Monday, November 13, 2006

Milvus Lincs Washus

After about 10 days I finally got round to going to look for the juvenile Black Kite in the Wash today---as I arrived at Holbeach St Matthew it left a tree on the side of the road with some prey and went and sat in an adjacent field where it fed for about 20 minutes---some record shots were had but this is by no means an approachable bird watching me as I sat in the car at about 200m range, if that adds to its credentials. It moved to a more distant field and finished off the rat or rabbit meal before drifting off towars the saltmarsh. Later in the afternoon it was over the saltings for a long period and even drifted right out to the Witham Mouth before returning to its favoured fields where we left it at dusk with a female Marsh Harrier and male and female Hen Harriers. Two Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Peregrine in the area made it a 7 raptor day and no Merlin.

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