Sunday, April 12, 2015

not standard female Marsh Harrier

when a rather odd plumaged Marsh Harrier turned up locally n April 2014 it took a few days to ascertain that it was indeed a female and not a young or brown male, as it had some grey in the upper primary coverts and tail and this odd underpart pattern -- I have a pretty good memory for individual harriers I study so when I saw this bird in the same place today it looked like the 2014 female but its always good to have a photo to compare - 2014 on the right and today on the left

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