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

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.


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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.


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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).


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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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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2018 at 12:58    Image of day on 19 Aug 2018

The evidence is there from the camera timestamps, and it is amazing that the Swallow can twist this much in the 140mS between each frame. No wonder it is so hard to follow them with a camera.


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Image of day on 26 Jun 2005

A dozen swallows including adults and fledglings spent an hour in the evening light swooping over the trees and ponds collecting insects.


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Image of day on 14 Jun 2005

Swallows parents catch insects and feed their young while in flight. This montage shows a feeding sequence in 6 images (viewed top left to right, then bottom left to right) which took about 2 seconds in real time.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2011 at 16:01    Image of day on 16 Jul 2011

Swifts are the most regular fly catching bird at the moment - here a portrait with the wings catching the light nicely.


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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2011 at 13:14    Image of day on 16 Jul 2011

And here a more conventional view showing the sickle shaped wings.


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Image Taken on 31 May 2010 at 16:03    Image of day on 08 Jul 2010

BBC Springwatch tells us all flycatchers are late this year. For us the number of Swifts has soared and the usual good show of Swallows plus the odd Martin has reduced to the odd flyover. So we make the most of the Swifts this year.


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Image Taken on 11 May 2010 at 16:57    Image of day on 14 Jun 2010

The swifts are outnumbering the swallows this year. This shot shows the interesting stepped grey of the under-feather markings and the wonderful long primary feathers.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2008 at 12:58    Image of day on 25 Jun 2008

Swifts and swallows are making intermittent appearances.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2006 at 17:56    Image of day on 19 Jul 2006

Photographing birds in flight is hard, and flycatchers doubly so. So getting even a half-decent image is a minor triumph.


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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2006 at 16:28    Image of day on 13 Jun 2006

This year not many Swallows but a few swifts of which this one is an example. The BBC Springwatch website and paperwork packs include Swallows, Swifts and House Martins from our portfolio.


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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2016 at 17:50    Image of day on 17 Aug 2016

Alarmingly few Swifts, Swallows and Martin so far this year.
Here is a passing Swift.


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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2015 at 15:16    Image of day on 27 Oct 2015

A Swift in flight climbing gracefully.


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Image Taken on 31 May 2010 at 16:05    Image of day on 08 Jul 2010

We are trying to catch the moment of an insect about to go into a flycatchers beak. During this attempt we got this unusual sequence of what we think is a swallow reaching way up to catch an insect. Probably about 200mS between images with arbitrary positions.
We guess that the insect was hidden by the right wing of the first image, and inside the beak by the second!


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2011 at 13:37    Image of day on 29 Jul 2011

Swifts are normally photographed as sickle shapes, but they have a full range of wing movements, here caught near the top of its wing stroke.


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Image Taken on 05 May 2017 at 17:52    Image of day on 27 Jun 2017

A Swift catching an insect - beak open next to last image from the left and the tiny speck of life it consumed is just in front of the open beak. These at about 7fps so slightly less than 1 second of action here.


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