Another stroll with Nigel today over the brooks produced my first Hen Harrier of the Winter. Having said that, it didn't feel at all like Winter as it was decidedly warm in the sunshine.
We started off with seeing a late Peacock looking for a spot to hibernate as well as several Common Darter dragonflies basking in the sunshine.
It was then many Buzzards and Kestrels before Nigel spotted an obvious Harrier in the distance. Watching it through the binoculars the white rump soon showed as it turned and headed towards us confirming our thoughts that it was a Hen Harrier. It was following a tree line and it continued flying straight towards us, although not quite as close as I would have liked, but a few shots were managed before it changed direction.
Ringtail Hen Harrier.
Typical Hunting over the reeds.
A very smart Marsh Harrier was also seen in the area, as well as small numbers of Fieldfare.
On some Ivy several Red Admirals were taking advantage of some late nectar.
Red Admiral and Wasp.
Common Darter and Fly.