One of the birds I’ve traditionally struggled to get good shots of is the Northern Harrier, so I’ve been working this year to try to fix that with some success. In this shot, a harrier is sitting on the ground, probably with a recent kill, and watching the world around it.

One thing I find fascinating about the harriers is how owl-like the faces are, and in fact, the Harrier and some owls (for instance the short-eared owl) basically share the same ecological niche but harriers have the day shift while the owls have the night shift. This species hunts for small rodents in the brush, using hearing to locate and pounce on them.

Northern Harrier