Pied Harrier | Circus melanoleucos

Pied Harrier

Pied Harriers are very rare birds to Japan, so it was to no surprise that when a juvenile male showed up at Isahaya, it created quite a stir among Japanese bird watchers and photographers. The young raptor was a regular around a certain section of reeds, where it snatched and consumed a wide variety of prey including mantis, rodent and small bird. Initially it was thought this bird would move on quickly, but even this morning it was still haunting the reed beds – two weeks after it was first observed! I hope it will stay in Isahaya the whole winter, but that is unlikely.