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Female Northern Harrier watches over a field

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.

A female Northern Harrier takes a break from the hunt.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Northern Harrier takes a break from the hunt. (© Tony’s Takes)

Northern Harrier takes a break

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 female Northern Harrier watched over a snow covered field in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Northern Harrier watched over a snow covered field in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female Northern Harrier gives a flyby

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.

A female Northern Harrier flies over while on the hunt. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Northern Harrier flies over while on the hunt. (© Tony’s Takes)

The Gray Ghost performs a low level pass

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.

A male Northern Harrier hunts over a Colorado field. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Northern Harrier hunts over a Colorado field. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hunting Harrier Hawk

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. 

A Harrier Hawk hunts on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Harrier Hawk hunts on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)