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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 51

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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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2013 at 19:23    Image of day on 09 Oct 2013

The local Wasp formation flying Team?
No - we didn't cheat - this is a genuine, if bizarre, single frame.

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Image Taken on 20 Jan 2014 at 11:23    Image of day on 09 Mar 2014

We have several shots in a sequence of the White Wagtail trying (and failing) to catch this fly. This image is against an originally mirror-finish boiler chimney now weathered enough to also show shadows. So we have here the bird just missing the fly, the shadow of both on the slightly matt 'stainless' steel, and bisecting the bottom shadow a partial reflection of part of the bird where shadowed by the bird.
The camera was pointed up about 45 degrees for this strange mix to occur.

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Image Taken on 10 Nov 2013 at 12:31    Image of day on 31 Dec 2013

This White Wagtail (along with a less obliging Pied) spent some time on the warm roof hunting insects that come out from under the slates. This montage of (right to left) is very close to accurate for the first 3 frames (the middle bird is raised slightly over reality) while the 4th is moved left so you can see it swallowing the catch. All in half a second!

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Image Taken on 09 Nov 2014 at 12:07    Image of day on 05 Jan 2015

The patter of little claws announced the arrival of the Wagtails - a pair of White Wagtails (with grey rather than black backs). This one was flying between the roof ridges with a running takeoff. There were several flies around the bird but there was no obvious attempt to catch one.

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Image Taken on 24 Oct 2010 at 12:44    Image of day on 28 Dec 2010

On the Roof
A single frame from short sequence that works better on its own than with the others. The insect was flying left to right and the bird missed it, letting the insect do a high speed exit upwards.

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Image Taken on 10 Apr 2018 at 15:52    Image of day on 22 May 2018

This corvid lands with a thump next to the distracted Wood Pigeon.

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Image Taken on 21 Jun 2016 at 14:26    Image of day on 05 Aug 2016

For a couple of days Wrens have been providing a delightful show at the living room window.

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Image of day on 29 Jun 2005

Wrens are small, lightening fast and spend most of their time inside obscuring dense hedges so we were pleased to get this chance image of a young wren in flight.

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Image of day on 22 Nov 2005

A capricious image of a wren zipping across a camera site.

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Image Taken on 21 May 2007 at 19:16    Image of day on 04 Jun 2007

The territorial disputes continue - this time a Yellowhammer we are sure is breeding nearby attacks a chaffinch which is probably the one who regularly sings in a hedge top a few metres away.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2014 at 19:53    Image of day on 31 Aug 2014

This seem to be our male Yellowhammer definitely NOT pleased to see the Dunnock that seems to have just landed! Note the lovely brown rump of the Yellowhammer.

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Image Taken on 06 May 2008 at 19:27    Image of day on 22 May 2008

Birds generally fly with their heads 'still', using the neck to adjust for orientation and oscillation of the wings - the kestrel is the best example. But this isn't bad - the head is clearly normally oriented while the body and wings are almost at a right-angle.

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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2006 at 17:26    Image of day on 21 Jun 2006

The Yellowhammer pair with the male in flight. Fortuitously the camera had drifted off focus so the flying bird is in focus while the standing female isn't.

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Image Taken on 16 May 2007 at 17:21    Image of day on 30 May 2007

This yellowhammer is turning in flight right on the edge of the frame.

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