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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Swifts and swallows are making intermittent appearances.

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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.

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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.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2016 at 17:50    Image of day on 17 Aug 2016

Alarmingly few Swifts, Swallows and Martin so far this year.
Here is a passing Swift.

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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2015 at 15:16    Image of day on 27 Oct 2015

A Swift in flight climbing gracefully.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2019 at 17:47    Image of day on 09 Sep 2019

More Swifts (again shown with the 10 body length between images reduced to very little) showing the variety of wing positions in normal flight. These images are about 0.2 seconds apart

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2019 at 17:31    Image of day on 06 Sep 2019

A close spaced montage at about 10 fps.

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

Swifts fly fast - this montage is accurately spaced (based on the tree) at about 0.1 second intervals.

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Image Taken on 31 May 2010 at 16:05    Image of day on 08 Jul 2010

We are trying to catch the moment of an insect about to go into a flycatchers beak. During this attempt we got this unusual sequence of what we think is a swallow reaching way up to catch an insect. Probably about 200mS between images with arbitrary positions.
We guess that the insect was hidden by the right wing of the first image, and inside the beak by the second!

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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2019 at 11:50    Image of day on 06 Sep 2019

Swifts really fly fast - this and the next sequence are photographed at about 10 fps (Frames per second). That's about 100 body lengths per second!
The detail of the bird is lost at any size of image that it is sensible to email or put on the WWW, which is why we mostly provide 'Close spaced Montages' to get a better view of the creature.

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