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|Subject:||Harriers Pottering around the Hoskinstown Plain|
|From:||martin butterfield <>|
|Date:||Sun, 12 Feb 2012 14:52:58 +1100|
I apologise for reusing an old joke but it is still a good one. For once the plural is not a typo.|
This morning a local landowner contacted to advise that he had seen two harriers on his property and wondered if one was a Swamp Harrier. I accompanied him to he paddock and had excellent views of a Spotted Harrier initially perched on a fence and then flying off. The flight sighting clearly showed a darkish rump (definitely not white) and extensive dark wing tips. As much of the belly was white I take this to be a juvenile bird.
After getting seriously swooped by a Nankeen Kestrel the bird headed off to be joined by a second, darker bird. I didn't get to see this but my friend reported that when he first saw them, earlier in the day, they seemed to fly together almost like a mating display.
Unfortunately the bird was somewhat skittish and I couldn't get a photograph.
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