Friday, 24 July 2009

Harrier Fly Past.... Leighton Moss

As promised this post is a continuation of Monday's  visit to Leighton Moss where I had enjoyed great views of the bittern. As well as seeing the bittern those birdwatchers present at the Lower Hide also had superb views of the resident Marsh Harriers, young birds and adults, as they enjoyed great flying conditions on a breezy but warm and sunny afternoon. At times the birds came too close as they flew past the hide and Paul and I had to work hard to maintain focus with the big 500mm lenses.
It is difficult  sometimes to photograph birds in flight but practice makes perfect and we both had many opportunities to try and get that " perfect shot ". My best efforts are shown above but I am always striving for something better and I will return to Leighton Moss again to practice my skills . It is certainly a great time to visit as the Harriers have had a good breeding season and with many birds present Leighton Moss can provide a wonderful day's birdwatching.


  1. Once again Brian wonderful shots. The 2nd one especially, hope to see you at LM soon. Neil

  2. Yes, keep at it Brian, apart from anything else with your good fortune of late with Hobby/Bittern and now these stunning and excellent images of the Marsh Harrier you really must, but be warned if your top remaining targets are Bearded Tit and Otter at Leighton Moss I would suggest it gets harder from now on.

  3. Lovely Images.
    Well taken,superb shots.

  4. Hi all,

    Bitterns usually frequent reedbeds and similar marshy areas and feed on amphibians, reptiles, insects and fish. The female bittern builds the nest, which consists of an unkempt arrangement of sedge grass and reeds. The nests are built on the ground along rivers or lakeshores and house the clutch of 3 to 6 eggs. Thanks for sharing it.....

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