A Frodsham Harrier (sub-adult male)

A Frodsham Harrier (sub-adult male) 04.03.13.

04.03.12. Hen Harrier (sub-adult male), Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks.

Stuart Maddocks image above of a male Hen Harrier is a personal favourite of mine. The ongoing dog fight between Ravens and birds of prey is acted out here over a golden reedbed. In the background Runcorn bridge looms over indicating  the hustle and bustle of urban life.

04.03

The ageing of this bird is interesting with these two images showing dark bases to the greater primary coverts suggesting this bird is a young adult.

04.03.12 Hen Harrier (male), Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks..

.The harrier appears to have the upper hand in this conflict, until…

04.03.12 Hen Harrier (male), Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks.....

…with reinforcements the Raven forces the harrier away.

04.03.12 Hen Harrier (male), Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks.

The harrier typically goes by almost unnoticed as it re-enters No 4 tank.

All images by Stuart Maddocks.