Ninety plus per cent of the time my Northern Harrier shots are of the brown (female) variety. This is because females can outnumber males by 10 to 1. So when I spot a male “Gray Ghost” at the Ridgefield NWR, and get a shot of it, I’m a happy camper. This image was taken April 8, 2016. Raptor numbers have dwindled at the refuge since Winter ended so it was a real treat to see and photograph this bird.
Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f5, ISO 400, 500mm, 2:25 p.m.