Pallid Harrier

Circus macrourus (near-threatened)

This uncommon, summer visitor arrives in southern Africa in November and  hunts over open grasslands and fields, drifting low to the ground and surprising its prey.  It returns to its Asian breeding grounds in March/April.

After having a very successful outing to Devon on the 19 January 2013 (which included views of a sub-adult, male pallid harrier and an immature montagu’s harrier), Eileen and I returned to the area the following Saturday. While stopping for coffee, we met a local farmer who encouraged us to explore his property, as he had a dam which attracted a host of waterfowl. This turned out to be a very lucky meeting as it was while exploring his dam that we were treated to views of our first adult, male pallid harrier.


Pallid Harrier / Devon Farmlands, South Africa / January 2016 Pallid Harrier – sub adult / Klippan Link, Devon, South Africa / 19 January 2013 Pallid Harrier / Devon Farmlands, South Africa / January 2016 Pallid Harrier – sub adult / Klippan Link, Devon, South Africa / 19 January 2013 Pallid Harrier – adult male / Devon, South Africa / 26 January 2013 Pallid Harrier – adult male / Devon, South Africa / 26 January 2013 Pallid Harrier – adult male / Devon, South Africa / 26 January 2013 Pallid Harrier – adult male / Devon, South Africa / 26 January 2013
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