Squadron Leader Swoop the Marsh Harrier
“Attention! Now you chaps are you listening? I’d like to introduce myself. Swoops the name. Squadron leader Swoop. First in charge of the Fen flight 16. Busy chap. I’ve always got a job to do. Spend most of my days over the Great Fen on surveillance duties. Report back my missions to the Team. I’m literally the eyes and ears of what’s happening on the ground. I’m the eye in the sky and all that. I know what’s going on where, when and how. Need to know something, then I’m your man.”
More about Marsh Harriers
- Marsh harriers nest in large reedbeds.
- They feed on frogs, small mammals and birds, such as moorhen and coot. They will also take reptiles, insects and carrion.
- During the breeding season, males perform amazing courtship displays, wheeling at great heights then diving towards the ground while performing a series of tumbles; sometimes the female will join him and they’ll lock talons mid-air.
- Marsh harriers are slow fliers and can remain airborne at speeds of less than 32kmph (20mph). Flying at such slow speeds makes it easier for them to see their prey.
- When looking in the skies for marsh harrier try and spot their distinctive V-Shape they do this by holding their wind up. Females are chocolate-brown with a golden-yellow crown and throat. Males have a brown back, gingery belly, pale head and neck and long grey wings with black tips.