Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus

Marsh Harrier male
Marsh Harrier female
Marsh Harrier male and female
The Marsh Harrier, also called the Western or Eurasian Marsh Harrier, is native to much of Eurasia from Spain in the west to Kazakhstan in the east, some wintering in Africa and India.
Marsh Harrier male
Marsh Harrier male
Marsh Harrier male
Adult male plumage includes white/light wing panels and tail and black wing tips. Both have pale "shoulders".
Marsh Harrier female
Marsh Harrier female
Marsh Harrier female
Female plumage is brown and less streaky than the male, with brown wings and tail but a white/pale head and "shoulders".
Marsh Harrier wingspan
Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
The wingspan is well over a metre and can reach nearly 1.5 metres. They hunt over marshes and reedbeds
Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
The Marsh Harrier is particularly noted for its aerobatic courting display in which male and female perform aerial rolls and hang upside down.
Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
They almost lock feet in mid air in their "circus" display.