Northern harrier male

Posted by RLK on Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:58 pm

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I was excited to get this image yesterday. I saw this harrier catch a bird in the ditch ahead of me and then fly into the field and land close to the road. It let me drive up next to it while it was eating the prey. Suddenly a juv. bald eagle swooped in from nowhere, flushed the harrier and caused it to drop the bird. The eagle made a tight circle, grabbed the prey and flew off with it. The harrier circled the area a few times looking to see if anything was left behind and that is when I got this shot and several others.

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Canon 7D2, 600mm f4L IS II, ISO 640, f/8, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure, hand held from vehicle
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by jacques on Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:14 pm
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Look like a frustrated bird but a happy photographer :) A very nice flying shot !

by Ron Day on Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:21 pm
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Fantastic shot, Bob, and in beautiful light. The wingspread is perfect and reveals superb detail. Great story behind the shot too, Excellent work!

by peter makuch on Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:47 pm
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patience has it's own rewards, excellent details that you captured, superb stuff.

by Karl Egressy on Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:47 pm
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Such a great opportunity and an amazing shot, Bob. The wing span and the fanned tail is perfect.

by David Salem on Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:32 pm
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Very nice to get a Ghost in a nice position like this. To bad it lost its meal but thats nature for ya. Love the wing and tail position along with the colorful BG.
Nice details too. Well done
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by robateau on Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:38 pm
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Awesome shot! I would be excited to capture this beauty too.

by Mike Umscheid on Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:10 pm
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This is probably the best Grey Ghost image I've ever seen. This is crazy amazing!
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by Mako_Elite on Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:43 pm
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What a shot. Stunning image,,,the light,BG,pose..it just doesn't get any better than this. Superb job Bob!


by TerryWSmith on Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:16 pm
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Great capture Bob, even see the eye detail. Well done.

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by Sandy R on Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:11 am
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Marvelous pose! I'm very envious - my harrier shots are mostly butt shots going the other way.
t's rare to see the underside - a Very exceptional image - great work!

by himadri roy on Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:35 am
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Awesome image in great light , superb detail & pose capture here. Congrats.

by david fletcher on Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:12 am
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utterly superb!!
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by Debapratim Saha on Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:19 am
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Great under wing with detailed view in a lovely pose and setting,an excellent shot Bob!

by Carol Clarke on Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:47 pm
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Wonderful shot of this gorgeous subject, Bob! Beautiful underside detail and pose - and I love the feet all tucked in. You certainly made the most of your opportunity!
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by John Spreitzer on Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:50 pm
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Amazing Grey Ghost capture! Great pose, sharpness & exposure.

by David J. Bogener on Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:15 pm
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Wow! Excellent pose with good detail. I find harriers spooky and I never seem to find males. I am envious.

by Jan Wegener on Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:37 pm
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great action Bob!

by Arabinda Debnath on Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:22 am
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Fantastic image,Bob! Beautiful wingspread...

by Axel Hildebrandt on Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:42 am
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Cool pose and light angle, Bob!
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