Monday, 3 May 2010

Record of Male Marsh Harrier at Top Hill Low

We visited Top Hill Low yesterday and were delighted to see all the hirundines flying low over the reservoirs. I tried in vain to take pictures of the Swifts and Martins but failed miserably, perhaps I might post a silhouette of a Swift or three as they are not yet over our cottage in Ayton.

They normally appear around 19th or 20th of the month, last year I think it was about 9th . If they are 30miles away this bodes well for an early arrival. Someone said some were seen over Scarborough last week. As soon as they arrive summer begins, its the sound of their chattering and that iconic anchor shape.

I took loads of pictures in difficult light, into the sun etc. you get them on the computer and what a disappointment, but the good ones more than make up for the flops.

Record shots of male Marsh Harrier hunting along the back of South East Marsh Lagoon, we were alone in the hide watching this bird on a cold day for the time of year. I hope others spotted this bird.


Roy said...

Its just good to actually see a Marsh Harrier Mike. Great new header.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I love your new banner, what a delight to view. Also glad you got some good images of the Harrier~

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Roy and Mary.

Angad Achappa said...

Lovely images of this magnificent bird.. we had quite a large no. of them visiting India during last winter. Now they've all gone back.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Angad
It's great to know of your experiences with this Harrier.