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Male Pallid Harrier

Photographed at 1:00 pm on 11 February, 2014 in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
ISO 800, 1/4000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
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We were passing through one of the more barren sections of Amboseli National Park, with low-growing grass between small jagged volcanic stones, the air warm and still.
After minutes without any sightings, this male Pallid Harrier was a welcome change. On the dry ground beside the track, it showed no inclination fly off, thereby facilitating this portrait.

 

Is it really a pallid harrier, Tom? To me it looks more like a Montague´s harrier.

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Thanks Sverker

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Tom Kellie

Is it really a pallid harrier, Tom? To me it looks more like a Montague´s harrier.

 

~ @@Sverker

 

Many thanks for your sharp-eyed correction.

Apologies to all for the misidentification.

Safaritalk is such a great source of information, especially for non-birders like yours truly.

With Appreciation,

Tom K.

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