Grab Shot 73 - Northern Harrier


"I was just returning to my car just after day break because the rain was getting harder," said Mark Gale. "I noticed a small bird fluttering through the bare branches of a bush. I stopped where I was and set down my tripod. I then hunkered down to see what the excitement was all about. Seconds later this hawk dove in and missed the bird who could move around in the smaller parts of the bush. Tired and not so happy that she missed breakfast, she sat on this fence post for a couple of seconds before the hunt began again."

Mark captured this grab shot with a Canon 30D with EF 300mm lens plus a 1.4x extender at ISO 800 at 1/125th of a second.

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I'm pretty sure that this is not a Harrier in the photo. Have you looked up accipiters at all? It looks like a cooper's hawk, especially if it was going for a bird.

It's a lovely shot of a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk -- see how the tail is mostly one length, the eye is small, and no facial disc as on a harrier.