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photoblog image August 2011

August 2011

This is above my back yard. A few times a year gulls will gather across the sky to feast on some outburst of flying insect.  In August which is when this shot was taken, it is often flying ants.

 

Here is a very poor shot taken against the darkness of the trees backing the pond that shows the flying insect.

 

photoblog image 20110819 119.jpg

August 2011

This is above my back yard. A few times a year gulls will gather across the sky to feast on some outburst of flying insect.  In August which is when this shot was taken, it is often flying ants.

 

Here is a very poor shot taken against the darkness of the trees backing the pond that shows the flying insect.

 

photoblog image 20110819 119.jpg

comments (10)

  • Beth
  • United States
  • 3 Apr 2016, 02:43
It is amazing what you can see by just looking up! The shot of flying insects may not be clear but it definitely gets the point across. It must be quite a scene.
Mary MacADNski: It happens a few times a year, in June to the mayfly and several times over the summer for various flying things.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Apr 2016, 06:39
I reckon them have come to your place cos some prankster started a rumour that Mary's frying fish&chips
Mary MacADNski: You would not see anything frying at my place but they have plenty of those bugs periodically. Then there is plowing time, another feast time for gulls.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Apr 2016, 06:51
I expect these things fly for only a day to mate. What a life..
Mary MacADNski: Aren't they hatched that one day too? I will never forget my teenage daughter and her friend leaving to go out on a Friday evening. I was entertaining a bunch of people on the deck and She said goodbye to everyone then we heard blood curdling screams. A ground nest of flying ants erupted a foot from their feet - directly in front of them. They had no idea what was happening. Thank goodness we were there to explain and calm these girls down.
the joys of nature. Have seen this behaviour in ponds near fishing farms where the terns flit about in circles and dive onto the unsuspecting fish.
Mary MacADNski: Yrs fish like to jump for natural flies. That's when you need lots of swallows.
We have these flying ants here from time to time in Summer Mary!
I quite like your por shot.
Mary MacADNski: Theys are a wonder. I am pasting part of my comment to Chris: I will never forget my teenage daughter and her friend leaving to go out on a Friday evening. I was entertaining a bunch of people on the deck and She said goodbye to everyone then we heard blood curdling screams. A ground nest of flying ants erupted a foot from their feet - directly in front of them. They had no idea what was happening. Thank goodness we were there to explain and calm these girls down.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Apr 2016, 12:14
I love the look up to the sky to see the bird flying around! Chris' comment is interesting.
Mary MacADNski: Here is my omment to Chris: Aren't they hatched that one day too? I will never forget my teenage daughter and her friend leaving to go out on a Friday evening. I was entertaining a bunch of people on the deck and She said goodbye to everyone then we heard blood curdling screams. A ground nest of flying ants erupted a foot from their feet - directly in front of them. They had no idea what was happening. Thank goodness we were there to explain and calm these girls down.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Apr 2016, 12:48
One of my dislikes of a humid British summer is the wretched flying ants. Especially not good when I'm on the bike!
Mary MacADNski: You need to train swallows or gulls to bike with you.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Apr 2016, 12:49
...the gulls can have every one they want! It probably makes a change from stealing chips (fries?) that they do.
Mary MacADNski: You have mentioned that before. They don't seem to do that here. I think they get enough to eat in their natural diet or something. I do see one park where people will feed them lunch leftovers. I think they should not do that.
A fascinating pair of pics, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: Nature is fascinating.
A fine photo of the feast!!
Mary MacADNski: It is an amazing sight and the fact they do it for several hatches brings the delight more than once in a season.

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