Northern Harrier Asks: “Are you finished?” Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Photo of a male northern harrier.

What are YOU looking at?

This male northern harrier looks like he’s getting fed up with something — maybe me.  Birds seem to look that way sometimes.  It reminds me of the mad duck image I posted here.   Maybe it’s more like:  “Oh no, not you again.”  It’s funny, herbivores often look like they are smiling.  See my post on the bison calf below.  Also, the cow elk here.  Carnivores seem to have more of a poker face, but even with them I’ve seen what looked like a smile.  I’m thinking of this one wolf that seemed to be smiling.  See this link.  Of course, I should mention the always-smiling porpoises and dolphins.  And then there are the chimpanzees who not only smile, but laugh.  Maybe I need to spend more time doing landscape photography.


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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6 Responses to Northern Harrier Asks: “Are you finished?” Pt. Reyes National Seashore

  1. Pat Ulrich says:

    Nice shot! Such a beautiful raptor, and one I’ve never had the chance to photograph up close. The bright eyes really stand out in this frame! I really like the old fence post perch too — Point Reyes has so many great lichen covered posts along the roads.

  2. John Wall says:

    What a beautiful shot of that male. Maybe he’s putting up with you because you might flush out some prey for him to pounce on.

  3. Scott W says:

    I recently went to Point Reyes National Seashore and didn’t see any Northern Harriers. It is beautiful place to visit and photograph wildlife! I really like the wolf smiling shot! It is funny to see the expressions the animals make. It is like they are trying to talk to us or pose for the shot. Nice work.

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