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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 53

Image Taken on 25 Sep 2018 at 02:49    Image of day on 13 Nov 2018

Backwards and Forwards landings of 'our' Tawny Owl.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2016 at 00:40    Image of day on 14 Sep 2016

Multiple visit nights by the this Tawny Owl give us the chance to present this little montage of the most interesting 'landings' on the meadow post.

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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2016 at 00:56    Image of day on 08 Dec 2016

'How do I look when landing?'
A Tawny Owl landing on the post an hour either side of midnight gives us flattering views of the tops and bottoms of the wings.

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Image Taken on 12 Jun 2017 at 22:10    Image of day on 06 Aug 2017

In 2016 the summer months passed without sightings of any Owls at all. But this year several visits a week are normal - in this week there were 5 visits by Tawny Owls just to this post - the bird could spend hours here at night perched in the trees and we would never know. Here a set of 3 consecutive landings

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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2016 at 01:01    Image of day on 13 Sep 2016

The early hours of one night brought 4 separate visits by Tawny owl(s) over a period of a bit over 3 hours, lasting 4 to 8 minutes each visit. Here are 3 of the four landings arranged in what we think is an attractive layout.
Don't read a single 'landing sequence' into them.

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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 02 Aug 2019 at 18:49    Image of day on 21 Sep 2019

A Wood Pigeon heads towards the camera in the house.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2019 at 17:26    Image of day on 21 Sep 2019

A Wood Pigeon lands on the meadow post.
The light falls differently on the left and right primary feathers making them appear to be different 'shades of Grey' (perhaps even 50).

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2019 at 07:47    Image of day on 03 May 2019

A Wood Pigeon lands with the early morning sun shining through the wings.

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