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Hen Harrier/Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus cyaneus   - Female in flight from below
Hen Harrier/Northern Harrier
Photographer : © Arka Sarkar
Location :Lungthung (~3800m), East Sikkim, India
Date : 1 December 2013
English synonyms:European Northern Harrier, Marsh Hawk, White-rumped Harrier
Bird Family :Accipitrinae - Hawks, Bazas, Honey-buzzards, Eagles, Kites, Vultures, Harriers & Buzzards
Bird Group :CICONIIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :On a cold and foggy December morning, three Hen Harriers, two females and a male, flew gracefully around a hill and hunted amidst the fog. The hills were covered with drawf rhododendron, some silver fir, dry subalpine scrub and grass. These conceal a surprisingly large number of bunkers and trenches (the area has heavy military presence). The harriers glided from one side of the hill to the other, soaring higher up and coming down, hovering over bushes and picking up rodents. - AS
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