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Feb 7, 2019 07:17:13   #
CLF Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
rockdog wrote:
They usually perch low, hunt from the air flying fast and low and they are, more often than not, just out of range. I see a lot of them in the Northern Sacramento valley but I rarely get an opportunity to photograph them. I grew up calling them Marsh Hawks. These are all females.

Just viewed these....they might look a little better in download.



Phil, DDLs show off the sharpness and the entire set is fantastic.

Greg

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Feb 7, 2019 07:43:53   #
Nalu Loc: Southern Arizona
 
Looks like she cooperated with you while she was down. I have been chasing a couple just north of Tubac over the last couple of days. You are right, you need to be lucky to get one to fly by close enough to get a reasonable shot. We just gotta keep trying, what else can we do! Thanks for the post Rockdog, especially like #4.

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Feb 7, 2019 08:57:41   #
merrytexan Loc: georgia
 
rockdog wrote:
They usually perch low, hunt from the air flying fast and low and they are, more often than not, just out of range. I see a lot of them in the Northern Sacramento valley but I rarely get an opportunity to photograph them. I grew up calling them Marsh Hawks. These are all females.

Just viewed these....they might look a little better in download.


Great watching and shooting, phil! Beautifully done...awesome hawks.

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Feb 7, 2019 11:37:03   #
Floyd2 Loc: Littletown WI
 
I very much like the pics

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Feb 7, 2019 12:14:51   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
J-SPEIGHT wrote:
Nice set Phil.


Thank you Jack, I appreciate your comment.

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Feb 7, 2019 12:16:43   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
CLF wrote:
Phil, DDLs show off the sharpness and the entire set is fantastic.

Greg


Thank you Greg! I appreciate you taking the time to view in download, they need it.

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Feb 7, 2019 12:20:06   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
Nalu wrote:
Looks like she cooperated with you while she was down. I have been chasing a couple just north of Tubac over the last couple of days. You are right, you need to be lucky to get one to fly by close enough to get a reasonable shot. We just gotta keep trying, what else can we do! Thanks for the post Rockdog, especially like #4.


I enjoyed your Harrier post this AM. Thanks for the comment. They are very fine hunters and when they are out of photo range I still love watching them! I appreciate your visit.
Phil

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Feb 7, 2019 12:21:51   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
merrytexan wrote:
Great watching and shooting, phil! Beautifully done...awesome hawks.


Thanks Merry, they are always worth spending a little time with. I appreciate your kind comment.

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Feb 7, 2019 12:22:41   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
Floyd2 wrote:
I very much like the pics


Thank you Floyd2!

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Feb 7, 2019 21:31:23   #
Swamp-Cork Loc: Lanexa, Virginia
 
rockdog wrote:
They usually perch low, hunt from the air flying fast and low and they are, more often than not, just out of range. I see a lot of them in the Northern Sacramento valley but I rarely get an opportunity to photograph them. I grew up calling them Marsh Hawks. These are all females.

Just viewed these....they might look a little better in download.


Beautiful Harriers, Phil and can remember them slowly gliding along over some of the large marshes of other rivers that we frequently visited years ago! I really haven't seen many in the past few years but on the Chickahominy, many of the larger marshes are down river from us so will keep an eye out for them when I'm down that way. Take care!

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Feb 8, 2019 00:45:09   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
Swamp-Cork wrote:
Beautiful Harriers, Phil and can remember them slowly gliding along over some of the large marshes of other rivers that we frequently visited years ago! I really haven't seen many in the past few years but on the Chickahominy, many of the larger marshes are down river from us so will keep an eye out for them when I'm down that way. Take care!



Thanks for the visit Corky! They have an amazing range, I see them all over the west. They were probably the first hawk I could name. I learned them as Marsh Hawks in the 50's and my 1961 Peterson's field guide cross indexes them as Harriers/Marsh Hawks. They are a fine bird and I'm glad to know they are in your life too!

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Feb 8, 2019 01:32:23   #
globetrekker Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
 
Great captures, especially the last one, which gives us a great look.

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Feb 8, 2019 11:31:18   #
Katydid Loc: Davis, CA
 
Very good catches. I rarely if ever get a shot of a Harrier I like.

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Feb 8, 2019 12:57:59   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
globetrekker wrote:
Great captures, especially the last one, which gives us a great look.


Thanks for the visit and kind words globetrekker!

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Feb 8, 2019 13:02:44   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
Katydid wrote:
Very good catches. I rarely if ever get a shot of a Harrier I like.


Thank you neighbor! The Harriers have succeeded in teaching us a little patience.

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