Highland Diary

Photographing Marsh Harriers

Photographing Marsh Harriers – I spent four long days in the hides at the Loch of Kinnordy RSPB Reserve in Angus last month trying to get pictures of the Marsh Harriers. The harriers are relative newcomers to Scotland. Thanks to species protection and wetland habitat restoration their numbers have increased from a low of four breeding pairs in East Anglia during the 1950’s to currently nearly four hundred pairs which are now scattered over a wide area from south-west England to north-east Scotland. Most of the harrier and Osprey action was just too far away from the hides to be of any use for photography in the hazy air. There was plenty of other wildlife to distract one’s attention from the harriers which were apt to appear without warning flying close by when my camera was focused elsewhere.