March 29th, 2013- Avian Friday: Plains Drifter

One of the most common raptors found in the lowlands of Washington’s Skagit Valley is the Northern Harrier. I had taken a bunch of shots of these guys during my recent trip to Fir Island so I’ll probably be posting several more images of them. Some of the other hawks and falcons in the area appear to be content with resting on a perch or a utility wire while they survey the fields for prey. Not the Harriers though, they seem to almost constantly be gliding over tall grasses in search of voles.

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

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Edison, Washington 
700mm | 1/1000th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 1000

Canon 5D Mark III+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Adapter

Processed with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6, Nik Define & ColorEfx.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

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