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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 49

Image Taken on 16 Sep 2014 at 11:04    Image of day on 26 Nov 2014

Wow - a close to full frame Sparrowhawk at the kitchen window just as it landed on the peanut feeder perch and took its own portrait

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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2013 at 18:59    Image of day on 24 Nov 2013

An unexpected moment as the Sparrowhawk landed facing the camera to give us this wonderful view. A look at the CCTV recording shows that it skimmed low over the main pond behind, landed here and stayed for about 1 minute before flying on.

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Image Taken on 27 Oct 2019 at 12:19    Image of day on 10 Dec 2019

Sparrowhawk sightings are usually Whizz-by events, but this one hung in the air for minute of so to allow this little sequence.

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Image Taken on 25 Nov 2008 at 13:21    Image of day on 13 Dec 2008

A biting north wind limited the birds and us to short forays. The birds were all trying to keep near the ground - even the corvids. This sparrowhawk swooped by us skimming over the ground so close to it that it's shadow is only just offset.

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Image Taken on 14 Mar 2010 at 09:42    Image of day on 21 Apr 2010

This Sparrowhawk made an atypical loop round the house before vanishing as fast as it arrived.

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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2009 at 09:19    Image of day on 27 Oct 2009

We don't see much of this bird except as Wham-Bang-Grab-Gone visits to take tits at the bird feeders, so its nice to get a few pics. The bird actually got so close it filled the frame for a moment but horribly blurred and human necks don't bend far enough backwards to follow it.

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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2009 at 09:19    Image of day on 27 Oct 2009

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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2009 at 09:19    Image of day on 27 Oct 2009

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2010 at 17:48    Image of day on 25 Oct 2010

And now a moment from their hunting technique - sit on a wire, post or branch until you see a tempting insect. Launch towards it (may be 0.5 to several metres away), grab it, then fly back to your previous perch or another one nearby. Here we were lucky to catch the exact moment of the insect inside the beak but not yet captive - it did get it judging by the following two frames.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2009 at 05:51    Image of day on 20 Jun 2009

The starlings that nested in the loft have fledged and are appearing round the house. We don't know what is going on here, but mostly they are being fed by parents or feeding themselves. The parent is on the left.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2011 at 17:49    Image of day on 14 Jun 2011

Young starlings are in abundance. This family has at least 3 youngsters being fed at feeders, in bushes & on the ground.

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Image Taken on 06 Jun 2014 at 15:28    Image of day on 11 Aug 2014

The 100 juvenile starling (and a few adults) flying over the Oil-seed rape crop and then diving down into it en-mass to feed.

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

The swallows continue to delight, and this pair of consecutive images at the start of a session show you top and bottom of the bird.

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Image of day on 22 Aug 2006

This montage of two images taken late morning 14 Aug 2003 shows another image of swallows feeding in flight. The camera takes just over 3 frames/sec so these are about .3 second apart (left to right).

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Image Taken on 04 Sep 2007 at 17:41    Image of day on 30 Sep 2007

Montage of about .75 seconds of a swallow passing food to it's chick.

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Image Taken on 03 Sep 2010 at 12:18    Image of day on 24 Oct 2010

Adult swallows sometimes feed their youngster on the wing. They generally rise up facing each other to get the appropriate beak alignment for just a moment.

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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2008 at 13:02    Image of day on 25 Jun 2008

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2016 at 15:47    Image of day on 07 May 2016

The first Swallow of the year for us, 10 days earlier than last year.

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Image of day on 28 Aug 2005

Swallow out collecting insects. They will be leaving soon for a warmer continent and feed intensively before they go.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2009 at 17:09    Image of day on 17 Jul 2009

Swifts continue to delight us with a group of about 10 visiting the area a few times many days. Here is the same bird in two successive frames

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