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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 43

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.


Ref: 20181029_df3_20180905_1417_116 southern hawker dragonfly female in flight 4 of 4 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2018 at 14:20    Image of day on 29 Oct 2018

Here our female Southern Hawker Dragonfly shows that her interest is hunting, here holding the remains of some food item in her legs and her mandibles do their thing.
The males of this species seem to spend far longer 'on the wing' than the females in order to guard their territory and be on the lookout for females.


Ref: 20181029_df3_20180905_1420_167 southern hawker dragonfly female in flight holding prey to mouth 2 of 4 (crop)(r+mb id@432).jpg


Image Taken on 08 Aug 2009 at 12:45    Image of day on 22 Sep 2009

Repeated attempts at getting a good high speed dragonfly-in-flight sequence got this unexpected moment of interest. The dragonfly spent a moment hovering and in the reaction time to press the shutter to store the last 1 second it turned round on the spot and flew back towards the camera (and then even more out of focus). The entire time for the montage shown was 0.166 second.


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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2016 at 15:08    Image of day on 19 Nov 2016

A hovering Southern Hawker Dragonfly showing us the crazy wing positions it uses to resist the effects of the wind and control it's position.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2014 at 15:55    Image of day on 20 Oct 2014

The Southern Hawker Dragonfly making another quick turn - all this in half a second.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2014 at 15:54    Image of day on 20 Oct 2014

A somewhat atypical Southern Hawker Dragonfly that was patrolling this pond from mostly in the shade, turning as each end of his flight took him out into the sunshine. Except in very hot weather (which this wasn't) dragonflies here normally stick to the sunny patches. This first is 1 second of flight. The visual impression of 'instant' change of direction reflects the reality!


Ref: 20141020_df2_20140809_1554_382-386+388-390 southern hawker dragonfly in flight turning & flying back 1-5+7-9 of 9 (approx montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 25 Aug 2013 at 12:37    Image of day on 15 Oct 2013

This Souther Hawker Dragonfly seems to be gliding on the rear wings while flapping the front pair. This image is the top right image in the following montage.


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2013 at 12:37    Image of day on 15 Oct 2013

This was an unusual moment to photograph - the legs are down even though it had flown non-stop for at least several seconds. At 4 fps the insect was flying towards the camera and made a right angled turn with little forward motion (all in 250mS) and then accelerated to the left.
Do the legs change the aerodynamics to improve the turn?
Had it spotted something to eat? Dragonflies sometimes predate small butterflies, catching them in flight.


Ref: 20131015_a77_20130825_1237_347-350 southern hawker dragonfly male 90 degree turn in flight 1-4 of 4 (4 fps montage lower 3 accurate)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 30 Aug 2016 at 10:58    Image of day on 15 Oct 2016

A male Southern Hawker Dragonfly hovering in front of the cameraman for a couple of seconds, drifting slowly to the left. We have picked 4 frames from the sequence that allow accurate positioning without overlaps.


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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2016 at 10:58    Image of day on 15 Oct 2016

Another hover by the same insect.
Note how the legs are completely folded up - something you DON'T see when we photograph Dragonflies in our flight tunnel where they are in free flight but too soon after launch for the 'undercarriage' to have been raised.


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Image Taken on 13 Sep 2016 at 14:46    Image of day on 02 Nov 2016

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly started hovering long enough to get the camera on him and focus. Here are 3 frames from about 1 second of the hover.


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2011 at 13:14    Image of day on 31 Oct 2011

Some hazy sunshine brought out this male Southern Hawker dragonfly. The insect hovered long enough to get the camera on him for 9 frames, of which we have selected 4 for a little montage of various wing positions.


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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 12:31    Image of day on 30 Sep 2017

3 Hours later over the Duck-shaped pond this male Souther Hawker Dragonfly was hawking and hovering over the water. These 3 images are about 140mS apart


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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2016 at 14:05    Image of day on 15 Nov 2016

This image from a flyby shows the wonderfully complex head and thorax.


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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2016 at 14:05    Image of day on 15 Nov 2016

A Southern Hawker Dragonfly still patrols the main pond at the least show of sunshine. Here he is hovering almost motionless (except for the wings of course) so we have spread the images and not tried to hide the background repeats.


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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2018 at 13:57    Image of day on 06 Nov 2018

A male Southern Hawker Dragonfly over the meadow, in among several Migrant Hawkers without obvious conflict.


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