Driving along a few days ago I spot a good-sized bird flying low and fast toward me from the side. Slamming on the brakes (I was a on a lonely dirt road), I quickly roll down the window and swing my camera around. As it grabbed focus on the fast-mover, I was excited to discover the object was a male Northern Harrier – the Gray Ghost.
These hawks are relatively common but not often seen and the males in particular seem to have a reluctance about having their picture taken. I usually only see them in the winter so seeing one in the summer and having it be the gorgeous gray male was a special treat. He never did get all that close but I managed some nice captures as he flew by nevertheless.