This female Northern Harrier at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal seemed to be enjoying the relative warmth of a winter’s evening. These are absolutely gorgeous raptors but one of the most difficult to get pictures of. They rarely sit still and when they fly, they move fast and low to the ground with very erratic movements. Taken January 25, 2013.
I love these hawks but my goodness getting decent images of them is tough as they are always on the move. Thankfully this female took a break long enough for me snap a few of her. These cool birds can be found across much of North America depending on the time of year.
It isn’t too often that you find these #hawks sitting still but I got lucky and found this female sitting on a post. Normally when you see a harrier they are flying 5 to 15 feet above the ground with their head looking down focused on hunting for its next prey. You can view some more pics of these raptors from the day I took this image here.
A couple days ago I posted a picture of the male Harrier – aka the Gray Ghost. Here is a look at the female which is brown colored vice the male’s gray. These fast moving, low flying hawks have proven elusive to me but I am having better luck as I keep on trying. You can view a few more shots of these raptors that I have captured here.
Northern Harriers can be difficult to get images of. These hawks are quite people-shy, fly very low to the ground and their flight is very erratic as they hunt which makes them difficult to get a bead on. This past weekend I finally had some luck capturing some pics of these cool looking raptors.
Unlike most raptors, male and female harrier plumage is very different from each other. Males, like the one pictured here, are gray in color and have earned them the nickname of the ‘gray ghost.’ Females are predominately brown in color.
View some other Harrier images that I captured that day below.
While camping on Colorado’s northeastern plains I was up with the sun this morning. I took advantage of the quiet time to take a walk and spotted this Harrier Hawk hunting a nearby field. He went after a few things but wasn’t having much luck – at least that I could tell.