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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 41

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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?"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Image Taken on 10 Feb 2009 at 14:56    Image of day on 05 Mar 2009

A chance flyover of a shag right over the house.

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Image Taken on 09 Nov 2008 at 08:39    Image of day on 24 Nov 2008

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Image Taken on 09 Nov 2008 at 08:39    Image of day on 24 Nov 2008

A tramp across the adjacent field startled this Short-eared owl in the grass perhaps 50m ahead. A new sighting for us here. Apparently they are often seen in daylight. It flew about for a minute or two before departing.

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Image of day on 13 Aug 2005

After a few years break skeins of Geese are again flying over the plot.

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Image Taken on 16 Apr 2015 at 10:54    Image of day on 06 Jun 2015

Skylark rising - 3 frames at 7 fps shows the little guy climbing into the blue. There seem to be several pairs in the crop to our east.

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Image Taken on 16 May 2012 at 17:42    Image of day on 08 Jun 2012

This singing Skylark montage contains 10 sequential images all taken in just over a second and laid in two rows starting top left

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2008 at 16:29    Image of day on 30 Jun 2008

This joyous little creature flew for us 4 times at various distances and lighting. Here are a couple of the best images we got. This is the bird that normally hovers like a speck in the sky - we were lucky to get this one hovering low down.

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