January 29th, 2016 – Avian Friday: Take Me There

Here is another image from my Skagit Valley outing a few weeks back. The male Northern Harrier, also known as the “Grey Ghost” is somewhat of a rare treat to see. Usually its the females that are spotted around the tideflats, meadows, and farm fields around the Pacific Northwest. Every once in a while the male will make his cameo appearance and it’s usually when I’m driving in my truck and not able to pull the trigger on the shutter button. While out looking for Short-eared owls, this guy came by almost unnoticed to me. Fortunatley I was able to lock on to him for a couple of frames before he disappeared off into the distance.

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Stanwood, Washington 

700mm | 1/800th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 400
Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Adapter

Processed with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Nik Color Efx.
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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