Marsh Harriers with Red Kite

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

On the dog walk today I saw a long and spectacular display from the Marsh Harriers, in fact I thought initially that there were two pairs – wrong- the second pair were Red Kites, there was a short rough and tumble to sort out who owned the reed bed area with the kites departing.
The pictures and 6 second video do not do the event real justice.
Shame I had the dogs !!

Marsh Harriers Marsh Harriers

Marsh Harriers Marsh Harriers

Marsh Harriers Marsh Harriers

Marsh Harriers Marsh Harriers

Marsh Harriers Marsh Harriers

Marsh Harriers Marsh Harriers

This last photo is particularly nice (in my opinion ) as it shows the female completely upside down during the courtship display.   The six second video below is of one of the Red Kites which were eventually driven off

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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