I saw something unusual this weekend. At a local nature reserve I was watching a male Marsh Harrier and noticed it was carrying a small animal like a vole in its talons. It flew towards a female Marsh Harrier, flew several feet above her and then dropped the animal which she promptly caught in her talons. An aerial food pass! A rarely seen and special moment. Male Marsh harriers pass food to females as part of their breeding behaviour, initially it seems as a means of bonding and to feed a female sitting on a nest. Late March seems too early for a hen bird to be incubating eggs, but I hope we will be watching youngsters here come summer.

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