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Young Harrier

 

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

 

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