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Pallid Harrier - Steppehauk - Circus macrourus
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Sightings of Pallid Harrier seem to be increasing in western Europe - I remember the excitement and discussion around the first time I saw this species at Falsterbo a few decades ago - nowadays it seems that this species should almost be expected.... Despite this fall from status as a star rarity it is a welcome addition to any house list!

I was stuck in the house with work but when this thing turned up outside my office window I just had to get out there. This bird stayed in the area for a few days and could conceivably be the same bird I saw on Hernar earlier in the month.

First year male Pallid Harrier

First year male Pallid Harrier flying over my house,, Nautnes, Øygarden, 30 September 2015
The pale eye indicates that this bird is a male.

First year male Pallid Harrier
This bird had a very tatty looking tail

First year male Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier, Nautnes, 30 September 2015

First year male Pallid Harrier
The obvious neck collar, narrow hand, four "fingers" and boomerang on the carpals are all visible in this image.

First year male Pallid Harrier

First year male Pallid Harrier

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