Waiting on a Harrier

March 23, 2021

I was up at the pond last night photographing the geese and ducks in the evening light. I wanted the effect of the nice, soft backgrounds so I spent 2 hours laying flat on my stomach with the camera set up on the tripod about 6 inches off the ground. The problem with this method is you’re restricted to the action in front of you. It’s not easy to spin around to capture anything perpendicular to the camera. So I missed an opportunity for the Northern Harrier that hunts in the fields along the pond shore. He made two passes by me but I couldn’t get the camera swung around in time. So of course I went back the next morning and waited close to 4 hours but he never showed. While waiting, I did capture a Killdeer mating sequence. This is the first time I’ve observed the mating of any bird species. And then just some random shots while waiting on the hawk.

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