African Marsh Harrier at Ngorongoro crater floor
My notes, largely based on our guide, state that this is a Lizard Buzzard, but looking into it now it doesn't resemble that species at all. Anybody know what bird this may be? It's mid-sized for a bird of prey, brown/black feathers and clear yellow eyes.
The African Marsh Harrier is a bird of prey belonging to the harrier genus ''Circus''. It is found in southern, central and eastern Africa from South Africa north to Sudan with a vagrant record from Nigeria. It is particularly common in the Okavango Delta in Botswana . It is usually found in wetland areas, especially those with reeds, but also occurs in grassland and farmland where it forages.
The adult is 44 to 49 cm long, with females being about 30% heavier than than the male . Adults,.. more