Sunday, July 10, 2011

Marsh Harrier morning session

variable light conditions -- male B a mature male was absent for hours then he clearly found a nest of some passerine quite close by and brought in 5 prey items in 14 minutes -- most he gave to the two well fledged young but he also took some to a rather backward juv still flapping in the reedbed; by contrast the young aggressive adult male's brood has yet to fledge -- the old white male is one of two of this age in my study population this year making them about 7+ years old according to DF --
I had never seen a male deliver food to a fledged juvenile in a bush before -- the male and female are in flight together are actually fighting as they are from two different pairs

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