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Old Dec 30, 2010, 5:25 PM   #1
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These birds are extremely difficult to photograph. They are wary and never fly in a straight line. At least not when they are in front of my camera
Unlike most hawks that use their eye-sight, Harriers have an owl like facial disk and use their keen sense of hearing to find prey. They have softer feathers for quiet flight as well. I grew up knowing them as Marsh Hawks.

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Old Dec 30, 2010, 5:27 PM   #2
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#2 These two shots were taking a some distance and enlarged. Maybe 100 yards/meters out.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 10:04 PM   #3
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Very good captures indeed. We have Marsh Hawks here near the shore and they are very difficult to follow with a lens. Especially when they're searching for food.

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Old Dec 31, 2010, 1:16 AM   #4
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Hi Steve

Beautiful captures (colour, exposure) of a very interesting bird. I don't believe I've ever seen them before (at least not that I remember). I noticed the different looking head straight away.

Wow, even softer features, how cool is that (for softer flight). aka "Stealth fighter"!

PS - what you wrote about being difficult to track - I had some 'practice' earlier this week at a park where I photographed some radio controlled planes that were flying very erratically! Hmmm... maybe I should move my photography onto the living, breathing birds more often! :-)

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A rare capture, great shots!
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Thanks Zig, Paul and NHL for you comments.

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