Monday, 28 December 2015

Marsh Harrier on my Mérida patch

Yesterday, I discovered a Marsh Harrier harrassing the local Black-headed Gulls and Coots whilst I stood on the Roman Bridge.
 Marsh Harrier - a probable 1st year female?
It was always just a little too distant for decent photography but I managed to rattle off a few record shots. This bird had clearly buffy forewings and head perhaps more what that a typical female would show.

It's not the first Marsh Harrier that I have seen from the bridge because I had one in mid-October this year when I was co-leading a tour at the time. No doubt they are regular visitors.
 Red Kite 
I also saw a couple Red Kite - a typical winter visiting raptor to the region.
Female Stonechat
Finally, couldn't resist snapping a Stonechat. They are such photogenic little birds!

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