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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 52

Image Taken on 06 Feb 2017 at 22:03    Image of day on 16 Mar 2017

The less regular Tawny Owl (the individual with the blue-grey eyelids and moustache) at his preferred choice of perch at the kitchen window.
The Owl broke the trigger beam on landing, folded the wings that allowed the camera to reset, and then triggered the camera again when opening wings to drop down. Rodents occupy the 'ground floor' between this perch and the house and expect that one of them became the bird's next meal. The bottom of the leaving bird was out of frame at the bottom of the original image, so this construct is the best we can do.


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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2018 at 21:41    Image of day on 19 May 2018

The Tawny Owl visits the perch at the kitchen window. The wings are partly folded as the Owl lands.


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Image Taken on 21 Mar 2017 at 22:18    Image of day on 02 May 2017

One of two Tawny Owl visits to the kitchen window perch 13 minutes apart.


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Image Taken on 21 Mar 2017 at 22:31    Image of day on 02 May 2017

One of two Tawny Owl visits to the kitchen window perch 13 minutes apart.


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Image Taken on 06 Mar 2017 at 19:56    Image of day on 10 Apr 2017

This Tawny Owl makes a 'flying visit' to the kitchen window perch.


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Image Taken on 27 Feb 2017 at 19:24    Image of day on 08 Apr 2017

'Our' less regular Tawny owl with Blue-grey patches on the facial disc first visited the perch outside the Kitchen Window a couple of hours after sunset.


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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2016 at 01:30    Image of day on 14 Sep 2016

The Tawny Owl made this visit to the bird table and perch outside the kitchen window - much closer than the Owl post so offering a more detailed image.


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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2016 at 23:05    Image of day on 14 Jul 2016

One visit from the Tawny owl this week and that a single frame of a landing, not that the image isn't rather fun.


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Image Taken on 14 Dec 2015 at 03:10    Image of day on 20 Jan 2016

A Tawny Owl visited this perch for a couple of minutes at about 3 a.m.
A little judicious cropping of a peanut feeder obscuring the bird's left wing makes a pleasing memento of the visit that is also almost as ferociously sharp as those claws.


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Image Taken on 19 Jan 2015 at 19:14    Image of day on 03 Mar 2015

Our only Owl sighting of any sort for a week was this Tawny Owl landing outside the kitchen window on the peanut feeder perch.


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Image Taken on 19 Jan 2015 at 19:14    Image of day on 03 Mar 2015

A detail of the feet starting to wrap the talons around the perch.


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Image Taken on 17 Nov 2013 at 22:41    Image of day on 06 Jan 2014

Birds with their heads facing away are not normally the stuff of interesting images, but the wonderful spread of feather on this landing Tawny owl is irresistible.


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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2019 at 01:32    Image of day on 24 Aug 2019

A few minutes long Tawny owl visit. After the landing the bird was almost 'frozen' in place watching the grass on the adjacent path.


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Image Taken on 27 Jan 2017 at 23:04    Image of day on 06 Mar 2017

This Tawny Owl visited that bird table outside the kitchen window an hour before midnight. The bird tripped the IR sense beam with it's right wing (our left). On the CCTV recording we see that the bird stayed for about 10 minutes before flying off to our right unfortunately without breaking the beam for a take-off pic.


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Image Taken on 11 Nov 2016 at 02:12    Image of day on 19 Dec 2016

Still folding wings as the Tawny Owl looks back at the nearby ground level photo-sight where possibly the Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are scampering for safety.


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Image Taken on 11 Nov 2016 at 18:52    Image of day on 19 Dec 2016

Tawny owl landings about 3 hours apart showing us the top and bottoms of what we think is the same Tawny owl - the less regular bird with wider streak between the eyes.


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Image Taken on 02 Feb 2018 at 01:07    Image of day on 09 Mar 2018

The morning of Friday 2 Feb 2018 (Candlemass & Groundhog Day) saw the first of several sightings of Owls. The first was this Tawny Owl landing at the kitchen window bird table


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2016 at 20:44    Image of day on 20 Oct 2016

In the evening before the 19 minute stay a different Tawny Owl made a short visit. First the bird flew to the thin post (top left) that holds the IR sense beam sender (pale square with dark middle). We don't know whether the bird perched on the sender or the top of the post (out of frame at the top left). The bird then swooped down through the beam (lower left) flying to the photographic target post (the landing missed while the camera flash was re-charging) where it stayed for a couple of minutes.
Everything on the left is wildly out of focus because it is metres behind the target perch, but we think interesting enough to show you anyway.


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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2018 at 20:40    Image of day on 13 Nov 2018

A Tawny Owl visits the kitchen window bird table.
The sense beams now runs to the left of the table so the bird flapping wings on both landing and departure triggered the camera.


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Image Taken on 18 Mar 2016 at 22:25    Image of day on 22 Apr 2016

The 'Night' Shift - a Tawny Owl makes an elegant arrival.


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