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Northern Harrier


Northern Harrier
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-01 9:45
Viewed: 4323
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot at the end of winter of this year. I spotted this Northern Harrier on the ground in the fields surrounding a salt marsh. As I crept closer she suddenly flushed and I grabbed this shot. Fortunately for me she was looking back towards me as I pressed the shutter.

This is a female Northern Harrier, also known as Marsh Hawk.It is fairly easy to distinquish between the adult males and females as the female is brown and the male is a soft gray. Many times at quick glance people think they are seeing an owl because of the shape of the head and the markings on the face are so very owl-like. These lovely raptors spend their days floating low above the salt marshes hunting for frogs, snakes and small rodents.

I took this photo hand holding the camera and manual focus...lucky shot!

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Magnifique photo de ce rapace en plein vol.
Bravo Lesley, belle photo !

Very nice Lesley, the luck has to go with you some time, this one is really nice and well seen.

Exercice très difficille de capturer un rapace en vol, c'est surtout la gestion de l'exposition qui pose problème sur un fond de ciel clair... bien réussi bravo !

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-29 3:57]

A perhaps lucky but a surely Great shot! TFS.

Emazing great shot! so sharp and you get it a beuteaful action flight. i use the same camera and lens and i know how difficult it is. Eyal

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-20 7:26]

Hi Lesley,
Your POV shows the wingspan in a great way.I liked the light and the pose you caught. Well done and TFS.
Selen

Hello Lesley , your photo is excellent species description photo , congrat. and good luck.

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