Wednesday, 21 September 2011

juv. Pallid harrier (Circus macrourus L. ) Burpham, West Sussex (record shots)

Having successfully "twitched" the juv. pallid harrier yesterday evening, in Burpham, West Sussex and enjoyed crippling views of this stunning bird as it hunted over a game strip; I returned again this evening after work with the camera to capture some passable (?) record shots.

The pallid harrier is a worthy bird to challenge my limited photography skills, being used to capturing birds on the ground only - I had to graduate to shooting a moving and very active bird. The results are necessarily poor.

Other raptor highlights seen in the vicinity today included a single hobby (Falco subbuteo), 2 sparrowhawk (Accipiter nissus), numerous kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), umpteen buzzards (Buteo buteo) and a distant hen harrier (Circus cyaneus). Whilst yesterday a red kite (Milvus milvus) was also apparent.

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