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Marsh Harriers Displaying

We went to Strumpshaw Fen on Saturday and spent a wonderful hour watching (and attempting to photograph) the Marsh Harriers executing their thrilling display flights. The birds were in their finest breeding plumage and were constantly rising from the reedbeds and wheeling about in the air, attempting to outdo each other with their aerobatic manoevres. At times there were four male birds in the air at the same time.

I was using C-AF with central nine focus points to catch them against the sky and S-AF with a single small focus point when they were against a 'fussy' backdrop. I had to delete a lot of failed shots but there were some which I was reasonably happy with. As always the Harriers kept their distance, so these are all large crops.

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Re: Marsh Harriers Displaying

Excellent day out...

Unfortunately it seems 128 miles and 2.5 hours away

I think you are fortunate to have such wonderful birds nearby. And you do them justice with your images.
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Re: Marsh Harriers Displaying

Very good selction from the day. I would have been happy with just #5.
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Re: Marsh Harriers Displaying

Great set of natural behavior. It is a real shame that you had so many failed shots. I hope your struggle to photograph such wonderful behavior did not detract too much the enjoyment of seeing see beautiful fliers. I would say that this is an example of the new technology (mirrorless) not performing rather than any lack of skill on your behalf. I am still holding on to my E5 as I strongly believe that a mirror and dedicated focusing circuitry is necessary for AF to work effectively.
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Re: Marsh Harriers Displaying

#3 for me Ron, I really like that shot, I'll be back up in your neck of the woods (Salthouse) in August for a family holiday, I often notice how well and accurate the Oly face recognition system works and wonder if it could be used for bird profiles instead of just faces, with a bit of a tweek?
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Re: Marsh Harriers Displaying

Great set Ron #5 for me too
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Re: Marsh Harriers Displaying

All great Ron but I agree with the others #5 stands out.

I never tire of watching Marsh Harriers in action.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Marsh Harriers Displaying

All great shots Ron, but I'm going to buck the trend and say #1 for me!
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Re: Marsh Harriers Displaying

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I'll be back up in your neck of the woods (Salthouse) in August for a family holiday
You are going to the classy bit of Norfolk, Cliff. I like Salthouse and you should see some Marsh Harriers up there, especially in the Cley and Titchwell area.

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All great shots Ron, but I'm going to buck the trend and say #1 for me!
Interesting to see that you have gone for the female bird Amanda.

Many thanks for all the kind comments.

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