Brun kärrhök -
Rørhøg - Ruskosuohaukka - Bruine kiekendief -
Rohrweihe - Busard des roseaux - Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental
the Marsh Harriers
depicted on this page were photographed crossing the Gibraltar
Straits in March / April 2011. This was the commonest rapter seen and
migrating even during strong gales. Surprisingly few were seen during
"good" migration conditions - quite possibly due to the fact that they
crossed at the narrowest point and were not pushed westwards by the
frequent and protracted periods of strong easterlies experienced.
Harriers continued to migrate even during gale force easterlies...
resting onboard a survey vessel not far from Sicily, 24 September 2017
This tired migrant spent a few hours sitting on the A-frame of an ROV
during it's journey across the Mediterranean to Africa.
The pictures above and below were taken at night hand held with a DSLR
and a 400m telephoto lens and are not cropped. ISO values were through
the roof and shutter speeds of between 1/50 and 1/100....
For more about night time bird photography see this page.
bird as above but taken with the camera on automatic and with flash.
ISO rather lower but loss of contrast
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