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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Northern Harrier

On a recent morning I noticed that the birds and squirrels usually seen at the battlefield were unusually scarce.  The grey squirrel that I did see was noticeably agitated...



A little way down the lane I spotted the cause of his agitation...

 
While the squirrel escaped the notice of the northern harrier some unlucky rodent fell prey to its silent attack...

 
 
Fortunately, I was able to get the fast flying hawk in the viewfinder in time to take the following images...
 
 



The rolling hill between my location and the harrier prevented a view of the mouse or vole that he pounced on...

 
Observing raptors is a thrilling experience and helps to fill the time when the deer sightings are few and far between.
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Steve, I just discovered your website and am enjoying it greatly. Thanks for putting it together. I believe the bird in this post, however, is a red-tailed hawk. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Mike, thanks. After recently having an opportunity to photograph a number of northern harriers I believe that you are correct. I am always receptive to identification corrections, so thanks again.

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