All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Northern Harrier</strong>
<em>Circus cyaneus</em>
Palo Alto, CA
July 3, 2008

Every time one of these magnificent hawks flew close enough to get a good photo, I was traveling in the car or I had the wrong lens on my camera. This shot was t...
Northern Harrier
Circus cyaneus
Palo Alto, CA
July 3, 2008

Every time one of these magnificent hawks flew close enough to get a good photo, I was traveling in the car or I had the wrong lens on my camera. This shot was taken over the mudflats at the Palo Alto Baylands as the Harrier hunted for birds below. A fellow I met who was watching the birds said, "If you see the shore birds fly away suddenly, look up, there is probably a hawk nearby!" This bird has a distinctive white band above the tail. I enjoyed watching it hover as it hunted. No wonder the British named a war jet for these birds!

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