Monday 3 October 2016

Pallid Harrier...... Near Harty Church

Juvenile Pallid Harrier.

Regular readers of this blog will know i am quite an avid twitcher and i am often of on my travels to try and see the latest rarity on offer , however one of the consequences of twitching is you often miss great birds turning up on your own doorstep which has happened to me many times over the years , however i have decided to slow down on my twitching habit this year and have been rewarded with no less then 7 new bird additions to my Kent bird list the latest being the quite glorious Juv. Pallid Harrier which showed exceptionally well both flying over and landing in the corn field below Harty church last Saturday on the 1st October.

Many thanks to Frank .C. for putting the news out that it was still present on Saturday morning , i was undecided where to try and view it from (either Oare or Sheppey) but was very pleased i went to Sheppey as it was much closer from there , it was also great to catch up with Martyn .W. amongst many other familiar faces. Here are a selection of photo's i took of the Pallid Harrier.

Digi scoped photo of the Pallid Harrier.

The weather was really awful as the morning went on with heavy downpours but our patience paid off with superb views of this cracking bird .

There were lot's of Swallows around getting ready for their long migration , plus there  were plenty of Marsh Harriers & Common Buzzards in the area.


Meadow Pipit.

A really enjoyable birding session in great company.


  1. Love the shot of the harrier with its tail splayed, that's a great capture

    1. Thanks Simon , really pleased & lucky with that one


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