Hovering Harrier – Head Down and Eyes on the Ground

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A Hovering HarrierA Hovering Harrier – Nikon D200, f5.6, 1/1600, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Just a short post this morning because I am fighting internet connection issues again.

I photographed this hovering Northern Harrier several years ago at Farmington Bay Water Fowl Management Area as it scanned the marsh below for prey. Normally I would want to be able to see the eyes or have the bird looking at me but in this image I felt the hovering behavior was important and this is the way harriers are seen when they are hunting… head down and eyes on the ground.

Sorry this is short.

By the way, my camera is out of the shop and now it and it just needs to be shipped. I hope they overnight it, I will know once the tracking number is entered.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover October 8, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Great image. I saw one yesterday on a high wire eating as I drove past..Hope your internet problem is solved soon. Some days I have to do a reset a time or two with Comcast.

  2. Nicole Haller-Wilson October 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Gorgeous photo! Am going to share!!

  3. Elephant's Child October 7, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    ‘Eyes on the prize’.
    I hope they do use overnight shipping. You have been bereft for too long.

  4. Tom Martin October 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Neatest photo of a harrier I have ever seen, thanks Mia.

  5. Roger Burnard October 7, 2015 at 10:42 am


  6. Cindy October 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Exquisite form! Love his golden talons. Nature blends so well. Thank you, Mia. 🙂

  7. Patty Chadwick October 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

    That’s one amazing shot! …it captures such wonderful detail and the very essence of “Harrierism”…love the intensity of focus…looks like the end for some happless vole ’cause that aint no angel hovering over it!!! Never saw an image like this before….a real winner! Here’s hoping you get your camera back…SOON!!!

  8. Mary Lou Hall October 7, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Love it!

  9. Bev October 7, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Love it!

  10. Dave Sparks October 7, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Great hovering pose. Glad you will be able to get your 810 fix soon.

  11. Ian Holland October 7, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Fantastic shot!

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