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Male Marsh Harrier

By Andysnapper

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."



Tags: Birds General Raptor Marsh harrier Wildlife and nature

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24 Apr 2013 7:09AM
Lovely shot Andy.

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johnke 5 223 15
24 Apr 2013 7:13AM
Beautiful Andy, well captured and composed, lovely image and not an easy take, well done....John
24 Apr 2013 7:32AM
Well captured.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
24 Apr 2013 7:35AM
A fine capture, Andy. Carol
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
24 Apr 2013 7:51AM
fine catch Smile
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 8:50AM
Great shot Andy quite difficult to manage the exposure against that sky I woul imagine. Very well captured indeed
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
24 Apr 2013 10:47AM
A great bif capture, well done
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 11:18AM
An interesting foreword supported by a wonderfully captured inflight.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
24 Apr 2013 3:33PM
Great in flight capture.

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