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I got a shot of a Hawk Merlin identified as a Northern Harrier and I'd like to get a second opinion as the coloration looked somewhat different from the photo's I saw online. It was some distance away and these were the only shots I could get. Thanks
Image_DSC5238 by Daryl Mcmillan, on Flickr

Image_DSC5210 by Daryl Mcmillan, on Flickr
By StevenRoias
Your species identification (Northern Harrier) is correct, but a sex cannot to determined since this is an immature bird (often mistaken as an adult female).

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