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Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) (Accipteridae: Eagles, hawks, Kites, Harriers)

The Swamp Harrier is widespread in Australia, New Zealand and the SW Pacific. It is closely related to the Marsh Harrier of Europe and Asia. In Australia it is mostly seen around wetlands. In New Zealand, where it is the only large resident raptor, it can be found just about anywhere. In Australia, the presence of the pale patch at the base of the tail when viewed from above (seen on the start image for this video) identifies this species from other similar sized raptors. A couple of birds are filmed here floating around looking for meal opportunities at a lake near Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand. They are often very wary and do not allow close approach.

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