We had only just left our cars when a raptor was spotted perched on a bank, as it took to the air its white rump blazed out & several participants had seen their first ever Hen Harrier. It flew near us several times throughout our visit, but the misty conditions made it difficult to obtain decent photographs.
Also during our visit at least 7 Short-eared Owls were present. These were mainly seen flying as usual, but 3 birds were also seen perched & at least 2 were viewable on posts at the same time through the telescope. A Buzzard flew across the scene & landed in a Hawthorn bush & remained there for the remaining time we were there. The only other raptor present was a Kestrel.
Female Hen Harrier
All remaining pics (c) 2011 Tony Robinson
Ringtail Hen Harrier