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Swamp Harrier hunting

(Circus approximans)
Alternate name(s): "Marsh Harrier", "Gould's Harrier", "Swamp-hawk", "Wheat-hawk"
Aboriginal name(s): "tjuRk" [tjapwurrung]; "djilyoordo" (WA)

Size: 50-60 cm; wing span 1.2-1.5 m
Weight: 0.5-0.7 kg (male), 0.7-1.0 kg (female)

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This short sequence of photos taken by B. Hensen at Lambell's Lagoon, NT, in November 2018 demonstrates the hunting technique of a Swamp Harrier.

Female Swamp Harrier flying low above a wetland (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)

Female Swamp Harrier starting to fly a U-turn (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)

Female Swamp Harrier banking sharply (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)

Female Swamp Harrier returning in the opposite direction (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)

Female Swamp Harrier flying with dangling legs (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)

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