Eye level with a Northern Harrier

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.


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

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

  3. 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. Oooh. How could you not get excited.

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

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

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

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