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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2014 at 15:53    Image of day on 29 Nov 2014

Another Cranefly goes down the throat of an ever hungry Black-headed gull. The third image just shows one of the wings hanging out of the beak - enlarged at the bottom right.


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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2014 at 15:52    Image of day on 29 Nov 2014

With the air full of various insects, especially the juicy Craneflies (Daddy Long legs for the uninitiated) we discovered that Black-headed gull can catch & eat them in flight.
This bird almost stopped horizontal motion as it swung up to catch the insect, so the vertical positions of the bird are arbitrary, but the horizontal positions are approximately right. We were fortunate that the wing positions of the last 3 images almost fit together like a jigsaw for a nice compact presentation!


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2014 at 15:28    Image of day on 25 Nov 2014

This montage from the same set of originals is at the camera's resolution. Look carefully to see what we described above.


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2014 at 15:28    Image of day on 25 Nov 2014

We noticed that many of the gulls were jinking about in flight, and wondered why, so spent several hundred frames trying to catch the behaviour. This one event really surprised us - chasing and catching a small insect in the tip of it's beak, then opening the gape and letting the breeze of flight blow it in.
Subsequent photos show that this is not typical - gulls catch crane-flies and similar in an open beak - perhaps this was a bee that it needed to subdue first.
Read this montage left to right - that black dot really is the insect which is in the beak tip in the second and third image and is in the gape in the last.


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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2018 at 19:34    Image of day on 15 Aug 2018

Some sort of caterpillar on its way to an ever open beak of a Blackbird youngster.


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Image of day on 08 Jun 2005

This male blackbird has found this caterpillar and is probably about to take it back to chicks in a nest somewhere.


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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2013 at 06:28    Image of day on 19 Nov 2013

All those Carbohydrates and protein snacks on offer, but what the Blackbird really wants is this juicy Cranefly!


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Image Taken on 20 May 2017 at 09:34    Image of day on 10 Jul 2017

A second brood of Blue Tits is underway in the hole in the wall over the boiler (USA furnace) room. On one morning (20 May) a seemingly never ending stream of caterpillars were being delivered to the just audible screeching youngsters inside the wall.


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Image Taken on 24 May 2009 at 11:43    Image of day on 22 Jun 2009




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Image Taken on 23 May 2009 at 11:17    Image of day on 22 Jun 2009

The Bluetit box on our tallest black poplar gets a delivery like this every minute or two. What a supply of insects we must have!


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Image Taken on 14 May 2011 at 15:39    Image of day on 16 Jun 2011

This bluetit looks really tatty because of a strong wind blowing up the head feathers from behind. He has an insect for the chicks. We have LOTS of tit nest boxes and can't say where this one went.


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Image Taken on 12 May 2015 at 12:10    Image of day on 03 Jul 2015

Each year a hole above the roof of the utility/boiler ('furnace' in USA) room gets used by nesting bluetits. They are obviously now feeding the youngsters as evidenced by the small grub in the birds beak. This bird routinely uses this TV aerial about 3 metres above the nest hole as a stopping off point.


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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2018 at 12:07    Image of day on 04 May 2018

The first decently warm day brought out the Bumble Bees. We seem to have a colony of this species recently arrived in the UK.


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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2018 at 12:05    Image of day on 04 May 2018

The first decently warm day brought out the Bumble Bees. We seem to have a colony of this species recently arrived in the UK.


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Image Taken on 07 Mar 2014 at 16:18    Image of day on 17 Apr 2014

A few Bumble Bees were warming themselves in the sunshine on some lichen covered Willow trunk behind the Duck-shaped pond. We think this is a Buff-Tailed Bumble Bee


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Image Taken on 27 May 2016 at 12:36    Image of day on 08 Jul 2016

A 10 metres stretch of 'Green Alkanet' (which has Blue flowers!) attracts more bees than any other single feature. But bee numbers so far have been terrible - this one of about 10 Bumble Bees feeding - we couldn't see a single Honey Bee on the blooms. The same goes for the Oil-seed rape crop (now at last starting to relent it's endless yellow domination) where all we see is a handful of white butterflies.


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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2013 at 08:14    Image of day on 05 Nov 2013

Next day they were still busy eating the Lime leaves, but 3 days later we could not find any on the tree or ground.
According to our reference book "when nearly full grown and ready to pupate they descend the tree and construct underground chambers in which they pass the winter as Blackish-Brown pupae".
We will leave them in peace!


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2013 at 10:57    Image of day on 05 Nov 2013

The Buff-tip Caterpillar are now on consuming their third branch of the Lime tree. Enjoy the natural light shadows of the caterpillars on the other side of the leaf near the bottom.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013 at 15:40    Image of day on 27 Oct 2013

Our only Lime tree showed a twig with the leaves completely eaten away. The culprits had moved to an adjacent twig where we found about 10 Buff-tip moth caterpillars continuing their search for food.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013 at 13:50    Image of day on 27 Oct 2013

Our only Lime tree (as opposed to Large-leaf Lime) showed a twig with the leaves completely eaten away. The culprits had moved to an adjacent twig where we found about 10 Buff-tip moth caterpillars continuing their search for food.


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