Swamp Harrier

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Shane Allwood
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Swamp Harrier
A first time sighting of this raptor for me.
The Swamp Harrier is one of the few raptors in Australia that makes a regular seasonal migration. To escape the rigours of the Tasmanian winter, harriers often make the hazardous journey across Bass Strait to spend the cooler months on the mainland, before returning to breed in late winter and spring. In autumn, parts of south-eastern Australia often seem to be brimming with harriers, slowly quartering up and down over wetlands and rank farmland in search of rabbits and smaller forms of prey.
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