Marsh Harriers at Far Ings NNR

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Marsh harrier from Ness Hide
We had arranged to meet wildlife photography friend Richard and his wife at the Ropewalk in Barton for a combined arty/photography day. We duly met up at 10.00 and Richard had soon transferred his camera gear to my car and, leaving the ladies to the fleshpots of art galleries and tea shops, we set off for Far Ings and bird photography. A cool but bright and sunny morning soon found us established in Ness Hide at the reserve. It turned out to be a faily quiet day but it was a pleasure to spot both the male and female marsh harriers as they glided majestically over the lake. Chiff chaff have been heard singing recently - the first summer visitors! After a while we moved across to the hide overlooking the Hotel Pit hoping to get the great crested grebes displaying. Although we saw three birds they didn't come close enough for photography. We decided to finish off the session with a quick visit to Chowder Ness where we were happy to get flight shots of shelduck. All in all another good day.