Eye level with a Northern Harrier

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Eye level with a Northern HarrierEye level with a Northern Harrier – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Even though I have been a bird photographer for some time now I still get a thrill when I am eye level with a bird of prey because it feels as if I am more strongly connected to the raptor  when they fly in close at eye level. This Northern Harrier was hunting along the side of the causeway to Antelope Island State Park when I photographed it, most of the time the harrier had its eyes on the ground but in this frame it looked directly towards me.

Mia

8 Comments

  1. Jim Hackley January 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I have only experienced that once and it was with a juvenile Red-tailed hawk. Wonderful shot Mia.

  2. Julie Brown January 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I think that would be a thrill just to see through binoculars, so to get a photo like this is fantastic!

  3. Patty Chadwick January 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    OK! So you weren’t flying along beside him…you were dangling from a hot air ballon at exactly the same height snapping away like mad! No wonder he had his eye on you…

  4. Elephant's Child January 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Oooh. How could you not get excited.

  5. Jane Chesebrough January 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Oh that’s beautifully caught, great detail.Not getting it all the time makes us strive and appreciate it all the more.

  6. Utahbooklover January 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Another wonderful image Mia, one that makes feel I’m there!

  7. Lois Bryan January 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

    OH yeah … he’s got his eye on you to be sure!!!! Very exciting … and I too love that feeling of connection!!!! Well done as always!!!

  8. Bob Bushell January 6, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Wow, what an in flight picture of Harrier, the eye.

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