Spotted Harrier

Spot the Harrier is still busy

We were sitting on a fence line at the Treatment Plant waiting for a couple of Swamp Harriers to come along the water line when to our surprise a Spotted Harrier cruised down the road and propped on a fence post about  70 metres away.  The best I could do in the evening backlight was drop the exposure a bit and hope that the atmospheric haze wouldn’t be too much for the 500mm lens. As it was, it was.

So Spot is a bit soft, but the glorious translucent light through its spread tail feathers wasn’t going to get any better than this.

After slowly flying down Paradise Road at the WTP, the Spotted Harrier decided it was time for a bit of personal grooming..

After slowly flying down Paradise Road at the WTP, the Spotted Harrier decided it was time for a bit of personal grooming..

 

 

 

Here are a few images of a Spotted Harrier we found hunting along a fence line.

Hard late evening light made it all a bit difficult

These are shot with a Nikon 80-400 mm. Which is starting to become my lens of choice for walking about.  Needs a little more tlc to get the best from it, but it can do the sharp thing with a little patience.

Spotted Harrier

Spotted Harrier

Working along a fence line

ISEE U usee me?

ISEE U usee me?

Spot the odd one out (hint: Spotted Harrier)

Images from an second evening visit.

Spotted Harrier on prey

In the late evening breeze its ability to manoeuvre among the bushes was a delight to see

A hunting we will go

A strong evening breeze meant no great wingflapping and plenty of low level gliding

After a bit of raven bashing a quick land on a post

Heading for the fence line after putting the local ravens into a tree

In Attach Mode

The late evening breeze gave the Harrier speed and attack advantages

Beginning of a cartwheel turn

The Harrier is about to cartwheel around and attack the ravens, its legs spinning out like a pendulum

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