Friends, this close-up shows the juvenile Northern Harrier facial structure. He was captured at Hawk Ridge in Duluth Minnesota and banded. While the educator had him in hand, i shot his portrait. This bird has a facial disc that helps to concentrate the sounds of prey very similar to owls. His rusty coloring will change to gray as he ages. His antics around the Crex Meadows are especially evident in the fall as he hunts the migrating birds and ducks. He circles low over the cattails looking below for prey, then dives down to catch them in his talons. Below is a Harrier hunting over Crex. til Tomorrow MJ
Posted on September 14, 2012, in Birds, Crex Meadows, Lake Superior, Nature, photography and tagged birds, Crex Meadows, facial disc, harrier, hawk, Hawk Ridge, mjspringett, nature, Northern Harrier, photography, postaday. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
Wonderful image of this magnificent raptor! I love spending time with these birds.
me too, hawk ridge is a great place, i am discovering this fall, MJ
Beautiful birds but I hate that they eat other birds. I know…circle of life.
sorry kate, but one has to eat, MJ
Really enjoying your birds of prey.
Great close-up, MJ.
thanks bob, MJ