One Gray Ghost a Leaping

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I couldn’t find Ten Lords a Leaping to photograph or in my archives but did locate one Gray Ghost a Leaping which tops the Lords for this bird photographer. Any time that I have a Gray Ghost in my viewfinder is a good time.  I photographed this male Northern Harrier this past January at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area where he had been resting on the dried phragmites stalks when he showed signs of lifting off and I fired away. I like how his talons are still touching the perch.

The harrier may look tail-less in this image but that is because his tail is hidden by his wings.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. This is a stunning photograph, Mia. Your gray ghost is an extraordinarily beautiful bird perfectly captured as he took off! Happy Holidays to you.

  2. So cool! I’ve so enjoyed your photos and will continue to do so in the next year! You are my hero in your photography!

  3. An image which has made my heart leap this morning. Thank you.

  4. That bird looks like he’s saying, “Wheeee!”

  5. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  6. Mia, he is just gorgeous! I love male northern harriers and I seem to see them less often than the females for some reason! This is a fantastic shot!

  7. Good one, Mia, reminds me of a local photog who named his photo something like not a partridge in a pear tree but a pheasant in a park tree.

    • Some years back, one of our local postal workers had a tiny, very scrawny looking tree sitting in a flower pot at his window. Dangling by piece of nylon fishing line from one of the almost needless branches, was an empty brass shell…He called it “A Cartridge in a Bare Tree”…

  8. Thanks for a wonderful photo…Happy Holidays! MIa!

  9. Happy holidays Mia, and the ghost is awesome.

  10. Awesome Mia ! Happy Holidays !

  11. A beautiful capture Mia. A beautiful gray ghost perfectly exposed!

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