The Swamp Harrier is widespread in Australia, New Zealand and the SW Pacific. It is closely related to the Marsh Harrier of Europe and Asia. In Australia it is mostly seen around wetlands. In New Zealand, where it is the only large resident raptor, it is common and can be found just about anywhere. In Australia, the presence of the pale patch at the base of the tail when viewed from above (seen on the start image for this video) identifies this species from other similar sized raptors. Film shot in NZ.