January 18th, 2013 – Avian Friday: Northern Harrier
Last weekend I made my first trip of the season for a brief visit up to Washington’s’ Skagit Valley. I met up with my friend and fellow nature photographer Tim Kuhn and we had a good time searching for Short-eared Owls near the town of Edison. The light was nice, but it was pretty cold and the owls were not very active until dusk. The Northern Harriers were out in good numbers hunting small rodents in the fields. I was able to grab a few shots of this female hovering over the reeds. Unlike other hawks, Harriers rely on their hearing in addition to sight. Similar to owls, Harriers have facial feathers help transmit sound to help them locate prey.
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
700mm | 1/1000th Sec. @f/8.0 | ISO 800
Canon 5D Mark III+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Adapter
Processed with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS5.
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