[England] Juvenile Marsh Harrier or Buzzard? (1 Viewer)

Hauksen

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Hi,

Thanks! Now I'm worried that I mis-identified this one: https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/623837/ppuser/104472 - but the wing pattern is very different?

I'm confident that the linked picture does indeed show a Marsh Harrier.

We had a thread on Marsh Harrier here a while back that indicated that it was more difficult to determine sex and age than I had previously realized, so I don't have an opinion on the "juvenile" bit.

In that thread, Tom linked a very interesting paper, "Plumage variability in Marsh Harriers":

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3710256&postcount=6

Regards,

Henning
 

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