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'Hovering' Marsh Harrier - Wirral UK (yesterday)

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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 13:47   #1
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'Hovering' Marsh Harrier - Wirral UK (yesterday)

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I am certain this is a Marsh Harrier but is montage 2 that the same Harrier 'hovering'?

I know birds don't 'really' hover as such and just use the wind to keep position, but do Marsh Harriers regularly hover or is this another bird?

The thing is, I put down my camera when the Harrier disappeared from shot and only noticed this other bird, which 'hovered' for a full minute or so, a little later and at first I just thought it was a common Kestrel - I was using a 300 lens so couldn't make a full identification in the field.

Any help appreciated as always.

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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 16:01   #2
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Marsh Harriers hover regularly, for example when catching prey.

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Marsh harriers hover regularly, for excample when catching prey.
Cheers Tikli - I did not know that
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Marsh harriers do hover briefly from time to time, but the bird in the second set of images is a common kestrel - note the much narrower hand with fewer 'fingers' and proportionally longer tail than the juvenile marsh harrier in the first set of photos.
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Beautiful juvenile Marsh Harrier and Common Kestrel indeed.
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I have seen them hover, abroad, a number of times and soaring on migration in small groups and mixed with other raptors

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Marsh harriers do hover briefly from time to time, but the bird in the second set of images is a common kestrel - note the much narrower hand with fewer 'fingers' and proportionally longer tail than the juvenile marsh harrier in the first set of photos.
Cheers for that - and thanks for the extra info

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Beautiful juvenile Marsh Harrier and Common Kestrel indeed.
It was a really nice experience watching them in that habitat - who needs hides ha ha

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I have seen them hover, abroad, a number of times and soaring on migration in small groups and mixed with other raptors

Laurie -
Good to know - thanks
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