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

Image Taken on 26 Mar 2017 at 12:51    Image of day on 09 May 2017

The arrival of Arable farming brings it's own set of disappointments, but for us a great plus in an explosion of the number of Skylarks.


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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2017 at 13:01    Image of day on 09 May 2017

This Skylark started a traverse before gaining much height, singing all the way.


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Image Taken on 13 Apr 2017 at 07:13    Image of day on 31 May 2017

The sweet sound of Skylarks help you find them in the sky as they rise up to defend their territory with music.


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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2017 at 13:04    Image of day on 09 May 2017

This is an accurate montage of a Skylark flight over a bit over 1 second. The turning of head, slowing down and dropping at the end seems to be genuine.


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Image Taken on 16 Apr 2017 at 08:14    Image of day on 03 Jun 2017

Birds don't make facial expressions, but we can only see 'Joy' in this Skylark.


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Image Taken on 31 Mar 2017 at 13:33    Image of day on 18 May 2017

This is a fairly accurate montage of this Skylark initially dropping down and then using the speed gained to climb up again.


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Image Taken on 31 Mar 2017 at 13:33    Image of day on 18 May 2017

The male Skylarks have been putting on an enjoyable show.


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

Skylarks seem to spend some their time in flight with wings closed. Do wish we could include the liquid song, but even if we recorded it the noise from the camera would drown it out.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 10:22    Image of day on 31 May 2017

Skylarks ascending are reasonably predictable, but descents are erratic, very hard to follow, and the focus changes very fast. So here we were lucky (= lots of tries) to get this bird aerobraking to land in the corn crop.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2011 at 10:22    Image of day on 10 Jul 2011

This skylark seem to have a nest about 300m away in the (still uncut but very sparse) meadow to our east and we got an atypically good view of the top of the wing.
Try to imagine the liquid silver song pouring from that open beak.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2011 at 10:22    Image of day on 10 Jul 2011

About 1 second of 'The Lark Ascending'.
The spacing and slope is reconstructed from memory and probably too close - see later.


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Image Taken on 16 Mar 2014 at 09:57    Image of day on 24 Apr 2014

This Skylark was starting his ascent, singing his little heart out.
This is an accurate montage at about 4fps (so this is less than a second).


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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2011 at 16:33    Image of day on 10 Jul 2011

And then he briefly got quite close to us overhead.


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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2011 at 15:13    Image of day on 10 Jul 2011

Next day some soft cumulus clouds gave us reference points to accurately space the images but were sparse enough not to flare out the images. So this is about half a second of 'flight' - skylarks seem to spend about half their time singing with wings firmly closed.


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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2012 at 10:13    Image of day on 11 May 2012

Over a corn crop in an adjacent field, this Skylark waves it's head about to direct the sound, creating the characteristic rise and fall in volume. Read left to right moving down - bottom right he stopped singing and started his dive to ground.


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Image Taken on 09 Mar 2014 at 09:04    Image of day on 18 Apr 2014

One pair of Skylarks spent a minute or two fluttering round each other over the hedge. It was all so quick and random we can't find a suitable montage to express it, so here is a moment of the birds facing each other.
The 'adjusted' aspect was 'raising' the hedge a bit to provide some context.


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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2014 at 05:58    Image of day on 16 Oct 2014

There are now many sites where we find scattered remains of snail shells broken on slabs of stone, drain covers and corrugated iron. We must have quite a few young Song Thrushes - and possibly now not so many slugs and snails!


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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2018 at 14:17    Image of day on 29 Oct 2018

4 images of a female Southern Hawker Dragonfly in this pic, if you can only find them spread across the confusing ground flying right to left.


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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2018 at 14:17    Image of day on 29 Oct 2018

This is a detail of the last image in the montage (far left).
The male of the Southern Hawker Dragonfly is our most commonly seen large Hawker, but we don't often see the females like this one except when depositing eggs at the edge of a pond, so a pleasing moment.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2012 at 12:16    Image of day on 06 Oct 2012

This female Southern Hawker dragonfly was flying into a strong wind allowing an unusual 3 images in succession to be in reasonable focus. You can see from the difficulty of seeing the wings against complex background the reason we use a simple 'blue sky' background in the indoor 'flight tunnel'


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