Circus cinereus in Calafate (pic du jour)

Cinereous Harrier (circus cinereus), Calafate, Argentina, 09-Feb-2013

AKA Cinereous Harrier or gavilán ceniciento in Spanish, who I spotted and hung out with for a bit at a municipal nature reserve in Calafate, Argentina, yesterday.

A bird of prey found extensively from Argentine and Chilean Tierra del Fuego to Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil and north to Colombia, she’s not the least bit camera shy. I came within three meters and her only response was to stare back inquisitively, tilting her head on occasion as if to ask, “Why aren’t you watching the sunset instead of me?”

If you find yourself with some time to kill in Calafate, I strongly suggest a stroll to the Laguna Nimez Nature Reserve on the eastern edge of the city. A few hours before sunset is the best time.

A little bit more about this splendid bird from wiki:

The term cinereous describes its colouration. The male’s plumage is dark grey above with black wingtips and a white rump. The underparts are pale grey, with a rufous streaked belly. The female’s plumage is brown above, with a white rump, and cream coloured underneath, with a streaked belly similar to the males. The female is larger than the male with an average size of 46 cm (18 in) compared to the male’s 40 cm (16 in). The wingspan is 90–115 cm (35–45 in). Since the 44.5 cm (17.5 in) tail comprises about 56% of this raptor’s total length, this species ties with the Long-tailed Hawk as the raptor with the longest tail relative to its body size.

And another shot I snapped.

Cinereous Harrier (circus cinereus), Calafate, Argentina, 09-Feb-2013
Cinereous Harrier (circus cinereus), Calafate, Argentina, 09-Feb-2013

PS – WordPress just reminded me that this is Post #1000 on Piran Café. I wasn’t really paying attention, but I’m glad that the word circus is in the headline to help celebrate the milestone.

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