Broad-Bodied Chaser

Broad-Bodied Chaser
Wing Mosaic (Broad-bodied Chaser): Winner, Nikon In-Frame Competition August 2010

Spoonbill

Spoonbill
Spoonbill: Birdguides Photo of the Year 2012 Runner-up

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Weekend in Suffolk; Marsh Harriers Take a Tern for the Worst

I had planned getting to Suffolk for dawn, but didn't quite make it.  After a quick 2 hour drive I arrived at 7am at Hen Reedbeds near Southwold.  I was hoping to find Marsh Harriers in the morning sun, but I was a little late and they weren't coming close.  It was great to be out there without another person in sight.  A walk up to the estuary produced a pair of Pintail:


On to Minsmere for another attempt at the Marsh Harriers from the Bittern Hide.  Over the two days I managed some nice attempts but never got the light for a great shot.  The problem with these birds is that they spend most of the time looking down!  In addition they seemed to fly in a general circular direction away from the sun which didn't help:





A Bittern came relatively close during the morning with a nice fly past:




The Marsh Harriers were abandoned when news came of a White-winged Black Tern on the scrape.  Unfortunately it was feeding right in the middle of the water, too distant for any shots.  Still, a beautiful bird though in nice summer plumage. 

Later in the day a couple of nice shots of Red Deer and Rabbit were possible:


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