Female Northern Harrier ~ Friday Photos

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Female Northern Harrier in flight Female Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) in flight –  Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 314mm, natural light, not baited

Just a simple image taken yesterday of a female Northern Harrier flying along a road for today’s Friday Photo.

Harriers fly with great ease, it seems almost effortless to me. This female Northern Harrier was coursing along a road in search of prey and gave me some great views of her pale yellow eye and the bold barring under her wings.



  1. Julie Brown February 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Beautiful and majestic, as usual, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson February 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Harriers are beautiful birds. Thanks for commenting Julie.

  2. Elephant's Child February 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I tracked you down from Ron’s blog. This is a truly beautiful photo of a bird I will probably never see. Thank you.

    • Mia McPherson February 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Thanks so much for the comment on this Northern Harrier. Ron has mentioned you to me a few times and I had subscribed to your RSS feed some time ago. I love seeing your images because they remind me of my trips to Australia.

  3. Tammy Karr February 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Harriers are such beautiful raptors! It’s great to experience a clear, crisp close up view with your great photo.

    • Mia McPherson February 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks so much Tammy. Harriers are beautiful raptors!

  4. Bob Zeller February 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    You are right, she certainly looks a ease. Great photo again, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson February 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks for your very kind comments Bob!

  5. Prairie Birder February 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Very beautiful Mia!

    • Mia McPherson February 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you kindly PrairieBirder, they are beautiful birds.

  6. Julie G. February 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I am in awe of your great talent, Mia! Magnificent capture of a stunning raptor!

    • Mia McPherson February 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks so much for the wonderful comment Julie, as bird photographers I think we have stunning subjects!

  7. Earl February 17, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Beautiful Exposure. I think I will get that lens next purchase.

    • Mia McPherson February 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you Earl! I’ve never had a single regret for purchasing the 200-400mm VR, it works great!

  8. judy watson February 17, 2012 at 6:48 am

    There was one flying yesterday and I just could not get a shot. The sun was on it and so beautiful. I want that photo! I’d pull ahead and stop and just couldn’t get it. darn it.

    • Mia McPherson February 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Northern Harriers are fun but a challenge to photograph, about the time you get locked on they turn or dive or look away! You’ll get that shot Judy, I’m confident about that.

  9. Steve Creek February 17, 2012 at 6:13 am

    A great capture Mia!

    • Mia McPherson February 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks Steve, I love photographing Harriers!

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