Immature Northern Harrier on the wing

Immature Northern Harrier on the wingImmature Northern Harrier on the wing – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 235mm, natural light, not baited

Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans. I was supposed to go shooting this fine morning but that didn’t pan out. Instead I was stuck at home.

We broke another record high for the day but tomorrow is supposed to be colder. It might even snow.

Well, that is what the weather forecasters are saying and they are never wrong, right (just imagine me rolling my eyes)?

So I missed out on seeing the Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles and American Kestrels at Farmington Bay WMA this morning but decided to post an older image of an immature Northern Harrier on the wing. They are such graceful fliers and I love the warm tones of this young bird against the sky.

Life is good.



  1. Jolanta December 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Stunning photo! Thank you 🙂

  2. Utahbooklover December 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Very fine image of a beautiful and uncommon hawk. Yes I’m ready for some winter weather, although the first day of winter is still a week away according to the calendar.

    • Mia McPherson December 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you Utahbooklover.

      I am looking forward to snow.

  3. Elephant's Child December 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Echoing Patty. Beautiful indeed.

  4. Jeannie December 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Mia, here in Colorado, it is the same thing.The past few days have been Springlike. The only cold and snow we have had was when that arctic vortex came.

    Some of th4e hawks are slowly getting here, but in my local state park, still no Eagles, and they are usually here By now..and water is open that is normally frozen at this time of year.

    WE also seem to have so many more Canada geese and Gulls that have joined our permanent residents


    • Mia McPherson December 13, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      We aren’t seeing the Bald Eagles like we normally do either Jeannie.

  5. Patty Chadwick December 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm


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