Northern harrier

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

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Deb

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

Wow!

That is a beautiful bird! Great shot

rayray

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!
Ray

lcarreau

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

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.
Ray

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