On the 4th of May me and a couple of friends were watching migration at Breskens. Earlier on that day we had a circus we couldn't really identify, partially by the lack of ID skills on harriers, partially because the bird was so damn far away. When the 2nd 'good looking' harrier passed I decided to go after it (needed a driver though..). When we located the bird, other people came to see it and at the moment we ID'd it as a Hen harrier (with slightly narrow wings) a 2nd harrier was discovered making hight just behind us.
This harrier was far more elegant and we drove towards it. It was making hight quickly so we couldn't get good views, we managed to get a few pictures and lost the bird while it was gliding towards the northeast.
We regrouped and looked at the pictures on the camera's. The bird was ID'd as a Montagu's, some of us were not that convinced and with the excuse 'We need to see them on the computer' the case was closed for that moment.
Now that we have seen the pictures on the computer we think this might be a Pallid, due to the lack of experience with harriers with us we can't clinch the ID by ourselfs (whether it's a Pallid or Montagu's).
May we have your verdicts please!
The left pictures are the original, the right are made lighter with Photoshop.
With best regards,
Teun van Kessel, Thijs Fijen, Tjeerd Burger and Christian Brinkman