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__________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds 219 Western Marsh Harriers

 

 

 

 

WESTERN MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus

 

 

WESTERN MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus

 

 

WESTERN MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus

 

 

WESTERN MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus

 

 

WESTERN MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus

 

 

WESTERN MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus

 

 

WESTERN MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus

 

         The population of the Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus appears to have been rising recently (these things are relative!) in the UK as a consequence of better protection of its favoured marshland habitats, many of which are now managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The photographer has had plenty of sightings of these elegant raptors but as these birds often seem to keep their distance and they are often being viewed through image-distorting heat-hazes above the marshlands good photographs have been hard to come by. These images were taken on the Dorset coast at a site where the sea-breeze ensured that there was only a minimal amount of haze. This bird is believed to have been a third year male. A very good clue to the presence of a Marsh Harrier (or other raptors for that matter) is the mass flight of the majority of birds inhabiting a marshland site as they will all take to the air together in an attempt to confuse the predator (and to avoid being eaten!).

 

 

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