Basically had the area to myself. Sadly I was a bit late that morning and missed some of the owl action. I'll take a Northern Harrier anyway!
A juvenile northern harrier sits in a frosty meadow, puffed out against the cold, on a winter morning at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in 2008. I used the 2X teleconverter and hoped for the best. I had to manually focus back in the savage days before electronic viewfinders so the focus is a little off and thus the image a little soft but I still like it. With time she’ll get lovely streaks down her chest and even lovelier yellow eyes. #northernharrier#bird#wildlife#frost#meadow#winter#ridgefieldnationalwildliferefuge#washington
Northern harrier in the marsh - often quite hard to see as they’re so well camouflaged and perch low down on driftwood or branches and rocks in the marsh itself - and so you can see why they’re often called “marsh harriers” 😄👍💛 #northernharrier#elite_raptors
Northern Harrier hunting low in the fields at first light. Such an amazing raptor to watch.