Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus

A very rare breeding bird in the UK, with just 1-2 pairs in Norfolk most years. Slightly more numerous, though very still scarce, as a passage migrant. Much commoner in southern Europe where in many areas it's the easiest species of Harrier to see.

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juvenile Montagu's Harrier, undisclosed location (Norfolk, UK), 3rd August 2010

 

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female Montagu's Harrier, Elvas (Alentejo, Portugal), 24th April 2006

 

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male Montagu's Harrier, Castro Marim (Algarve, Portugal), 27th April 2006

 

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male Montagu's Harrier, Castro Marim (Algarve, Portugal), 27th April 2006

 

male Montagu's Harrier, Elvas (Alentejo, Portugal), 24th April 2006

 

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Montagu's Harrier, El Planerón, Belchite Steppes (Aragón, Spain), 15th June 2009

 

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male Montagu's Harrier, undisclosed location (Norfolk, UK), 6th July 2015

 

male Montagu's Harrier, near Capo Murro di Porco (Sicily, Italy), 24th April 2012

 

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Montagu's Harrier, El Planerón, Belchite Steppes (Aragón, Spain), 17th May 2013

 

immature male Montagu's Harrier, Laguna de la Playa (Aragón, Spain), 17th May 2013

 

male Montagu's Harrier, undisclosed location (Norfolk, UK), 30th June 2010

 

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1st-summer female Montagu's Harrier, Monkton (Kent, UK), 7th May 1999

 

two juvenile Montagu's Harriers (left and bottom) with a Buzzard (right), undisclosed location (Norfolk, UK), 30th July 2004