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A marsh Harrier up close and personal.

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.
Where to see them
Mainly found in eastern and south-east England, with some in the north-west, south-west and Scotland. Seen over reedbeds and marshes, as well as farmland near wetlands. Marsh harriers can be seen at: Elmley, Kent; Leighton Moss, Lancashire; Minsmere, Suffolk; Titchwell Marsh and Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk; Ouse and Nene Washes, Cambs, and Blacktoft Sands, Yorkshire. Other nature reserves with marsh harriers include Stodmarsh, Kent and Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire.

A very shy Bird Mainly because of it's persecution through the last century making close photography of this species particularly difficult.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:240-600mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Mar 2012 - 4:44 PM
Focal Length:600mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The hunt
Username:ianrobinson ianrobinson
Uploaded:9 Apr 2012 - 9:21 PM
Tags:Bird of prey, Marsh harrier, Raptor, Wildlife / nature
Votes:69

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stretch123
9 Apr 2012 - 9:37 PM

a brilliant shot , well done

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rontodd
rontodd  5 Northern Ireland
9 Apr 2012 - 9:47 PM

Lovely image can see the highlight in the eye,very nice indeed...Ronnie

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martindun
martindun  2 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2012 - 9:49 PM

Superb shot Ian, Id love to know what happened next!

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BeckC
BeckC  7 England
9 Apr 2012 - 9:53 PM

Stunning.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2012 - 9:56 PM

It tones beautifully with the reeds.GGrinreat capture.Kate

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9 Apr 2012 - 10:15 PM

Supern in-flight shot captured in very fine detail: and accompanied by such an interesting write up.
Ronnie.

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9 Apr 2012 - 10:24 PM

Great shot Ian. Very well captured!

Jane

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9 Apr 2012 - 10:54 PM

Cracking shot. Great viewpoint. Long zoom creates the impression you were sitting just beneath the action! Perhaps you were!

Nick.

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debu  4 India
9 Apr 2012 - 11:57 PM

Superb in flight captured.
debu

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chensuriashi e2 Member 8132 forum postschensuriashi vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 12:42 AM

Love it so very close...I award it!! Chen.

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Scooby10
Scooby10  4 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 - 6:04 AM

Superb capture Ian.
Peter

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EASTFIELD  3 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 - 6:50 AM

Awesome shot, love the reed heads & dark sky which sets this pic off.very well captured.

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 7:16 AM

impressive fabulous light.lesley

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andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 7:26 AM

fantastic detail ian brilliant colours and tones a stunner top shot Wink
andy

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 8:52 AM

thank you all for your lovely comments and votes they are very much appreciated.
And a big thank you to chensuriashi for your user award.

Ian

This Bird was pretty close i have cropped the image but only fractional so what you see is pretty much what i got in frame.
I was in a ghillie suit too so the Harrier never new i was there hence why he came so close.

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Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 9:06 PM

You are lucky to have got this close and we are fortunate that you captured him so well.

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DilysT
DilysT e2 Member 3DilysT vcard United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 - 6:30 PM

Fabulous!

Dilys

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annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2012 - 12:23 AM

The moment before landing in excellent light couldn't be better timed!? Thanks to this shot I discovered your very interesting PF.

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ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 10:10 PM

thank you for your comments and votes guys and girls.

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h4rsx  4 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2012 - 6:27 PM

An absolutely superb capture Ian, you must be well chuffed with this one! Wink

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