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Itsed65
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Mar 14, 2012 10:43 |  #1

I saw this at Pt. Reyes National Seashore near the beach. At first I thought it was a kite, but I have never seen the black specks like that on a kite before. Any help would be appreciated :)

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Mar 14, 2012 10:47 |  #2

My guess would be a male harrier hawk. But I'm no expert. Google the name and see if it matches. The females are a dark brown.


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Mar 14, 2012 11:24 |  #3

Yes, male northern harrier; black wing tips and black on the trailing edge of the secondaries are diagnostic.
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Mar 14, 2012 11:39 |  #4

I've not seen one that color before, but definitely a Harrier. Love the background in these.


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jmckayak
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Mar 14, 2012 14:42 |  #5

Male Northern Harrier. Also known as the 'Gray Ghost'.




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Itsed65
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Mar 14, 2012 21:15 |  #6

Thank you all! I guess I should have known by the way he was hunting, but I have never seen one that color and it never clicked with me. Now I know!

The background is gorgeous, the whole beach area is really a scenic wonder, and a birders paradise!


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