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Adult Harrier

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Friends, this Northern Harrier is probably an adult male and was hunting on an open field.  You can see the blurred background as i panned with the bird in flight.  This image was taken with my old 100-400mm lens, looking forward to working a similar image with my new 150-600mm lens. til Tomorrow MJ

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Badlands Harrier

badlands harrierx4Friends, had to take some time away from this blog to visit the North Dakota badlands.  Twice in one year is an unusual event, but also attended my 50th high school reunion then it is only another 150 miles to the badlands.  This is a Northern Harrier gliding over a hilltop and i was able to grab four focused images, i combined them for this composite image.  I would never been able to identify this bird without my experiences on Hawk Ridge last fall.  His brownish feathers say he is an immature bird and f you look closely you can see his owl face.  til Tomorrow MJ

Harrier Release

Friends, this Northern Harrier has been released back into the wild with a new bracelet on her leg, yesterday we showed her portrait and what she will look like in two to three years with adult eyes and plummage.  Below is an image of her wing detail, facinating to me.  

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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