Spotted Harrier

To: "'Jerry Bishop'" <>
Subject: Spotted Harrier
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 20:16:55 +1100

Jerry, mate


OK, comments:  First, well done!  Looks like a Spotted Harrier all right.  If you saw a trailing leg, I am surprised you think there might be two leg-trailing SHs in the greater JW area, but I suppose caution in making such judgments provides the most secure foundation for the advancement of our understanding of the natural world.


I use a range of cameras/lenses etc and the item I was lugging when we met is not my favourite piece of equipment from a mobility viewpoint.  No matter, it will all be different in 5 or 10 years when now-unimaginable video and still images will be captured by a mobile phone the size of one of those now-extinct cigarette lighters,  that acquires a super-stabilised 100 mpx per frame.


A question is whether there will then be any Spotted Harriers around.  The 2nd BA atlas gives a minus 47% variation from the first atlas in the number of grids where the SH was recorded.   gd         



From: Jerry Bishop [
Sent: Wednesday, 27 February 2008 4:44 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Spotted Harrier


This morning, with a birding companion, I saw a raptor with a trailing leg on the far side of Kelly’s Swamp (under the power lines) which then came to perch near the Railway Museum.


Among others I took the following photos, which Geoffrey Dabb would probably regard as inferior given his super dooper camera, but I remain unsure whether it was the Spotted Harrier.  The face ring is quite conspicuous and the legs look right but not much else.  Any comments?




Jerry Bishop

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