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

Image Taken on 14 Jun 2008 at 13:02    Image of day on 25 Jun 2008

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2016 at 15:47    Image of day on 07 May 2016

The first Swallow of the year for us, 10 days earlier than last year.

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Image of day on 28 Aug 2005

Swallow out collecting insects. They will be leaving soon for a warmer continent and feed intensively before they go.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2009 at 17:09    Image of day on 17 Jul 2009

Swifts continue to delight us with a group of about 10 visiting the area a few times many days. Here is the same bird in two successive frames

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2017 at 13:08    Image of day on 11 Sep 2017

The first three (right to left) frames from the above at the accurate spacing for 7 frames per second.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2017 at 13:08    Image of day on 11 Sep 2017

A swallow flyby showing how these birds spend a lot of their flight time in 'streamlined' mode. All these positions in just over a second - their world must go at a different speed to ours!

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2019 at 13:02    Image of day on 14 Oct 2019

A Swallow flying over head, photographed at about 7 fps. The gaps between the images have been closed up.

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2015 at 17:42    Image of day on 20 Nov 2015

The Swallows are now mostly simply passing over, rather than stopping for a feed, as they make their way back to Africa.

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Image of day on 01 Jun 2005

Swallows and Swifts are being seen, but the conditions are not right for good photos. So here is an image from last year.

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Image of day on 31 Aug 2005

Hope you like Swallows!

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Image of day on 03 Sep 2005

Last few sightings of swallows this year

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Image of day on 05 Jun 2005

Swallows and Swifts making passing visits and this swallows obliged by flying low enough and in decent light to get a sequence of which this is one.

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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2009 at 19:09    Image of day on 04 Sep 2009

An accurate crop of a swallow taking an insect (assuming that the insect didn't move much in the fraction of second of the birds swoop at it). You can just make out the wings of the insect.

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Image Taken on 24 May 2019 at 11:13    Image of day on 01 Jul 2019

Swallows have started perching on our electrical power lines. Here one of two perched on a wire took off and made this approach to the other. To us it looked like an attempt to mate with a so-far uncooperative female.

Ref: 20190701_df5_20190524_1113_133-137 swallow in flight approaches & departs another perched on power cable @7fps 1-5 of 5 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 13 Sep 2013 at 14:09    Image of day on 20 Nov 2013

This Swallow made a single flyby recorded here. The spacing is undoubtedly too close for the frame rate, but the bland sky provides no reference points for alignment.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2019 at 09:16    Image of day on 14 Oct 2019

A Swallow making a lovely aerial twist into a dive.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2018 at 10:06    Image of day on 19 Aug 2018

Our family of swallows has mostly settled on feeding the youngsters on the 11kV cables just to our west. Two juvenile Swallows are on the cables, both hopeful of a feed, but only the right hand side bird got fed this time

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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2010 at 12:59    Image of day on 23 Oct 2010

Swallow parents usually feed their youngsters by giving perching juveniles a beakful of insects without landing themselves. With one beak inside another it is always difficult to see the moment of transfer, so from 2 different encounters first we see the approach with the adult's beak overflowing with insects.

Ref: 20101023_df1_20100902_1259_256 swallow in flight feeding juvenile perched on apple tree branch 4 of 9 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 12 Jul 2010 at 17:53    Image of day on 26 Aug 2010

Swallows remain a rarity this year, seen as the odd bird perhaps a few times a week. This one chose an overcast day to go chasing after an (invisible) insect overhead. The bland sky doesn't provide the reference points to montage accurately, so we sort of guess/try and make it look nice. We expect reality would spread them out more horizontally but you get a feel for the twisting & turning. The tail and the 'pins' are spread much wider than we normally see.

Ref: 20100826_df1_20100712_1753_006-0011 swallow in flight hunting overhead 1-6 of 7 (arbitrary montage at about 7fps))(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 02 Sep 2010 at 12:15    Image of day on 24 Oct 2010

How do the insects get taken in the first place? The speck top right is an insect from the frame with the bird image nearest it. The left bird image is the same bird about 150mS earlier but the insect was out of the panning camera's frame and there are no other references so we put it somewhere 'pretty' and probably much too close!

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