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By ianrobinson  
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.

Tags: Bird of prey Raptor Marsh harrier Wildlife and nature

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9 Apr 2012 9:37PM
a brilliant shot , well done

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9 Apr 2012 9:47PM
Lovely image can see the highlight in the eye,very nice indeed...Ronnie
9 Apr 2012 9:49PM
Superb shot Ian, Id love to know what happened next!
BeckC 11 5 England
9 Apr 2012 9:53PM
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2012 9:56PM
It tones beautifully with the reeds.GGrinreat capture.Kate
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
9 Apr 2012 10:15PM
Supern in-flight shot captured in very fine detail: and accompanied by such an interesting write up.
9 Apr 2012 10:24PM
Great shot Ian. Very well captured!

9 Apr 2012 10:54PM
Cracking shot. Great viewpoint. Long zoom creates the impression you were sitting just beneath the action! Perhaps you were!

debu 8 India
9 Apr 2012 11:57PM
Superb in flight captured.
chensuriashi Plus
11 277 17 England
10 Apr 2012 12:42AM
Love it so very close...I award it!! Chen.
Scooby10 8 3 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 6:04AM
Superb capture Ian.
10 Apr 2012 6:50AM
Awesome shot, love the reed heads & dark sky which sets this pic off.very well captured.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
10 Apr 2012 7:16AM
impressive fabulous light.lesley
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 7:26AM
fantastic detail ian brilliant colours and tones a stunner top shot Wink
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 8:52AM
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.


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.
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 9:06PM
You are lucky to have got this close and we are fortunate that you captured him so well.
DilysT 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 6:30PM

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
13 Apr 2012 12:23AM
The moment before landing in excellent light couldn't be better timed!? Thanks to this shot I discovered your very interesting PF.
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 10:10PM
thank you for your comments and votes guys and girls.
h4rsx 8 17 5 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2012 6:27PM
An absolutely superb capture Ian, you must be well chuffed with this one! Wink

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