Return to moorhen home page

Return to section index


Image-of-the-Day by Subject


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

Image of day on 10 Jul 2005

An adult female swallow quartering the sky over the meadow.


Ref: 20050710_d60_03486 swallow in flight with good wing feather detail 2005jun23_18-00-58(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20070920_d01_20070827_1127_121 swallow landing on wires (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20080903_dc1_20080817_1151_002 swallow swooping down from wire showing top view (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20180819_df3_20180630_1258_360-362 swallow twisting in flight 1-3 of 3 (impression montage @ 7 fps)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20050626_d60_03302 3 swallows in flight 2005jun22_18-39-36 (cropped)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20050614_d60_03034-03039 swallows transferring food in flight montage 2005jun08_12-27-08(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 22 Jul 2019 at 12:23    Image of day on 09 Sep 2019

Another single frame with a movement blurred insect trying to avoid the Swift's flying trapdoor.


Ref: 20190909_d72_20190722_1223_005 swift catching insect in flight 1 of 2 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 21 Jul 2019 at 10:39    Image of day on 09 Sep 2019

Because they fly so fast, accurate montages of Swifts in flight show little detail, so here the outer birds are brought closer to centre bird, but the centre bird and the insect in front of it what the camera captured.
You have to be really lucky to catch the insect this close to the open beak. In the many images we have of Swift catching insect, the beak is never open in the previous or following frames only 0.1 seconds before or after. Wow - a real 'snapper'.


Ref: 20190909_d72_20190721_1039_392-394 swift catching insect in flight @10fps 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage with insect & bird)(r+mb id@768).jpg


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.


Ref: 20110716_df1_20110607_1601_142 swift in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20110716_df1_20110608_1314_123 swift in flight(r+mb id@768).jpg


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.


Ref: 20100708_df1_20100531_1603_035 swift in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20100614_df1_20100511_1657_589 swift in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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

Swifts and swallows are making intermittent appearances.


Ref: 20080625_dc1_20080614_1258_192 swift in flight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20060719_d60_20060706_1756_632 swift in flight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20060613_d10_20060605_1628_486 swift in flight(r+mb id@576).jpg


Backwards

Forwards

 

Comments and requests for image use

To make a comment, ask for information or to request a full resolution image, send us an email including the reference or the date for the image you are interested in.

All initial contacts should be made using the icon below:-

Mail Us