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Thread: LRK Diary Feb-15

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    Default LRK Diary Feb-15

    Pallied Harrier:
    LRK , 09/02/15
    This is a almost full frame shot , very minimal crop.
    Shot in late evening using tripod. Surprisingly harriers are very shy and elusive and flies away the moment they see any human activities , but In LRK there is a place near to water body where these beauties will come over and sit on ground at around 5:00pm in evening and will allow close approach to them , this include Marsh harrier , Montuga's harrier and Pallied harrier.
    This species is known to be undergoing steep population decline in Europe, although numbers in its Asiatic strongholds are thought to be more stable. Thus it is probably experiencing a moderately rapid population decline overall, and consequently it is categorized as Near Threatened.
    Canon 7D EOS , Canon 300mm f/4, +0.3 step , 1/250 , ISO-500 , f/4.
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    Nice close-up. Lovely eyes and hook of the bill. I like the white eye stripe/band. Thanks for sharing. SaktiWild

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    nice close up. good eye contact . Looks like a female montagu's harrier to me.
    TFS
    Roopak

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    Thanks Saktipada Panigrahi & Roopak for your kind comments.
    Yes Roopak I too bit confuse over ID.
    Experts please cnfrm If this really is female montagu's harrier .

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    nice one sir, u r lucky u got him so close...TFS

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    I agree with Roopak, it is a Female Montagu's Harrier. The distinguishing point between Pallid Harrier and Montagu Harrier is that in the later the wing tip reaches the tail-tip and the legs are shorter. Nice eye contact. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thnx Mrudul Ji & Roopak for confirming the ID.

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    Female Pallid Harrier is different from Female Montagu's Harrier (above photo) "by more conspicuous narrow pale rim to facial disk (complete around throat), and usually darker cheek-patch; thighs diffusely spotted rufous(vs finely streaked)." Quoted from Birds of South Asia The Ripley Guide by Pamela C. Rasmussen and John C. Anderton. page 76

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    Lovely capture of a rarely seen raptor.Nice details and colors.Thanks for sharing.

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