The salt marsh was alive with thousands of Canada Geese with a few Greylag mixed in. A family of Raven were bullying the local buzzards and forcing them off the salt marsh.
On the Manchester Ship Canal a single Great Crested Grebe kept company with Tufted Duck and Mallard. Sand Martin and Swift were feeding above the canal and gained height when a Peregrine appeared over the canal bank. 3 juvenile Marsh Harrier were in the air together and a Sparrowhawk flew through at speed. A rainbow over the marsh added a splash of colour to the scene.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston