Northern harrier

Female northern harrier at Nevada's Ruby Lake NWR. Photo taken 12/14/08.


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Deb - Dec 16, 2008 1:55 am - Voted 10/10


That is a beautiful bird! Great shot


rayray - Dec 16, 2008 2:06 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow!

Thanks, Deb. They're very interesting to observe. I'll have to spend a day out there sometime just watching them!


lcarreau - Dec 16, 2008 4:25 pm - Voted 10/10

Northern Harrier,

(formerly Marsh Hawk). The Northern Harrier
has a facial disk of smooth feathers much like an owl's. The disk reflects the sounds of prey to its ears, thus aiding the bird in its hunting.

NICE capture, RAY!


rayray - Dec 17, 2008 9:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Northern Harrier,

Thanks, Larry! Yes, they are unique. Rather than perching in a tree, they like to fly low, looking and listening for prey. Very amusing to watch these birds.

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