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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 44

Image Taken on 26 Aug 2016 at 10:51    Image of day on 14 Oct 2016

A mid-morning flight for this male Southern Hawker Dragonfly moving through the position of sharp focus for just this one frame as he spends the whole day patrolling his patch around the main pond.

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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2006 at 12:50    Image of day on 20 Sep 2006

Decades ago we photographed dragonflies in flight at great effort using flash and electronic triggers. With a bit of luck a modern SLR can do a creditable job hand-held.

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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013 at 12:50    Image of day on 26 Oct 2013

An accurate montage about 140mS apart of this male Southern Hawker Dragonfly flying by at speed.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2013 at 13:37    Image of day on 14 Oct 2013

Photographing dragonflies in flight outdoors is very hit and miss. Lock the camera focus at 2 or 3 meters, lock shutter and aperture (camera Manual mode), about 135mm lens, point the camera at the darting little creature and hold down shutter on 'repeat' whenever you are pointed in roughly the right direction and distance. We get about a 1% useable rate but it is fun trying!

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2014 at 16:15    Image of day on 12 Nov 2014

Hawker Dragonflies can basically fly in any direction they want. This Southern Hawker one was dropping down at about 45 degrees under perfect control. Accurate montage at 7 fps

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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013 at 12:45    Image of day on 26 Oct 2013

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly photographed at 7 fps was hovering and drifting slightly left over the duckweed. So imagine the head just moving left at the same height.

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2014 at 16:18    Image of day on 12 Nov 2014

This male Southern Hawker dragonfly seemed at the time to be stationary, but over the 22 frames of which this is the first and last, he rose about 1 body length during the 3 seconds.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2015 at 10:58    Image of day on 11 Oct 2015

A Southern Hawker Dragonfly has at last made an appearance - as usual over the main pond. At 7 fps we caught this moment as this male was rising almost vertically.

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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2014 at 14:05    Image of day on 26 Oct 2014

Out in the sunshine this Southern Hawker seemed at the time to be making a sharp turn in flight as appears here. But we were surprised when building this montage that all 3 images overlaid one another when aligned against the background. So it was in fact turning in a hover - probably against the North-West breeze that has been dominating the last few days. So we considered 3 separated frames but decided to show you what we thought we saw!

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2010 at 11:17    Image of day on 27 Oct 2010

Despite the poor weather the brief periods of sunshine brought out a few dragonflies. They are getting a bit tatty now following encounters with blackberry thorns etc., but worth a few outdoor images on-the-wing. It is really only possible when they hover for a moment - here two frames about 150mS apart as he drifted forward a little.

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Image Taken on 23 Nov 2018 at 06:57    Image of day on 08 Jan 2019

Next morning (camera back to 'normal') sees this Sparrowhawk make a botched landing before circling round for another go (too quick for the camera to catch) before spending a few minutes gazing straight at the bathroom where the light being turned on may have made the bird think it was light enough to hunt. Looking out of the window with house light off showed our eyes no detail at all. The bird has already missed the landing when the flash first fires.

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Image Taken on 01 May 2008 at 10:20    Image of day on 14 May 2008

This week the Sparrowhawk has replaced the male Kestrel as flyby tease of the week. Have always loved the mad yellow eye.

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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2008 at 12:15    Image of day on 14 Apr 2008

We believe this is a female sparrowhawk - normally viewed here as a 'woooosh - what was that' experience as a small bird exits existence :-( On a not very fine day a surprisingly good thermal raised this circling bird from just about photographable distance to a speck in the blue in a couple of minutes with barely a wing flap.

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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010 at 15:49    Image of day on 10 Dec 2010

An unexpectedly extended and impressive showing by the sparrowhawk circling overhead for a few moments.

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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2018 at 16:07    Image of day on 21 Oct 2018

A week later this Sparrowhawk flashed by overhead.
This bird has suddenly become very active in and around our patch, with several piles of plucked feathers in plain view, and new such heaps appearing on most days.

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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2015 at 16:14    Image of day on 26 Oct 2015

A single frame of the Sparrowhawk as it winged overhead

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Image Taken on 02 Mar 2010 at 10:52    Image of day on 06 Apr 2010

The sparrowhawk passed over the house with the camera for once pointed in the right general direction so we caught this overhead view.

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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2009 at 12:36    Image of day on 19 Nov 2009

Sparrowhawks are generally seen flying at high speed in purposeful fashion, as here, but for once right by us, giving a chance at a portrait.

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Image Taken on 09 Nov 2008 at 09:50    Image of day on 23 Nov 2008

Its unusual to be able to photograph a flying sparrowhawk against anything but sky, so here is an different perspective against a poplar tree.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2006 at 12:57    Image of day on 05 Nov 2006

While photographing some hedge plants Marie spotted this sparrowhawk (probably the pigeon predator) as it momentarily circled a few times overhead.

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