Over the last few weeks there have been a number of sightings of Harriers over the wetlands at the end of the Lonning, viewed from the hide.
Thank you Guy Broome, and Linda and Ian Lyons, for sending these splendid photos for our perusal.
Male Hen Harrier taken on 25 11 13 at 3.14 pm (Guy Broome).
Male Hen Harrier taken on 25 11 13 about 3 pm (Guy Broome).
Fox hunting in front of the hide 19 11 13 (Guy Broome).
Male Hen Harrier flying over the wet meadow, viewed from the hide at 3.10pm on 14 11 13 (Linda and Ian Lyons).
Male Hen Harrier hunting in front of the hide, 14 11 13 at 3.11pm (Linda and Ian Lyons).
From Linda and Ian Lyons - 10 11 13 at 2.56 pm.
This morning had been going quietly until Judith spotted an email from Frank Mawby: there was a huge flock of Barnacles on Whitrigg Marsh – the largest he'd ever seen in Moricambe Bay. This called for action stations and within 10 minutes we were in the car heading towards Whitrigg.
On arrival at the sharp corner in the road which gave a very good view of the whole marsh, we beheld this amazing assembly. Frank had estimated that there were 9 – 10,000, so we made no attempt to count but were just busy photographing them from the car with the long lens – so as not to disturb them. They did, however, seem restless with small groups jumping up and down and then settling. But generally speaking, the flock seemed relaxed and were split into half a dozen groups. We observed three leucistic specimens amongst them, which stood out very easily. There appeared to be no Pinkfeet with them.
It would be interesting to know why this large number had descended here? Might there have been shooting in the area over the weekend that had made them restless! There had been a reasonably high tide but not unduly so and wind conditions were calm.
Good to see such large numbers gracing the Moricambe Bay area with their presence.
Link to Flickr video: http://www.flickr.com/photos/46441928@N07/11179224703/
John Howard's latest exploits:
"I managed to get a couple of hours in yesterday afternoon (28 11 13) at Musselburgh. The light wasn't good but the sea was calm and I was chuffed to get these photos. The Long Tailed Ducks kept having a fly round then coming back to the same area and we could hear them calling clearly. They were just a little far for good clear shots but it was nice to see them. The Red Throated Diver was more obliging and came quite close to the sea wall."