This mature bird has just landed to inspect a possum it has spied in farm paddock, Coast Rd Wainuiomata. NB. the legs have a interesting coverage of feathers that I have not seen in any other pictures or illustrations.
By now it is feeling safe and is about to start feeding
Australasian Harrier, Kahu is commonly seen flying over farmland through out NZ.
Here we see two male Harriers fighting over who gets to eat first. This skermish was over very quickly(2 sec).
This prize was too good to risk loosing!
Australasian Harrier garding its food
A rather stringee bit
This is serious!
This young Harrier is notable for its dark brown coloring (body & eyes)
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