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New Year raptors

The raptors were performing on the downs near Steyning during today's outing. A ringtail Hen Harrier was the highlight, but was too distant for decent photos. Several Red Kites and Buzzards were hanging in the breeze, while a Kestrel hovered masterfully above the bridleway and a chunky female Peregrine Falcon cut through the sky towards Cissbury Ring.

Red Kite in flight. South Downs Wildlife Sussex birding tours.
Red Kite
Peregrine Falcon in flight. South Downs Wildlife Sussex birding tours.
Peregrine Falcon
South Downs Wildlife Sussex birding tours.
Kestrel

A Stoat appeared on the path before doubling back into the verge. It didn't come back out. A flock of Corn Buntings kept watch at the top of a nearby bush.

Corn Bunting. South Downs Wildlife Sussex birding tours.
Corn Bunting