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Mar 05, 2017 19:31 |  #1

I was watching this Harrier hoping it would fly closer for some shots when it appeared to dive into the pond and struggle with something to get airborne again. This was at least 300 yards , maybe more. But tried to zero in. Please excuse the poor quality but thought the sequence was interesting.
Here it appears to me that the "prey" is a Coot.

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At first after looking at these, I thought the Harrier was picking up and dropping the bird, but per the camera clock, this entire sequence takes less than 4 seconds. So, the prey must be doing evasive action here.

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Ah, now we know the "prey" is a Blue Wing Teal

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More evasive action

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And the Teal sees his chance, hopefully

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YES

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Note the nonchalant observer in the background.:-) Thanks for looking-hope you like.

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Mar 05, 2017 19:35 |  #2

Zero apologies necessary! At 300 yards, that's a challenge or anyone. Very interesting sequence. Puts a really cool spin on bird photography. Nice to see them in action. Great work. Getting a chance to see action like this can be quite rare. Talk about right place at the right time. Thanks for sharing!


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Mar 05, 2017 19:53 |  #3

Cool sequence of shots! Those Northern harriers are good hunters, and will eat not just field mice, but also coots and ducks they catch out on the water and drown.


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Mar 05, 2017 20:14 |  #4

Excellent series! I doubt that I would have even seen it happening at 300 yards!


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Mar 05, 2017 22:22 |  #5

Great sequence Rog. I agree the quality is quite good for the distance.


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Mar 06, 2017 06:37 |  #6

pbrimages wrote in post #18292850 (external link)
Zero apologies necessary! At 300 yards, that's a challenge or anyone. Very interesting sequence. Puts a really cool spin on bird photography. Nice to see them in action. Great work. Getting a chance to see action like this can be quite rare. Talk about right place at the right time. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you, sir, you are very kind. I was pleasantly surprised when I got back and got a closer look.

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Cool sequence of shots! Those Northern harriers are good hunters, and will eat not just field mice, but also coots and ducks they catch out on the water and drown.

Thank you, Zach, appreciated. So maybe the water action that first caught my attention was a drowning attempt? Hah. Do not believe the Harrier returned to the actual water level, tho.

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Excellent series! I doubt that I would have even seen it happening at 300 yards!

Thank you. Probably would have missed completely if I hadn't been following the bird in the first place.

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Great sequence Rog. I agree the quality is quite good for the distance.

Many thanks, John. Clarity might have been a bit better if hadn't been on expanded center point anticipating in-flight shots.


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Mar 08, 2017 00:29 |  #7

Great action shots!




  
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Mar 08, 2017 16:34 as a reply to  @ porkphoto's post |  #8

Thank you, appreciated!


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Mar 08, 2017 20:30 |  #9

How cool is that! I've seen harriers cruising swamps and bays before but have never seen them have any success there like they do over fields. Great series Rog.


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Mar 09, 2017 05:22 as a reply to  @ Wallace River's post |  #10

Glad you liked it, Ian. Thank you. It was a nice surprise when I got a look at these.


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