2nd of this male plumage type in Britain
All the fun of modern birding. Another web-based discovery. I returned from very fine couple hours of seawatching with Flamborian friends this morning. Highlights were 2 Little Auks, 1 Sooty and 2 Manx Shearwaters, 3 diver species with Black-throated Diver and 2 Great Northerns, 2 Bonxies and my favourite- a close very smart adult Pomarine Skua.
Back at home warming up with porridge, my twitter feed, featured discussion on a harrier in Cornwall. Clocked by David Campbell on this Cornish website (and in discuss with David D. L and ‘Prof W.’), he suspect it might be a North American ‘Marsh Hawk’ (Northern Harrier). I agreed- looks spot-on and I would like to see one such as this in the UK!
The bird’s finders were Bob Sharples and I. Webster. Bob (visit his website) has provided the following images:
2nd cal or older male Marsh Hawk (Northern Harrier), Cornwall, 23rd Nov. 2013 (c) www.bobsharplesphotography.co.uk, All Rights Reserved. Roughly half black and half white outer primaries (mostly black in Hen), only 5 (not 6) marked with obvious black, dark grey head with strong pattern around eye (see photos below), extensive rufous bars, spots and heart marks over underbody and underwings coverts nail it!
Bob comments on the sighting
The bird in question did initially look like it was going to start hawking, but just flew around in a small circle looking below then carried on with its brief flyby!
I have put some images on my blog here http://bobsharplesphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/marsh-hawk-at-men-tol.html
Location of Men an Tol, Cornwall where the bird was seen: HERE
For lots more beautiful photos visit Bob Sharples web pages.