|Mallards, Shovelers and Gadwalls|
|Marsh Harrier taking it easy|
Watching the ducks for a few hours may seem boring for some people, but watch long enough and you may get a surprise. It certainly paid off for me today. Suddenly, the ducks fled to one side yet again. What spooked them this time? Otter? Marsh harrier? Nope. This time it was... a red kite! The iconic forked tail was a big give away. I have seen red kites at Strumpshaw before, but only on rare occasions. I almost got a shot of it as it flew closer and closer to the hide, but it flew out from view at the last second! Drat! I needed to be outside to see it better. It was gone by the time I got out of the door though. Just my luck!