What is this bird?
This bird passed low in front of my wife and I at Denge Marsh hide at RSPB Dungeness in May. I thought it might be a Montagu’s Harrier. I have seen dozens of Hen Harriers over the years and many Marsh Harriers, Buzzards etc, and I’m pretty sure this isn’t any of those. It was over Denge Marsh for some time, obviously interested in the Lapwing chicks that were present. The bird was showing a lot of white plumage. David & Brenda Hale
QMuch as we would like this to be a Montagu’s Harrier, we think this bird looks a bit too big and heavy to be that species. The wings also look a bit
Atoo broad. Marsh Harriers, like Buzzards, are quite variable in their plumage, and this looks to be a cream-crowned member of the species. Marsh Harriers are still a great bird to see, though we hope you manage to catch sight of a Montagu’s soon!
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