Yesterday, once the fog lifted, and a truly sparkling Winter's day arrived so did the gunfire. The continuous shooting, echoing around the reserve, put me in mind of the anniversary of the First World War, 100 years ago- the Somme but in this case more like the Battle of the Hun!
Somewhere over the Downs a lot of creatures were biting the dust (mud).
Meanwhile all was harmony on the reserve. That is until the attacking squadrons arrived. Four Marsh Harriers suddenly appeared quickly followed by a low attacking and very robust Peregrine Falcon. Than mayhem!! Highlighted in a brilliant sun, the heavy mob arrived. Every bird on Lavender marsh panicked. Wigeon, Teal, Redshank, all in the air at the same time. The chocolate brown and cream Marsh Harrier casually swung around the marsh with a concerned Short eared Owl in attendance. Simultaneously a close ring-tailed Hen Harrier quartered the dunes.