Sneaking up on a Swamp Harrier

I jest about writing a book on getting some good photos of these most fascinating and elusive creatures.

They have absolutely no tolerance for humans.   And I beleive they have the area mapped and anything that wasn’t there on the last pass, is either a food opporunity or danger to be avoided.

We were hull down in the grass, in the late evening light on a bund that I was hoping the birds would work along.
This one came down the bund, saw us at the last moment and was gone.
Now, I also think they have mobile phones, as it immediatly sent a text to all the other Swampies in the area, and not one more bird came in the hour so we waited.

Enjoy.
I’ve put this in as a slide show.

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Head down intent on the job at hand
Head down intent on the job at hand
Millisecond to spread the legs like a pendulum and turn. Each feather working to the max
Millisecond to spread the legs like a pendulum and turn. Each feather working to the max
"That wasn't there before"
“That wasn’t there before”
Gone. With the typical look under the wing, just to be sure.
Gone. With the typical look under the wing, just to be sure.
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3 thoughts on “Sneaking up on a Swamp Harrier

    1. G,day AB, In spite of numerous attempts over the years, and sometimes dedicating just that day to the task, I have to say that I’ve so few fine images of these birds. Yet so many of them going away, with the white upper tail showing like a disdainful comment.

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