Northern Harrier

October 08, 2014  •  6 Comments

I was able to get out on the reservoir with the dogs and the kayak yet one more time before winter (will it be the last - who knows).   It was a lovely morning and frankly about the only body of water you can paddle on right now since waterfowl hunting season is open.      I saw this bird sitting on a tree as I rounded the first corner, from a distance.  I thought it might just be a raven (hey I didn't have my glasses) but figured I'd paddle around the corner and try to make sure to have my camera ready since the light would be good.   I honestly did not even know what I had until I got home and downloaded the photos and was very pleasantly surprised.  From what I can find, it appears to be a female (if you remember I had my first harrier sighting back in May in Oregon of a male).   Lucky shot too, as right after that the camera battery went dead (yes I "always" remember to check the batteries but that morning was running late and wanted to get on the water before the wind came up - go figure that's my life).

 


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TravelBug-Susan(non-registered)
What a great capture. That's my kind of hunting. And you were prepared to get the shots too. Way to go.
michaele(non-registered)
Really nice! I just love when you capture natures perfection.
Kim(non-registered)
Beautiful shots Sherry! I'm very fond of harriers, this one's white rump reminds me of our Swamp Harriers.
Gunilla Bäck(non-registered)
Lucky you, it's a gorgeous bird.
Brian King Images
A great looking raptor! I love the "mask"!
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