Here is an overview about the breeding population of Montagu's Harrier inside the districts of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania between 1997 - 2010.
About 95 % of pairs breeding in fields (grain) - therefore, we use also the name "Field Harrier".
First zone (great) nest protection area during the grain harvest.
Second zone (sensitive) nest fence (1 m high). Special protection from predatory mammals.
During the nest fence construction and parallel harvest! (Photo: A. Hofmann).
Montagu's nest after the construction of the fence (here in the barley field).
Young male (note the iris color) of Montagu's during the ringing.
Beautiful fledged young Montagu's Harrier - without the fence no chance...!
Special thanks to A. Hofmann, H. Eggers, G. Olsthoorn and B. Rosan.