Birds of prey, Marsh Harriers.

I started my photography journey six years ago and there is pictorial evidence that my photography skills are slowly improving. I started shooting small birds in the garden as I had a previous interest in birding, as a kid in Basildon Essex . In the early sixties Basildon was the country.

From small birds, I became fascinated with birds of prey and their behaviour ,hunting, soaring ,gliding and dropping on unsuspecting prey.

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Female Marsh Harrier RSPB Leighton Moss

My local patch is RSPB Rainham Marshes in east London on the banks of the River Thames. The habitat is reed bed ,meadows and a small woodland area. There are breeding pairs at Rainham and you are almost guaranteed to see a “Marshy.”

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RSPB Rainham Marshes

As a person relatively inexperienced in photography and birding, the bigger birds of prey were an obvious attraction- deadly in the pursuit of survival. However, shooting moving birds with a long heavy lens (sigma 150-600) is not easy. Hence I have yet to take a shot of a “marshy” which I would put in a calendar.

Male and female Marsh Harriers

Other places I have seen Marsh Harriers are RSPB Minsmere, Titchwell , Lakenheath and Strumpshaw Fen to name a few well known sites. Good hunting all and stay safe.

 

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