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Old Aug 27, 2007, 8:24 AM   #1
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I set and watched this beautiful Northern Harrier soar across the fields around the wetlands I visit. I noticed it would repeat flight patterns and stick mostly to where the water and shore met. I staged myself in a location with good light along its flight path and was rewarded with the following:

Nikon D200, Nikon 300mm in late afternoon light

Check out the owl like facial features on this raptor...









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Old Aug 27, 2007, 1:38 PM   #2
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Great shots of a unique and interesting bird.

For those whomay notknow, such facial discs in owls serve to collect sound and thereby locate prey in low light and dark. Northern Harriers (= Marsh Hawks) areneither owls nornocturnal, but can use sound in much the same way to help them locate hidden prey rustling around in the marsh grass. They share the same prey and habitat with Short-eared owls which hunt at dawn and dusk when the Harriers are not active.

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Very nice, Kent! Your efforts paid off with a beautiful closeshot of the Harrier.



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Really nice - especially the second one.

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Awesome captures Kem! I love northern harriers and have yet to get a good shot of one. Interesting notes on their sensitive hearing abilities Penolta. It would explain how skittish they are. It is so hard to get close to one.

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Thanks for the comments Penolta, Killdeer, Sabine and Royce!

I was not aware the Harrier used sound to locate prey... I guess since they primarily fly so close to the ground when hunting It justmakes sense now :idea:.. thanks Penolta!

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