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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...

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Gyr Falcon & other birds on North Uist

Gyr Falcon & other birds on North Uist -I am not one usually given to rushing from one end of the UK to the other in search of rare birds. The chance to see and photograph the long staying white phase Gyr Falcon on North Uist was an opportunity I thought worth considering. Thinking about it, a less than three hour drive to Uig on Skye and a ferry hop over the Minch involved a lot less effort on my part than a day spent lugging my camera gear over the tops of the Cairngorms. Queuing for the afternoon ferry to Lochmaddy at Uig it was fairly obvious from the car loads of binocular/camera toting...

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