A juvenile Northern Harrier perched on a post

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A juvenile Northern Harrier perched on a postA juvenile Northern Harrier perched on a post – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1500, ISO 320, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

My first winter in Utah was a delight to me because I could photograph Northern Harriers practically every time I went to Farmington Bay WMA. Northern Harriers were much harder to come by in Florida and far more difficult to get close to. I was still getting used to using a a vehicle as a mobile blind and having my mobility restricted because in Florida I almost always photographed while on foot.

I photographed this juvenile Northern Harrier as it perched on a post from a vehicle near Goose Egg Island at Farmington Bay. I didn’t see juvenile Northern Harriers in Florida like I do here in Utah so being able to watch and photograph this one as it rested quietly on the post was wonderful.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover November 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Gorgeous image — thanks for the link to Farmington Bay WMA for my future visit.

  2. Elephant's Child November 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Love those caramel colours, echoed in the background.

  3. Ashley Beolens November 23, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Stunning image, the contrasting browns are so “autumn” if you know what I mean 🙂

  4. Patty Chadwick November 23, 2015 at 6:59 am

    This bird almost looks like a carving…I’ve seldom seen them when they aren’t “sweeping” a field, hovering or mantling their captured prey. Nice to be able to see some detail…

  5. Bob Mcpherson November 23, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Beautiful photo Mia. Love the Harrier.

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