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27 February 2012

Pied or Hen Harrier? 27-2-2012

Hi all,

Yesterday Wayne and I saw a female harrier (1st cy, I guess) on Red River Island.
First impression, female Pied. But then we noticed that the bird appeared to be a bit stronger, broader/shorter-winged. The markings under its wings seem to be right for Hen Harrier which is an extremely rare bird in the region.
Any comments very welcome...
There was a birding group there as well, and I thought I'd spotted Hung, so maybe some further comments from them (if they've seen this bird, and didn't only watch the male Pied!).

Other than that, 1 Pintail Snipe, loads of Red-throated Pipits, a few Citrine and Yellow Wagtails plus the resident Black-shouldered Kite.


Hi All!

We all think that is the female of Pied Harrier. I was there with some very skeen birders of birdquest's group. I am in Misty Tam Dao now, having a good view of Blue-naped Pitta along the water tank trail. No Laughingthrush and Parrotbill.


Hung Le


  1. Falk oi,

    Could you send back the shots, but one by one please.
    On my computer, they have the size of a stamp :)


  2. Hi Sebastian

    They are the size of a stamp. My big lens in Bangkok getting fixed, and the bird was a fair way away. Next time...


  3. oops, SabastiEn sorry


  4. Uh, 1st year, not 1st cy obviously. Xin loi.

  5. Hmmm, also I don't really see a whitish belly, and the underwings look right for Hen harrier.
    That'd be a very interesting record.

  6. Thanks for your comments, Hung - very appreciated!
    Could you please give a few details (or even better, pictures!) why you think this bird was a female Pied? Obviously, chances favor female Pied over Hen Harrier, given the latter's status in the region but I'm not fully convinced yet...

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