Oh…apparently it is now called the

EURASIAN MARSH HARRIER

Its scientific name is Cirrus spilonotus….and they do remind me of the cloud that bears the same first name.

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It’s a winter visitor to our country, amongst others…it breeds in the grasslands and wetlands of southern Siberia, northern Mongolia, north-east China, Manchuria and Japan, and migrates for the northern winter to South-east Asia, the Philippines and northern Borneo.

It’s a magnficient bird, as it soars on the wind-currents.

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It’s lovely to see the “headlights” on its wings.

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You can see two of them here:

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We watched them for quite a while, on both days.

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The Wiki entry says:
Like all marsh harriers, it favours open, wet environments.

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It is frequently seen drifting low over ricefields, (and lakes!)

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interspersing long, watchful circling glides with two or three slow, powerful wingbeats.

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We watched the waterbirds keeping a wary eye on the predator gliding above them at Hosakote kere (lake), when we visited on 281213:

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I got one gliding to a landing at Hennagara Lake:

I enjoyed my observation of these beautiful raptors….and I hope you do, too.