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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 41
Image Taken on 18 Jan 2014
at 11:14 Image of day on 08 Mar 2014
It doesn't matter what the raptor is - one of the local corvids
will most likely make sure that it doesn't feel welcome.
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Image Taken on 04 May 2016
at 18:02 Image of day on 12 Jun 2016
The Sparrowhawk (bottom) looks up at the squawking Rook above and
decides to make a trajectory change - away from the threat!
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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2008
at 07:25 Image of day on 22 Jul 2008
After a day of rain an early bright period saw a lot of corvids
out looking over waterlogged soil for breakfast. This rook
silhouette with beak and eye rather appealed to us.
Ref: 20080722_sc1_20080710_0725_033 rook in flight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 01 Apr 2019
at 14:02 Image of day on 30 Apr 2019
A Rook carrying his latest piece of 'timber' to reinforce the nest.
Ref: 20190430_df5_20190401_1402_009-012 rook in flight carrying nesting material 1-5 of 5 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Jul 2017
at 10:51 Image of day on 29 Aug 2017
We have a few times spotted corvids carrying what looked like
short sticks, and have finally resolved the puzzle by catching
this Rook flying overhead with a Wheat crop seed head, presumably
to consume elsewhere.
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Image Taken on 24 Apr 2008
at 16:43 Image of day on 09 May 2008
We have recently seen this rook with a load of wing feathers missing
but it doesn't seem to effect his flight one iota.
Ref: 20080509_da1_20080424_1643_072 rook in flight showing damaged wing feathers(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 13 Mar 2018
at 15:45 Image of day on 19 Apr 2018
Now the Rook nests are built, the materials for the nest moves on to insulation
and comfort - here goes a beakful of dried foliage for one of the nests.
Ref: 20180419_df3_20180313_1545_060-062 rook in flight with vegetation in beak 1-3 of 5 (approx montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 07 Dec 2018
at 13:53 Image of day on 21 Jan 2019
A Rook lands at the Woodland site in a flurry of feathers.
Not a trace of the wonderful iridescence we see on the Magpie.
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Image Taken on 03 Apr 2019
at 16:36 Image of day on 02 May 2019
A Rook lands at this site, already peering down to see what there is to eat.
Ref: 20190502_e62_20190403_1636_185_fb5 rook landing on grass(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 11 Mar 2012
at 16:42 Image of day on 11 Apr 2012
Each day we place food at various sites as 'bait'. At some times of the
year the Rooks and sometimes jackdaws turn up around our standard time
and squabble over access.
First a Rook arriving at the top of a baited post top -
the images would have overlapped so are spread horizontally.
Ref: 20120411_d01_20120311_1642_198-200 rook landing on meadow post 1-3 of 6 (montage @ 7fps acc ver spread hor)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 17 Jan 2017
at 15:21 Image of day on 23 Feb 2017
A speck in the sky becomes this magnificent creation.
Ref: 20170223_d36_20170117_1521_094_fb4 rook landing on tree stump(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Apr 2013
at 18:03 Image of day on 21 May 2013
We are getting rather 'fond' of our rooks.
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Image Taken on 04 Nov 2012
at 15:34 Image of day on 09 Dec 2012
We get so used to the plethora of Jackdaws and Rooks here that you can
forget what magnificent creatures they are up close.
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Image Taken on 23 Dec 2017
at 16:01 Image of day on 28 Jan 2018
We have several images, similar to this one, of a Rook landing
left to right on the tree-stump, just fitting the frame.
What a magnificent bird.
Ref: 20180128_d36_20171223_1601_048_fb4 rook landing on tree-stump(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Dec 2017
at 15:12 Image of day on 22 Jan 2018
A Wonderful show of glossy plumage as this Rook lands on the tree-stump.
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Image Taken on 13 Dec 2016
at 15:33 Image of day on 23 Jan 2017
"Now what's there to eat?"
Ref: 20170123_d36_20161213_1533_049_fb4 rook landing on tree-stump(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 31 Jan 2018
at 16:27 Image of day on 04 Mar 2018
For a week or two a month either side of the Winter Solstice the
sun penetrates the trees at around sunset with the current layout
of this site. Here a Rook triggers the camera.
Ref: 20180304_d36_20180131_1627_069_fb4 rook landing on tree-stump at sunset(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 05 Sep 2011
at 06:54 Image of day on 24 Oct 2011
Whenever the wind is strong the rooks and other corvids can be seen
obviously playing or showing off in the updrafts over the fields,
and here at the top of the local Lombardy Poplar tree.
The top bare twig isn't really stiff enough for
their weight but that doesn't stop them trying to land on it.
Here we think the bird was using the beak as an extra grip.
Despite several tries it never got a stable perch.
Ref: 20111024_df1_20110905_0654_318 rook repeatedly landing & leaving thin twig at top of lombardy poplar in strong wind (crop)(r+mb id@432).jpg
Image Taken on 03 Jan 2015
at 14:15 Image of day on 16 Feb 2015
Oh dear - we think Rooks look delightful.
That's what living with them for 25 years does to the brain!
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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2017
at 13:39 Image of day on 09 Oct 2017
Rough-legged Buzzards are said to be able to hover, and this one was certainly
flying very slowly - the image separation is about doubled from 7 fps. The 'Rough
Legged' term comes from the legs being covered in feathers almost down to the Talons.
Ref: 20171009_df3_20170823_1339_001-003 rough-legged buzzard juvenile in flight 1-3 of 3 (horizontally spread montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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