A Frost Covered Juvenile Northern Harrier at Farmington Bay

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Frost covered juvenile Northern HarrierFrost covered juvenile Northern Harrier – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/200, ISO 500, -1.0 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

In recent posts I have mentioned that winter here in northern Utah can be harsh on Barn Owls but it can be just as rough on the other birds that live here too. It isn’t unusual to see birds like this frost covered juvenile Northern Harrier at Farmington Bay WMA, Utah early in the morning before the sun rises and warms them up enough to melt the frost on their feathers.

This juvenile male harrier was perched on a fence post when the temperature was 11°F (-11°C) so I am not surprised about the frost on its back because the frost can cover every thing in sight when the temperature dips that low around the marshes and the air is full of moisture. Hopefully this juvenile will make it through the winter by feeding on the voles it can find in the snow or on the flesh of the other marsh birds that succumb to the cold of the winter.

Life is good.


A frost covered Barn Owl

A frost covered Bald Eagle


  1. Humming bird lover January 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Hi! Love the Photo! Keep up your great shooting! Have a great day! love you! mom

  2. Patty Chadwick January 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I hope his downy “underwear” keeps him nice and warm…I’ve seen Frosted Flakes before, but never a frosted bird! And you had to be out in that same cold to take such a picture!!! You may be certifiably…….

    • Utahbooklover January 12, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Wonderful image. It has been very cold, so we appreciate Mia enduring it for us!

  3. Elephant's Child January 12, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    A beautiful thing. And yes, nature is often not kind.

  4. Backyard Bird blog January 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Great shot!

  5. Cindy January 12, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Always exquisite, Mia. Recently I saw a hawk in our yard feasting on his prey and although I couldn’t tell what it was, I was grateful to have witnessed it but also saddened for the one who gave of its life. It’s been a cold winter so far here in Utah but we sure do need the snow. Thank you again for sharing your gift, Mia.

  6. Liz Cormack January 12, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Just beautiful! Love the eye contact.

  7. Bob Mcpherson January 12, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Beautiful photo Mia. Yes, winter is tough on the creatures.

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