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What kind of bird
Lens: Sigma18-50 Camera: K7 Photo Location: USA 
Posted By: Workingdog, 04-24-2010, 10:04 PM

Can anyone tell me what kind of bird this is?
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04-24-2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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Hawk

Hi Wrkndg,
not sure, but looks like cooper or sharp-shinned hawk, pretty small
very robust, too small to take a squirrel or rabbit, easier for me to
ID from back, somewhat tolerent of people, if you have the chance,
stick with it quietly, some great opps might open for ya.
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Adult male Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus )
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Nothern Harrier

Hey Workingdog,
Guess you saw way this bird flies & hunts, dead givaway for me
Both sexes have white "butt" patch, pretty distinctive
hope Wildman peeks in and shares his keys on frontal ID

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Looks like a Northern Harrier to me too...and what an awesome capture!!! What lens did you use?
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QuoteOriginally posted by BillM Quote
Hey Workingdog,
Guess you saw way this bird flies & hunts, dead givaway for me
Both sexes have white "butt" patch, pretty distinctive
hope Wildman peeks in and shares his keys on frontal ID
It's a process of elimination:

Not a Buteo - body not heavy enough, wings not broad enough, tail not spread out for soaring

Not an Accipiter - under body markings not even close to any Accipiter.

Harrier - Classic Harrier glide and hover outline: Falcon like wings pulled in with distinct "wrist" and swept back with tail held narrow and stiff like an Accipiter? Yes

Pure white primaries with distinctive dark borders? (only other raptor of this size with similar markings would be the broad-winged hawk a buteo.) Yes

Harrier? Yes
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Hi All,
big thanks Wildman, Wrkndg made most of great opp didnt he?
tail confused me most, seems like red-tails moved into area
were I encounter these normally, didnt see alot this season
Congrats Wrkndg, can we call it a "mouses eye view"?
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Wrkndg made most of great opp didnt he?
Yes a nice shot especially considering it's only a 50mm glass. Never been that close to Harrier myself.

BTW do you ever get Mississippi Kites down there?

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Bill and wildman,
Thanks for the ID on this Northern Harrier. I figured you would have seen my follow-up post showing a different angle on this guy, but perhaps not. I did indeed make the most out of a great op, just not how you thought. Below is the original photo of this hunting Harrier taken at the World Wildfowl Carving Competition in Ocean City, Maryland. BTW, I love the title "Mouses Eye View". Mind if I use it?
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Hey Wrkndg,
sure can, think its a great shot, delighted to be able to relate in that manner.
Close as Ive been to one is maybe 20 yards, was takin a walk with my
huskey, dog was walkin thru tall grass, kickin grasshoppers up, Harrier showed up
directly above dog, for about ten minutes,they were partners, dog would
kick one loose, bird would jump on it. Hi Wildman thanks for info again,
would really like to add that kite to life list, know their in area, just cant confirm.
Im on north side of town, friend on south side, maybe 15 miles south of me
has some pics of one in his backyard!
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