Nestling in a valley near the quaint village of Noke and accessed via a narrow track lies a gem of a reserve, Otmoor RSPB.
On route we looked for any raptors as Merlin, Peregrine, Marsh and Hen Harrier had all been seen recently. Distant Marsh Harrier and Red Kites were available.
The wetland held almost invisible Brown Hares hiding then chasing across the vista, a prelude to a little bit of boxing.
Moving on a Marsh Harrier quartered the wetland
|Roy and the Stig|
|Ever quarrelsome Coots|
|Peregrine and Marsh Harrier|
I was first introduced to this reserve by my good friend Graham and will be ever grateful, it's a beautiful place, tranquil and exciting, I only wish he could still be here to enjoy it.
Shots courtesy of Dave J and Robin (RDG Wild Images)