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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 39

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Image Taken on 04 Aug 2021 at 13:04    Image of day on 15 Sep 2021

Migrant Hawker Dragonflies are smaller than most of the other Hawker species in the UK, but can fly at good speed, and perform the most amazing changes of speed and direction. The magnified insert is of the right hand image.

Ref: 20210915_df3_20210804_1304_127-129 migrant hawker dragonfly female in flight @7fps 1-3 of 4 (accurate montage @7fps + insert)(r+mb id@1024).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.

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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.

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 24 Sep 2021 at 12:46    Image of day on 06 Nov 2021

This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was flying along the avenue of Lombardy Poplar trees. Here shown at 8 frames per second accurately montaged.

Ref: 20211106_d72_20210924_1246_148-150 migrant hawker dragonfly in flight along lombardy poplar row @8fps 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 10 Aug 2021 at 17:50    Image of day on 19 Sep 2021

Migrant Hawker Dragonflies seem to fly at lower temperatures than other Hawker species we see here. This female has caught something held in her folded legs, and is eating it 'on the wing' as they do. The insert is the insect on the right.

Ref: 20210919_d73_20210810_1750_037-040 migrant hawker dragonfly in flight with prey in legs 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage @10fps)(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.

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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.

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




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