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

Image Taken on 31 Dec 2009 at 18:56    Image of day on 26 Jan 2010

We first saw this Tawny Owl in Infra-red on the CCTV monitor on 'Raptor' perch. It flew off and 'disappeared' but 7 minutes later landed outside the kitchen window and stayed for about a minute. It triggered the camera just the once as it was landing - see the claws still stretched forward.

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Image Taken on 21 Feb 2011 at 23:36    Image of day on 30 Mar 2011

We knew nothing of this short midnight visit by a Tawny Owl until 5 days later when we imported the images. The wings look close to fully stretched and measure 70cm tip to tip.

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Image Taken on 18 Mar 2013 at 20:14    Image of day on 23 Apr 2013

The Tawny owl has put in an appearance after weeks of absence, nicely landing in his new preferred place at the left of the perch (rather than on the top of the feeder) for which we changed the camera trigger setup. The bird only stayed for a couple of minutes but long enough for these 3 images.

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Image Taken on 12 Dec 2013 at 04:45    Image of day on 22 Jan 2014

Welcome back, if only for about a minute as we see on the CCTV of the same event. This tawny owl flew low over the pond at the back of this photograph, swooping up to land on the perch. The bird had a brief look around at the ground, and then flew off.
Maximum pupil dilation for night vision in these large eyes (that can barely move in their sockets) seems to have evolved to the point where the Iris completely withdraws from the visible cornea. Compare with the Tabby cat image

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2010 at 00:45    Image of day on 08 May 2010

We had always thought this shiny ceramic top of the large peanut feeder would not attract a bird of any size - corvids don't land on it. Checking the CCTV camera we found it had landed on the feeder, stayed 4 minutes and then flew off and did so again a few days later.

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Image Taken on 20 Nov 2011 at 19:06    Image of day on 01 Jan 2012

More Owls as a New-Year treat.
We hear tawny owls calling less than kilometre to our south, and at least one is making regular visits to either the Kitchen window perch or the tree stump. Here a bird landed to make a lovely portrait.

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Image Taken on 15 Nov 2011 at 00:46    Image of day on 25 Dec 2011

Another day on we see a landing from straight ahead, and maybe discover one of the attractions of this tree-stump - one claw has trapped one of the Leopard slugs - a nice easy meal for the owl? The next image was 4 hours later so we will never know!

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Image Taken on 05 Feb 2017 at 22:36    Image of day on 13 Mar 2017

20 minutes after a very short touchdown the same Tawny Owl, arrives back at high speed (seen on CCTV recording and reflecting the increased stall speed) from the left for a 10 minute stay, unexpectedly carrying a Fieldfare in the Talons.
The Owl stood still for a few minutes, presumably waiting for the poor bird to expire while squeezed in the talons, before ripping it to pieces to eat it. At 10:35 p.m. it is far too dark for Fieldfares to be out feeding, so we are advised that this one probably chose a not very safe place to roost. To choose our post as it's butcher's table suggests that the Fieldfare was snatched from one of our trees in the main woodland area.

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Image Taken on 06 Feb 2017 at 06:56    Image of day on 13 Mar 2017

Early next morning we found the aftermath ...
Testing the IR beam trigger shows us the remains on the top of the post. These had gone by the time we had seen the pics and went out to look for signs. We found feathers scattered around the post and a few heaped at the bottom of the post on the South side shown here.

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Image Taken on 25 Sep 2018 at 02:49    Image of day on 13 Nov 2018

Backwards and Forwards landings of 'our' Tawny Owl.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2016 at 00:40    Image of day on 14 Sep 2016

Multiple visit nights by the this Tawny Owl give us the chance to present this little montage of the most interesting 'landings' on the meadow post.

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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2016 at 00:56    Image of day on 08 Dec 2016

'How do I look when landing?'
A Tawny Owl landing on the post an hour either side of midnight gives us flattering views of the tops and bottoms of the wings.

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Image Taken on 12 Jun 2017 at 22:10    Image of day on 06 Aug 2017

In 2016 the summer months passed without sightings of any Owls at all. But this year several visits a week are normal - in this week there were 5 visits by Tawny Owls just to this post - the bird could spend hours here at night perched in the trees and we would never know. Here a set of 3 consecutive landings

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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2016 at 01:01    Image of day on 13 Sep 2016

The early hours of one night brought 4 separate visits by Tawny owl(s) over a period of a bit over 3 hours, lasting 4 to 8 minutes each visit. Here are 3 of the four landings arranged in what we think is an attractive layout.
Don't read a single 'landing sequence' into them.

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Image Taken on 14 Feb 2016 at 23:21    Image of day on 15 Mar 2016

The mostly closed eyes in this landing Tawny owl (a larger crop of the top left of the following montage) really looks like 'she' has been playing with 'Mummy's' slate grey Eye shadow!

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Image of day on 30 May 2005

There are multiple families of tree sparrows and from this image it looks like an inter-family boundary fence argument is in progress.

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Image Taken on 10 Apr 2010 at 17:36    Image of day on 19 May 2010

2 tree sparrows having a serious dispute with another watching. We can't help assuming 2 males and a female.

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Image of day on 17 May 2005

The Tree Sparrows are very active at the feeding site near the house. Here one on the ground is watching one in the air. We are seeing occasional visits to the nest box on the island - see archive image on 6 May 2005 for nest building two days earlier - hopefully swapping incubation duties. A few more days and we may see food being taken into the box

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Image Taken on 31 May 2011 at 13:10    Image of day on 30 Jun 2011

Swifts are the fly-catching bird of the moment. Here is a little celebration. At left the beak is open and it is either about to catch or has just caught an insect.

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Image Taken on 29 Nov 2016 at 13:04    Image of day on 05 Jan 2017

Wagtails often hunt over the concrete farm road finding food items we can't even see. We caught this one taking off - the left 3 images are horizontally spread but the right three are accurately positioned at about 7fps.

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