A few photos of a Short Eared Owl at Steart Marshes this morning.  Just the one about, but showed quite nicely in the early morning light.

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And from tonight, the Moon.

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First local Barn Owl I've seen for a few years.  Seems to be hunting late afternoon onwards just down the road from us - maybe because the nights have been so wet and windy recently.  Certainly some of the closest views I've ever had of a Barn Owl.

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Another few hours out on Salisbury Plain again today.  Arrived at about sunrise and spent most of the morning there.  Only one fly-by from a Hen Harrier, but came in nice and close as it flushed amixed flock of linnets, pipits and goldfinches.  Quite pleased with some of these photos.

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A single Merlin was about too - at one point flew right over my head.

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And a Sparrowhawk.

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Salisbury Plain again today.  I tried a slightly different spot.  Good, but distant views of Hen Harrier.  But also got to see my first Merlin of the year - two hunting most of the morning.  Heavily cropped photos.

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Back out on Salisbury Plain again today, looking for Hen Harriers.  Plenty of views all afternoon, but very distant.  Much closer were the flocks of Fieldfare, Linnet and Starling that kept coming down to drink in a nearby puddle.

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