Juvenile Northern Harrier in flight over Farmington Bay

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A juvenile Northern Harrier in flight over Farmington BayA juvenile Northern Harrier in flight over Farmington Bay – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/5000, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

It was a bit breezy yesterday at Farmington Bay and that seemed to have the Northern Harriers in the area up in the air and on the wing. I was able to take a few frames of this juvenile Northern Harrier in flight as it flew over some open water. I liked this image the most because it shows the pattern of the underside of the wings and the other images in this series didn’t have great eye contact like this one does.

Speaking of eyes, I know it is hard to see at this resolution but this juvenile Northern Harrier has yellowish eyes so I would say that this is a young male. I wrote a post some time ago about juvenile harriers, their eye color and identifying their sex by eye color here.

There is snow on the ground and more snow on the way, it is definitely going to be a white Christmas here in northern Utah.

Happy Holidays to you all!

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child December 24, 2015 at 11:25 am

    What a majestic, wonderful sight. Happy Christmas to you and yours. It has landed here. And will not be in the slightest bit white.

  2. Utahbooklover December 24, 2015 at 10:17 am

    What a great image—that overused word awesome comes to mind. Happy holidays!

  3. Patty Chadwick December 24, 2015 at 9:38 am

    WOW WOW WOW!!! What an incredible shot! The detail is amazing! Can see every feather in detail. I LOVE it!!! This shows how incredibly aerodynamic and streamlined these birds can be, too. BEAUTIFUL!
    Merry Christmas! Thanks for another year of beauty and information….

  4. Cindy December 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Isn’t he gorgeous, showing off his colors. Nature provides us with innumerable gifts. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mia. Thank you for all you do. 🙂

  5. wendy chapman December 24, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Merry Christmas Mia,

    I hope your Christmas is as beautiful as the photos you share with all of us.

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