Northern Harrier, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

A northern harrier sits on a fence ost.

Northern Harrier, Point Reyes National Seashore

A female or, possibly juvenile, harrier stands on a fence post.  Harriers (AKA marsh hawks) seem to live close to ground level.  When I see them they are flying just above the ground or they are perched on something low, like a post, or standing on the ground.  They even nest on the ground.  Note the owl-like facial disc.  Like owls, they use hearing as well as sight to help in locating  prey.  Another trait they share with owls is soft feathers which makes them quieter in flight.

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About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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4 Responses to Northern Harrier, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

  1. Pat Ulrich says:

    Beautiful shot, Jim — really awesome light too! They are very handsome raptors!

  2. John Mead says:

    NIce shot! Very stately individual and good simple yet strong comnposition!

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