Dotterel and Hen Harrier

I didn't realise what a treat I was in for when I went to do my other butterfly site today .... better weather than last time, lots of flutters including a Swallowtail that I failed to photograph because of these two 

Pete, I now understand your enthusiasm - what a bird and what a flyer - she is wonderful and I feel very honoured and privileged to watch her hunting.  I'm really sorry the photos aren't crisp but at least I have some - best viewed by opening them 

Cin J

  • I'm very disappointed about the lack of Swallowtail Cin.... But I guess I'll let you off with the pics of 2 birds I've never seen...isn't the Dotterel a little cutie!! And love the face on Harrier shot :o) Well done....now get back out there and Swallowtail us!!!!
  • PB, the Swallowtail nearly took me out at the knees it was stinking along so fast ..... will try better next time ;)

    Cin J

  • In reply to Germain:

    I've heard some excuses!! lol
  • What a treat for you and us, Caroline. I've got a soft spot for all the plovers but especially for Dotterel since I had them running around my feet in Northern Norway. Looks like a juvenile. Dotterel is one of those birds in which the female leaves the male to bring up the chicks and migrates first.
    Well done on seeing Marsh Harrier (correction Hen Harrier) , beautiful birds which I've not seen very often.

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    Regards,Tony

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  • These two species together would be a red letter day for anyone, great stuff

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • Ooooh, now I'm confused.... Cin says Hen Harrier, Tony says Marsh Harrier, and Pete doesn't specify....and all three are significantly better than me at this game...... And the correct answer is........??!!
  • Cor, what a fantastic twosome! I've never seen a dotterel and it's been years since I've seen a hen harrier. It goes without saying that both birds are on the UK Red List.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • In reply to PimperneBloke:

    PimperneBloke said:
    Cin says Hen Harrier, Tony says Marsh Harrier, and Pete doesn't specify

    Sorry, my mistake, I don't know why I said Marsh Harrier. Old age I guess. LOL

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    Regards,Tony

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  • In reply to PimperneBloke:

    White rump = Hen

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • Absolute beauties Caroline, well spotted and lovely photos; what a special day you had, wouldn't mind either of those two; never seen a Dotterel and only seen a Hen Harrier a couple of times.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"