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Northern harrier- Gökçe delice

Northern harrier- Gökçe delice
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Copyright: serhat karaca (KARACA) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 12] (83)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon 400mm f5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-24 0:36
Viewed: 3094
Points: 16
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I shot this scene when the harrier was hunting...Have a nice day...

Information about Circus cyaneus;

A long-winged, long-tailed hawk of open grassland and marshes, the Northern Harrier forages by flying slowly low above the ground looking for small rodents. It is one of the few raptors in which the sexes look quite different: the male is white below with a light gray back and hood, the female is mottled in browns.

This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence 30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

This hawk eats small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and carrion. Harriers hunt using a low, slow flight over the ground, then plunge onto their prey.

Northern Harriers nest on the ground in thick grass, shrubbery, or other vegetation. The nest is a pile of sticks and grass. The female lays 3 - 6 eggs depending on the abundance of small rodents. The eggs are incubated 29 - 31 days, and the young hawks fledge 4 - 5 1/2 weeks later. Harriers mature in 2 - 3 years, but may be able to breed their first year.

Reference : birdlife.org; allaboutbirds.org; peregrinefund.org

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Hi Serhat,

an image technically almost perfect with a great timing apt to "capture" during the hunting this beautiful specimen of Hen Harrier.The bird's figure is perfectly isolated from the background and the plumage's details are really very good.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-24 2:59]

Hello Serhat,
Fantastic photo in all aspects. A beauty!

Hi Serhat,

A outstanding shot, good focus, clarity and colour against a bice blurred bg.
Well done.
TFS regards Bill

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-24 6:32]

Excellent image of this Hawk hovering, fine capture. tfs.

Beautiful shot of this harrier, it can maybe be a bit lighter around the eyes?


A prize capture of this Harrier in flight.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-24 13:56]

Hi Serhat,

Great inflight shot with sharp details and fantastic colors.


Hi Serhat
Beautiful action shot of a beautiful bird.
Maybe zooming out slightly to give more space below would have been even beter.
Best regards

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