Winter birding – odds and sods

Some good winter birds around, although the divers and ducks in the harbour are keeping well out of photo range. Marsh and Hen harriers are both hunting at Middlebere although the hide can be quite crowded at times.

Fieldfares are in the fields around Hartland Moor.

A drake Goosander by the Avon Causeway.

Marsh Harrier at Middlebere.

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Middlebere – Hen Harrier

It was cold, cold, cold this morning. Avocet hide was like a fridge. Still it was worth the trip for the sub adult male Hen Harrier hunting in front of the hide.

Sika deer on the frozen Middlebere track.

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Hartland Moor – low flying raptor

When a large brown raptor hurtled past after a blackbird and went crashing into a bush.  I thought it had to be a sparrowhawk, but no, looking slightly shaken a juvenile peregrine staggered out onto a nearby post.

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