Marsh harriers are the most common of the four Harriers that occur in the Netherlands. It's the only Harrier that can be found here all year round. In one of my favorite birding sites, the Beninger polder on Voorne Putten, multiple couples are to be admired and they breed there every year.


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Attack!
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: e Rietputten, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

Remarks: Attack!
Ready for touchdown
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: e Rietputten, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

Remarks: Ready for touchdown
Jagen
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: e Rietputten, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

Remarks: Hunting
Karate crow
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: e Rietputten, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

Remarks: Karate crow
Cruisin'
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Cruisin'
Speurend
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Trailing
Mannetje
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Male
Majestueus
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Majestic
Schijngevecht
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Andalusia, Spain

Remarks: Fooling around
Wat kijk je!?
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Zouweboesem, Ameide, The Netherlands

Remarks: What you looking at??!
Getagde jonge kiek uit Engeland
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Tagged young harrier from the UK
zwarte stern jaagt Kiek weg van nest
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Zouweboesem, Ameide, The Netherlands

Remarks: Mamma Black tern expels Marsh harrier away from the nest
Bruine Kiekendief met boze mama stern
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Zouweboesem, Ameide, The Netherlands

Remarks: Marsh harrier with angry mama Black tern
Typisch wintertafereel
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: Circus aeruginosus
Dutch name: Bruine kiekendief
Common name: Marsh harrier
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Winter view



Field characteristics

Males and females differ in plumage quite much. Females and first calendar-yeard birds are brown with a lighter yellow head while males are three-coloured with a brownish body, grey patches on the wings and black wing-tips. The bird can be identified by the lang wings with 5 primaries (fingers) and the characteristic way of hunting, zigzagging low over the reed.

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