Story: Birds of prey

Harrier chicks

Harrier chicks

These three harrier chicks are begging noisily for food. The smallest chick is likely to become food for the larger ones. Harrier nests are a wide platform, usually in raupō, toetoe or other tall grass-like vegetation, but occasionally in trees.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Birds of prey - Swamp harrier', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015