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Harrier: Black Harrier

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:58 pm

This raptor has me puzzled. I saw it soaring over Seeburg in West Coast NP on 3 December 2008. When I was watching it, I'd thought that it was a black harrier, but now, looking through my photos, I'm not so sure, :? mostly because of the pale chest. (I've ruled out juvenile black harrier because it doesn't appear to have the white wing flashes.) Could it perhaps rather be a black sparrowhawk — or even a blackchested snake eagle? :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JoelR » Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:45 pm

Good first impression, arks! The typical barred, long-wedged tail virtually rules out all other posibilities. I think it is an immature Black Harrier with the black on the head and underwings still in a bit of a developmental stage.

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:07 pm

I agree with JoelR :D
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby arks » Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:42 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:
JoelR wrote:Good first impression, arks! The typical barred, long-wedged tail virtually rules out all other posibilities. I think it is an immature Black Harrier with the black on the head and underwings still in a bit of a developmental stage.

I agree with JoelR :D

Thanks to you both ... I'm sure you're right despite those features (white rump and wing flashes) that I didn't spot :wink:
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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby RichardJ » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:28 pm

Hi help please.
seen at Urikaruus KTP

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby JenB » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:42 pm

Hi Richard,
This bird is a Black Harrier.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby RichardJ » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:19 pm

Thanks Jen :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Batmad » Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:18 am

RichardJ wrote:Hi help please.
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Harrier: Black Harrier

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Re: Harrier: Black Harrier

Unread postby arks » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:26 pm

WoW! Cool photo, DD! :thumbs_up: Where did you see it?
(I've seen plenty, especially at WCNP, but never any good photo ops :( )
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Re: Harrier: Black Harrier

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:26 pm

Saw a solitary one at WCNP over the Wader Bash weekend just completed.
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