The wife and I spent a great day yesterday at Leighton Moss RSPB centre in Lancashire. Lovely and warm and finally lots of birds after a very quiet Spring. As we sat having lunch a male Marsh Harrier flew right overhead at about 50 feet and for once I had the camera to hand and the right lens on. A bit of a tricky shot as I was shooting into a clear blue sky but I did manage a few decent images.
Here's some RSPB words on the Marsh Harrier.
"The largest of the harriers, it can be recognised by its long tail and light flight with wings held in a shallow 'V'. It is distinguishable from other harriers by its larger size, heavier build, broader wings and absence of white on the rump. Females are larger than males and have obvious creamy heads. Its future in the UK is now more secure than at any time during the last century but historical declines and subsequent recovery means it is an Amber List species."
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