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.
I have been on the hunt for almost a year now to get a decent capture of a Harrier Hawk. So far this is one of the better shots taken in a moving car along the side of the road. They are very flighty and the moment you stop the car they take off. I will continue my quest, I know I can do better than this.
Location Taken: Southland, New Zealand March 2011.
Panasonic Lumix Camera Model DMC-FZ35
A Hawks View