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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 46

Image Taken on 22 Sep 2015 at 17:42    Image of day on 20 Nov 2015

The Swallows are now mostly simply passing over, rather than stopping for a feed, as they make their way back to Africa.


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Image of day on 01 Jun 2005

Swallows and Swifts are being seen, but the conditions are not right for good photos. So here is an image from last year.


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Image of day on 31 Aug 2005

Hope you like Swallows!


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Image of day on 03 Sep 2005

Last few sightings of swallows this year


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Image of day on 05 Jun 2005

Swallows and Swifts making passing visits and this swallows obliged by flying low enough and in decent light to get a sequence of which this is one.


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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2009 at 19:09    Image of day on 04 Sep 2009

An accurate crop of a swallow taking an insect (assuming that the insect didn't move much in the fraction of second of the birds swoop at it). You can just make out the wings of the insect.


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Image Taken on 13 Sep 2013 at 14:09    Image of day on 20 Nov 2013

This Swallow made a single flyby recorded here. The spacing is undoubtedly too close for the frame rate, but the bland sky provides no reference points for alignment.


Ref: 20131120_a77_20130913_1409_059+060+062 swallow in flight at 4 fps 2+3+5 of 5 (arbitrary montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 30 Jun 2018 at 10:06    Image of day on 19 Aug 2018

Our family of swallows has mostly settled on feeding the youngsters on the 11kV cables just to our west. Two juvenile Swallows are on the cables, both hopeful of a feed, but only the right hand side bird got fed this time


Ref: 20180819_df3_20180630_1006_112+114+119 swallow in flight feeding 1 of 2 juveniles perched on 11kv cable 04+06+11 of 14 (montage over 1 second)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 02 Sep 2010 at 12:59    Image of day on 23 Oct 2010

Swallow parents usually feed their youngsters by giving perching juveniles a beakful of insects without landing themselves. With one beak inside another it is always difficult to see the moment of transfer, so from 2 different encounters first we see the approach with the adult's beak overflowing with insects.


Ref: 20101023_df1_20100902_1259_256 swallow in flight feeding juvenile perched on apple tree branch 4 of 9 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 12 Jul 2010 at 17:53    Image of day on 26 Aug 2010

Swallows remain a rarity this year, seen as the odd bird perhaps a few times a week. This one chose an overcast day to go chasing after an (invisible) insect overhead. The bland sky doesn't provide the reference points to montage accurately, so we sort of guess/try and make it look nice. We expect reality would spread them out more horizontally but you get a feel for the twisting & turning. The tail and the 'pins' are spread much wider than we normally see.


Ref: 20100826_df1_20100712_1753_006-0011 swallow in flight hunting overhead 1-6 of 7 (arbitrary montage at about 7fps))(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 02 Sep 2010 at 12:15    Image of day on 24 Oct 2010

How do the insects get taken in the first place? The speck top right is an insect from the frame with the bird image nearest it. The left bird image is the same bird about 150mS earlier but the insect was out of the panning camera's frame and there are no other references so we put it somewhere 'pretty' and probably much too close!


Ref: 20101024_df1_20100902_1215_323+324 swallow in flight pursuing insect 1+2 of 2 (montage left bird positioned for compactness)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 26 Aug 2015 at 15:15    Image of day on 27 Oct 2015

An unusual view (for us) of a Swallow showing the beautiful shimmer from the top of the wings.


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Image of day on 10 Jul 2005

An adult female swallow quartering the sky over the meadow.


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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 14:18    Image of day on 04 Dec 2014

"Eat this!".
Recently fledged juvenile Swallows perch on tree branches or cables, to be fed by the adults without them even landing
The claws of the parent (right) are unusually visible as his beak goes completely into the juveniles gape.


Ref: 20141204_df2_20140922_1418_612 swallow juvenile on cable being fed by adult in flight (adults claws visible) 5 of 8 (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:53    Image of day on 02 Dec 2014

Recently fledged juvenile Swallows perch on tree branches or cables to be fed by the adults without them even landing
Here you see the whole feed taking less than a second. The order is
          2   3
    1     
          4   5



Ref: 20141202_df2_20140922_1353_262-266 swallow juvenile on cable being fed by adult in flight 1-5 of 7 (montage @ 7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 14:00    Image of day on 04 Dec 2014

Recently fledged juvenile Swallows perch on tree branches or cables, to be fed by the adults without them even landing
This is a left to right montage. The bird lower right was disappointed this time, but the parents were surprisingly even-handed overall.


Ref: 20141204_df2_20140922_1400_486+488+490 swallow juvenile on cable being fed by adult in flight 3+5+7 of 8 (montage alternate frames @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:49    Image of day on 02 Dec 2014

Recently fledged juvenile Swallows perch on tree branches or cables, to be fed by the adults without them even landing
Here the adult in flight has delivered a beakful of insects to the perched juvenile, but a lucky one escaped and can be seen flying away. View the montage as pairs of birds left to right.


Ref: 20141202_df2_20140922_1349_171-173 swallow juvenile on cable being fed by adult in flight with a fly escaping 4-6 of 6 (mirrored montage @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:54    Image of day on 03 Dec 2014

Recently fledged juvenile Swallows perch on tree branches or cables, to be fed by the adults without them even landing
In this instance the adult visited both of 2 juveniles next to each other on the wire, delivering part of his load to each bird all in about 3 seconds.
Start bottom right and follow clockwise. The 2 perched birds are shown at the moment that each was fed, and the bird in flight circled round to feed the bird on the left before flying back the way it came (top right).


Ref: 20141203_df2_20140922_1354_302-323 swallow juveniles on cable being fed in sequence by adult in flight 01+02+06+10+17+22 of 22 (montage lower right clockwise)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 27 Aug 2007 at 11:27    Image of day on 20 Sep 2007

A new family of swallows are being fed on the wires. This youngster was just coming in to land.


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Image Taken on 17 Aug 2008 at 11:51    Image of day on 03 Sep 2008

You don't often see the dark top when in flight.


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