Pied Harrier
Central Catchment Nature Reserve
13 Oct 2022


General details
Species
Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos
Record ID 10315
Date 13 Oct 2022
Location Central Catchment Nature Reserve
Count 1 individual
Age Juvenile
Date added 13 Oct 2022

Record accepted.

Committee's view
Vote results For: 7
Wild: 7
Verdict Accepted / Wild (Verifiable)

References (see all)
References eBird

Descriptions
Identification
Small compact raptor, classic harrier shape, overall rufous-chestnut plumage, heavy brown streaking on underparts. Broad barred wings, flat face, noticeable less bulky than marsh harriers.
Habitat/behaviour
Likely migrating, flew south past the tower.
Viewing conditions
Good light
Observer's experience
I have not seen this species before.
Observer's experience w/similar species
Eastern Marsh Harrier (6 Nov 2021, Henderson Waves). This Pied Harrier is noticeably smaller (when I first spotted it without binoculars or camera I thought it was a large accipiter), less bulky and has broader wings. Flatter face also points to Pied over Marsh.