Female Northern Harrier in flight at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area

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Northern Harrier in flightFemale Northern Harrier in flight at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

It was brisk at Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area yesterday morning with a low of -5°F but there were birds flying, the sun was shining and the views of snow-covered Antelope Island to the west and the Wasatch Mountain Range to the east were stunning.

While I was photographing some ducks and grebes yesterday I spotted this female Northern Harrier in flight coming in from the south and when she flew over the water I was able to get a series of images of her against the sky. There don’t seem to be as many of the Northern Harriers at Farmington Bay as there have been in years past but they may be hunting further out in the marsh because a lot of the Phragmites near the road have been removed because it is invasive.

Even though winters can be harsh in the Salt Lake Valley and temperatures can be very low, I love it.

Mia

13 Comments

  1. Julie Brown December 12, 2013 at 4:45 am

    She has a very intent look. Nice view of the underside of the wing.

  2. Hummingbirdlover December 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Hi! Beautiful Bird! I love how you catch such great shots! Have a nice day

  3. Stu December 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Excellent!

  4. Rachel LeBlanc December 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    What a beauty!

  5. Utahbooklover December 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Beautiful image — thank you Mia. I think this will help me identify the hawks I often see as I travel I-15 between Brigham City and SLC.

  6. Elephant's Child December 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Love, love, love the mosaic on her wings.

  7. Loekie van der Wal December 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Mia, I’m always amazed how fantastic, amazing shots you can take of birds in flights. All your pictures are truly amazing and a joy for us to see. Thank you again for sharing these awesome pictures with us, I love them.

  8. jerry liguori December 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I love seeing topsides of birds! Thanks Mia

  9. Julie G. December 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Excellent photograph of this very striking bird! Beautiful feather markings.

  10. Larry Jordan December 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Beautiful capture Mia! She is gorgeous. Northern Harriers are one of my favorite raptors and I love the low, undulating flights they make when hunting.

  11. Patty Chadwick December 11, 2013 at 7:42 am

    That’s one serious looking bird…great shot!

  12. Liz Cormack December 11, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Wonderful shot, Mia.

  13. Montanagirl December 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

    You captured her beautifully!

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