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Northern Harrier Take-Off
Dec 18, 2019 23:12:06   #
Steve F Loc: Draper, Utah
 
Northern Harrier Hawks are common at Farmington Bay in the winter and other fresh water marsh areas which empty into the Great Salt Lake. I watched a female Harrier today perched on the ground until she was ready to leave and caught a few images as she was just taking-off. I took the pictures from my car window using the car as a mobile blind. I'm open to any suggestions on technique or post processing.

The last two images are the same except I removed what I thought were distracting bush branches in the last image. Preferences on removing or keeping the branches?

Camera settings - f/8, 1/3200-5000 sec, and iso 1100-2000 - using auto iso (I recognize that the 1/5000 sec was faster than needed and could have been lower with resulting lower iso, especially since the bird was not in flight at that point)
Northern Harrier resting
Northern Harrier resting...
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Looking around
Looking around...
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Beginning take-off
Beginning take-off...
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First wing flap
First wing flap...
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First wing flap with bush branches removed in PS
First wing flap with bush branches removed in PS...
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Initial flight
Initial flight...
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Dec 19, 2019 00:12:15   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
A very nice set.

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Dec 19, 2019 05:45:34   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
Steve F wrote:
Northern Harrier Hawks are common at Farmington Bay in the winter and other fresh water marsh areas which empty into the Great Salt Lake. I watched a female Harrier today perched on the ground until she was ready to leave and caught a few images as she was just taking-off. I took the pictures from my car window using the car as a mobile blind. I'm open to any suggestions on technique or post processing.

The last two images are the same except I removed what I thought were distracting bush branches in the last image. Preferences on removing or keeping the branches?

Camera settings - f/8, 1/3200-5000 sec, and iso 1100-2000 - using auto iso (I recognize that the 1/5000 sec was faster than needed and could have been lower with resulting lower iso, especially since the bird was not in flight at that point)
Northern Harrier Hawks are common at Farmington Ba... (show quote)

Nice set Steve

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Dec 19, 2019 09:32:20   #
Dngallagher Loc: Wilmington De.
 
Steve F wrote:
Northern Harrier Hawks are common at Farmington Bay in the winter and other fresh water marsh areas which empty into the Great Salt Lake. I watched a female Harrier today perched on the ground until she was ready to leave and caught a few images as she was just taking-off. I took the pictures from my car window using the car as a mobile blind. I'm open to any suggestions on technique or post processing.

The last two images are the same except I removed what I thought were distracting bush branches in the last image. Preferences on removing or keeping the branches?

Camera settings - f/8, 1/3200-5000 sec, and iso 1100-2000 - using auto iso (I recognize that the 1/5000 sec was faster than needed and could have been lower with resulting lower iso, especially since the bird was not in flight at that point)
Northern Harrier Hawks are common at Farmington Ba... (show quote)


Nice! Right place, right time!



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Dec 19, 2019 09:52:06   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
Steve you did very well, these are excellent captures working through the brush!

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Dec 20, 2019 15:17:55   #
Swamp-Cork Loc: Lanexa, Virginia
 
Beautiful set, Steve!

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