Supersonic Man

April 22, 2012

hunting the harrier

Filed under: birds,Photo — Supersonic Man @ 1:38 pm

When I get pictures of birds, it’s almost always by just going to a likely spot and looking to see what happens to show up.  It’s very rare that I go to a specific place with the intent of tracking down a specific bird.  But this is one time where I did exactly that, and finally bagged me a northern harrier.  An adult male, as it happens.

It was on this same day that I also got the improved pictures of the green-winged teals and the tree swallow, seen in the previous post.  And while getting those, I also stumbled across another bird which, for no reason I can explain, has up until now evaded my camera… dowitchers.

Now if only I knew whether these are long-billed dowitchers or short-billed dowitchers.  Even after asking expert birders, I have no idea!  Telling them apart is tough, except when they’re in full breeding plumage, and these guys are still midway through the transition.  One trait you definitely cannot tell them apart by is length of bill.

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