Tali the Pied Harrier grows up!

We had the opportunity to watch a Pied Harrier grow up and acquire his adult plumage in our refuge. We spotted two Pied Harriers in our place, often perched on the bamboo fence. One of them had a string on its leg. We called it Tali, for the famous beach in Batangas and because Tali means string. Because of the string, we could easily identify it each time it showed up. Tali stayed in the refuge for almost a year.

Please disregard the date on the first three photos!

This is Tali when we first saw him in August 2017. He’s having a scuffle with a crow.

1 august 26 2017
August 2017

This is in September  2017. He is brown all over.

2 Sept 22 2017
September 2017

The string is clearly visible.

3 Oct 13 2017
October 2017

No photos from November and December 2017.

Then surprise! When we saw him again in January 2018, he had a lot of black markings on his face and back!

4 Jan 27 2018
January 2018

He’s definitely a male Pied Harrier! This is in February 2018.

5 feb 2 2018
February 2018
6 feb 16 2018
February 2018

This is Tali in March 2018. The photo has an orange cast from the sunset.

7 march 14 2018
March 2018

This is July 2018, the last month we saw him. His head looks completely black.

8 July 5 2018
July 2018

Still in July 2018, with the black extending further down his chest.

9 July 27 2018 - last
July 2018

He looks like a different bird! But because of the string, we know it’s still him. It’s Tali!

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