This hawk landed across the road from our front gate. Magnificent creatures.
A Harrier is any of several species of diurnal birds of prey which fly low over meadows and marshes and hunt or harry small animals or birds. The scientific name, Circinae, arises from the slow circling for prey. Harrier Hawks became a protected bird in NZ in 1985, they nest on the ground and their breeding season begins in June. They can soar for hours without signs of fatigue. They can be seen year round drifting over the countryside soaring in wide circles, and you will often find them scavenging on road kill.
Location Taken: Gore, Southland, New Zealand.
Panasonic Lumix Camera Model DMC-FZ35
Harry The Harrier Hawk
A Hawks View