Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pale Hen Harrier...


Went looking for the local Steller's Sea-eagle again this morning but heard it was there (Fukushimagata, Niigata) until ten minutes before we arrived. Knew my luck couldn't hold out as I'd taken my wet weather lens out on a sunny morning. The most interesting sight was this harrier. I thought from a distance that it was a Rough-legged Buzzard (by the tones). I think it is a pale female Hen Harrier but will change my mind if someone else knows better. (Got two new books on the birds of Japan last week but can't really nail it. My raptors of the world guide doesn't really help either). Disappointed with myself regarding the quality of the photos. It was a good chance. Should have done much better.