Eye level Northern Harrier

I love to photograph birds in flight and it doesn’t matter which species it is. But I do enjoy photographing raptors like this Northern Harrier as they fly by.

Eye level Northern HarrierEye level Northern Harrier

Two days ago I was able to photograph at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area for a few hours in the morning. It has been a challenge lately to find birds close enough to photograph, especially raptors there. Even though we have had some snow it didn’t stick around and raptor photography gets better at Farmington Bay WMA after the snow starts to build up on the ground.

Harriers often have their eyes on the ground as they fly by so I felt fortunate that this one looked up when it did. This harrier sure appears very aerodynamic in this pose.

Life is good.



  1. Humming Bird Lover December 17, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Hi! A beautiful bird! You sure do catch the colors and love seeing the eye contact! Keep up the great photos! Have a good shooting day.

  2. Utahbooklover December 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Your inflight images always impress me — beautiful capture!

  3. Tom Martin December 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Great capture ! Tom

  4. Elephant's Child December 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Truly gorgeous. Such a privilege to see, such a wonderful capture.

  5. John Randall December 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Amazing Mia, Well Done !

  6. Donaldson December 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm


    Splendid in every category. But, but you did not post the technical stuff. And even if you did, I would hard pressed to duplicate this image.


    • Mia McPherson December 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Oops, I did forget the techs Donaldson!

      Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited.

      Thank you for your kind words.

  7. Liz Cormack December 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I should be so lucky to take a photograph like that. Wonderful.

  8. SkyHawker4 December 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Totally amazing photo Mia!!!

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