Swamp Harriers in New Zealand

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Subject: Swamp Harriers in New Zealand
From: Andrew Hobbs <>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:13:19 +0800

We recently returned from a short holiday to New Zealand. We were surprised by the apparent abundance of Swamp Harriers as well as their apparent abundance in all types of habitat, from swamps and streams and even across large dry tussock grass areas such as in Central Otago and the Little Desert area in the rain shadow to the east of the central volcano area.

I was wondering whether the apparent abundance was real or only apparent, and whether their habitat preference has broadened, possibly in response to reduced competition due to the paucity of other raptors.

Does anyone have any information on this.



Andrew Hobbs



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