Is it a harrier?!

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Friday 30 July 2010 13:13

Thanks to Oli for this photo. We watched this raptor in the Coombe at Malling on Wednesday. It's a leucistic/partly-albino Kestrel but if I saw this photo without seeing the bird, the first thing I would think of would be Pallid Harrier. It has some completely white feathers in the right wing but generally all the colours are there just totally washed out so it looks almost white in flight. I watched it interacting with two other Kestrels in the Coombe and it was behaving like it was part of a family so I suspect it may be a resident bird there. If you go up to Malling, keep an eye out for this very striking bird!

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