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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 42

Image Taken on 07 Jun 2008 at 07:21    Image of day on 11 Jun 2008

This is a montage of a single skylark ascending, images a second or two apart. This is the first time we remember getting a skylark image that is more than a speck in the sky.


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Image Taken on 16 Apr 2017 at 08:10    Image of day on 03 Jun 2017

Here are 3 sequential images at about 7 fps of a skylark rising into the sky. We have shrunk the gaps between the bird images so that you can see some detail.


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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 16 Mar 2014 at 09:58    Image of day on 24 Apr 2014

A Skylark ascending, but with no points of reference we can't get the spacing accurate. But the bird is gorgeous!


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Image Taken on 31 Mar 2017 at 13:32    Image of day on 18 May 2017

The male Skylarks have been putting on an enjoyable show.


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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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