Saturday, January 16, 2016

Marsh Harrier

The western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), often simply called the marsh harrier, breeds widely across Europe and Asia . It is migratory except in the mildest regions, and winters mainly in Africa. It hunts small mammalsfrogs fish insects and birds, surprising them as it drifts low over fields and reedbeds.
Its long legs allow it to pluck frogs and fish from the water mid-swoop. The western marsh harrier is a typical harrier, with long wings held in a shallow V in its low flight. It also resembles other harriers in having distinct male and female plumages, but its plumages are quite different from those of its relatives.
The male has wings with grey and brown sections and black wingtips. Its head, tail and underparts are greyish, except for the chestnut belly. The female is mainly brown with a cream crown and cream leading edge to her wings. It is 19-22 inches long and weighs 1-2 lbs.==============
 REF Wikipedia========
A lifer for e When seen in Yamuna Bio Diversity  Park Delhi=== Dec 27 2015, Delhi

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