The Red Arrows are the crack flying display squadron of the UK and their prominence at air-shows here is seldom called into question.

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But when compared to the dashing run of a Merlin, or the flashing jinks of a swirling flock of Dunlin, it can clearly be seen that nature still has the upper hand when it comes to flying.

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It is true that not all birds fly in perfect formation and suspicion has been directed at the picture of Black-tailed Godwits, seen here in an unlikely pattern.

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Tropical Kingbirds are not usually renowned for tight, co-ordinated turns,  but when they put their mind to it their aerial choreography is every bit as impressive as any man-made machine.

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eBird has contacted me to suggest that this sighting constitutes an unusually high count for Red-tailed Hawks in this location.

Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.