Spotter Harrier(?) over Giralang

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Subject: Spotter Harrier(?) over Giralang
From: Duncan McCaskill <>
Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 12:04:31 +1000
A largish raptor flew over my garden in Giralang this morning. It was generally light brown with very dark tips to outer wing feathers underneath. My best guess from the guide books is a juvenile Spotted Harrier. It wasn't the Whistling Kite which has been around here a few times lately nor was a mature Spotted Harrier. At first it was flying below tree top level but went higher under harassment from 5 or so magpies.

This was at about 11:15 and the bird was heading south over Lawson towards Belconnen. 

Is there anything else that might meet that description? A light Swamp Harrier?

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