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.



  1. Lynn December 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    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. Sherry in MT December 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    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. Elephant's Child December 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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

  4. Patty Chadwick December 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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

  5. Kathie December 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Merry Christmas to you as well!

  6. Kathie December 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

    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. Jane Chesebrough December 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

    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.

    • Patty Chadwick December 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      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. Patty Chadwick December 23, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for a wonderful photo…Happy Holidays! MIa!

  9. Bob Bushell December 23, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Happy holidays Mia, and the ghost is awesome.

  10. Glen Fox December 23, 2013 at 6:04 am

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

  11. John Randall December 23, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Awesome Mia ! Happy Holidays !

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