Pallid Harrier in NI!!!!

Pictures of a 'Hen Harrier' on Slemish, Co. Antrim yesterday posted on Irish Birding are actually the female Pallid Harrier seen in Youghal!
http://www.irishbirding.com/birds/web/Display/sighting/33674/Hen_Harrier.html

4 comments:

  1. i was here when pics were taken as i was looking for hen harriers but i am absolutely delighted that this has turned out to be a pallid harrier not only have i now added a pallid harrier to my spots i also got some pics of it too but in a way dissapointed i didn't get to see the male harrier that i actually set out to see.

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  2. May be a different bird?? Looks darker on the breast, the Cork bird was rather pale on the breast, hopefully better shots will be taken of this bird.Great record for NI.

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  3. hi alan,
    my mate who was with me took some pics as well his are a wee bit better as i was more excited about seeing the harrier than i was of taking pics but if i had known it was a pallid rather than a hen harrier a wee bit more time may have been taken over them gavin will post his shortly

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  4. Hi Bill,

    Gavin's photo of the upperparts shows this 2 Cal. bird has rather uniform upperwings, the Cork bird shows an very obvious suffuse pale area on the median covert's...

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