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Birding is surprises. Over the last days Pallid Harriers have started to turn up in southern Finland making a stopover on their way to wintering grounds in Africa. At least two young birds were reported from a nearby wetland, so on the 28th of Aug I decided to give them a go. I was out all morning and saw a very distant juv Monty or Pallid high up in the sky, mobbed by a Sparrowhawk, and eventually also a juvenile Pallid, some 300metres away. Decided to return home for a snack at lunchtime. At 3pm I brushed my teeth looking out through the bathroom window while at it. Just as I ooked out a young Pallid Harrier flew past the house, only 20 metres away! A quick dash out followed with my camera ready and luckily the bird turned around at the end of the field and came back. It passed me at some 50 metres in good light and I managed to get a few decent shots -with my toothbrush still stuck in my mouth!

Birding is surprises. Over the last days Pallid Harriers have started to turn up in southern Finland making a stopover on their way to wintering grounds in Africa. At least two young birds were reported from a nearby wetland, so on the 28th of Aug I decided to give them a go. I was out all morning and saw a very distant unidentified juv Monty or Pallid high up in the sky, mobbed by a Sparrowhawk, and eventually also a juvenile Pallid, at a distance of some 300metres. Decided to return home for a snack at lunchtime. At 3pm I brushed my teeth and while doing it I looked out through the bathroom window. Just as I looked out a young Pallid Harrier happened to fly past the house, only 20 metres away! A quick dash out with the camera ready for action and luckily the bird, quite distant by then, turned around at the end of the field and came back. It passed only some 50 metres away and in good light so I managed to get a few decent shots -with my toothbrush still stuck in my mouth!


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