028-031 migrant hawker dragonfly female in flight @7fps 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20191010_d73_20190820_1254_057-059 migrant hawker dragonfly female in flight with prey in mandibles @ 10fps 1-3 of 3 (close montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20151105_df3_20150911_1457_554-558 migrant hawker dragonfly female turning in flight 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20170916_df3_20170801_1248_144-147 migrant hawker dragonfly in flight 1-4 of 4 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20170916_df3_20170801_1624_041-046 migrant hawker dragonfly in flight 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage @ 7fps right to left)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20141002_df2_20140726_1553_101+102 migrant hawker dragonfly male in flight 1+2 of 2 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20191015_df3_20190829_1248_056-058 migrant hawker dragonfly male in flight @7fps 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20181011_df3_20180819_1503_035 migrant hawker dragonfly male in flight @7fps 2 of 3 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20191109_df3_20190915_1557_032-036 migrant hawker dragonfly male in flight @7fps 4-7 of 7 (accurate montage) + 3 of 7 insert(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090928_da1_20090819_1510_072 migrant hawker dragonfly male mature in flight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090928_da1_20090819_1514_088+1301_039 migrant hawker dragonfly male mature in flight with flag iris fronds (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20160819_df3_20160703_1537_132-140 motor glider g-bcti climbing in thermal selected 04-12 of 13 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090406_db1_20090318_0819_043+051+056 mute swan in flight (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20170101_df3_20161128_1025_046-0487 mute swan in flight 08-10 of 44 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 28 Nov 2016 at 10:25    Image of day on 01 Jan 2017

Ref: 20170101_df3_20161128_1025_055 mute swan in flight 17 of 44 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg




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