Northern harriers

Some say the northern harrier is identical to the UK’s hen harrier.  Fortunately, in California the northern harrier is not persecuted so, unlike in the UK, there are plenty.  These birds inhabit about 2 square miles of Pacific Ocean cliff top north of Davenport.  I visited them almost every day and soon learned that the best photo opportunities came from sitting quite still in the middle of the field and, using a medium telephoto lens, waiting for them to fly past as they quartered their territory looking for gophers and any other suitable prey.  The male is known as the ‘gray ghost’.  The facial features have more than a passing resemblance to an owl.  An amazing creature, if I lived here I would get nothing else done.

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