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Hen Harrier

Circus cyaneus

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Hen Harrier
Circus cyaneus


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Mohammed Al-Saleh
Mohammed Al-Saleh 7 years ago

Thanks PedroNicolau for the correction :)

PedroNicolau
PedroNicolau 7 years ago

Mohammed, it's a beautiful shot but it's not a Pallid Harrier. These have 4 primaries (the so-called "fingers" at the end of the wing). This one has 5, so that also excludes the Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus). The only harriers having 5 fingers are the Marsh Harrier (C. aeruginosus) and the Hen/Northern Harrier (C. cyaneus). This clearly isn't a Marsh Harrier so we are left with the Hen Harrier.

This one is a female, possibly an immature.

Mohammed Al-Saleh
Mohammed Al-Saleh 7 years ago

yes it's thank you Elsa for the correction

Elsa
Elsa 7 years ago

Hi Mohammad, this is a great shot! I am wondering (and I just learnt this myself) whether it might be a pallid harrier (Circus macrourus) female because of the collar around the neck?

Mohammed Al-Saleh
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Mohammed Al-Saleh

Saudi Arabia

Spotted on Jan 23, 2013
Submitted on Mar 13, 2013

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